PLAYING THE PONIES

Sam Houston Race Park selections for Saturday, Feb. 8

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Here are my selections for Saturday night at Sam Houston Race Park. 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
2-7-4-1
Either half of the entry could come out on top here


SECOND
2-8-4-3
E RATED just missed in meet debut and should get it done here


THIRD
8-6-7-10
FLASH N GO gets back on the turf where he should improve


FOURTH
4-3-6-1
CLIPBOARD MONEY likely needed last and should be in the mix


FIFTH
2-9-6-4
BLUSHING KITTEN should get a solid pace to run at

SIXTH
6-8-2-4
GOOD FAITH has sharp works for debut and should be competitive


SEVENTH
10-1-3-6
ROGER BROWN is in sharp form and will be tough


EIGHTH
4-3-6-8
BOLD LEGEND is in sharp form and should be tough to handle


NINTH
4-8-9-1
EMPRESARIO was a sharp winner in last and should continue to improve


TENTH

6-10-13-2
NOVA NOTION has been close in last two; has been off since June but workouts are solid


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