Playing the Ponies

Sam Houston Race Park selections for Wednesday, Feb. 27

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). Lots of rain in the area so if the races come off the turf, ignore those picks.

FIRST
7-6-3-1

EASTER SNAP
Might turn the tables on the favorite with the longer distance

SECOND
1-7-5-4
GET FOXY
Needed last off the shelf and class drop might get her home


THIRD

2-3-5-10

HEAT FLASH
Should fare much better in this spot than in the last

FOURTH
1-6-2-4
CHI TOWN CHIEF
Gets one more chance off a non-threatening second

FIFTH
2-10-7-1
MOLLYWARMFLASH
Firster is bred for the grass for Asmussen and the price is fair

SIXTH
7-6-1-3
CORNELIUS SPRINGS
Big class drop might be they key to victory for this one

SEVENTH
4-1-5-2
GET THE BLING
Sharp winner in last should handle step up in conditions

EIGHTH
6-7-5-1
AUDACIOUS ANGEL
Been sharp last two and should be in the hunt again

NINTH
4-8-5-7
CAPTIVE KITTEN
Shocker - yet another Kitten's Joy offspring who loves the turf

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Houston gets back in the win column

Astros end six-game skid thanks to a gem by Greinke

Zack Greinke tossed a gem Saturday night. Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

After the Mariners roared back Friday night to get a walk-off win over the Astros, dashing their hopes of ending their losing streak, Houston tried to even the series with a win on Saturday night with their ace Zack Greinke on the mound. Greinke would do his part, throwing a terrific game, and the Astros would squeak out one run, which was enough to get back in the win column.

Final Score: Astros 1, Mariners 0

Astros' Record: 7-7, fourth in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Zack Greinke (2-1)

Losing Pitcher: Chris Flexen (1-1)

Plenty of hits, but only one run

Although the Astros were racking up hits against Chris Flexen, they had little to show for it. Eight different batters would notch ten hits against him, but the only time it amounted to a run was on a two-out RBI-single by Taylor Jones in the top of the fourth, giving Houston a 1-0 lead.

Greinke spins a gem

Luckily for them, Zack Greinke was making it look like that would be enough. He cruised through the Mariners all night, allowing just four hits while giving up zero runs along with six strikeouts, one of which moved him past 2,700 on his career. He could have attempted to finish the complete-game shutout, but at 91 pitches after eight, Dusty Baker opted to bring in closer Ryan Pressly for the ninth. Greinke's final line: 8.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K, 91 P.

Houston finally ends their losing streak

With the high-leverage save opportunity in the bottom of the ninth, Ryan Pressly entered to hold on to the one-run lead. He would do his job, finishing off the win for Greinke and putting an end to Houston's disappointing losing streak.

Up Next: The third and final game of this series will get underway at 3:10 PM Central on Sunday. Jake Odorizzi (0-1, 13.50 ERA) will look to make a rebound from his disappointing first start with the Astros, while the Mariners will start Nick Margevicius (0-1, 7.04 ERA).

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