DeShawn Parker guides Gold Pilot to victory in the Jim’s Orbit, one of his four stakes wins on Saturday’s card at Sam Houston

A 10-race card waits for bettors this Saturday at Sam Houston Race Park, where jockey DeShawn Parker will try to keep up his winning ways.

During last Saturday’s Texas Preview Day card, Parker swept all four of the evening’s stakes races, giving him a healthy lead by earnings among the track’s jockey colony and keeping him in the hunt for the meet title by wins.

Trainer Karl Broberg has several horses entered on Saturday with a chance to help him close the gap between him and leading trainer Steve Asmussen.

As usual, multi-race wagers are offered at a 12 percent takeout, and this Saturday’s card will feature Yorkie races in between the horse races.

Here are Saturday’s picks by Chris Griffin, the voice of Sam Houston Race Park, and Fred Faour, ESPN personality and expert handicapper, with comments on their top selections.

Race 1
Allowance optional claiming, 4yo and up, Seven furlongs (Arabian)
Chris’ Picks
4 – PAMS MASQUERADE
Has faced some tough runners.
1 – Uptown WTF
7 – Lazur Hess
6 – Fleet De Sand

Fred’s Picks
1 – UPTOWN WTF
Buried a nice field in last and could win right back.
7 – Lazur Hess
4 – Pams Masquerade
6 – Fleet De Sand

Race 2
Claiming, Fillies and mares, 4yo and up, 5 1/2 furlongs
Chris’ Picks
3 – WILLTHERESAWAY
Willis barn has been rolling lately
2 – I’mbarnkat
4 – Hiclass Production
6 – Castanuela

Fred’s Picks
2 – I’MBARNKAT
Will be a short price but looks tough.
1 – Daisy Can
4 – Hiclass Production
3 – Willtheresaway

Race 3
Maiden special weight, 4yo and up, 6 1/2 furlongs
Chris’ Picks
5 – NOVA NOTION
Speed and just missed.
4 – Preferred Prospect
3 – Mr. George Tap
7 – Moonshinerboy

Fred’s Picks
5 – NOVA NOTION
Has been second in three straight; might break through.
7 – Moonshinerboy
4 – Preferred Prospect
1 – Yippi Yi O Ti A

Race 4
Maiden special weight, Fillies, 3yo, One mile (Turf)
Chris’ Picks
9 – BUNDLE OF JOY
Going with the new face in here.
2 – Princess Helena
13 – The One For Fun
7 – Lady Gwen

Fred’s Picks
7 – LADY GWEN
Has a pair of nice efforts in Oklahoma; Could surprise.
2 – Princess Helena
9 – Bundle of Joy
8 – Quick Calisia

Race 5
Allowance, Fillies and mares, 4yo and up, 5 1/2 furlongs
Chris’ Picks
9 – BLUE DARTER
Speed and fade last time out.
10 – Mimi’s Song
3 – Miss Photo
7 – Sparkling Air

Fred’s Picks
9 – BLUE DARTER
Needed last and should move forward here.
8 – Silver Coin
3 – Miss Photo
1 – Sardabling

Race 6
Allowance, Fillies and mares, 4yo and up, One mile
Chris’ Picks
8 – ELLE’S TOWN
Big workout coming into this race.
7 – Al Shamkhah
6 – Aura
5 – Expensive Lesson

Fred’s Picks
8 – ELLE’S TOWN
Has faced tough company; should be in the mix.
6 – Aura
7 – Al Shamkhah
1 – Ciao Ciao

Race 7
Claiming, 4yo and up, One mile (Turf)
Chris’ Picks
2 – LETHAL MOVE
Runner ran in the stake last out.
8 – Seductive U S A
7 – Midas Cat
4 – Shirl’s Ready

Fred’s Picks
4 – SHIRL’S READY
Nearly won last out; should move forward.
2 – Lethal Move
8 – Seductive U S A
3 – Newport Beach

Race 8
Claiming, 4yo and up, One mile
Chris’ Picks
9 – DANCE KINGDOM
Another runner who seems to fit well
3 – Major Brown
4 – The Kahn
8 – Mr Midtown

Fred’s Picks
1 – FRONT PAGE
Had a troubled race in last; priors put him right there
5 – Handsome Traveler
9 – Dance Kingdom
2 – Hour City

Race 9
Starter optional claiming, 4yo and up, 6 1/2 furlongs
Chris’ Picks
5 – VAPORMAN
Small drop in class
7 – Imma Wild Bling
2 – Rocknroll Rocket
8 – One Son of a Chief

Fred’s Picks
3 – TARUCA
Has been close and consistent; Should be there.
2 – Rocknroll Rocket
4 – Kats Second Silver
7 – Imma Wild Bling

Race 10
Claiming, 3yo and up, 5 1/2 furlongs
Chris’ Picks
11 – ODIE
Drop in class and has tactical speed.
5 – Jazz Music
2 – Major Shipman
9 – Inclusively

Fred’s Picks
5 – JAZZ MUSIC
Should improve in second start after claim
10 – One Proud Boy
3 – Mine Inspector
4 – Uncorked Humor





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