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Sam Houston Race Park selections for Monday, Feb. 20 with additional analysis not found on the free tip sheet (updates for sloppy track/off the turf)

How to use the picks: These are the same picks you can get on the free tip sheet available  at and on track. They are not meant to necessarily be in exact order, but more an opinion on likely winners.  I am assuming you have some knowledge or have listened to Acing Racing 2016.  We give a little more detail here than what you get on the tip sheet and re-handicap the races for the off track and off the turf, so this may differ slightly from what you get on track.


RB OPEN FIRE looks best but this is a competitive group
Digging deeper: Both the 2 and 3 have off-track experience and should be tough. Might consider a backwheel tri using the 4 horse, who should be a nice price. Something like 1-2-3 with 4 with all, 1-2-3 with all with 4.
ZARGAUX should improve in his second start
Digging deeper: This one looks like the top 4 in any order. Might start doubles and pick 3s and try to catch a price later in the segment.
EVA’S SUGARLOAF should improve in second start off the claim
Digging deeper: Still like the 3 quite a bit on the off track, but move the 1 way up and possibly got 1-3 in doubles, pick 3s and 4s.
SMASHBOX has done little wrong in his turf starts
Digging deeper: Off the turf, I still like the 6, but move the 3 up. New selections: 6-3-4-7. Think you can go light with the 3-6 here.
SALTY SONG is in sharp form and should be in the mix
Digging deeper: Still like the top 4 but will go deeper in pick 3s, adding the 4  to the 1-5-6-8.
MAGNA BREEZE comes off a dominant stakes win
Digging deeper: The 7 still looks tough. New selections for off the turf: 7-8-6-5. Would either single the 7 or go three deep with the 6-7-8.
GOOD GALLEGA just missed in last and should improve
Digging deeper: No real changes with the off track, but I will spread deep here in the pick threes. Pretty wide open.
PONTIFF could turn the tables this time around
Digging deeper: Off the turf, I don’t like the 2. We will go 1-3-4-6-8  in our plays as the 2 scratched.
LIQUOR LIES is sharp right now and should be tough
Digging deeper: No changes with the off track. Will play the 2 across the board if getting 2-1 or better.
DAUGHTEROFDEFENCE has been close and could break through
Digging deeper: One additional long shot to throw in with the surface switch: The 10, which could be a very big price.

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