Betting The Races

Sam Houston Race Park selections for Friday, Feb. 1

Bigger Picture won Sunday's Connally Turf Cup. Coady photography

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. If the races come off the turf due to rain, check out Twitter and I will update the picks. (These are the picks and format that are available on the free tip sheet at SHRP)


MORE THAN A MELODY will be a short price but looks solid here

Another short-priced Asmussen runner who is hard to get around

WHITE WALLS is really good at this distance on the turf and should be in the mix

We will take a flyer with some firsts, including WITT'S GRAND, who should be a big price

TELESCOPIC PLAN struggled in last but priors fit well in this spot

FOREST GIRL is in good form and will need to be sharp to beat RARE POPPY

CHAT RAT is one of two Broberg runners in here and both look good

TOMMY GROSSMAN faced a tough group in last and should fare better here

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