Sam Houston Race Park Picks: New Pledge Sorority Row in Race 6
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Most Likely Winner: (Race 4: Declaration of Speed #2, 6/5):
I have been a fan of Declaration of Speed #2 from the barn of Bret Calhoun for some time now. I wanted to back this colt during both his SHRP runs, but he let me down in those 2 MSW contests. I am hoping that the 3rd time is the charm, and Lindey Wade can be the spark to get this one home. It will not be a cinch, but with this class drop down to the MC-level, I am thinking so. Declaration of War runners are built for these types of situations, and even if he hovers around 6/5, that will be a “Win” bet for me.
Wager: $100 Win, #2
Favorite I Am Against: (Race 10: Triple Creek #5, 5/2):
I am going to try to beat what seems to be a suspicious class dropper from the barn of Steve Asmussen called Triple Creek #5. I know this gelding was bred by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, and he is fast, but I am going to take a shot and take the field over him with an Exacta Wheel. Turf sprints can be tricky things, and there is no doubt that longer shots at boxcar prices can get home in exactly these kinds of situations. Some in here, like Robertino Diodoro’s Geauxcro #9 and Terry Eoff’s He’s a Ranger #4, I have backed before. Nice odds, from quality outfits… a recipe for a big score!
Wager: $2 Exacta Wheel, 1/2/3/4/6/7/8/9/10/11/12 w
Off-the-Pace Play of the Day: (Race 8: Tappin For a Dance #7, 20/1):
If you are all about long shots, then I certainly am the person to come to. Always on the lookout for something juicy, I found this benchwarmer from the Ashford Stable called Tappin For A Dance #7. Most will not have heard of either of these entities because they are New Mexico-based. However, when I see a sprinter that broke his maiden the first-time out, then I like that kind of runner, almost immediately. Though this gelding comes off-the-shelf, I would think that based on his record last year, that he has some class. Sure, the turf is not something he has experience with, but I still like this action. Getting Shane Laviolette to ride, gives me increased confidence. How about 20/1 or higher? Yes, please…
Wager: Wager: Bankroll: $100, Graduated Wager, WPS #7 ($10-W, $15-P, $75-S)
Spotlight Race of the Day: (Race 6: Turf, 1 Mile, OC50k,N2L, 3F):
The OC test of 2-turns on grass is upon us, and this race has all the makings for some long shots to come home. When it comes to turf recency and/or grass bloodlines, many of the M/L favorites leave me wanting. What we need to be on the lookout for is a runner that has both of those traits I just mentioned, but we also want a filly who is on or near the class elevator. Not an easy find, to say the least… When I scope out sires like The Factor, I can be persuaded. Two are entered here, but I like the higher priced one ridden by jockey Danny Sorenson named Sorority Row #7. Trainer Matt Hebert may not posses an expansive stable, but he has a good record when he does enter during this SHRP Meet (10/2-1-3). Pluses abound… Though he finished 4th last out, it was in a similar race at Sam, and actually 3-back he won a MSW29k sod event at Remington. His pedigree is solid with The Factor, and I like it when he is involved biologically as it fits. Sorenson is the only jockey to ever ride this one, and I like that kind of continuity. Working out a trip is never easy when you have traffic troubles, but maybe a win will be coming our way based on the reasons above.
Wager: Bankroll: $100, Graduated Wager, WPS #7 ($10-W, $15-P, $75-S)
Enjoy the racing from SHRP this Thursday evening! Best of Luck!