Sam Houston Picks: Turf Play in R5 Friday Night January 7

SHRP is getting ready to open its first weekend of racing ... Check out these choice selections below, plus some specific analysis!
SHRP is getting ready to open its first weekend of racing ... Check out these choice selections below, plus some specific analysis!

Sam Houston Picks - Friday, January 7, 2022

  • Race 1: 7-1/1A-3-6
  • Race 2: 6-1-3-2
  • Race 3: 2-5-9-7
  • Race 4: 4-6-5-2
  • Race 5: 7-4-1-3
  • Race 6: 1/1A-3-2-4
  • Race 7: 6-2-3-1
  • Race 8: 1-7-9-2
  • Race 9: 7-9-2-8
  • Race 10: 10-4-7-3
  • **Most Likely Winner: My Golden Bling #6 (Race 7)**
  • **Best Value: Texas Whirlwind #1 (Race 8)**

Sam Houston Race Park is ready to roll ... 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 Friday 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 ...

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Most Likely Winner: (Race 7: My Golden Bling #6, 9/5):

Anyone who is into Texas breds knows the name My Golden Song. He has had a major impact on racing at Sam Houston. Here is yet another of his offspring that is continuing the tradition of winning in the Lone Star State. Trainer Austin Gustafson has brought this mare along, and tonight she is sure to score in this ALLW Co. race. Getting the solid riding skills of Ry Eikleberry is a plus, and even off of the break, she can bring the hammer. The way the track was setting up on Friday ... very slow ... that might play into her hands. 'Cappers are mighty high on Gustafson, and he can celebrate this one in the winner's circle at Sam.

Wagering Recommendation: $100 Win, #6


Off-the-Pace Play of the Day: (Race 8: Texas Whirlwind #1, 8/1):

Speaking of horses that are coming off-the-bench, here is one from J.R. Caldwell's outfit that looks viable as a long shot. Last year, this young filly was strong running in MSW Co. at Sam Houston, and then up at Lone Star. In early June she capped her season with a 2nd place result in ALLW Co. in Grand Prairie. Normally, young horses like these can mature quite rapidly, and I think she has a chance to move forward. Some might argue she "needs a race," but I am not buying it. Lane Luzzi gets the call, and we are going to see what kind of ability he has aboard this homebred. Hopefully the price hovers around 8/1 ...

Wagering Recommendation: $100 Bankroll, Graduated Wager WPS #1 ($10-W, $15-P, $75-S)


Spotlight Race of the Day: (Race 5: Turf, 1 Mile, AOC50k, 3F):

Early on in this Sam Houston Meet, the John B. Connally Turf Course will be used sparingly. On this Friday Night, I would consider this race, an AOC50k, to be a good one to wager on. Of course, Steve Asmussen has an entry that is going to get a ton of play. Carioquinoa #1 is 2/1 on the M/L, but I do not think this filly by Gun Runner has what it takes to get to the winner’s circle. Sure, running on debut at Kentucky Downs qualifies as grass experience, but she was on the dirt next out. I do not want to accept 2/1 on this Three Chimneys homebred.

Looking elsewhere is a good plan. I am pretty keen on Circle Back Girl #7. Her Remington form does not look too bad at all, and Danny Caldwell is an owner of some renown in OKC. He just won the “Owner Title” there, and Martin Villafranco might have a good one on his hands. He is a small-time conditioner, but that does not mean he does not have ability. Trying the grass for the 1st time is the plan, and the pedigree on either side looks full of promise. Ezequiel Lara gets the call, and his lawn jockey skills are more than adequate. 

As for a couple of others to include in this wager, I fancy Tyler’s Dream #4 from Greg Green’s outfit. This is a classy young filly by Carpe Diem that last ran on the dirt out at Zia Park in a “Non-G.” The winner of that contest came back and won nicely. Putting her in, if she can deal with the blades, then she could be a player. One other one that looks smart is Rollin Chrome #3 … her connection to California Chrome is not the turf link; instead it is through the dam side—Yankee Gentleman. I am up for playing a Superfecta, which could be a tidy sum if we cash!

Wagering Recommendation: $2 Superfecta Wheel, 7 w 1/3/4 w 1/3/4 w 1/3/4


Enjoy some racing from SHRP! Best of luck y’all on another run at Sam Houston, Deep in the Heart of Texas!

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