Sam Houston Picks: Asmussen Trainee in R9 January 8

Sam Houston Race Park hosts its 1st Saturday card of the 2022 Meeting, and it is sure to offer some value! Check out these selections below!
Sam Houston Race Park hosts its 1st Saturday card of the 2022 Meeting, and it is sure to offer some value! Check out these selections below!

Sam Houston Picks - Saturday, January 8, 2022

  • Race 1: 6-1-4-3
  • Race 2: 4-2-6-5
  • Race 3: 5-1/1A-2-6
  • Race 4: 4-1-3-6
  • Race 5: 6-1-4-2
  • Race 6: 10-5-4-8
  • Race 7: 5-7-1/1A-4
  • Race 8: 3-6-1/1A-2
  • Race 9: 3-7-1-5
  • **Most Likely Winner: Soaring #3 (Race 9)**
  • **Best Value: Half Ours To Keep #10 (Race 6)**

Sam Houston Race Park is up ... With low takeouts at 12% for wagers like the Daily Double and Pick 3s, 4s, 5, and the Space City 6, there is absolutely no reason to not be playing at "Sam." Kicking off Opening Weekend, we have a set of cards that are sure to bring some value. With the excellent John B. Connally Turf Course, great fields, and a solid purse structure, the team in the Bayou City is ready to trot out a fabulous Meet. 

At we have you covered, including all of the action from SHRP! It is a good time for some of the best that North American racing has to offer. Stay tuned! If you're looking for picks elsewhere around the country this Saturday be sure to check out our free Horse Racing Picks via the gold button below. Do not forget to follow us on Twitter ... @Horseracing_USA ...

Horse Racing Picks
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Most Likely Winner: (Race 9: Soaring #3, 6/5):

Trainer Steve Asmussen has obliterated his competition at Sam Houston over the years, and it is because he has such strong stock. Here is a runner that is extremely well-bred by Tapit, and the 3-yr-old filly should win in this spot. The last time we saw her up at Remington in Oklahoma, she was caught late in a MSW33k. Stewart Elliott is not going to allow that to happen again, and I would expect her to win at odds that will be quite low. A winner … well, it is a winner …

Wagering Recommendation: $100 Win, #3


Off-the-Pace Play of the Day: (Race 6: Half Ours to Keep #10, 9/2):

I know what you are thinking … a 9/2 shot on the M/L is not an off-the-pace play! But hold the phone … This is what I call a drifter on the tote. I am willing to bet that Karl Broberg’s runner will get smashed in terms of odds by Steve Asmussen’s Fra Mauro #5. That gelding will get over bet with Stewart Elliott in the saddle, and will allow Broberg’s entry to end up being a fab price. I am hoping for something like 6/1. Will I get it? Watch the tote and let’s see where this one lands. I think he wins!

Wagering Recommendation: $100 Win, #10


Spotlight Race of the Day: (Race 3: Turf, 1 Mile, Clm25kn3L, 4+):

Here is a turf event that looks to be an inviting bet, especially with such a sizable field. I like the look of Frank Lucarelli’s entry, Gordon Anthony #5. Right from the start, you will notice she is classy enough to handle this condition, and her turf pedigree on the dam side suits. Lucarelli is a trainer who came to Texas during the pandemic last year. Based in Washington State, he made the trek with a nice string of runners. Some of them even won races at SHRP. The addition of Ry Eikleberry is welcome, as he can expertly navigate the grass. This one may not look like much, but the 4-yr-old gelding has it where it counts—bloodline.

Looking for some others that can help us fill out a Superfecta ticket, let’s add, Ronnie Cravens’ coupled entry, Pepper Jack #1 and Old Sot #1A. Both have a grass experience (the latter, more so), and they come from a barn that will win at SHRP. Speaking of grass pedigrees, the venerable Larry Stroope has one that could excite—Vim and Vigor #2. This gelding is by Vancouver (AUS) and Do You Like Me Now. With the wily Leandro Goncalves aboard, he could be a good price when this one goes off. Most will shy away, since he does not have any recency on the green.

Rounding the ticket out, Danny Pish recently claimed a horse named Kokokomo #6. I am not sure that sending this one into tougher company is a plan, but Pish knows what he is doing. Bred by Uncle Mo, those can be pretty tough routing in a situation like this one. Danny Sorenson, Mr. 5-wide, gets the call, and he can be pretty nimble in traffic. That should get this ticket cashed … load up!

Wagering Recommendation: $2 Superfecta Wheel, 5 w 1/1A-2-6 w 1/1A-2-6 w 1/1A-2-6


Enjoy some racing from “Deep in the Heart of Texas!” Best of luck on another run at Sam Houston!

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