Sam Houston Picks: Pink Posse running back on February 17

SHRP returns for another evening of racing in H-Town ... some weather might hinder the turf racing, so check the forecast before wagering.
SHRP returns for another evening of racing in H-Town ... some weather might hinder the turf racing, so check the forecast before wagering.

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Sam Houston Race Park Picks - Thursday, February 17, 2022

  • Race 1: 3-6-4-5
  • Race 2: 2-5-3-6
  • Race 3: 7-11-2-8
  • Race 4: 3-2-6-4
  • Race 5: 10-8-2-5
  • Race 6: 8-4-3-7
  • Race 7: 8-6-1-5
  • Race 8: 5-6-8-4
  • Race 9: 8-13-2-1
  • **Most Likely Winner: Pink Posse #7 (Race 3)**
  • **Best Value: Paluxy #8 (Race 9)**

Sam Thursday ... 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 SHRP. The well-tended John B. Connally Turf Course, in addition to great fields and a solid purse structure, is now running 4 days a week until early April. The team in H-Town is trotting out another fabulous Meet.

At we have you covered, including all of the action from Sam Houston! It is a good time for some of the best racing in North America has to offer. If you're looking for picks elsewhere around the country this Thursday 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 3: Pink Posse #7, 4/1):

Trainer Lee Thomas has an amazing win % during this SHRP Meet, but he has only entered 4 races … winning 2 of them. Still, he is headed in the proper direction, and I always like to see a trainer runback a horse on short rest. It means they have confidence in them, and it could be an opportunity. Last out, she won nicely, doing all of her running on the frontend. Richard Eramia gets the call once again. Even if this race doesn’t stay on the turf because of rain, this mare by Street Boss should be able to handle a group like this one. Scratches will be coming … check the tote at post time.

Wagering Recommendation: $100 Win, #7


Off-the-Pace Play of the Day: (Race 9: Paluxy #8, 10/1):

Trainer Bret Calhoun comes to Sam Houston regularly, and this runner is a gelding by Brody’s Cause that has much promise. Running consistently in the MSW Divisions at Remington and now SHRP, he has progressed well. Now, it is time to try some deeper waters. The turf might not be the preferred surface when it comes to taking on ALLW Co., but with rain in the forecast, that might not end up being much of an issue. Jockey Richard Eramia was aboard for 3 of his 4 career races … That was a nice score at Sam Houston, and is something to build on, for sure. Bred by Spendthrift, let’s watch this one go at 10/1 …

Wagering Recommendation: $100 Bankroll, Graduated Wager WPS #8 ($10-W, $15-P, $75-S)


Spotlight Race of the Day: (Race 7: Turf, 1 Mile, AOC50k, 3F):

As I mentioned, the Houston weather could be a factor … always plan accordingly on the Gulf Coast. If this one stays on the John B. Connally Turf Course, then I am sure that Steve Asmussen’s Carioquinha #6 will be the race time favorite. That is probably deserved, especially considering that this filly by Gun Runner is not only well-bred by Three Chimneys, but also just missed last time at this class level on the grass at SHRP on 7 Jan. I do not want to take a short price on her, whether this is an off-track event or not. Actually, my top selection is Paul Duhon’’s Anna Clause #8 because she is elevating at the proper time. Last out, in an MC15k, she was stupendous at the top of the lane. Winning in fine style by 5+ lengths was impressive, and maybe new rider Jansen Melancon can have this filly loaded for another go. Duhon is sneaky during this Meet, and he has a quality stable. I like the way he mixes and matches … what a crafty veteran. I would not count these connections out. The play is an ice-cold Exacta, whether it is on the turf or the MT … let’s roll!

Wagering Recommendation: $2 Exacta Cold, 8 w 6


Enjoy some racing from “Deep in the Heart of Texas!” Best of luck on another run at Sam Houston! Be sure to follow us on Twitter … Horseracing_USA !!!

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