Playing the Ponies

Sam Houston Race Park selections for Wednesday, Jan. 29

Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

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
4-5-10-12
MERITATEN has been hanging in there on some tough circuits

SECOND

6-1-4-7
ICEBIRG LET US will be a short price but looks tough here


THIRD
1-7-5-4
XINGFU struggled at Fair Grounds but priors at Remington were solid


FOURTH
6-2-1-4
CENTSMYBABYLEFTME has excellent speed and should be in the mix


FIFTH
4-6-11-1
GOLDEN PERFECTION has a lot of experience but seems to be improving

SIXTH

2-3-4-7
CLAYMANNSDREAM might be ready first time out


SEVENTH
7-1-6-2
QUINN MURPHEY gets a slight edge in a wide open group


EIGHTH
8-10-11-1
WESTMONT was not bad in first effort over the surface and could improve


NINTH
7-8-6-1
SISTER NOVA is consistent and should be in the mix




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

1-4-2-6
UPTOWN FLYING FLYNN just missed in last and could get it done


SECOND
1-3-2-4
Three-pronged entry could easily sweep the top three spots here


THIRD
4-3-2-1
MADIBA deserves another look shortening up from an OK effort at a mile


FOURTH

5-8-7-2
SWISS DOT likely needed last; past efforts are good enough to win this


FIFTH
5-7-8-9
GILES was a beaten favorite in last but similar effort could get it done

SIXTH

2-5-3-7
LITTLE CODE has some solid efforts and should be in the hunt if race stays on the grass


SEVENTH

8-3-1-2
PRINCE JET gets Lasix off a speed and fade debut; should be tough to catch


EIGHTH
8-4-9-1
COMPLETE SENSE should be in the mix if she goes; if not KERTARA looks solid


NINTH
4-5-2-1
TAKE CHARGE WOMAN has solid works for debut and could be ready


TENTH

2-5-10-3
MO AMERICAN is a son of Triple Crown winner American Pharaoh; should be tough


SportsMap Emails
Are Awesome