PLAYING THE PONIES

Sam Houston Race Park selections for Monday, April 29

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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.

FIRST
3-4-7-6
RACEY BLAZE exits a tough heat and fits well here


SECOND
6-3-4-5
LA RAPID CHIRONOMY draws a favorable post and has been close a few times


THIRD
2-3-6-4
JESSCOMARUNNING should be in a good spot for win No. 3


FOURTH
3-7-4-5
RAYO TO THE TOP might finally be in the right spot for a win


FIFTH
8-1-3-6
RM DASHIN DEAL should improve with a start over the track


SIXTH
3-5-4-6
JESS ELEVEN OR SEVEN already has a win at this condition

SEVENTH
4-6-7-5
IS EL TRECE has been close in Louisiana and could break through

EIGHTH
4-9-8-2
MALALA STOLIS was close against a nice runner in debut and should improve

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