Happy Thursday Karma Nation! We are back for another day of racing contests on StableDuel! Today we will be focusing on Sam Houston in Texas. StableDuel has TWO awesome contests for Sam Houston loaded into the game already. They have a FREE contest that you can win real cold, hard CASH. It costs LITERALLY nothing to throw together a stable and hope for a top 10 finish. This is perfect for anyone that has been seeing our content, but hasn’t jumped in yet! If free doesn’t do it for you, they also have put in a $20 contest with a $2,000 prize pool. The winner will walk away with nearly $500 and the top 20 spots will at least double their entry fee. There is NO BETTER TIME than NOW to SIGN UP!
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High Price Favorites
#3 Collusion Illusion $8,500 – Race 8
Collusion Illusion is dusting off his cowboy boots to come to Sam Houston! After being trained by Mark Glatt and spending his race days on the west coast, this horse will try to find new life in Texas! This horse spent this time racing and winning graded stakes races, including the Grade 1 Bing Crosby in 2020. While I think its obvious this horse isn’t the same horse he was at 3 years old, I respect horses that did their best running at top tier tracks, such as Santa Anita and Del Mar. It’s an understatement when I say this is the classiest horse in this field and we are going to need this class to carry us.
Mid Price Plays
#9 Speedometer $5,000 – Race 6
Speedometer put it all together last time out to break her maiden on this track at this distance. Staying on topic, it seems like a change of scenery from Saratoga and Keeneland is exactly what this horse needed when she came down to Houston and won going away. Steve Asmussen decided to keep this horse at Houston for another race and we’ll see just how improved she is. Speedometer does her best running when she is on or near the lead. I am expecting that to be the case today, although turf horse Neon Summer may try to shoot ahead early, but we don’t know how she will take to the dirt. So for that reason, I’ll take the discount on Speedometer.
#10 Bulls In The Bronx $750 – Race 9
When looking across the card for value, Bulls In The Bronx stood out. FIVE of the 8 horses in this race are coming out of the same turf race. So I won’t say handicapping this race was a bit easier because of that, but.. it was a bit easier because I had to only watch one replay to see five horses. The first thing you’ll notice when watching this race is that Bulls gets forced into the fence near the final turn and stumbles, but re-rallied to grab a very solid 6th place. Without that trouble, I think this horse was going to shoot up the rail and have a shot at a piece of the pie. If you also factor in that this was the first race off a ONE YEAR LAYOFF… I am going to confidently place this horse into my stables and hope my eyes did not deceive me!