PLAYING THE PONIES

Sam Houston Race Park selections for Saturday, Feb. 9

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Here are my selections for Saturday. 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 like the second, third, fifth, eighth and ninth races the best).

FIRST

7-2-5-4

RB BLASTFROMTHEPAST might have found the right spot here

SECOND

2-4-3-5

SPECIAL PRAISE could pull off a mild upset here

THIRD

2-5-6-1

GOLD BUYER is another Calhoun/Parker runner and should be tough

FOURTH

5-4-1-3

RARE POPPY was a beaten favorite in last but should bounce back

FIFTH

2-4-3-6

VOLLEY MOLLEY stretches back out and could take this at a nice price

SIXTH

6-4-1-2

SHES A TEXAN needed last and should fare better in this spot

SEVENTH

1-3-6-4

KITCHEN BOSS could turn the tables in this spot

EIGHTH

5-6-1-4

MARIA CHUCHENA was right there with solid fields in Oklahoma

NINTH

2-1-6-5

A PLACE REMEMBERED rates a slim edge in a competitive group

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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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