PLAYING THE PONIES

Sam Houston Race Park selections for Friday, Jan. 17

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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
1-8-6-5
Strong entry should be favored but price will be short


SECOND
3-1-2-4
DANCING WAVES takes a step up but fits here and will be a solid price


THIRD
2-4-1-3
ALWAYS GRACE drops in class and could upset the heavy favorite


FOURTH
6-2-3-10
SHELLEY'S DREAM has been knocking on the door but fits well here


FIFTH
1-8-10-2
SLEW TANG CLAN struggled in a tough group in last but this is a better spot

SIXTH
1-6-8-4
LONE STAR LADY heads a talented entry that should be in the mix


SEVENTH
5-3-6-10
LIL BIG MAN has been solid on the turf and could pop here at a price


EIGHTH
7-11-2-3
TA should improve in this spot and offers some value


NINTH
7-1-8-6
ALPHA TO OMEGA is consistent and should be in the mix


TENTH

10-12-14-9
JOMO should be a nice price in a race that should produce a good payoff

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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