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Saturday At Sam Houston: Picks And Analysis By Joe Nevills And Fred Faour For March 21 Card

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

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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