Playing the Ponies

Sam Houston Race Park selections for Wednesday, Feb. 13

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Here are my selections for Wednesday. 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). I like the last three races on the card best of all.

MIDWATCH could improve in second start over the surface

CU RAHY plunges in class and should fit well here

JAY ISKEY'S debut wasn't bad; should bounce back from last

GET THE BLING might have found the right spot to break through

HOT FUDGE LOUIE should be ready for a solid effort in debut

BLOWIN SMOKE just missed on the grass in last; should be fine on main track

PRETTY BRITCHES only turf start was not bad and might pull a small surprise here

SEA TREATY has been competitive against tough customers and will be tough

TIZONA just missed in last and should be ready to break through

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Heading into the ninth inning on Monday night, the Astros handed the ball to Hader trailing the Braves 2-1. Instead of keeping the game close and giving the Astros' offense one more chance, the Braves teed off on the closer putting the game out of reach and ultimately winning 6-1.

Hader has one save on the season with an ERA over nine. Which has us wondering, do the Astros have a Hader problem?

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