A fantastic card for the first-ever Sam Houston Ladies Classic, the richest race in Texas. There are four stakes, including the Grade 3 Connally Cup, which looks competitive as always. The Ladies Classic drew a small but very talented and competitive field. Should be an awesome night of racing. (Check back later today for a story).
How to use the picks: We give you four horses. The numbers correspond to the program number or betting number. This isn't necessarily the order we think they will finish, but more the four horses we believe are the most likely contenders.
If you have read Acing Racing, we advocate trifecta, pick three and pick four wagering (buy the book if you want the strategies). If you are new to the game, try some simple exacta boxes. Take a horse of your own with two of mine and play a three-horse box ($6 on a $1 wager). Make sure you have at least one horse of 8-1 or higher in the bet.
More advanced players should use these selections as supplements to your own handicapping. Where possible we will mention when to key a horse and when to go deeper than four in your pick threes and fours.
TOUCH OF SOUP should get a nice hot pace to run at and could surprise
LADY POSSE should be near the lead early and get the jump turning for home
TACTICAL BOO has been off since June but works are solid for Asmussen
ANEW RUMOR wheels back after a decent opening weekend effort in a stakes race. Fits here
Wide open affair; LIMESHARE is in OK form and has run well here in the past
First stakes race of the night. TOUR GUIDE blitzed a solid field in last and looks tough here
CHAMBERLAIN BRIDGE is getting up there, but won the BC Turf Sprint in ’10. Entry looks tough.
Terrific renewal of the Connally.We’ll give LOCKOUT a slim edge over G. 1 winner KING DAVID
Small but strong field for the first Ladies Classic. We’ll go for a price with unbeatean SISTERLY LOVE
CABO UNO’S trip out West was a disaster, but could bounce back big time here