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Fred Faour's selections for Saturday at Sam Houston Race Park -- plus a Pegasus World Cup reminder

Fred Faour's selections for Saturday at Sam Houston Race Park -- plus a Pegasus World Cup reminder
Picks for Saturday at Sam Houston Race Park. Sam Houston Race Park

It's Day 5 of the Sam Houston Race Park thoroughbred meet with nine races tonight. Here are my selections for the card. 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). Also, we will be hosting an ESPN party at the track today from 6-8 p.m. Drop by and say hello. Also, the Pegasus at Gulfstream is this afternoon, and you can find selections here. We had a strong night Friday; not as confident in tonight's card and keep an eye on the the turf races. If it rains enough for them to come off the turf, the picks for those races are not trustwortthy.

FIRST

2-6-3-5

FAZZLE DAZZLE returns to the main track and should be in the mix

SECOND

8-6-1-7

RAPID LADY has been close in all three starts and might get it done

THIRD

3-2-1-4

JOCANDY could turn the tables on DR. SHIPLEY this time

FOURTH

5-6-2-1

OLDWICK has been knocking heads with tough customers

FIFTH

3-10-8-2

MAV MASTER likes this surface and could surprise here

SIXTH

2-5-1-6

ARCHER CITY has been off since November but should be ready

SEVENTH

3-6-7-4

BRAVURA is ultra consistent and should be in the mix

EIGHTH

4-9-1-2

WITT'S DOWN can win this with her best effort

NINTH

3-9-10-7

TRUE CONFESSION just missed at Remington and a repeat wins this

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