PLAYING THE PONIES

Sam Houston Race Park selections for Saturday, Jan. 11

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. (These are the picks and format that are available on the free tip sheet at SHRP). We will be doing The Blitz from 4-7 at the track so please drop by.

FIRST
1-6-7-4
Won't get much value but Broberg duo looks very tough here


SECOND
6-2-1-5
FIFTEEN LOVE BACK offers nice value and a good record over the track


THIRD
1-3-8-4
SNEEM has three wins - all at this trip - and should be in the mix


FOURTH
3-7-6-8
DONTBEFOOLISH gets in with state breds and should like this spot


FIFTH
7-6-12-11

CULPER thrived in first start for new barn and should continue to improve

SIXTH

8-2-6-7

HURRY BACK has been close in a few spots and maybe tonight is the night


SEVENTH
1-11-12-13
EMPIRE OF GOLD has been sharp in two starts and might break through


EIGHTH
6-8-1-2
EURODEVILWOMAN has a string of runner-up finishes; maybe it's breakthrough time


NINTH

4-2-3-7
LOVE TO LEARN has been on some tough circuits and should be in the mix


TENTH

1-2-7-6
CATCH THE DEVIL has some decent works for the debut

Bigger Picture won Sunday's Connally Turf Cup. Coady photography

Here are my selections for Sunday at Sam Houston Race Park for the special racing festival card. There will not be a better racing card in America today. There are several terrific races and high quality animals. It is a day you should enjoy. These selections 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

1-5-4-6
EMPIRE OF GOLD chased a nice runner in last and should be in the mix


SECOND
5-3-8-10
GRAY HOPE has some nice efforts over the turf course


THIRD
2-9-4-5
BOLD LEGEND has a pair of sharp efforts coming in and looks tough


FOURTH
1-3-7-5
THREE DEE FLAG has faced top company and should bounce back


FIFTH
4-1-11-10
FAST BOAT has two sharp efforts over difficult courses

SIXTH
6-5-4-1
MR MONEY BAGS is in good form and loves this surface


SEVENTH

4-7-1-11
BILLY BATS rates a slim edge in a wide open, talented group


EIGHTH
5-4-1-6
MYLADY CURLIN is a win machine but this is a tough group


NINTH
12-10-2-7
BEMMA'S BOY should be a nice price for a trainer who owns this race


TENTH

2-11-6-5

WINNING ENVELOPE caught yielding turf last two; should be better on a good track


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