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Sam Houston Race Park selections for Monday, Feb. 27 with additional analysis not found on the free tip sheet

How to use the picks: These are the same picks you can get on the free tip sheet available  at shrp.com 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 throw in a few potential plays.

FIRST 

3-7-2-8
LADY LONDON will be a short price, but looks tough in this spot
Digging deeper: The 3 ran a nice race behind a solid runner in last. She should be tough here with anything close to that effort. If she regresses, the 7 could surprise. Otherwise, I would look to the first-time starters, the 2 and 8. Not a race I am going to invest a ton in but exactas with 3 over the 2-7-8 are worth considering.
SECOND
2-3-5-1
CHAOTIC KITTY should be prominent early and tough to catch
Digging deeper: I like the 5 to get a piece of this but not win the race. Looking at a 1-2-3 with 5 with all and 1-2-3 with all with 5 trifectas.
THIRD
9-8-1-4
U TIZNOW INFORMED should improve off last effort
Digging deeper: Liked this horse in his last race but he threw in a clunker. Expecting a better effort and the price should be fair. Across the board play. In pick 3s, will use 1-2-3-4-8-9..
FOURTH
3-7-1-2
CABERNEIGH keeps knocking on the door and might break through
Digging deeper: The 3 is a frustrating horse. He always gets bet, and almost always runs well. In 76 turf starts, he has hit the board 43 times. He also always goes off at a short price and will again today. Don’t expect to get rich but you might be able to pop a price with him in the tri and get a little money. I would go 3 with 1-2-4-7 with all and 1-2-4-7 with 3 with all and hope he runs second.
FIFTH
3-8-7-2
MARK TWELVE THIRTY still has room to approve
Digging deeper: Not going to get cute here; betting the 3 across the board. Go deep in pick 3s and 4s, however, and include the 2-3-5-7-8.
SIXTH
6-7-4-5
NINETIES NIETO should be sharper in second start off the shelf
Digging deeper: The 6 will be a short price and should be prominent. But I like the 7 better as a key horse because you are getting a solid price. Would wheel him 1-2 in the tris, and will go 6-7 in pick 3s.
SEVENTH
8-3-7-4
HEIR TO DREAM has been close in the last two
Digging deeper: The 8 has been a money burner in his last two starts, but either would be good enough to win this. The 3 horse is an intriguing price horse who should clunk up for a piece. Not really sure what to do with this race, but might backwheel the 3 in tris (playing him second and third) with the 4-7-8 and maybe the 9 on top.
EIGHTH
7-2-6-1
CAT IN DE NILE should be in the mix again
Digging deeper: A lot of horses can win this, but I like the price value on the 7 at anything more than 4-1. Will hit her to win and place.
NINTH
4-6-8-2
HUNDRED PROOF has been consistent over this surface
Digging deeper: The 4 horse was no match for the 1 in last, but that one made an easy lead that day and figures to get some serious pace pressure here. If the race falls apart, I like the top four picks plus the 5 in pick 3s and will play the 4 across.
TENTH
7-8-5-3
PURE BINGO could surprise at a nice price
Digging deeper: The 7 horse might have graduated last time with a better trip. We will play across the board, stronger in the place and show end. Will also wheel up and down in the exactas with the 2-3-5-6-8.
Good luck.

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