Playing the Ponies

Sam Houston Race Park selections for Saturday, Jan. 25

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
2-5-1-7
Will take a flyer with firster PRINCE JET in a struggling group


SECOND
6-2-3-9
MARGAUX MANIA was not bad in debut and should improve


THIRD
7-1-3-6
AKULINA has been off for a while but fits well if ready


FOURTH
3-2-4-7
CATCH THE DEVIL was not bad in debut and should improve


FIFTH

8-7-9-5


MR TICKLE is in sharp form and should handle the surface switch

SIXTH
2-1-7-4
DOMINANTE fits the conditions and should be in the mix


SEVENTH

2-7-4-1
TIGHT TEN has been off form but showed a lot of class early; good bounce back spot


EIGHTH
9-4-8-12
TA gets another shot after coming up short in meet debut


NINTH

5-6-11-8
SAMICEAN has done well over this surface in the past



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

1-4-2-6
UPTOWN FLYING FLYNN just missed in last and could get it done


SECOND
1-3-2-4
Three-pronged entry could easily sweep the top three spots here


THIRD
4-3-2-1
MADIBA deserves another look shortening up from an OK effort at a mile


FOURTH

5-8-7-2
SWISS DOT likely needed last; past efforts are good enough to win this


FIFTH
5-7-8-9
GILES was a beaten favorite in last but similar effort could get it done

SIXTH

2-5-3-7
LITTLE CODE has some solid efforts and should be in the hunt if race stays on the grass


SEVENTH

8-3-1-2
PRINCE JET gets Lasix off a speed and fade debut; should be tough to catch


EIGHTH
8-4-9-1
COMPLETE SENSE should be in the mix if she goes; if not KERTARA looks solid


NINTH
4-5-2-1
TAKE CHARGE WOMAN has solid works for debut and could be ready


TENTH

2-5-10-3
MO AMERICAN is a son of Triple Crown winner American Pharaoh; should be tough


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