Saber’s Santa Anita horse racing wagering picks

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SANTA ANITA

Race 1

$62,500 maiden fillies and mares travel a mile on the grass. No. 6 Columbian Gold gets to go long in this her second start off the layoff and she also gets a major rider upgrade to Flavien Prat riding for Peter Miller. She will look to take them wire-to-wire. No. 10 Danceformunny drops from straight maiden races and gets Joel Rosario up for the leading trainer, Richard Baltas. She also stretches out second off the layoff. 6-10

KEY PLAY

WIN AND PLACE 6 AND THE EXACTA BOX 6-10

Race 2

Maidens go 6-1/2 furlongs. No. 2 American Code is a first time starter for Bob Baffert and he cost $350k, we like Van Dyke up. No. 4 Believe Now owns some big works for his first start and his trainer is having a great meet. No. 7 Beachcombing is the stablemate of American Code and he cost $500k, he has been working like a runner. 2-4-7

Race 3

Maiden fillies and mares go sprinting 5-1/2 furlongs on the grass. No. 4 Sapphire Silk looks live at first asking off a good last work and this jockey/trainer combo has been a good one. No. 5 Lil Miss Moppet has the Peter Miller/Abel Cedillo hookup and is a must use. No. 8 Rocking Redhead has the Rosario/Baltas hookup and is also a must use in her first start. No. 9 Affianced is another good looking first time starter with a nice last work and she gets Prat up for Richard Mandella. In what looks to be a wide open race we will check the wagering before we bet. 4-5-8-9

Race 4

THE $200K GRADE 2 SAN CARLOS AT SEVEN FURLONGS

No. 2 Flagstaff is the one to beat off his near miss last out in the Grade 2 Palos Verdes. He is also on a win every other race pattern and this is his win race. No. 3 Roadster looks to rebound off a poor effort last out. 2**-3

Race 5

THE $400K GRADE 1 FRANK E. KILROE AT A MILE ON THE GRASS

No. 3 Got Stormy is back from Tampa Bay, this mare meets up with the boys but is one tough race horse. No. 2 River Boyne just missed in this race last year and comes off a big last win. 3-2

Race 6

Maiden fillies and mares go 6-1/2 furlongs. No. 2 Reem looks the one to beat in this her second start, she ran a solid 3rd first out and will move forward. No. 3 Gamine is a first time starter and stablemate of Reem, she gets Drayden Van Dyke up for Bob Baffert off a big last work. 2-3

Race 7

THE $75K CHINA DOLL AT A MILE ON THE GRASS FOR 3YO FILLIES

No. 1 Triana is in from Italy and gets Tyler Gaffalione up for Simon Callagahan and she gets first time Lasix. No. 3 Bella Vita is the stablemate of Triana and goes long after a huge maiden win last out going 5-1/2 furlongs on the grass at .50 cents on the dollar. No. 4 Stela Star is in from Ireland and lands in the barn of John Sadler and gets Rosario up and she also gets first time Lasix. 1-3-4

Race 8

THE $400K GRADE 2 SAN FELIPE AT A 1-1/16 FOR 3YO

The winner will get $240k but also 50 Kentucky Derby points, which will be enough to make the starting gate on the first Saturday in May. No. 4 Authentic just won the Grade 3 Sham here wire-to-wire. No. 5 Thousand Words looks to run his win streak to four in a row and we think he will, he is one tough gutty colt who loves to fight it out. 5****-4

KEY PLAY

WIN AND PLACE 5 AND THE EXACTA BOX 5-4

Race 9

$40k optional fillies and mares travel a mile on the grass. No. 6 Muchly is in from over the pond and gets Umberto Rispoli up for Callagahan. No. 9 Dupioni is also in from over the pond and could be live at a price. No. 12 Peter’s Kitten will be making his usual late run for a piece. 6-9-12

Race 10

THE $600K GRADE 1 SANTA ANITA HANDICAP AT 1-1/4

No. 4 Gift Box has won 3 of his 4 starts here with a second. No. 5 Midcourt will be on or near the front end. No. 6 Combatant will be making a big late run if there is a speed duel up front. No. 7 Hofburg is in from back East for Bill Mott and Prat will ride. No. 8 Endorsed is also in from back East and gets Van Dyke up for McLaughlin, he will be making a big late run. 8**-4-5-6-7

KEY PLAY

WIN AND PLACE 8 AND A KEY EXACTA BOX 8 WITH 4-5-6-7

Race 11

$40k optional fillies and a mares go 5-1/2 furlongs. No. 2 Thriving looks to have found her level, she will be flying late and we could get a great price in this her second off the layoff and second at this distance. She will be our key runner in here. No. 3 Quick exits the same last race and will get her second try in the states and Rosario sticks for Sadler, she will be overbet. No. 4 Tijori also exits the race and gets blinkers on today off a troubled last trip. No. 10 Queen of the Track and No. 11 Posit also exit the race. 

2**-3-4-10-11

KEY PLAY

WIN AND PLACE 2 AND A KEY EXACTA BOX 2 WITH 3-4-10-11

Race 12

$20k maidens travel a flat mile on the dirt. No. 1 Speakerofthehouse gets a big jock switch and back to a flat mile as the blinkers go on today. No. 4 Constitutionaffair drops and takes the blinkers off, look for a big effort today. No. 8 My Journey takes the blinkers off and gets Abel Cedillo up for trainer Richard Baltas, this looks like a three horse race. 1**-4-8

KEY PLAY 

WIN AND PLACE 1 AND A KEY EXACTA BOX 1 WITH 4-8 AND A TRI BOX 1-4-8

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