Saber's Horse Selections for Friday, May 23, 2008

May 23, 2008 8:34 PM

by Richard Saber |

Yesterday’s results

At Hollywood we had the winners in the first three races; we lost race four but ran first and second in the fifth. In the sixth our key horse, Held Up, had a length lead down the lane but got caught at the wire; our single won the next race and we had an all in the last leg of the late pick three. At the Gate, our key play in race two, No. 6 Butterfly Belle, won and paid $11.60 for win and $5 for place. We lost our key play in race four and our late pick four when our first two legs went down but we won the seventh and eight races.

Hollywood Park first post 7:05 pm

Race 1

They’re dropping No. 6, Lupit’sluckyangel, from $35k to this $16k claimer off a good effort so all must not be well, though she does get blinkers as they search for a win and she has not seen the winner’s circle since last August at Del Mar. She is the one to beat here and they may be playing a little poker as well. 6

Race 2

I will be playing this race as it looks like a cold three-horse battle with No. 1, Smart Demand, stretching out with jockey Mike Smith taking the mount and No. 5, Famous Touch, coming off the best race of his career last time on this cushion track, and No. 7, Most Decorated, who just beat Famous Touch. 1-5-7

Key Play

$10 Q box 1-5-7 for $30

$2 tri box 1-5-7 for $12

$5 exacta key 7 with 1-5 for $10

Race 3

There are several possibilities here but we will play five and box a dime super using No. 2, Queenofthebrahms, the Turf Paradise shipper, No. 3 Stingoftruth, who gets her second start off the layoff, No. 4 My Manahttan, who showed big speed in her last, No. 8 Helmsgold, who should go much better in this spot and No. 9, Mikey Bones, a filly that runs her best at this distance. 2-3-4-8-9

Key Play

10¢ superfecta box 2-3-4-8-9 for $12

Race 4

This one will be crucial in the pick six and the early pick four as anything can happen in these types of races especially when running under the lights. Fillies and mares running in this $25k maiden claimer, sometimes you have to think outside the box and this may be one of those times. Bobby Frankel drops No. 4, Burnt, from the straight maiden ranks to the bottom and that does not bode well for Burnt but is a must use. No. 5, Perfect Cast, looked like a winner in her last start at 9-5 but got caught late after opening up down the stretch. She was claimed out of that race by Hollendorfer but he claimed her from a very sneaky stable and I doubt if he can improve her and she may be over bet. That leaves us with No. 3, Just Like Heaven, who ships in from Turf Paradise for a very good trainer and she showed big time early foot in both her starts, if she gets away early form her rail post she could wire this crew at a price. Them there is the come-backer No. 7, Magnificent Valor, who ran a good race here at Hollywood in her one and only last July and she attracts J Rosario, this one looks live. 3-4-5-7

Race 5

No. 4, Sherry’s High, gets back on the cushion track after a failed attempt running on the grass on May 15, she will get a great stalking trip and should win on the wire. 4

Race 6

No one really stands out in this $32k maiden claimer so that is usually when a first time starter wins and No. 3, One Track Mind, out of the Jeff Mullins barn with M. Baze up, stands out; at 8-1 in the morning line he becomes more attractive. No. 7, Handsome Thomas, was well meant in his first start at Santa Anita in March when he showed high speed in a straight maiden race but faltered turning for home, he went on the vets list and now comes back in this maiden claiming race, if he is ok now his speed could take him all the way. 3-7

Race 7

No. 4, South Coast, just lost to Liberin Freighter who came back and got another big win; he has the best speed in here and will be very hard to beat in this race. No. 2, Mr. Chairman, was a big play for us back in April when blitzing a crew at Bay Meadows following two years on the shelf, he will be the late threat. 2-4

Race 8

This one is ugly and I will be in bed early as I refuse to stay up and suffer through this race. 1-2-4-7

Golden Gate Fields

No. 7, In Other Words, is one big hanger in the stretch but is dropped into a spot where she could actually win, but I would not take a short price, she may be better in the place hole as she has finished second twelve times in thirty five starts. No. 6, Real Sky, was claimed for $4k out of a winning race by trainer John Martin who racks them up at a 33% first off the claim. 6-7

Race 2

In here No. 6, Lunar Mystery, will try and give John Martin the double if he wins the first race, this girl is in top form and is jumped up in class and is the one to beat. If the pace gets hot No. 3, Ihavemorefun, could run them all down. 3-6

Race 3

Morey brings in one of his recent Hollywood Park claims as he has been on a claiming binge down South, he brings in No. 4, Kiss My Crown, who is a win machine with four wins from six lifetime starts, beat him to get the money. 4

Race 4

No. 4, Motel Staff, is an 11yo gelding who is an amazing animal with 23 wins from 62 starts, they don’t make horses like this guy any more. In his career at Golden Gate he has 8 wins and 2 seconds from 10 starts on this grass course, he will take some beating in here. No. 2, Hollywood Advisor, has won two straight on the grass, one at Bay Meadows and the other at Turf Paradise, he is a big closer and will be making his late run if a speed duel should happen. 2-4

Race 5

No. 5, Our Superstar, seems to have found a good spot for his first win, it will take a very live first time starter or shipper to beat him. The first timer with a shot is the Steve Sherman trained No. 3, Uaredneck, and the shipper is No. 8, Fry Bred. 3-5-8

Race 6

It’s an old saying, well not that old, but when trainer Lloyd Mason has two in the same race and they are not an entry, one will usually win. Here he sends out two first-time starters – No. 2, Carissa, and No. 8, Port of Entry – both will be at a price. We will use both in the late pick three for a key play and try and make a score. 2-8

Race 7

Dad Art sends in No. 1, Karlee’s Kitten, to son Steve and they place her in a very live spot. No. 5, Our Mitzy, will have some other speed to deal with but exits a tough heat and her speed will carry her a long way. No. 7, Beautiful Dixie, is a deep closer, exits the same race as Mitzy and could light up the tote. 1-5-7

Race 8

We will finish off our late pick three using three horses as we try and beat the likely chalk in here No. 3, R Mattie, who is 0-8 at this distance. We will use 1-5-6.

Key Play

$1 pick three

Race 6: 2-8

Race 7: 1-5-7

Race 8: 1-5-6 for $18

Don’t forget to check for late scratches and changes.