Sam Houston Picks: Lady Ave returns ... this time on grass ... March 9

Sam Houston Race Park resumes another week of fabulous racing from H-Town! Check out these free picks, plus J.N. Campbell's turf race-specific analysis! Enjoy!
Sam Houston Race Park resumes another week of fabulous racing from H-Town! Check out these free picks, plus J.N. Campbell's turf race-specific analysis! Enjoy!

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Sam Houston Race Park Picks - Wednesday, March 9, 2022

  • Race 1: 1-5-2-4
  • Race 2: 5-2-3-7
  • Race 3: 1-9-6-3
  • Race 4: 10-4-9-2
  • Race 5: 4-2-10-8
  • Race 6: 9-5-2-3
  • Race 7: 7-6-9-1
  • Race 8: 7-3-9-8
  • Race 9: 9-4-8-10
  • **Most Likely Winner: Leather And Lace #1 (Race 3)**
  • **Best Value: Zatanna Z #9 (Race 9)**

Playing Sam Houston is a fabulous example of regional racing in the Southwest Circuit ... 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 wager. This evening, on the well-groomed John B. Connally Turf Course there are 4 races scheduled on the green!

In addition to great fields and a solid purse structure, SHRP is now running 4 days a week until Closing Day in early April. Join track announcer Nick Tammaro, and his sidekick, Trey Stiles of NHC fame, for "SHRP-e Time," as they rundown all of their selections. In addition, J.N. Campbell's selections will be featured on the Simulcast, as a bonus ... Let's get some winners!

At Horseracing.net/us we have you covered, including all of the action from SHRP! It's 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 Wednesday 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 3: Leather and Lace #1, 9/2):

It was only a matter of time before Danny Caldwell (owner) and Martin Villafranco (trainer) were going to get their Sam Meet rolling. They acquitted themselves well 7 days ago, and so did their regular rider, Floyd Wethey Jr. Locomotion in-tow ... This seasoned mare by Podium is a venerable runner that used to be in Ronnie Cravens care. If you have watched the SHRP Meet over the years, then you know she is a regular on the Connally Lawn. Cravens finally let her go back in November towards the second half of the Remington Park schedule, and I think her new connections got a deal. Bringing her back to H-Town, she ran nicely at 1 Mile on the green, sporting a game effort at odds of 8/1. Replacing Carlos Montalvo, Wethey has gotten his act together, and hopefully he can work out a trip from the rail. This mare’s fitness appears to be intact after nearly 2 months off. Another clever claim from Caldwell … great job Coach!

Wagering Recommendation: $100 Win, #1

 

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

If you are after a price horse on the grass that is lightly-raced, then this is your filly. Last week, trainer Scott Young really broke through, and won, and won, and won … He is currently 51/11-4-6, 22% at the Sam Houston Meet, and I would expect that to continue. Despite all of his success, this Oklahoma bred appears to not have the proper class rating to hang with this bunch after she broke her maiden on debut over the SHRP MT. I know this goes against some bettors' "better" (Ha!) handicapping sensibilities, but I like this particular spot because of Young, but also with this one’s turf bloodlines. With Hat Trick (JPN) and Medaglia d”Oro in her background, that sounds like royalty to me … She is going to be more than a square price, and might come out firing with Alfredo Triana in the irons. This one, with these connections, looks like a bet to me!

Wagering Recommendation: $100 Bankroll, Graduated Wager WPS #9 ($10-W, $15-P, $75-S)

 

Spotlight Race of the Day: (Race 7: Turf, 5F, OC10k, F&M 4+):

I specifically chose this race as the “feature” because it has a strong Sam runner that is coming right back for more. Steve Asmussen’s Lady Ave #6 just ran over the dirt on 2 March (and that field, for that matter …), winning convincingly for owner C.A. Arthur in that OC10k-N at 7F. Now, the HOF conditioner sees fit to roll her into this turf sprint, and it is a shrewd move. Since she came to this barn from Austin Gustafson last July, she has done nothing but win (1 loss @Delta 27 Nov.) … With a turf pedigree that is relatively solid, and impeccable form, plus Stewart Elliott aboard, this might be the chance for Asmussen to see what she is capable of (note, she does have a pair of sod attempts in her past). This move reminds of Boldor, another stablemate, that performed an able surface switch. Asmussen has a plan …

Of course, I am going to try and take her on because I do not see much value in backing her. Surveying the rest of this field, I particularly like the look of both Karl Broberg’s Miss Aggie Bling #7 and Jaime Castellanos’ Mizmoney #9. The former is another esteemed Texas bred by super sire Too Much Bling, and the 5-yr-old mare will be cutting back to a distance she has excelled at … quite literally. Broberg teams up with Ernesto Valdez-Jiminez once again, as both are having impressive Meets. The Dallas-based trainer is currently tied with Asmussen atop the SHRP "Leaderboard" when it comes to wins (25 each). Expect this Broberg Racing Stables entry to take money as 2nd choice …

As for the Castellanos entry (who he also owns), I like the fact that she “Placed” last time out in an ALLW37k. Gerber Pivaral is gaining more and more turf experience, something he does not get to do all that often. If he can get this 5-yr-old by Save Big Money into a solid stalking spot (closer to the front), then maybe her late kick can outrun run her odds once again. If she did, that would give her trainer only his 2nd score at SHRP this year. I like a state bred that is making the switch to open company … speaks well of the barn and the bloodline. Taking on “Lady A” is going to be no small task, so I am going to structure the Exacta I will be loading up on, accordingly … Here’s hoping she only likes to eat grass, and not run on it.

Wagering Recommendation: $2 Exacta Wheel, 7/9 w 6

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