Saber’s Horse Selections

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SANTA ANITA

Race 1

No. 3 Sayitright Kat drops and gets off the grass and has won going 7 furlongs on the dirt when breaking her maiden one race back at Del Mar. No. 5 Unusual Storm won at .90 cents on the dollar last out when breaking her maiden after being dropped in with maiden claimers and put back on the dirt, she will find a fast early pace to set up her late kick. 3-5

Race 2

No. 1 Record Highs was bet like a good thing in his one and only start, No. 4 Turn Your Eyes ran a nice even race in his one start and also took some action. No. 7 Tough It Out had his head turned at the start to lose all shot, look for a big effort today off that last work. 1-4-7

Double 

1st 3-5

2nd 1-4-7

Race 3

THE GRADE III L.A. WOMAN

No. 2 Ben’s Duchess likes this track and will fall into a good stalking position today, she is on a win every other race pattern and this is her win race, No. 4 Uzziel beat the Duchess last out. 2-4

Race 4

No. 8 At Ease exits out HTW list as a $$$$$ play, he was best last out but was steadied hard in the stretch and that cost him the race, we will single in the pick five. 8

Race 5

No. 4 Cordiality ran ok in her first start despite trouble, she now moves in with 50k maiden claimers. No. 5 Red Stich ran her first two races with straight maidens going long on the grass, she now drops in with maiden claimers and goes sprinting on the dirt. Bejarano gets on the favorite No. 7 Tiz Pleasant who will be the speed. 4-5-7

Race 6

Not much early speed in this mile turf race, No. 2 Bandido Too will find himself on the front end again and may not stop today. No. 7 Verraco gets back with his friends and back on the grass where he just missed with this kind in his one grass race. No. 8 John’s Success comes off the layoff and looks live. 2-7-8

Race 7

No. 1 Hye I’m Jack will sit off a hot early pace and pounce down the lane, bet him to cash. 1

Win and place 1

Race 8

THE 100K CALIFORNIA DISTAFF DOWN THE HILL

No. 2 Velvet Mesquite gets back going down the hill where she has won 5 of 9. No. 4 Chaulk O Lattey will be right there on the line with a stalking trip although she loses Bejarano who opts for the speedy No. 7 Home Journey who will be short. 2-4-7

Race 9

30k maiden 2yo fillies go a flat mile on the dirt, trainer Doug O’Neill drops No. 5 Kellianne Can Can and puts Bejarano up, interesting, after her this race is an all button. 5 (all)

GOLDEN GATE

Race 1

No. 3 Anya Amasova drops into a live spot and Gonzo gets back on after a bullet work. No. 4 Bold Decision will be the speed once again. 3-4

Race 2

Trainer Ryan Kenney has hit the board with all his starters at the meet and he sends out the Ferndale runner No. 2 Bodrum. No. 3 Seeking Asylum is 2 for 2 here at the Gate and the drop in class will make him the one to beat. No. 4 Mr. Discipline gets a big drop in class and looks the main danger. 3-4 (2)

Race 3

Fillies and Mares go a flat mile on the grass, No. 1 Irene’s Cherub has 3 wins and 2 seconds from her 6 starts on this grass course, No. 8 Pata Blanca gets back going long on the grass and ran right behind Irene one race back as did No. 9 Last Greetings. 1-8-9

Exacta box 1-8-9

Race 4

Lots of early zip in this mile dirt race for 8k maiden fillies and mares so we will look for some closers, No. 3 Crystal Harbor fits the bill and gets her second start on this circuit and second at this level, No. 6 Imperial Badger has been turfing with better and will wake up in this spot. 3-6

Race 5

We have the opposite in this 5 furlong turf sprint as there is little early zip in here, No. 7 Three Vases just won on this five furlong course and will be on the lead or right off of it. No. 8 Banged His Eye has been quarter horsing at Los Al, he will show all of his early speed today. 7-8

Double 

4th 3-6

5th 7-8

Race 6

Maiden fillies and Mares go a mile on the main. No. 7 Microburst ships in from Del Mar and looks to be best with this group of professional maidens, his main danger will come from No. 9 Lady Harbinger. 7-9

Race 7

Trainer Andy Mathis brings in No. 6 Unusual Taste from Del Mar, he gets his second off the claim, No. 8 Argyle Cut owns two wins and both came here on the grass. No. 11 Rosary Man has been working lights out for Hollendorfer and he has a win and two seconds from three starts here on the grass. 6-8-11

Race 8

No. 4 Matty’s Tribal gets his second try at this level and comes off a good last work, he was very close last out. No. 11 My Grandson gets off the grass and back sprinting. 4-11

Race 9

Maiden 20k fillies and Mares go a flat mile on the grass, No. 1 Unwarranted gets her first try on the grass but is very well bred for it, look for the big wakeup. No. 8 Unstoppablepassion is by Scat Daddy and could wake up with the move North. No. 9 Blue Venus is by Giant’s Causeway so she is bred to get the trip, she is a 5yo first-time starter who gets a top jock for a top barn. No. 10 Forbidden Command gets back to the level of her near miss. 1-8-9-10

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Richard Saber, a former director of race and sports at the famed Stardust book, is GT’s horse racing and sports handicapper. Twitter: @SabesBet. Email: [email protected].

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