Playing The Ponies

Sam Houston Race Park selections for Friday, March 29

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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. (These are the picks and format that are available on the free tip sheet at SHRP)

FIRST
5-8-6-1
CALIBER was a sharp winner in last and should handle the move to turf


SECOND
7-5-6-8
MEGASIZE faltered in last but tough heat and Parker stays aboard


THIRD
8-12-1-7
SOOLEAWA returns to a sprint distance where debut was strong


FOURTH
3-8-6-4
MY THIRD EYE was a sharp winner in last and takes a slight turn back in distance


FIFTH
12-11-7-9
ELVIS deserves one more shot after a lackluster debut


SIXTH
1-4-3-2
TRULY BLING hooked a monster in last and this should be an easier spot


SEVENTH
1-7-2-6
PREVIOUS HONOR heads a powerful entry that looks tough here


EIGHTH
8-1-4-5
SOUTH TEXAS DRAWL improved in last and similar effort gets it done

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