PLAYING THE PONIES

Sam Houston Race Park selections for Saturday, March 14

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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
3-7-4-5
FINAL EXAM facd tough company in last; priors make him competitive


SECOND
3-1-5-6
NACOGDOCHES has been a money burner but might have found the right spot


THIRD
4-8-6-3
UNCORKED HUMOR should thrive at this distance


FOURTH
3-7-6-4
LOVELY LADY might wake up with the big drop in class


FIFTH

3-2-6-5
EMPRESSIVE REWARD has solid connections and some decent efforts

SIXTH
3-2-8-4
RANCHO BARGO might have found a good spot for a breakthrough


SEVENTH
3-7-6-1
GEOSCIENCE has flashed speed in both starts and should be in the mix


EIGHTH
8-5-2-7
CAIRO KING heads a pair of Asmussen runners that could win this

NINTH
2-3-6-5

WHISKEY FACTOR has nice works over the track and some decent efforts in his three starts

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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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