Eyesa Jess Jumpin will be in action Friday at Sam Houston Race Park. Coady Photography
Here are my selections for Friday night. 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). I will be in the special ESPN section from 8-10 p.m. so drop by and say hello.
CATHY JOE was solid in debut and should improve here
SMASHED GOL just missed in meet debut and should take a step forward
EIGHT TOMORROWS has lots of experience and maybe tonight is the night
CH BODACIOUS BUG has been in tough and fits well here
CLASS WITH FLASH will need to improve but fits well here
IMA DASHIN LEADER turned in a big effort in last and should be in the mix
EYESA JESS JUMPIN has finished first in eight of his last nine
TRUMP MY RECORD is on a roll to start off his career
Per The Athletic's Chandler Rome, Framber Valdez plans on both he and the catcher calling pitches this year. He said he “wants to feel more comfortable,” adding “not that I don't feel comfortable with the catchers, but I want to feel comfortable and throw the pitches with more conviction…to feel like I have the game in my hands.”
Framber Valdez has the PitchCom device on his glove as he warms up before the first inning in West Palm Beach. Yainer Diaz is catching him today. https://t.co/tqgmzwfN7r
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) March 1, 2024
Is that a good thing? Either way, it seems like a return to form for Framber Valdez is the biggest “what if” for the 2024 Houston Astros.
Be sure to watch the video above as ESPN Houston's Paul Gallant & Joe George discuss.