by Al Cimaglia
September 14, 2020
Yonkers Raceway has a 9-race card to kick-off the week. The 0.50 Pick 5 begins in Race 5. That sequence has a $15,000 guaranteed pool and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
1-Western Vacation (7/2)-Has been competing at this level and falling short. Draws inside again and may have met a field that can be beat if Brennan gets the top and steals a quarter.
2-Rollinwithambition (8-1)-Ships in from The Spa and has hit the board in 12 of last 13 races. Makes only the 2nd Yonkers starts and should stay in the hunt at a nice price.
3-Rolling With Same (7-1)-3-year-old has taken only 2 pictures in 17 starts but from this post Buter should be able to work a good trip. Using instead of the chalk #6 who steps-up and starts outside of main foes, and #7 who is 0 for the last 22.
3-Stone In Love (7/2)-Drew the 7 hole in last when stepped up to this level. Did keep trotting to the wire and passed a few down the lane, although was off for 2 weeks. Bartlett steers tonight and will look for a big try.
6-Pilgrims Tide (5-1)-Has taken a picture versus better at Pocono so should like the company. Brennan steers and that shouldn't hurt plus the Tritton barn has been rolling along. Should be forwardly placed and offer a fair price.
3-Maroma Beach (3-1)-Easily beat the NW5kL4 on 9/4. That victory was keyed off a 26.4 opening quarter and the 6-year-old never looked back. Steps-up but the same script and ending could happen tonight.
4-Dark Energy N (5-1)-Even effort in last on a good track when raced 3rd over but did pace the 2nd half in 56.2. This time the pace should be quicker, and Bartlett could find live cover and be in the mix near the wire.
5-Zach Maguire N (10-1)-Zach is trip dependent but will bank on the pace to be honest. Gets some needed post relief, Dube is between the pipes again and has been facing better. Looking for a solid try at a nice price.
1-Mostinterestingman (7/5)-The morning line chalk should be a player and Brennan is back so will be looking for an alert start. Likes Yonkers, has won 22 of 113 starts, using but not as a single.
2-Secret Bro (3-1)-Drops to a soft spot and Zeron picks up the drive. Is winless in 2020 (0-13) and has notched only 4 wins in the last 42 tries. But this looks like wake-up time.
3-Provocativeprince N (5-1)-Back down to the level of last win which was back on 6/23. Left from the 4 hole, got on the engine and was a winner at 1-2. Recent form has been dull, but this is a spot to shine.
4-He's Electric (5/2)-Captured 1st win of the year on 8/31 and now steps up. This won't be as easy but has the gate speed to get a good seat and can beat this crew with a top try.
Race 5) 1,2,3
Race 6) 3,6
Race 7) 3,4,5
Race 8) 1,2
Race 9) 3,4
Total Ticket Cost) $36 for $0.50
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