Playing the Ponies

Sam Houston Race Park selections for Saturday, Feb. 2

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Here are my selections for Saturday 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. If the races come off the turf due to rain, check out Twitter and I will update the picks. (These are the picks and format that are available on the free tip sheet at SHRP). I will be at the track from 7-9 p.m. in the special ESPN section so if you are out drop by and say hello.

DANCE WITH ME BW has an experience edge in this group

BIG BEN AA picks up Sasha and could turn the tables on RB TEXAS HOLDEM

COWBOY BLING did not seem to like the Delta surface; good record here

WAVE OF PERFECTION has been inconsistent but best effort wins this

FRILLY FRILL has a sharp work for debut and should handle the grass

PAULAS BUDDY seems to be better at this distance and might get it done

BLOWIN SMOKE has been competing on some difficult circuits

Overwhelmed in last, but ALEX'S BOURBON was sharp before that effort



Will try to get out with a long shot in MIDWATCH who should fare better sprinting

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Texans to release prominent player on defense

Zach Cunningham is on his way out of Houston. Composite image by Jack Brame.

According to multiple reports, the Texans are waiving LB Zach Cunningham. Cunningham was benched last Sunday for disciplinary reasons, which reportedly stemmed from a missed COVID test. Cunningham was also benched for a quarter earlier in the season for breaking team rules.

According to Ian Rapoport, the Texans will have to eat his 12.8 million dollar cap hit next season.

Cunningham started in seven of the 10 games he’s played this season recording 67 tackles and a forced fumble. The Texans are at a point where there's hardly anyone left on the team that has any name recognition with what's left of the fan base. And now the Texans have another position that will have to be addressed this offseason.

Cunningham will likely command a lot of attention from other teams interested in his services.

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