Saturday At Sam Houston: Picks And Analysis By Joe Nevills And Fred Faour For March 21 Card
Texas Champions Day at Sam Houston Race Park features the best Texas-breds the state has to offer.
Saturday's 10-race card features seven stakes races with purses totaling $525,000.
As usual, the horseplayer-friendly track will offer its multi-leg wagers with a 12-percent takeout, giving bettors plenty of chances to take advantage of the quality races.
First post for Texas Champions Day is 6:45 p.m. Central (7:45 p.m. Eastern) and the first stakes race takes place in Race 3 at 7:40 p.m. Central (8:40 p.m. Eastern). The full live card will be streamed here.
Here are Saturday's picks by Paulick Report bloodstock editor Joe Nevills and Fred Faour, ESPN personality and expert handicapper, with comments on their top selections.
Race 1 Allowance optional claiming, 4yo and up, 5 1/2 furlongs Joe's Picks 4 – BIG EM C Class and connections work in his favor. 6 – Niigon's Glory 3 – Long Station 1 – Valid Thor
Fred's Picks 4 – BIG EM C Is a win machine and should be tough. 6 – Niigon's Glory 1 – Valid Thor 3 – Long Station
Race 2 Maiden special weight, 3yos and 4yos, 5 1/2 furlongs Joe's Picks 8 – LAURAS CENTRALBANK Only one here with a shred of recent form. 3 – Run On Girl 5 – Anna's Lingerie 6 – Paddle Wheel
Fred's Picks 6 – PADDLE WHEEL Should get a nice trip behind the dueling front-runners. 8 – Laura's Centralbank 7 – Brave New World 3 – Run On Girl
Race 3 Star of Texas Stakes, 4yos and up, One mile Joe's Picks 3 – KATS SECOND SILVER Broberg's found another level since claiming this one. 1 – He's So Zazzy 5 – Kenai Bob 6 – Gold Buyer
Fred's Picks 4 – LETHAL MOVE Is consistent and fits well in this spot. 6 – Gold Buyer 1 – He's So Zazzy 3 – Kats Second Silver
Race 4 Groovy Stakes, 3yos, Six furlongs Joe's Picks 6 – GOLD PILOT Deshawn Parker has a hot hand and a horse on a streak. 3 – He's a Suitor 1 – Good Judgment 2 – Bubba Bling
Fred's Picks 6 – GOLD PILOT Is in sharp form and beat many of these in last. 1 – Good Judgment 2 – Bubba Bling 3 – He's a Suitor
Race 5 Bara Lass Stakes, Fillies, 3yos, Six furlongs Joe's Picks 8 – ALWAYS INTHE MUNNY Highest last-start Beyer by far. 3 – No Mas Tequila 10 – Dancin All Alone 4 – Dust a Flying
Fred's Picks 1 – GEE SHE SPARKLES Needed last and should take a step forward. 4 – Dust a Flying 7 – Trumps Revenge 6 – Gold Buyer
Race 6 Richard King Turf Stakes, 4yo and up, 1 1/8 miles (Turf) Joe's Picks 5 – REDATORY In Deshawn Parker we trust. 2 – Cowboy Bling 6 – Bonjour Baby 4 – Sunlit Song
Fred's Picks 5 – REDATORY Thrives in these Texas bred stakes races. 2 – Cowboy Bling 4 – Sunlit Song 6 – Bonjour Baby
Race 7 Spirit Of Texas Stakes, 4yo and up, 6 furlongs Joe's Picks 6 – IMMA BLING First start off claim for Broberg; gets top jock. 5 – Direct Dial 10 – Sugar Footin Bling 8 – J C's Nightcap
Fred's Picks 10 – SUGAR FOOTIN BLING Has some sharp efforts coming into this. 4 – Affluent Gentleman 5 – Direct Dial 9 – Dr. Boehrer
Race 8 San Jacinto Turf, Fillies and mares, 4yo and up, 1 1/16 miles (Turf) Joe's Picks 8 – SHE'S PRETTY LUCKY Long overdue runner adds meet's leading rider. 7 – Texas Belle 4 – Brazo's Angel 9 – Too Much Irish
Fred's Picks 7 – TEXAS BELLE Romped in last; fits well here. 8 – She's Pretty Lucky 4 – Brazo's Angel 3 – Zarelda
Race 9 Yellow Rose Stakes, Fillies and mares, 4yo and up, Six furlongs Joe's Picks 8 – SHES OUR FASTEST Last year's winner never throws a clunker. 7 – Ima Discreet Lady 1 – Eaton's Memory 6 – Light Up the Devil
Fred's Picks 8 – SHES OUR FASTEST Has been knocking heads with some tough runners. 7 – Ima Discreet Lady 5 – Brave Daisey 1 – Eaton's Memory
Race 10 Maiden special weight, fillies, 3yo, One mile (Turf) Joe's Picks 7 – HAPPY SONRISA Tom Amoss doesn't come to Sam Houston to lose races. 5 – Brandon's Babe 9 – Pleasant Mo 11 – Xingfu
Fred's Picks 11 – XINGFU Should be better with return to the turf course. 7 – Happy Sonrisa 9 – Pleasant Mo 5 – Brandon's Babe
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