PLAYING THE PONIES

Sam Houston Race Park selections for Friday, Feb. 21

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

6-5-2-1
LAZUR HESS has finished behind a couple of these in the past but looks sharp


SECOND
8-2-3-6
GAME DAY DECISION gets back on dirt and distance should suit him

THIRD
11-12-5-7
MORE THAN STATURE hooked a monster in last; prior race fits well here

FOURTH
1-5-4-6
ROCKNROLL ROCKET was an easy winner in last and could repeat

FIFTH
8-9-7-1
JADE D'ORO just missed in Delta debut and should be in the mix

SIXTH
6-3-4-8
SNEEM has yet to lose at this trip; new barn should keep him sharp


SEVENTH
3-10-4-7
BIG EGYPT is a shrewd claim who has already paid off; could win right back at this level


EIGHTH
5-4-7-6
LEBRON J has every reason to improve in start No. 3


NINTH
6-8-5-2
THREE TIME CHARMER had gate issues in last; better behavior could equal a win


TENTH
3-1-5-10

UNCAIL will be on the lead early and tough to run down


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

Here are my selections for Wednesday 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
6-1-7-3
GOLIATH RIDGE keeps getting closer and might finally break through


SECOND
2-6-1-5
LEMON ROSES should thrive with added distance and offers good value


THIRD

1-7-4-2
GAME SET AND MATCH has been OK in last two vs. better


FOURTH
8-7-2-3
BRENDA'S AN I FULL should be tough if race stays on turf


FIFTH
2-9-10-8
JUDY'S PRIZE was in tough in last and could pop at a price

SIXTH
6-1-3-4
KATE'S SECOND SILVER should be competitive in this spot


SEVENTH
3-9-11-10
MILLI STAR could offer some nice value; should do well at this distance


EIGHTH
7-6-8-1
MISS FUNNY GUN plunges in class and that should do the trick


NINTH
3-7-5-4
BANDY'S MAP gets in for a tag and should improve here


TENTH
4-6-7-3
BLACKROCK CASTLE could thrive with the surface switch and stretch out

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