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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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Eric Gordon has lost a tremendous amount weight during the shutdown. His biggest aspiration is to stay healthy and be more fit for the shorter season. He told the media that he feels confident about this team, and is optimistic about getting his shot back consistently.

"Everybody knows we're a dangerous team. We can beat anybody, and we can beat ourselves" said Gordon. "It's all about finding that consistent path. There are only eight games and playoffs around the corner, we have to be dominant from start to finish."

Gordon is at a career low shooting 37 percent from the field this season, while playing in only 34 games. During the season he went through a couple of injuries while averaging 14.5 points per game. For Gordon to be productive he needs to remain healthy so the Rockets can be successful. If Russell Westbrook or James Harden are off to a bad start, Gordon is a great weapon to go to. Even though Gordon's stats dropped from the previous two years, there can always be a quick turnaround.

Gordon's injury caused him to miss quite a bit of time, so it was hard for him to get back in rhythm. That can always throw a great shooter like Gordon off. The quarantine allowed Gordon to get healthy and practice his shot more. Before the season started, Gordon signed a four-year, $76 million contract extension. Daryl Morey is extremely confident about having Gordon on the Rockets. Morey was seen working with Gordon after practice Tuesday.

Mike D'Antoni has loved the way Gordon has looked on the court. As D'Antoni watched the Rockets five on five practice, he's been observing Gordon very carefully.

"He hasn't missed a rep. Looks good. Shooting the ball extremely well," said D'Antoni during the Zoom press conference. "Getting Eric Gordon in the groove and getting him going is very important. And also, getting the other guys to be able to maybe even have more opportunities."

When Gordon is consistent and healthy, it is a scary sight to opposing teams.

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