Playing the Ponies

Sam Houston Race Park selections for Saturday, Feb. 2

Sam Houston Race Park

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.

FIRST
1-6-3-2
DANCE WITH ME BW has an experience edge in this group

SECOND
1-3-9-2
BIG BEN AA picks up Sasha and could turn the tables on RB TEXAS HOLDEM

THIRD
2-5-6-3
COWBOY BLING did not seem to like the Delta surface; good record here

FOURTH
7-2-1-5
WAVE OF PERFECTION has been inconsistent but best effort wins this

FIFTH
5-11-1-4
FRILLY FRILL has a sharp work for debut and should handle the grass

SIXTH
4-6-1-3
PAULAS BUDDY seems to be better at this distance and might get it done

SEVENTH
6-8-11-10
BLOWIN SMOKE has been competing on some difficult circuits

EIGHTH
1-2-5-6
Overwhelmed in last, but ALEX'S BOURBON was sharp before that effort

NINTH

11-9-2-7

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

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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
5-8-6-2
WMA RED SAND First time starter has decent works and could surprise


SECOND
7-5-2-6
ZOOMINATUER Is always close and fits well in this spot

THIRD
8-6-4-2
SHAKE MY COCKTAIL Has run some decent races and should be in the mix

FOURTH
3-1-6-4
LA GRAN VALENTINA Was OK in debut and should improve here

FIFTH
4-8-1-3
PARADICE CITY Raced against a tough group in debut and should improve here

SIXTH
1-7-2-3
JALEPENO COUNTY has a nice work for this

SEVENTH
1-9-4-3

TOO KOOL TO RETURN Should be ready for a big effort in debut

EIGHTH
2-1-6-10
JESS LEAVING FAST Has not been worse than second in six starts

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