PLAYING THE PONIES

Sam Houston Race Park selections for Monday, May 20

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).

FIRST
6-7-3-4
HEZA ROCKIN ACE is the most accomplished runner in the field


SECOND
1-5-7-6
TACKY PLACES has faced tough company and could surprise

THIRD
3-4-2-1
JJ BAR has been consistent and should be in the mix

FOURTH
6-1-4-3
LADEE DYNASTY might be ready for a big effort in debut

FIFTH
7-9-8-3
YOUR FAMOUS HIPS should improve in start No. 2

SIXTH
2-5-3-7
AGAPIE was overmatched in last but should be in the mix here

SEVENTH
3-7-5-6
AP FIRST FLIGHT rates a slim edge in a competitive group

EIGHTH
4-9-10-1
DASHIN RARE has been steadily improving and maybe today is the day

NINTH
7-3-4-6
RC BO REIDL should improve in this spot

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