by Al Cimaglia
September 1, 2020
Tonight, Yonkers Raceway has a $7,500 guaranteed pool in place for its 0.50 Pick 5. That sequence starts in Race 5 and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
2-Western Beachboy (5/2)-This race is a real taffy pull and will take a swing with Brennan on a DiDomenico trainee who makes his 3rd start since a trainer change. Should get a good trip and may enjoy returning to YR. Connections had this 5-year-old racing better in January so will look for similar tonight.
4-Mr Wiggle Pants (2-1)-The entire field has missed time and Pants has been off since 8/7 but has faced better. Harris trainee has hit the board in 4 of 10 YR starts and has two wins. Hasn't been the same since a sick scratch on 7/11. Fits and can take a picture with a return to better form.
1-Windfall Profits (2-1)-Makes YR debut coming off a winning effort at Phl and now steps up. Should be forwardly placed throughout and another picture could be in the cards.
2-Lady Maya (6-1)-Beat $12k claimers on 8/20 and came the back half in 56.1. This is a good step up but there aren't any monsters in this field. Can win at a square price and is 1-1 at Yonkers.
6-Sporty Juliana (9/2)-Will use expecting this filly gets overlooked at the windows and goes off above the morning line. Marohn needs to work a trip but if pace is decent may come off cover and surprise. Faces tougher now but did win here on the engine in 53.1 on 7/27.
1-Orillia Joe (5/2)-Old-timer has won 21% of Yonkers starts and drops to a spot to shine. Should like the company but might be used hard to protect the rail. Will use and look to others for more value.
3-Mach West (8-1)-Made 1st YR start on 8/21 but was off 19 days. Raced from the back and sizzled the 2nd half in 54.2 on 8/21 and could be ready for a more aggressive try here. Loses Stratton to #1 as Marohn takes a seat and that will probably help the price.
6-Abraxas Blues A (7/2)-Seems to be rounding into form and makes 2nd start at this level after dropping. Needs a trip but last start was the best effort since starting up again. Veteran likes the oval and there could be an honest pace which should help chances.
1-Vettel N (8/5)-Drops to a more comfortable spot and has the gate speed to protect the rail. Will likely blast out as Joe B. will look to control the fractions. Will be tough to beat with a top effort.
5-Our Correlli N (2-1)-Like #1, will be making Yonkers debut. 6-year-old has the gate speed to leave hard and get a good seat and then battle the program chalk down the lane.
1-Somebaddude (7/5)-Cruised home by almost 4 lengths versus easier in 1st local race since the restart. Steps-up but has performed well against better than this at YR and should be a big threat tonight.
4-Caviart Reagan (7-1)-Won at this class on 7/24 and will toss last start from the 8 hole. Should like the post relief and it should be noted paced a .54 last half in the 8/20 start. Has the gate speed to be in the pocket behind the morning line choice or on the engine.
0.50 Pick 5
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