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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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