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Sam Houston Race Park picks for Saturday, Jan. 25 (with stakes analysis)

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Best card of the meet tonight with four stakes races, including the $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic and the Grade III Connally Turf Cup. It's a great night to be at the track; $1 from every admission goes to the Susan G. Komen foundation. No reason to stay home tonight!

Love the card, especially the stakes pick 4. We'll offer some deeper analysis of the stakes races, then the picks are below. Good luck!

SIXTH:

Leads off the all stakes pick four. Kowboy Boots will be the favorite off a romp at Churchill, but could be vulnerable. FJ Uncle Vic had a rough start last week and a better break might put him in the hunt. Deeper tickets should consider using Check Ride. Pick four plays: 2-5, 6 on deeper tickets.

SEVENTH

Great field. We like Hogy here at a nice price. He's 4 for 4 at the distance, 4 of 6 on the turf and comes out of a race with horse of the year Wise Dan, and he held his own for a good six furlongs Speedy Sum of the Parts is a must use as well. Great Mills is worth using as well. I will single Hogy on many tickets and use the other three on a few as well. Pick four plays: 5-7-8.

EIGHTH

Hard to get around King David and Admiral Kitten here, but Fredericksburg might be able to get an early lead and could steal. Marine Patrol is improving and worth using. I'd also throw Vertiformer on a couple tickets. Pick four plays: 3-4-5-8, but if you want to go cheaper and simpler, 4-5.

NINTH

Unusual Way will have to be caught, and she is extremely quick. But Rose to Gold will likely send early as well, and perhaps Do You Like Me Now and Phonybooksandrecords as well. That leaves Class Included siting in the garden spot to pounce late. Like this horse quite a bit and on most tickets will simply use 2-6. On others, I will add in the 1-4. If you are alive to those four, you should be preparing to cash.

Good luck and here are the rest of the picks.

FIRST
1-6-4-3

Nice race to start a terrific card. We'll go with RITZ MASTER at a decent price

SECOND

4-1-6-7

CAYENNE PEPPER

THIRD

3-4-7-1

JOHN LOUIS' PENNY scratched out of a race Tuesday; fits well here

FOURTH

6-2-5-1

SCORPIAN JACK takes a step up off a dazzling win last week

FIFTH

5-6-10-11

ON A BLACK CHARGER was dq'd in last; cleaner trip might equal win

SIXTH

2-5-6-3

COWBOY BOOTS romped in last and was claimed by a sharp barn

SEVENTH

8-7-1-5

Terrific field. We'll take a flyer on HOGY at a nice price

EIGHTH

5-4-8-1

ADMIRAL KITTEN has been knocking heads with some of the best; slim edge

NINTH

6-2-1-3

CLASS INCLUDED should get a nice trip just off the pace

TENTH

5-8-6-1

ROCK A BYE ZAP hasn't shown much but might surprise here

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