by Al Cimaglia
May 10, 2021
Tonight's headliner at Yonkers Raceway goes in Race 7, an Open Handicap with a $37,000 purse. That race also begins the $1.00 Late Pick 4 sequence and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
1-Micky Gee N (3-1)-Comes off a win and now steps-up and is assigned the rail. Got a sharp steer but what shouldn't be overlooked was the 55.2 back half when leading the charge to the wire. Best to respect, can stay good for a while.
3-Rollwithpapajoe (9/2)-Tossing last from the 8-hole and from this post should be no worse than in the pocket when the dust settles. Winner of 11 in 26 starts at Yonkers looks like a major player.
8-Raukapuka Ruler N (7/2)-Defeated 3 from this group in last by wiring the field from post 5. This won't be as easy but still has the gate speed to get the top or a close-up seat. The post helps the price and Stratton could provide a good steer.
2-Heisman Player (2-1)-Drops to a spot to shine and Zeron should have this 5-year-old forwardly placed. Could make the most of the post draw with the return of its regular pilot.
5-Tin Roof Raider A (5/2)-Steps-up after rolling a 55.2 back half and has hit the board in 8 of 14 starts at Yonkers with 4 wins. Bartlett has choices from this post and the Harris trainee should be within striking range at the 3/4's pole.
2-Caviart Luca (9/2)-Veteran class horse was in tough in the last 2 starts at Phl and now drops to a more comfortable spot. Burke trainee has won over 26% of Yonkers starts and now returns to the level of last picture on 4-20.
3-Can B Perfect (5/2)-Last start was in the slop and the 4-year-old has an off-track record of 1 win in 8 starts. Did race okay but couldn't close fast enough after a .57 opening half. Siegelman should have this 4-year-old in the hunt turning for home.
2-Walkinshaw N (3-1)-The last 2 starts at this class have been in the slop and from the 8-hole. Fits with this group, should have no excuses as Zeron could be aggressive from the post and might be bet down. Maybe gets a pocket ride behind #5.
5-Fine Diamond (5/2)-Does face tougher but has cashed checks here versus better. Slight morning line favorite could fire out to get the top and may not look back.
Race 7) 1,3,8
Race 8) 2,5
Race 9) 2,3
Race 10) 2,5
Total Ticket Cost) $24 for $1.00
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