Playing the ponies

Sam Houston Race Park selections for Friday, Feb. 8

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Here are my selections for Friday. 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). I like the second, fourth, seventh and eighth races the best.

FIRST
2-4-5-1
Not much value here but Awesome Wild Girl looks tough


SECOND
2-8-7-4
Calhoun/Parker combo has been on fire and EMERALD LADY should be in the mix

THIRD
1-5-2-7
SHE'S OLD FASHION has not shown much but takes a class plunge

FOURTH
6-8-1-4
Turnback and class drop might help ANTAGONIST get it done

FIFTH
9-10-5-6
PATERNAL PRIDE comes off a nice win at Remington and should be in the mix

SIXTH
3-5-6-4
STAR IN CHARGE seems to have figured things out

SEVENTH
4-8-2-3
FINAL EXAM has some decent works for his debut in a wide open affair

EIGHTH
8-3-2-1
STYLIN AT MIDNIGHT catches a struggling group and might be ready in debut

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