PLAYING THE PONIES

Sam Houston Race Park selections for Friday, April 26

Here are my selections for Friday night. 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
2-3-5-1
NO HABITS HERE should get to the front early and prove tough to catch


SECOND
2-1-3-5
HEZ DASHIN BIGTIME has not shown much but stretch-out should help

THIRD
5-4-2-3
DM MARY DEAL has been getting closer and this might be the night

FOURTH
4-5-3-6
EYE AM TUFF comes off s strong effort and fits well here

FIFTH
8-7-2-3
ILUMATOR is a first time starter with decent works

SIXTH
4-5-1-6
CY ME N YOU PROSPECT missed as a favorite last out and needs a cleaner trip

SEVENTH
10-4-5-8
COUNTRY HOT DOGGIN just missed in last and outside post should help

EIGHTH
1-10-3-9
CLASSY SEIS should be in a good spot for a break through

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