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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TEXANS MAKE SURPRISING CUT

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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