by Al Cimaglia
May 17, 2021
Yonkers Raceway begins the week with an 11-race card. The $1 Late Pick 4 starts in Race 7 and it will be my focus. Race 7 is also the headliner on the night, an Open Handicap Pace with a $37,000 purse.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
5-Leonidas A (2-1)-Hasn't raced since the Borgata Final on 4-19 and had no shot leaving from post 7. Looking for a big try coming off the bench and this barn is batting 32% over the past 30 days.
6-Rollwithpapajoe (7/2)-Comes off a win at this class in gate to wire fashion. That score came from post 3 but has the gate speed to follow the same script tonight. This won't be as easy but it's best to respect this consistent performer.
3-Tyga Hanover (7-1)-Fits with this group and both starts for the Harris barn have been sharp. Looking for the same type of effort and could get a cozy trip with this post draw.
4-Caviart Luca (4-1)-Steps-up and will need a trip and a top effort but this race could set up for Luca. Brennan could duck and then pull, fractions might be hot so that plan may work well.
6-Lets Have Another (6-1)-Just missed in last after a winning effort in the previous start. It looks like Stratton can use the big gate speed this 5-year-old has to get on the point. Could be a square price and seal the deal this time.
1-Shadow Cat (3-1)-Tossing last against better from the 8-hole and now gets class and post relief. Likes to race on the engine and that that plan could play out for a picture.
2-I'm Some Graduate (7/2)-Makes 2nd start off the bench for the Burke barn at its favorite track. Brennan could work a stalking trip and be the 1st to cross the wire at a fair price.
4-Groovy Joe (5/2)-Has been cashing checks versus better. Now returns to YR and has hit the board in 4 of 5 starts with 2 wins there. This barn has been cold but should be a player at this class.
1-The Real One (7/2)-Drops to a spot to shine and should have a big shot at picking up the 3rd win in 13 starts this year. Won at this level on 4-5 from the rail.
2-Fine Diamond (5/2)-Stafford trainee has been in fine form over the last 3 starts and should do well versus this kind. Holland could look to get the top and control the pace.
$1 Late Pick 4
Race 7) 5,6
Race 8) 3,4,6
Race 9) 1,2,4
Race 10) 1,2
Total Ticket Cost) $36 for $1.00
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