Saber's Horse Selections for Wed., April 16, 2008

Apr 16, 2008 7:54 PM

Pick Six Carryover Special

There’s a big, $307,000 Pick Six carryover at Keeneland, so we’re back in the saddle a day early, shooting for the big one (races 4 through 9).



Race 1

In this race, trainer Rebecca Maker drops No. 5, Crimson Prince, who also gets a big time jockey upgrade with JR taking the mount. Jockey Gomez jumps on the GP shipper No. 9, Burns up The Track, who shows a very sharp workout on April 13. We will use the 5 and 9 in the early pick three and make a exacta box. 5-9

Race 2

With just six horses entered for this race, we will use all six in one pick three, and just use two in another pick three. The No. 2, Keltish Lass, takes a drop and goes from the turf to the polytrack, which could be a winning move. No. 4, Princess Marquetry, is a deep closer and also moves from the grass back to the polytrack. 2-4

Race 3

Here, trainer McPeek brings back No. 1, Stoney’s Ladd, and the leading man Kent D. will be in the irons as this guy looks ready to roll. No. 6, Mystery Guest, drops trying to cash and the turn back in distance could be the answer. 1-6

$1 Pick Three

Race 1: 5-9

Race 2: 1-2-3-4-5-6

Race 3: 1-6 = $24.00

$2 Pick Three

Race 1: 5-9

Race 2: 2-4

Race 3: 1-6

Race 4

The Pick Six carryover starts in this one, a toughie to be sure. I like a quartet starting with No. 1, Fabulous Moolah, who has speed and the rail; No. 4, Call Me Kitty Cat, will be stalking Moolah; No. 7, Holiday Cruise, gets a rider and trainer change; and long shot No. 10, Rockin Rose, who will be coming late if the speed comes back. 1-4-7-10

Race 5

First-time 2-year-olds going 4½ furlongs are the forte of Wesley Ward, who is sending out No. , Teriffany. R. Maker sends out long shot No. 3, Dorthy’s Essense, at 15-1. Kent D jumps on No. 5, Awesome Happy Hour,and Kent is good at getting these babies out of the gate. Trainer Steve Asmussen sends out two with No. 6, Tiffany Royal, and No. 11, Mostly Peace. Todd Pletcher sends out the morning line favorite No. 9, Iberian Gate, who has some good works over the track. These are the main contenders but if I had to go with three of them I would take a shot with 1-6-9

Race 6

No. 1, Strait of Mewsina, gets back to the spot of his last win and at 12-1 is a must use. The No. 8, Terryhowieandjimmy, won his only test on the grass. No. , Texas Fever, takes a drop in class and attracts Gomez. 1-8-9

Race 7

If I had to play a single, it would be in this race. No. 4, Sweetest Kiss, ships in from GP for trainer Tagg and he puts one of his go-to riders up, Kent Desormeaux; these Gulfstream Park shippers have been doing very well here at Keeneland. No. 4

Race 8

With 3yo fillies going a mile on the grass, this one will make or break a lot of bettors. The gals that look like set for big efforts are No. 8, Namaste’s Wish, who makes her 3yo debut for trainer Mott who appears to have this one set for a monster run; No. 9, Alwajeeha, never runs a bad race and with JR taking the ride she will be motoring late. 8-9

Race 9

Maybe we can get some late scratch help in this race, but if not this is the way we may have to go. It is very interesting that the leading rider, Kent Desormeau, is not riding the No. 12, Sagacite, for trainer Mott as he rode her in her last three races. He bails for a long shot, first-time starter No. 6, Night Fever, and G. Gomez will now ride the No. 12. These seem to be the two main contenders. No. 2, Anna Bella, was well-meant in her only outing but caught a sloppy track, hesitated at the start and never did get into the race. No. 1A, Clear Pod, who is on the also eligible list, would be my top pick if she declares into the race. 6-12 (2-1a alternates)

All selections were made before the late scratches and changes. Good luck to all.