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Sam Houston Race Park selections for Wednesday, Feb. 26

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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

7-2-5-6
QUINN ELLA drops back in for a tag and fits well here


SECOND
7-1-3-2
WILD AND GOLDEN drops in class and ran well at this level two back


THIRD
9-7-1-4
MOHAWK might enjoy the turn back in distance


FOURTH
7-5-6-4
TOASTING MASTER drops in class and should be in the mix


FIFTH
3-6-8-1
BOSTON CADILLAC is in sharp form and should appreciate this trip

SIXTH

1-9-11-10
Both halves of the entry look good on either surface


SEVENTH
8-7-2-5
ROSE LARUE has a pair of solid efforts this meet


EIGHTH
5-6-4-2
IMABARNKAT is in sharp form and should be tough in this spot


NINTH
11-7-2-6
SAGE'S EPIPHANY has a pair of wins over the surface


TENTH
5-6-1-2
MOMMA'S BABY BOY won on a tough circuit; fits well here

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Just when you thought the Texans couldn't be any worse at handling personnel decisions, they do this. They knew all the baggage that Thomas brings with him, and still brought him in for a workout. And then didn't work him out. Wait, what? Exactly.

Deshaun Watson has pushed for the Texans to sign Earl Thomas in the past. Could this have been O'Brien acting like he was listening to Watson but really with no intention of signing Thomas. We'll never know, but what we do know is Bill O'Brien looks incompetent once again. Nobody is saying that Thomas is the missing piece to fixing Houston's defense, but this is just another bad look. If you bother to bring him in, at least watch him workout and see what he has left. Even if you have no intention to sign him, at least you know what kind of player he is at this stage of his career. You never know when that information could payoff down the line. Either way, the Texans have to see improvement at safety. Tight ends continue to torch the Texans defense every week, and they have to replace injured safety, A.J. Moore, who was moved to injured reserve.

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