PLAYING THE PONIES

Sam Houston Race Park selections for Saturday, March 16 (with bonus selections for Oaklawn)

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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. (These are the picks and format that are available on the free tip sheet at SHRP). Also, it is Rebel Day at Oaklawn, and the race was split in two divisions. If you are looking for some simulcast action before Sam starts...Good luck today!

OAKLAWN PLAYS

Race 8: The Rebel Division I: Improbable makes his first start of the year and is a 3-5 favorite. He will be tough, but I like No. 2 Long Range Toddy to turn in a better effort today. So will play No. 2 across the board, and box him in a few exactas with No. 9 Improbable.

Race 9: The Essex: Not a real strong opinion here but will wheel No. 6 Heavy Roller up and down with the field in exactas.

Race 10: The Rebel Division 2: Game Winner is the champ and a solid favorite, but again it is his first start of the year. If we are going to get him, it will be here. I will use No. 8 Gunmetal Gray wheeled in the exactas and trifectas with the the 2-5-6-7-10.

SAM HOUSTON SELECTIONS

FIRST
2-5-4-1
DANCE DOCTOR was dull in last but hooked some runners; priors put him right there


SECOND
4-1-2-7
RARE POPPY just does not like to win but gets one last chance


THIRD
6-8-2-1
A PLACE REMEMBERED gets back on the lawn where he has a strong record


FOURTH
2-7-6-4
AUDACIOUS ANGEL was a little flat in last but should bounce back


FIFTH
5-6-10-7
OH MY GOSH BECKY is bred to love the grass and could surprise at a big price


SIXTH
1-4-6-2
NIGHT STRIKE takes a step up off a very strong win and could repeat


SEVENTH
3-6-7-5
SARABI will be hard to get around here at a short price


EIGHTH
4-6-1-3
SHES A TEXAN looks like the best of a struggling group


NINTH
4-10-8-5
DIZZY KITTEN has every right to improve in start No. 2.

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