by Al Cimaglia
July 11, 2022
Yonkers Raceway begins the week with a 9-race card. The feature goes in Race 8, an Open Handicap Pace with a $39,000 purse. The $1.00 Late Pick 4 starts in Race 6, and the sequence will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
2-The Dark Shadow (3-1)-No luck at Pocono in the last few, now get class relief and tries YR. Can leave in a hurry and expect an aggressive drive by Joe B.
5-Fortify (5/2)-Camera shy Takter trainee was in deep water at Mohawk. Should relish the company and has carried big speed on shorter ovals.
6-Pace N Pride N (9-1)-Has hit the board in 6 of 7 at YR and the race could set up nicely for this price shot. Stratton should be rolling down the lane and could catch the chalks at a price.
3-Pat Stanley N (6-1)-Team Stratton veteran could land in the pocket behind #5 and trip out for a picture.
5-Bee Two Bee (2-1)-Kakaley takes over for Brennan and the plan should be the same. Looking for the pedal to be down to get on the point with hopes of wiring the field.
2-Red Right Hand (9/2)-Takter trainee ships in from Oak Grove and has done well at YR (12-7-2-1). Zeron should be blasting out and could gain control. Looks like a player at a square price.
4-Funatthebeach N (4-1)-Trip dependent 8-year-old could benefit from a lively pace. Should race closer to the top and chances for a picture go up if #2 is challenged for the lead.
5-Priceless Beach (7/1)-Has been trying hard and gets needed post relief. Gets a nice post draw and can be in the hunt at a solid price with a good steer.
4-Heisman Player (2-1)-Has been consistent at this level and there is no reason to ignore with this post draw. The Alexander barn is batting 34% winners over the last 30 days and the beaten 4/5 chalk could make amends tonight.
8-Keystone Phoenix (5/2)-This 7-year-old left and wired the field from post 7 on 7-4. My guess is the same plan will be in play here and is a major threat if clears easily.
$1.00 Late Pick 4
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