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FREE Wednesday SmartCap Horse Racing Pick for the 7th at Sam Houston Race Park

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On Wed., Feb. 5, we’re going to look at the 7th race at Sam Houston Race Park. This is a one-mile match, $37K Allowance race, on the turf, for statie 4yo and above which have never won a race other than maiden, claiming starter or trial.

SmartCap has unearthed #3 Macho Flyer (9/2) as the best overall speed, #9 Paula’s Buddy (12/1) as best overall class and #5 Tornado Man (3/1) as best last. I am going with #1 Cowboy Bling (6/1) who arrives with a close overall speed and a super hot trainer in Danny Pish.

Pish, along with jockey Lane Luzzi, are 24% winners and Pish is 40% in wins with horses second time off a 6-month plus layoff. Last time out, in the slop, he checked at the top of the stretch, chased inside and got up for second best. There is a lot of front end speed in this race and the rail, along with this closers style, should give Luzzi the chance to blow down the stretch for the W.

SmartCap's 7th at Sam Houston.
SmartCap's 7th at Sam Houston.


SmartCap is an algorithm-based system that helps the horse player identify key contenders in a race.

Developed by a math prodigy from West Point, you will receive a graph like the one below, per race, when you order SmartCap.

The figures along the left represent each entrants’ best last race, with the top number being the speed and the bottom number is its class. In this example, #10 comes out clearly ahead in class and speed which gives him an edge. Why is that number important? It identifies the horse that is in shape and like human sports competitions, the person(s) in the best shape has the advantage.

The graph on the right represents a horses’ overall rating. When you look at this graph, you will notice on the top far left, the track and race number. This is from Penn National, race two. To the right of this is this races’ class rating and its money – money being the separator for class. So, in this example, we have a $5K race and the class rating is 73. The 73 is the rating set by Equibase. At Penn 2 for this, you have a horse who raced a 62.9 overall versus a 106.2 overall. Now, #7 has a slightly better speed rating yet has been racing against lesser competition. The #10 has the best last, close speed rating, and by far best class, it would be a play. It won going away.

If you are unfamiliar with Equibase, they are the most reliable source for PP’s in the industry. Additionally, one reason why you may see us posting picks to the same tracks is Equibase installed their own GPS technology at Mahoning Valley, Penn National and is the official timer at Golden Gate, Laurel, Woodbine and Pimlico.


  • You must consult your PP’s regardless of what this graph tells you – especially in routes because this is where jockey skill makes the paramount difference. You can have the best horse in a certain race and if the jockey cannot work out a solid trip, it’s done.

  • Steer clear from an off track. Always check the weather before placing your order.

  • We are only providing you with a tool to identify potential horses in a race. You are directly responsible for your own wagering.

  • Pick your spots. It is a losing proposition to bet every race.

  • We rarely handicap maiden races and two-year-old races can be daunting – again, consult your pp’s before indulging.

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A sample SmartCap race chart.
A sample SmartCap race chart.
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