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Sam Houston Race Park selections for Tuesday, March 12

Sam Houston Race Park selections for Tuesday, March 12
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Here are my selections for Tuesday. 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

1-5-4-3
MEXIA was a beaten favorite in last but Asmussen horses tend to do well stretching out


SECOND
2-5-7-6
SWEETDREAMSTONIGHT should be closer with a cleaner break


THIRD
1-2-4-7
HEIR OF STORM/JACK WITH SEVEN
Both Broberg runners look very tough in this spot


FOURTH
2-8-9-3
HEAT FLASH struggled in last in New Orleans but prior efforts put him right there


FIFTH
8-6-9-7
SOUL SEEKIN has two nice efforts at Delta; looks like a two-horse race on paper


SIXTH
9-7-1-5
OKIE TORNADO is a firster with solid turf pedigree and decent works


SEVENTH
2-6-5-4
KWIK should improve in second start over the surface


EIGHTH
6-5-1-4
BLUSHING KITTEN just missed versus a similar group in last


NINTH
1-8-9-7
TOUCH EM UP looks like the stronger half of a solid entry

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