PLAYING THE PONIES

Sam Houston Race Park selections for Friday, Feb. 14

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Here are my selections for Friday night at Sam Houston Race Park. 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
5-4-3-8
IZA DADDY has been super consistent and should contend here


SECOND
7-8-4-2
D'ROCKETMAN has a win over the local surface and some nice tries at Remington


THIRD
4-9-1-5
STORMY DEPENCIER struggled in last but barn usually has them ready


FOURTH
8-7-2-1
INSURRECTION ran into trouble in last but prior start puts him in the mix


FIFTH
8-4-3-1
HEADLINING showed some life in Kentucky in last start and could get it done here

SIXTH
4-1-10-7
WHENTHEPENNYDROPS could be a nice fit in this spot


SEVENTH
9-2-7-5
TRUE CONFESSION has been off since July but faced tough runners


EIGHTH
7-8-3-5
YOUNG PHILLIP has been close against some very talented fiels


NINTH
2-10-8-1
BELLE STRIKE should improve with the stretch-out, surface change and second start


TENTH
4-10-9-7
CONTENDRESS showed some life in last and might be coming around

Here are my selections for Saturday night at Sam Houston Race Park. 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

1-4-2-6
UPTOWN FLYING FLYNN just missed in last and could get it done


SECOND
1-3-2-4
Three-pronged entry could easily sweep the top three spots here


THIRD
4-3-2-1
MADIBA deserves another look shortening up from an OK effort at a mile


FOURTH

5-8-7-2
SWISS DOT likely needed last; past efforts are good enough to win this


FIFTH
5-7-8-9
GILES was a beaten favorite in last but similar effort could get it done

SIXTH

2-5-3-7
LITTLE CODE has some solid efforts and should be in the hunt if race stays on the grass


SEVENTH

8-3-1-2
PRINCE JET gets Lasix off a speed and fade debut; should be tough to catch


EIGHTH
8-4-9-1
COMPLETE SENSE should be in the mix if she goes; if not KERTARA looks solid


NINTH
4-5-2-1
TAKE CHARGE WOMAN has solid works for debut and could be ready


TENTH

2-5-10-3
MO AMERICAN is a son of Triple Crown winner American Pharaoh; should be tough


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