Playing the Ponies

Sam Houston Race Park selections for Friday, April 12

Eyesa Jess Jumpin will be in action Friday at Sam Houston Race Park. Coady Photography

Here are my selections for Friday, the opening night of the Quarter Horse meet. 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, the Blitz will be broadcasting live from 4-7 p.m. so please stop by and say hello.

FIRST
4-7-5-10
MIGHTY VALENTINO has been close a few times and distance should suit him


SECOND
6-8-3-2
COUNTRY HOT DOGGIN offers nice value and could surprise

THIRD
4-5-1-7
BAC IN TIME was competitive in California before two strong wins in Iowa

FOURTH
8-6-7-4
GONE REGARDLESS has been close in several tough heats

FIFTH
5-8-7-2
EYESA JESS JUMPIN is a win machine with 6 in 9 career starts

SIXTH
3-1-8-2
FAR RIGHT was in with some terrific 2 year olds last year and should fit here

SEVENTH
7-6-1-2
ZOOMIN PATRIOT should be tough in this spot if ready

EIGHTH
7-5-4-2
MR CORONA CRYSTAL faced top runners last year and fits well here

NINTH
9-4-6-3
PAINT ME A SINNER has reeled off three in a row and draws a favorable post

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