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Fred Faour's picks for Wednesday at Sam Houston Race Park

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It's Wednesday racing at the Sam Houston Race Park thoroughbred meet. Here are my selections. These are not meant to be in exact order, but merely the four horses I think have the best chance to win. For beginners, I suggest exacta boxes with three horses, using two of mine and one of your own. And you can always pick up a copy of Acing Racing 2016 to learn everything you need to know. (These are the picks and format that are available on the free tip sheet at SHRP).

FIRST

7-2-6-3

COMMANCHE HOPPER

Close in first try over the track and should get a good trip under Sasha

SECOND

8-2-3-7

DANNY'S TURBO

Has yet to miss the board in four turf sprints while facing tough customers in La. 

THIRD

 8-5-3-1

VISCIOUS GRASSHOPPER

Faced quality runners at Woodbine but specializes at this distance and could pop at a price

FOURTH

2-1-9-6

CIVITAVECCHIO

Ran behind the 1 at Retama but should get a nice trip off the speed and could upset

FIFTH

8-2-1-10

LAST DESSERT

A beaten favorite in last but barn's young horses usually improve with each start

SIXTH

1-6-5-3

OLDWYCK was a little flat in meet debut but should improve

SEVENTH

7-6-5-4

TIZ A MELODY

Has faced stakes company and run well on grass but distance is a question mark

EIGHTH

1-6-7-8

ZILKER 

Lost the rider in turf start last out but should be in the mix here

NINTH

2-3-4-9

ALL ABOUT VOODOO

Another Asmussen runner who should show a lot more in this spot

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