Here are my selections for Monday. 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). Rough start to the quarter horse meet but it will come around.
WMA RED SAND First time starter has decent works and could surprise
ZOOMINATUER Is always close and fits well in this spot
SHAKE MY COCKTAIL Has run some decent races and should be in the mix
LA GRAN VALENTINA Was OK in debut and should improve here
PARADICE CITY Raced against a tough group in debut and should improve here
JALEPENO COUNTY has a nice work for this
TOO KOOL TO RETURN Should be ready for a big effort in debut
JESS LEAVING FAST Has not been worse than second in six starts
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.