by Al Cimaglia
February 12, 2024
Yonkers Raceway has a 12-race card. The 0.50 Pick 5 with a $10,000 guaranteed pool rolls in Race 5. The $1.00 Late Pick 4 starts in Race 9, and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
Race 9 (9:40 PM EST)
1-Nandolo N (5/2)-Tuned-up at M1 with 2 qualifiers and the 2nd one was a 151.1 winning effort with a 27.1 last quarter. Should handle this crew if dialed on high in the first start since 12-4.
3-Funatthebeach N (5-1)-If the one above is off his A-game this veteran should be in striking range to pick-up the pieces down the lane. Jordan Stratton knows how to catch a leader with a stalking trip.
Race 10 (10:00 PM PST)
1-Adam Twelve (3-1)-Has raced well since shipping in from Stga. If Covered Bridge is going to falter in his quest for the 4th straight picture, my 2nd choice has Gingras using the rail to his advantage.
5-Covered Bridge (2-1)-With a short field Stratton will probably time the gate perfectly and blast out again. That plan has worked in the last 2 wins, although last time it took a tight photo to seal the deal. Should be bet hard, won't keep winning forever but will respect chances again.
Race 11 (10:20 PM PST)
1-Rock This Way (5/2)-Gingras should know this Stga shipper as it makes its 4th YR start since shipping in. Hasn't been able to put things together yet. Draws the rail for the 1st time here and will look for a top of the stack trip.
2-Alotbettor N (3-1)-Makes the 1st start for the Adamczyk barn after a claim and usual pilot Matt Kakaley will steer. Knows how to win at this level and will look for an aggressive steer. It could be time to get on the point, steal a quarter and take a picture.
8-My Ultimate Star A (5-1) -Wired the field from post 4 and is back in against the same kind. Went off as a 6/5 choice, Siegelman gets the call for Bartlett and the same plan could happen again. Has the gate speed to get the top and should be a healthy price.
Race 12 (10:40 PM PST)
2-Crunch Time A (6-1)-Team Joe B entry drops, gets post relief, and makes only its 7th start since the beginning of 2023. This is a soft spot and could handle this group IF dialed on high.
5-C-Bet Hanover (3-1)-Drops to the level of its last picture back on 11-17. Has an aggressive pilot in Mark MacDonald and has the gate speed to wire the field. This feels like go-time.
$1.00 Late Pick 4
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