Betting the ponies

Sam Houston Race Park selections for Wednesday, Feb. 6

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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. If the races come off the turf due to rain, check out Twitter and I will update the picks. (These are the picks and format that are available on the free tip sheet at SHRP). I like betting these midweek cards because most of the money is from off track, which means my picks do not get hammered as much.


COVER CHARGE has been chasing tough runners and should thrive back on turf

GET THE BLING might turn the tables on LOOKIECOOKIE this time around

SARAAB's turf efforts have been solid and might break through in this spot

DION lost to the favorite in last but prior efforts would get it done

TIZ PLUS gets back to a preferred surface and looks solid

FUDGE PROUD will be a short price but looks tough here

HUMOR is one of two Asmussen runners with a huge shot

MOVE IT MABEL showed some life in last and might be sitting on a good one


ST JOSEPH COUNTY was a beaten fave in last; could bounce back

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After Yordan Alvarez suffered an injury on Thursday from colliding into Jeremy Peña in short left field, many fans and media are questioning whether Alvarez should DH exclusively to keep injuries like this from happening.

While this may prevent injuries from happening in left field, there are numerous ways of getting hurt, such as running the bases, and we saw Alvarez miss some time recently with a hand injury from swinging the bat.

Plus, playing Yordan in left where he's at least an average outfielder, allows veterans like Michael Brantley and Jose Altuve to slide in the DH spot to get some much-needed rest over the course of the season. And there's an argument being made that Yordan is better at the plate when he's playing the field.

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