07/22/2015 4:21PM

Yonkers: Friday 7/24 Analysis


MEET STATS: 119 - 603 / $840.60 BEST BETS: 14 - 52 / $65.60

Best Bet: STONE TREE (8th)



Race 1

(5) NATURAL LEDA has been facing tougher company but is back with old friends (NW12000).  Go back to May 25 when this gelding was quite sharp at this level; merits serious consideration. (1) HI HO STEVERINO Even money chalk last time out caught a break when there was a scramble on the first turn, chasing big longshot Four Corners in the pocket throughout and prevailed; contender despite the escalation in class. (2) SAFE HARBOR gets class relief and that should help his cause; watch out.

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Race 2

(2) FOR YOU ALMOSTFREE moves down the ladder, and that's a good sign for this trotter, if you go back to his May 15th trip, he went first over to give it to heavy favorite Take My Picture who was on the lead. Leaves post 8 for the 2-hole; improvement expected. (3) WATKINS came from last, swung out in the stretch to lose by only 2 and a quarter lengths; threat from door number 3. (5) ILLUSIONSNDREAMS Post 8 hurt last week for this gelding. Did boss lesser down the road two trips ago; factor.

Race 3

(2) HES GOT IT Gelding never was involved in his last two tries given the fact he was in the 6 & 7 hole respectably. Now pacer gets a crack from the 2 slot where he did go down the pike for all the glory at Monticello; can take this at his best. (3) HAWKER raced evenly in the 3 path to Too Darn Hot & Mister  Accumulator. Gelding showed some momentum but time had run out to catch the top two; dangerous in here. (7) GLORY BEACH Comes by way from up north with two straight victories in a row. Now he makes his return to the Hilltop   where he was third best here on January 24th; not out of this.

Race 4

(7) SAPPHIRE CITY was very wide on the backstretch. That might have cost him win honors. Gelding leaves from the outside again; should get the job done with a fine-timed drive from Buter. (2) SIR ZIGGYS Z TAM he needs to return to his sharp effort on June 29 when this gelding was second best to miss by only a head; maybe. (3) GALACTIC GALLEON N flashed fine speed against better stock but faded in deep stretch last out. If you go two starts back, this gelding had a troubled trip when Validus Deo impeded with him before turn two and that might have cost him the victory; big threat.

Race 5

(6) OUR ELS DREAM N Pacing mare went first over and raced gamely outside but no one was going to beat P L Hula that night and had to settle for the fourth spot; she has proven speed. So with a meltdown of the early leaders, this gal could make tonight a winning one. (3) SIR LEHIGH Z TAM leaves the far outside slot for a cozy post to work with; poised to make some serious noise down the stretch. (1) VICTORIA MAY N threw in a clunker last time out. But two starts back, this gal was deep in the passing lane from fourth and came like a shot to get the job done with a well timed-drive; beware.

Race 6

(5) CARIBBEAN ROSE N She has ability closing from far back in both of her two tries at this level. Favorable trip could put this gal right back into the winner's circle. There's also a rematch between (7) KRISPY APPLE & (8) CINAMONY. The former was first over trying to get to the latter in the stretch drive, but ran out of racetrack; as for Cinamony. Versatile mare has pulled off four straight victories so now she will leave from the handicap slot (Post 8); we will see if there's enough gas in the tank.

Race 7

(3) RD IOU Finally receives class relief. Go four trips back when this 7-year-old mare just got up for win honors at this level; big threat at her best. (4) THE FILLY PRINCESS Comes by way of Vernon Downs where this gal is quite tenacious; appears to be a major factor against these. (6) FITS WELL she was completely nowhere to be found, but she slingshot from seventh to third to miss the victory by a length and a half; don't count her out of this.

Race 8

(2) STONE TREE was sitting in the 3-hole, came first up on the backstretch and for a brief moment had the lead but was compromised chasing Aled Hanover thru fast fractions. Gelding is in fine form and should be ready to boss these. (5) ALED HANOVER Sharp in defeat against the top pick; might atone. (1) ROLLWITHITHARRY gets post relief tonight.

Race 9

(8) RAMPAGE JACKSON Closed strongly to almost nail JD's Caleb Man recently. Gelding is very capable of getting back to his winning ways. (2) SEA STAR came like a shot to be the boss in his latest; big factor.  (4) JD'S CALEB MAN was sent down the road by Dube for all the glory; dangerous again.

Race 10

(2) LAWGIVER HANOVER Showed life flashing good early zip in his last try. Has every right to move forward with a favorable trip. (6) BIG N BAD Beat some good ones down the road in his most recent outing; the one to fear. (4) ONTHECLOCK HANOVER Very wide and mowed them down to beat them by a head last out; don't overlook.

Race 11

(7) VIRGIN MARY made an outside bid and was rolling down the lane to lose by a nose over PL Hula last week. Seems to be heading in the right direction and this level suits her well; all systems go. (5) SPREESTER moves down in class. She did show good speed two tries ago against tougher; main danger. (2) CHAMPAGNE SHOWER makes her return to Yonkers where she was a game third three starts back; watch out.

Race 12

(8) JUSTHAVENTMETUYET retains the 8-hole, did not fire at all but hey she was only beaten by just 2 and three quarter lengths. If she returns to her speedy self, the others will have to settle for second money. (3) CHERRY BLISS Her last two starts were strong. Just missed by a neck to a sharp Open handicap horse Jonsie Jones; contender. (1) KNOW IT ALL also came out of that race and almost got the job done; can't dismiss.

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