by Al Cimaglia
September 10, 2021
Tonight, New York bred two-and-three-year-old trotters and pacers are the headliners at Yonkers Raceway as they will be competing in Sire Stakes Finals. The $1.00 Late Pick 4 begins in Race 7, and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
5-Test Of Faith (1/1)-This Pelling trainee is a perfect 5 of 5 at Yonkers and 7 of 8 on the year. The only loss came from post 11 at the Big M and that was by a neck. It would take an off night or a brutal trip for this filly to be defeated and my take is neither will happen.
4-Ambassador Hanover (5-1)-Using and will forgive the last sub-par effort at VD. Looking for an aggressive steer and could try to get on the engine and not look back. Has hit the board in 4 of 5 starts here and has taken 2 pictures.
6-Ahundreddollarbill (2-1)-Beaten odds-on favorite lost to #7 Balenciaga at Tioga on 8-21. Now back on the 1/2 at Yonkers and should be tough to beat. Has hit the board in 3 of 5 on this oval with 2 pictures. Looks to be a short price and AMac should have in play early in the mile.
1-Southwind Petyr (7/2)-Mark Harder 3-year-old may make the most of drawing the rail. Dunn is between the pipes, and he has steered before. This is a competitive leg and Petyr is one of a few who could take a picture.
2-I'll Drink To That (4-1)-Winner in 4 of 12 this year should be in the hunt with this crew. Comes off a win at Tioga and Miller steered then and will be back aboard tonight. Is 0-5 here but this will be the 1st time for Miller at Yonkers this year.
4-Town Gossip (7/5)-Morning line chalk has been in sharp form in the last 6 starts. Has hit the board in 7 of 8 at YR with 2 pictures. The Jenn B entry could cash the top check if leading turning for the wire but may need to work hard to get the top.
6-Natameri (7-1)-Winner in 2 of the last 3 and that was with Kakaley steering. Using although the 7-1 morning line looks generous. Could win without getting the top early in the mile.
5-Melady's Monet (3-1)-This 12-year-old still cranks it up and cashes checks on a regular basis. Winner of over $178,000 this year has won 51 out 152 at YR. Should be close to the lead throughout and best to not overlook.
6-It's Academic (7/2)-Beaten odds-on chalk faded in its 1st Yonkers start but still finished 2nd. Regular pilot Gingras steers this time and comes back in 7-days instead of 19. Should be better in the 2nd start over the surface and should also be a better price.
7-Guardian Angel As (5-1)-Offers value at the morning line and has won 7 of 13 at YR. Beat the 2 above last week and has won 4 of 6 since using Lasix. Kakaley should get the 7-year-old off the gate and looks like a major player even from this post.
Race 7) 5
Race 8) 4,6
Race 9) 1,2,4,6
Race 10) 5,6,7
Total Ticket Cost) $24 for $1.00
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