PLAYING THE PONIES

Sam Houston Race Park selections for Friday, March 13

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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.

FIRST
7-6-3-4
UPTOWN WTF had a nightmare trip in last


SECOND
1-6-4-5
SPACE COWGIRL comes off a nice effort at Fair Grounds


THIRD
3-8-9-2
DON'T LET ME LINGER should move forward in this spot


FOURTH
4-6-3-5
GRAND TRIBUTE has a couple of OK efforts at Delta


FIFTH
5-9-8-1
PASSIVE has been off since June but has steady works and best would be good enough

SIXTH
1-6-4-2
MISLED improved in last and another step forward should get it done


SEVENTH
9-11-10-4
VALENTINE'S DAY should improve off a solid second in meet debut


EIGHTH
7-1A-8-6
THE REMAINDER has good early speed and could prove tough


NINTH
7-9-5-2
BOUNDLESS JOY drops in class and should get a good trip


TENTH
6-10-9-2
HECOULDGOALLTHEWAY is a Kitten's Joy firster on the turf; could be a good night for Sasha

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Eric Gordon has lost a tremendous amount weight during the shutdown. His biggest aspiration is to stay healthy and be more fit for the shorter season. He told the media that he feels confident about this team, and is optimistic about getting his shot back consistently.

"Everybody knows we're a dangerous team. We can beat anybody, and we can beat ourselves" said Gordon. "It's all about finding that consistent path. There are only eight games and playoffs around the corner, we have to be dominant from start to finish."

Gordon is at a career low shooting 37 percent from the field this season, while playing in only 34 games. During the season he went through a couple of injuries while averaging 14.5 points per game. For Gordon to be productive he needs to remain healthy so the Rockets can be successful. If Russell Westbrook or James Harden are off to a bad start, Gordon is a great weapon to go to. Even though Gordon's stats dropped from the previous two years, there can always be a quick turnaround.

Gordon's injury caused him to miss quite a bit of time, so it was hard for him to get back in rhythm. That can always throw a great shooter like Gordon off. The quarantine allowed Gordon to get healthy and practice his shot more. Before the season started, Gordon signed a four-year, $76 million contract extension. Daryl Morey is extremely confident about having Gordon on the Rockets. Morey was seen working with Gordon after practice Tuesday.

Mike D'Antoni has loved the way Gordon has looked on the court. As D'Antoni watched the Rockets five on five practice, he's been observing Gordon very carefully.

"He hasn't missed a rep. Looks good. Shooting the ball extremely well," said D'Antoni during the Zoom press conference. "Getting Eric Gordon in the groove and getting him going is very important. And also, getting the other guys to be able to maybe even have more opportunities."

When Gordon is consistent and healthy, it is a scary sight to opposing teams.

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