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Sam Houston Race Park selections for Friday, March 1

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Bigger Picture won the Connally Turf Cup. Coady photography

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. (These are the picks and format that are available on the free tip sheet at SHRP). Lots of rain in the area so if the races come off the turf, ignore those picks.

FIRST
2-1-6-4
KING CLOUDY was a sharp winner in debut and should fit well here


SECOND
1-4-6-7
IRISH MISSLE might turn the tables in this spot in third off layoff


THIRD
5-1-11-8
SAMICEAN usually fires a good shot and has a strong record here


FOURTH
2-6-5-3
WHENTHEPENNYDROPS
Solid debut and should improve in start No. 2


FIFTH
11-9-1-8
GOOD MONGOLIA has been solid in both turf tries in Chicago


SIXTH
6-1-3-4
KINGSVILLE rolled in last and might have found a spot to repeat


SEVENTH
6-5-3-7
CORLUNA has reeled off a couple good wins and could do it again


EIGHTH
9-2-5-7
ASI FUE was solid in debut and should be in the mix

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