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)

FIRST

6-3-4-2
MORE THAN A MELODY will be a short price but looks solid here

SECOND
1-5-4-7
Another short-priced Asmussen runner who is hard to get around

THIRD
8-11-4-10
WHITE WALLS is really good at this distance on the turf and should be in the mix

FOURTH
5-7-6-2
We will take a flyer with some firsts, including WITT'S GRAND, who should be a big price

FIFTH
2-12-3-6
TELESCOPIC PLAN struggled in last but priors fit well in this spot

SIXTH
7-5-4-8
FOREST GIRL is in good form and will need to be sharp to beat RARE POPPY

SEVENTH
8-4-2-6
CHAT RAT is one of two Broberg runners in here and both look good

EIGHTH
8-11-9-1
TOMMY GROSSMAN faced a tough group in last and should fare better here

Hodges Photography

Here are my selections for Monday. 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). Rough start to the quarter horse meet but it will come around.

FIRST
5-8-6-2
WMA RED SAND First time starter has decent works and could surprise


SECOND
7-5-2-6
ZOOMINATUER Is always close and fits well in this spot

THIRD
8-6-4-2
SHAKE MY COCKTAIL Has run some decent races and should be in the mix

FOURTH
3-1-6-4
LA GRAN VALENTINA Was OK in debut and should improve here

FIFTH
4-8-1-3
PARADICE CITY Raced against a tough group in debut and should improve here

SIXTH
1-7-2-3
JALEPENO COUNTY has a nice work for this

SEVENTH
1-9-4-3

TOO KOOL TO RETURN Should be ready for a big effort in debut

EIGHTH
2-1-6-10
JESS LEAVING FAST Has not been worse than second in six starts

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