by Al Cimaglia
August 16, 2021
Yonkers Raceway begins the week with a solid 10-race card. The feature goes in Race 7, an Open Handicap Pace with a $45,000 purse. The $1.00 Late Pick 4 also begins in Race 7, and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
3-Pyro (6-1)- Will go deeper in this leg looking to beat the ML chalk who drew post 7 and will be a tiny price. Steps-up but so do 3 others. Dube is the regular pilot, and he has gate speed to use. This Herrera trainee can be put in play early in the mile and should be in the hunt.
4-Rockapelo (4-1)-Shows a win at the Open Handicap class and Brennan can look to leave or race off cover. Has drawn outside in the last 2 and this post draw should help the cause.
5-Simple Kinda Man (4-1)-Steps-up after a win and has cashed a check at this class recently. Draws well, is in form and Yonkers record is a solid 7 wins in 18 starts.
6-Nandolo N (9/2)-Raced against the Preferred kind at the Big M and finished 2nd there and 2nd here the race before at this class. Should be a player with a smooth trip and an alert start.
1-Funknwaffles (3-1)-Alagna entry drops to a more comfortable spot and with this post draw Buter has some choices. This 7-year-old has hit the board in 12 of 20 with 7 pictures.
6-Hickfromfrenchlick (7/2)-Regular pilot Mark MacDonald steers for the Schnittker barn and this will be the 2021 Yonkers debut for this 5-year-old. The game plan could be to get the point and has the gate speed to do so. Best to not overlook, fits and has won 3 of 5 here.
2-Splash Brothers (7/5)-Lost by a nose at this class last week after being used from the 8 hole to get on the engine. This post draw should help and comes right back in sequence instead of missing a start. Went off at 1-2 and probably will be bet down here as well. Last week's winner isn't in this field, and got through on the rail after a 2-hole trip. This 4-year-old should be back in the winner's circle for the 5th time this year.
1-Escapetothebeach (3-1)-Looking for more after a dull effort in last. Does its best work racing near the top of the stack and Kakaley should have this Morgan trainee forwardly placed leaving from the rail.
7-Bettor Memories (9-1)-Comes off an even try versus better and missed a start. Burke entry has enough gate speed to get a good seat and be in the mix at a nice price. Using and trying to beat the program favorite #4.
Race 7) 3,4,5,6
Race 8) 1,6
Race 9) 2
Race 10) 1,7
Total Ticket Cost) = $16 for $1.00
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