Playing the Ponies

Sam Houston Race Park selections for Wednesday, Feb. 5

Bigger Picture won Sunday's Connally Turf Cup. Coady photography

Here are my selections for Wednesday afternoon 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

8-5-2-4

WORLD offers no value on the win end but looks hard to beat here


SECOND
6-8-3-2
LITTLE AVENGER should close out a short priced Asmussen double


THIRD
5-4-8-6
RAMAAH stretches out off an OK debut and should handle the distance


FOURTH

9-10-6-4
APPOLINA's form in California wasn't bad; in the mix if it translates


FIFTH
8-1-4-12
HE'S A SUITOR was not bad in Delta debut and should improve

SIXTH

2-4-1-5
SHANGHAI SKIPPER should improve with a race over the surface under his belt


SEVENTH
5-6-1-10
TORNADO MAN came up short against a nice field in last; could get it done here


EIGHTH
5-6-7-2
MADIBA ships in from Delta and drops in class for Broberg


NINTH

10-7-4-9
CRITICAL DECISION was a beaten favorite against better in last


TENTH
4-2-9-10
ROSE LARUE ran a nice one in last and a repeat puts her in the mix


Coady photography

Here are my selections for Saturday night 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

8-7-5-4
MS PUEBLO WEST drops in class and should be in the mix


SECOND
2-7-5-6
MEGANS LAD has been running on the turf but has run well on dirt in the past

THIRD
6-3-4-7
CURLIN'S JOURNEY has been chasing talented runners; should like this spot

FOURTH
4-6-5-7
SWASHBUCKLER should like the drop in class

FIFTH
12-9-6-7
EMPIRE OF GOLD keeps coming close; this might be the night

SIXTH
12-2-9-8
CORLUNA is a consistent turf runner who should be a decent price


SEVENTH
3-2-5-4
STILLATUNE seemed to figure things out at Delta Downs

EIGHTH
11-13-2-8
MR MONEY BAGS makes turf debut but should handle the surface just fine

NINTH
5-3-2-6
GOOD JUDGEMENT dusted a nice group at Oaklawn and will be tough

TENTH
7-8-3-9

FIANCEE should be favored but the 8 could have a say as well


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