PLAYING THE PONIES

Sam Houston Race Park selections for Sunday, Jan. 26

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


Here are my selections for Wednesday 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

4-5-1-2
LUCKY QUEEN takes a big class drop for a high percentage barn


SECOND
2-7-3-4
GOLIATH RIDGE was well back in meet debut but could pop in this spot


THIRD

6-3-4-1
REAL DE JALPA had a string of solid efforts at Hawthorne before last; back to dirt


FOURTH
4-11-1-2
TJB OORAH should improve off of even debut; Kitten's Joys usually love the grass


FIFTH
2-10-6-5
JESSICA'S ARCH has solid efforts vs. open company in New Mexico and solid record at SHRP

SIXTH
3-2-10-8
FIREWATER JAKE has some big efforts on tough circuits


SEVENTH
7-2-1-6
Lightly raced LONG WEEKEND has some sharp works for 2020 debut


EIGHTH
7-1-9-2
TOUCH EM UP did not show much at Oaklawn but prior races put him in the mix


NINTH
10-13-6-3
BRENDAS AN I FULL should be very tough if this stays on the grass


TENTH
1-6-10-3

CHACHING BLING has solid works, hot trainer and win early sire for debut


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