by Al Cimaglia
May 24, 2021
The feature at Yonkers Raceway goes in Race 7, an Open Handicap Pace 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.
3-Speed Man N (20-1)-Using in an interesting race, and really hasn't had a chance in both recent starts at this class. Now draws inside, usual pilot is back and has 5 wins in 17 Yonkers races. If there is an honest pace Zeron could work a trip and be in striking range.
5-Moonshine Kisses (9/2)-Lost by a head in a quick mile at this class and has been consistently in the hunt. Bartlett might be able to work a smoother journey than last week. That could lead to a picture and does have 6 wins in 17 starts here.
7-Raukapuka Ruler N (9-1)-Beat Open company, then drew the 8 and 7 posts at this level and raced from the back. Maybe it's time to expend some energy and Stratton will leave to get a close-up seat. Has the gate speed and the price should be right.
3-Shadow Cat (7/2)-Has climbed up the class ladder and accumulated 5 wins since joining the Fanning barn on 2-22. Had one try at this level and it came from the 8 hole but could seal the deal tonight. Might get on the engine and not look back.
6-Twin B Tuffenuff (9/2)-Gets some class relief and fits better with this crew. Last couple have been dull but if 100%, Brennan could be aggressive. Not sure if this Burke entry has enough gate speed to land on top, but should be in the hunt with a good start.
1-Bettor Memories (3-1)-Drops to a better level and likes to race near the top of the stack, so this post draw works well. Has missed a start but will bank on Burke having his trainee dialed on high this evening.
4-Mighty Santana N (5-1)-Tossing last from post 7 and was off for 2 weeks. This 8-year-old fits here and is often in the hunt especially when leaving from an inside post. Buter should be able to work a trip and be forwardly placed.
5-Levine (5/2)-This 4-year-old will be tested versus some seasoned veterans and not loving the morning line price. But will use because Zeron might be able to leave fast enough to land in the pocket or on top. If that script plays out chances for success go up considerably.
2-San Domino A (7/2)-Returns to Yonkers and is in a good spot to pick up an overdue win. Has the gate speed to race on the point. Likes the track, has 8 wins in 28 starts and this is the 4th race since returning to the Harris barn.
3-Pyro (3-1)-Here is another who should fit well, was facing Open company, and also has big gate speed. It should be an interesting start and my play is to use these two and shoot against #1 who has been idle since 5-3.
Race 7) 3,5,7
Race 8) 3,6
Race 9) 1,4,5
Race 10) 2,3
Total Ticket Cost) $36 for $1.00
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