by Al Cimaglia
May 3, 2021
Yonkers Raceway has a 10-race card ready to go at 7:15 EST. The headliner comes in Race 7, an Open Handicap Pace with a $37,000 purse. That race also starts the $1.00 Pick 4 sequence, and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
5-Raukapuka Ruler N (5/2)-Draws well and should like the company. Stratton could be leaving and may find a close-up seat as there isn't much gate speed inside. Winner in 7 of 28 at YR should be a player but has been camera shy this year (1-11).
6-Twin B Tuffenuff (7-1)-Comes off a good effort from the rail after being used to hold position. Brennan got the pocket ride but was caught between going inside and finally pulled to go outside and lost by less than a length. Beaten by #8 who came up big at 4/5. Could look to fire out and may not look back.
3-Herrickroosevelt N (6-1)-Faced straight Open company in last and took the long way around but did roll the back half in .55. Stratton takes over from Joe B and he knows well. Looking for a more aggressive steer and an efficient trip at a square price.
4-Bettor Memories (6-1)-Will need a top effort at this class but the same could be said for the entire field. This Burke trainee ships back from PcD and should be a threat from this post. Likes YR, has taken 16 pictures in 65 starts. Brennan could leave and land on the point or fall in right behind #3. Will take a swing for some value and look to beat #1 the 2-1 morning line chalk.
1-Mighty Santana N (7/2)-Has been starting slowly, racing towards the back of the pack and then rallying in the 2nd half. Should be able to get away in good shape off the gate and then come hard later in the mile. Buter needs to work the right trip and could take top honors with a smooth journey.
2-Micky Gee N (3-1)-Comes off an even effort at this class in the 1st start off the bench. Did pace the back half in .56 but was caught outside in a race without much pace. Has taken pictures in 20 of 51 YR starts but has only received top honors in 6 of 26 races at other tracks. Posted wins versus better from the outside at YR and looks like a major threat tonight.
5-Shadow Cat (5/2)-Steps-up after a gate to wire 151.3 win and that was a lifetime best at Yonkers. May try to follow an identical script, and get on the engine and not look back. That could work or might be able to get a pocket ride behind #1, then pull and roll by.
6-Walkinshaw N (6-1)-Had a nice try from the 8-hole when dropped to this level last week. Does have enough gate speed to get a good seat so Zeron should have options. Has beaten better back in March with the same pilot and looks like a player versus this crew at a square price.
Race 7) 5,6
Race 8) 3,4
Race 9) 1,2
Race 10) 5,6
Total Ticket Cost) $16 for $1.00
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