Saber’s Santa Anita horse racing wagering picks

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SANTA ANITA

Race 1

$30k maiden 3yo travel a flat mile on the main. No. 2 Kadesh just missed here on January 20th at this distance for a $50k price tag. No. 4 Mr. Nasty was the speed in the same race finishing 4th and owns a big last work. No. 5 Debt Monger comes off a good try at this distance and level. 2**-4-5

Race 2

Maiden fillies and mares travel 1-1/8 on the grass. No. 4 Miss Tokyo has been looking for a spot and looks to have found a soft group. No. 5 Vegas Palms ran a solid 3rd last out going a mile on the grass when finishing right behind No. 7 Saving Sophie who was a solid 2nd just missing by a head. 4-5-7

Race 3

$12,500 fillies and mares travel a mile on the dirt. In this sad five horse field No. 4 Shanghai Barbie comes off a good second at this level and has hit the board in all four of her starts here. No. 5 Boonesboro Beauty exits the same last race and gets Umberto Respoli up today, she will be our play. 5**-4

KEY PLAY

EXACTA BOX 5-4 AND WIN 5

Race 4

3yo maidens travel a flat mile on the dirt. It just seems to never end with Bob Baffert. He sends out the $500k purchase, No. 1 Fantastic Day and the second time starter No. 8 Mastering who lost at 8/5 first out. No. 3 Divine Armor has hit the board in all three of his starts but has burned some serious cash, especially in his last race as he lost at odds on. No. 4 Exaulted gets his second start off a good second last out vs. the highly regarded Nadal, Mike Smith sticks and he will be our key runner. No. 6 Yeng Again comes off a second when beat at odds on. 4**

Race 5

THE $200K GRADE 2 BUENA VISTA AT A MILE ON THE GRASS FOR FILLIES AND MARES

No. 1 Jolie Olimpica won first out in the country after shipping in from Brazil, she could be this good. No. 4 Mucho Unusual just missed in the Grade 1 American Oaks last out and looks tough in this spot. She will look to turn the tables on No. 8 Lady Prancealot who won the American Oaks. 1-4-8

Race 6

$16k claimers go 7 furlongs. No. 1 Satori looks like a nice price play as he gets back to the place where he has won 2 of his 3 starts and he gets Tiago Pereira back on today. No. 5 Whatsittoya looks the speed of the speed. No. 7 Temple Knights moves up a notch off the win. 1-5-7

KEY PLAY 

EXACTA BOX 1-5-7

Race 7

Calif. bred $20k optional fillies and mares travel a mile on the grass and we get another sad field of five runners. No. 1 Sunrise Royale is the speed on the rail. No. 5 Swing Thoughts will sit back and run them down late. 5**-1

KEY EXACTA BOX 5-1 AND WIN 5

Race 8

$30k maiden 3yo go six furlongs. This is one very soft group of $30k maidens for a race like this at Santa Anita. No. 5 Prince Ricky exits a key race, he gets his second start at this level and the bug boy Jorge Velez is up today. No. 6 JAXON’S GOLDIE is the one to beat, he gets just his second lifetime start. He gets off the grass and was well bet first out when facing winners, he will be a short price but looks all the winner today. It’s interesting that Prat gets on first time starter No. 11 Call Ofthe Lure for Tim Yakteen, we will use him. 6***-5-11

Race 9

Maiden 3yo go sprinting 5-1/2 furlongs on the grass. Joe Bravo who is in town riding in the American Oaks sticks around and will ride first time starter No. 1 Munnings’ Pilot for Richard Baltas. No. 6 Vodka Twist looks like he may be ready for a big effort as he gets back to a sprint and takes the blinkers off for trainer Neil Drysdale, look for better at a big price. No. 7 K P Indy looks the one to beat off his two turf sprints, we like Abel Cedillo up today for Jeff Mullins. Prat jumps on No. 8 Much More Halo for Baffert as he gets back to a turf sprint and a big last work. 1**-6-7-8

KEY PLAY

WIN AND PLACE 1 AND A KEY EXACTA BOX 1 WITH 6-7-8

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