Sam Houston Race Park Picks: He's a Bomb could hit on March 24

SHRP is heading towards their big Saturday program ... Texas Champions Night ... but until then, we have some great racing! Check out these free picks below, plus some analysis from turfwriter, J.N. Campbell.
SHRP is heading towards their big Saturday program ... Texas Champions Night ... but until then, we have some great racing! Check out these free picks below, plus some analysis from turfwriter, J.N. Campbell.

Sam Houston Race Park Picks - Thursday, March 24, 2022

  • Race 1: 8-1-4-7
  • Race 2: 5-1-6-4
  • Race 3: 2-9-6-1
  • Race 4: 3-7-4-8
  • Race 5: 5-2-10-3
  • Race 6: 1-8-7-3
  • Race 7: 6-2-10-8
  • Race 8: 2-1-5-6
  • Race 9: 10-12-5-3
  • **Most Likely Winner: Uncle Artie #2 (Race 3)**
  • **Best Value: Hunk Of A Hit #1 (Race 6)**

Travelling the racing lanes along the Southwest Circuit is quite bright. With low takeouts, SHRP has an industry-low 12% for wagers like the Daily Double and Pick 3s, 4s, 5, and the Space City 6. There is absolutely no reason not to be playing "Sam!"

With a solid purse structure, the track is now running 4 days a week until Closing Day in early April. This Saturday 26 March, Texas Champions Night is ready to go! Join track announcer Nick Tammaro, and his partner, Trey Stiles of NHC fame, for "SHRP-e Time," as they rundown all of their selections. In addition, our own turfwriter, J.N. Campbell, will have his selections featured on the simulcast feed as a bonus ... Let's get some scores!

At 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 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

Most Likely Winner: (Race 3: Uncle Artie #2, 3/1): OFF-THE-TURF

This seasoned gelding by Artie Schiller was another great claim by trainer Karl Broberg. Sam Houston is currently experiencing a renaissance when it comes to “dropping,” and there is no better master than Broberg. He has tutored many a pupil in this regard … The 7-yr-old clearly takes to the grass, and in this spot, he should be able to grab the victory. Ry Eikleberry is riding so well right now, and even though he is much better on the dirt, he did guide this one to a 2nd Place finish 2 races back. If you get 3/1 on the tote, I would consider that a pretty square price.

Wagering Recommendation: $100 Win, #2


Off-the-Pace Play of the Day: (Race 6: Hunk of a Hit #1, 6/1):

Here is another runner from Karl Broberg’s midst that has potential. The gelding by Pollard’s Vision has tried this level the last 3 occasions in Houston, and based on the results … has come up, on the whole, empty. Setting aside the excuse-making, that doesn’t mean that he is not a good horse. On the contrary, looking deeper into his form, you find some bright spots. Switching over to Freddy Manrrique could be the lynchpin, and I think Broberg is correct to try this spot again. If he can get on or close to the lead, then he has a shot. There is not really another entry that I fear … what a price at 6/1!

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


Spotlight Race of the Day: (Race 5: Turf, 5F, ALLW37kn1x, 3): OFF-THE-TURF

The John B. Connally Turf Course should be dry enough after a Tuesday front came barreling through Texas. Here is a tough ALLW Co. contest that is short … just 5 furlongs … In a spot like this one, it is sometimes about the break. If you can catch it, then that can go a long way to delivering a victory. The grass course in Houston, which is in fine shape this late in the Meet, appears to support those that can shake loose in the early stages. For my money, I want to toss my support, and my cash behind Cesar Govea’s new acquisition … He’s a Bomb #5. The Oklahoma bred was in this trainer’s corner just last month, so it is a plus that he already knows what the colt can do. I think putting the son of Hit It a Bomb back on the lawn is a great move, especially considering his bloodline. The class level is not going to be that big an issue, and the best news is that Ernesto Valdez-Jimenez gets the call once again. I am sure this one will not be double-digit odds come post time, but we can hope. A couple of other entries that I want to use include, Scott Young’s short-priced Agent Peter Graves #10, and the boxcar-priced Saint Charles #11. Each has their advantages, but if the latter ends up at 50/1, like he is on the M/L, then that could be the deal of the century (his past form is not too terrible/just needs the right set-up). Let’s use them both in our Exacta, and it could be a really superb hit …

Wagering Recommendation: $2 Exacta Wheel, 5 w 10/11


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 !!!