Saber’s Horse Selections – July 17, 2014

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DEL MAR OPENING DAY

Race 1

No. 2 Hawk’s Eyes has the connections of Tiago Pereira and A C Avila and we will be on this hook up the entire meet, this one drops into a spot he should win. No. 6 May Weather is trained by the very dangerous Scott Rollins who brings this one in from New Mexico off the win, he puts the hot riding Van Dyke in the irons. No. 10 Fit to Rule gets his first start off the Hollendorfer claim and Bejarano gets the call in this his first ride since his injury. 2-6-10

Race 2

No. 6 Citizenship gets the huge drop in class by Baffert in this her second start off the long long layoff, all is not right but Bafferts go to jock is on board, we get our hook up again in this race with No. 10 Nonna Reese, she has had her chances but the synthetic surface may be the answer. No. 12 Spirit of Ten exits our HTW list, she will get the good outside trip. 6-10-12

Double

1st 2-6-10

2nd 6-10-12

Race 3

No. 3 Zilber is in from Brazil for trainer papa Mandella how put a real nice 1:24.2 7 furlong work into this 5yo mare, she is a runner. No. 4 My Happy Face comes off the layoff for Peter Miller who looks to be loaded for bear this meet. No. 5 Biorhythm looks the speed of the speed. 3-4-5

Win and place 3

Race 4

No. 2 Super Reagan gets off the grass and drops to his original claimed price, he ran his best race at Hollywood Park on the synthetic surface and may like going this mile distance. No. 8 Aftermarketslam is the stablemate of Raegan and he gets his first start off the Peter Miller claim. No. 9 Golden Chalice has been going long and now gets the big drop in class. 2-8-9

Race 5

In this 1-1/16 turf route on the new Del Mar turf course we really don’t know what to expect so we will go four deep. No. 2 Layton Register is in from Arlington Park and is a deep closer, he looks fit and ready. No. 1 Airfoil is in top form and ran ok in his one turf try. No. 7 Kokaltash is in from France where he showed some ability and No. 10 Jules Journey will be sitting in a good spot turning for home with Mike Smith getting the call. 1-2-7-10

Race 6

Maiden 2yo sprinting 5 furlongs, trainer Carla Gaines who always gears up for Del Mar sends out first time starter No. 1 Quiet Thunder and her got to rider is on board, this colt has a sharp 5 furlong work. No. 7 Pulmarack is a Jerry Hollendorfer first time starter who is out of the dam Tamarack Bay (Dehere) who has dropped 4 winners from 4 starters and three of those winners won stakes races, Bejarano gets the call. 1-7

Exacta box 1-7 and win and place 7

Race 7

Jockey Stewart Elliott has come West and he gets his first taste of the sea air on No. 1 Know Plans, No. 3 Sonicvelocity is in from Churchill Downs and it’s ironic that Elliott was on this gelding in that race, he may like it here and the blinkers come off and Kent D is on. No. 5 Sir Macho gets his first start off the Bill Spawr claim and he puts Mike Smith in the irons. No. 7 No Barneys will be sent early by Maldo as he will try and take them gate-to-wire. 1-3-5-7

Race 8

No. 1 Argyle Cut exits our HTW list off a near miss last out at Santa Anita going this mile turf distance, this ridgling has never been worse than second in her five grass starts. No. 5 Patriots Rule just missed in his last two starts, he will be flying down the lane with a late run. Mike Smith gets on No. 9 Enterprising for Tom Proctor, Gary Stevens who usually rides this colt is out getting a new knee, this is the one to beat in the Oceanside. 1-5-9

Race 9

There is a ton of early speed lined up for this 6 furlong sprint so we will go with a few from off the pace. No. 2 Sheer Talent drops and will get a good sitting trip. No. 4 Xuang Feng has early speed but will sit just off the hot pace today. No. 8 Magic Beam loves this course with 3 wins from 7 starts, he will be making a late run along with No. 11 Insideontheoutside. 2-4-8-11

Race 10

In this 1-1/16 turf route No. 1 Persuasive Paul may find himself on a lone lead and cold get very brave. No. 8 Affrettando gets Bejarano back in the irons and the two times he was on this gelding he finished 3rd by3/4 of a length and 2nd by a neck. No. 9 Godard will be flying late picking up the pieces. 1-8-9

Exacta box 1-8-9

SACRAMENTO 

Race 3

Baze gets on No. 1 Preacher’s Bluff and that make him the one to beat. 1

Race 4

No. 4 Wild Delilah is the only first time starter in this very soft group of $8k maiden claimers. No. 6 What About Natalie looks to wake up with the drop and the move to dirt. 4-6

Exacta box 4-6

Race 5

Baze gets on just another runner that will be a very short price in No. 6 Wetherbee Lake who drops to the level of her last win. 6

Race 6

In this $25k maiden claimer for 2yo fillies we will use three fillies exiting the same race. No. 2 Urgraceisenough who finished an even fourth. No. 6 She’s a Charmer who was third and No. 7 Twenty Four Black who was right behind grace. 2-6-7

Race 7

No. 3 Seattle Firm lost by a nostril in her one and only start. No. 5 Cinderella Lady is a live first timer for Jeff Bonde and No. 7 Taparri a first time starter and the stablemate of Seattle. 3-5-7

Race 8

Baze looks to sitting on a big day as he gets on No. 1 Blaise of Light for trainer Dan Morgan. The main danger will be No. 5 Knife Fork Zoom the dropper who moves from the grass to the dirt and gets a turn back to a sprint. 1-7

Pick four

5th 6

7th 2-6-7

8th 3-5-7

9th 1-7

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

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