10/14/2015 4:23PM

Yonkers: Friday 10/16 Analysis


MEET STATS: 47 - 118 / $216.40  BEST BETS: 6 - 10 / $20.20

Best Bet: RU READY TO ROCK (9th)

Spot Play: IT’S A MIRACLE (8th)


Race 1

(2) BO'S SO HOT gets much needed post relief and faces a blank field. (6) AMASA AL is another who has been stuck with the eight-hole on consecutive weeks. He raced okay for new connections last time and seems worth following. (1) SARNO comes with questions, but drops back down and draws best.

Race 2

(1) SKATES N PLATES returns to Yonkers at a reduced level and should come away no worse than second to work out a nice trip. (6) MUGSHOT JESS continues to drop down and seems to be in a good spot; post hurts a bit. (4) CAMBRIDGE has early speed and has been racing well of late.

Race 3

(6) STATESMAN N is in really cheap this week and should perk up for trainer Ron Burke. (1) ROCK ICON posted a sizzling 1:51 4/5 mile at Saratoga last time. If he comes close to that tonight, he wins. (4) DUE WEST HANOVER & (2) TONY CHEESECAKE get class relief and could improve.

Race 4

(1) COACH CAL should come away no worse than second from the inside post. It will likely be a sprint home between my top choice and (2) UNCLE GOODFELLOW, who gets a better post this week and figures to be heavily backed at the windows. (7) STAY UP LATE is in for a cheaper claiming tag in his return to Yonkers; not impossible.

Race 5

(1) MUSTANG MACH N won from the inside in this class three starts back. The good post means he won't have to work as hard to secure the top. (3) INVICTUS HANOVER was bumped up to this level off the claim and finished a good second; sharp. (4) IDEAL RACE has been an on-the-board machine all year.

Race 6

(5) CAN DO drops out of the Open Handicap. He won his last two starts for this claiming tag. (6) BRANDOS MUSCLE MAN has a bit of seconditis; main threat. (4) MASSIVE TALENT has won two straight in Saratoga for the Allard barn.

Race 7

(6) CINAMONY gets to be near the center of the gate this week and figures to take advantage of the rare decent post. (8) KRISPY APPLE has gone some huge miles in the Open ranks and is the one to beat. (5) RADAR CONTACT is not the mare she was earlier in the year, but I can also excuse some of her recent poor form.

Race 8

(6) IT'S A MIRACLE returns from an 11-week break, but did qualify sharply at Monticello. She was racing against much better company when last seen and she'll be in this class until she wins, so no time like the present. (1) ARODASI didn't fire in the slop last time, but now adds Jason Bartlett and deserves another shot. (5) SO NICE comes off a good speed try.

Race 9

(1) RU READY TO ROCK gets the inside post and should be in a perfect position to score. (8) BEST SAID was a closing third from post eight in his last try at this level. (4) GOBAN can fire off the gate and should last for a decent piece.

Race 10

(1) PASS THEM BY N had no shot in his second start for this barn from post seven. I can see him working out a pocket trip and getting the job done. (4) SAM'S ESCAPE is on a serious roll; one to beat. (2) SIX GUN was Buter's choice over my top selection.

Race 11

(3) BOUND FOR FAME jumped it off from the second tier. He deserves another shot at this reduced level. (1) AWSOME VALLEY can push away for position and have every chance late. (7) THERAPUTIC has enough class and early speed to make some noise.

Race 12

(5) JONSIE JONES gets some serious class relief and should respond. (1) TIPITINA should use the rail to her advantage and get second or third. (2) MONKEY ON MY WHEEL has loads of class and would be no surprise.

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