10/08/2015 6:29PM

Yonkers: Handicapping Saturday's $75,000 guaranteed pick five

Derick Giwner
Yonkers Raceway will offer handicappers with major value on Saturday.

The $75,000 guaranteed pick five pool at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday, October 10 gets started in race two and offers $25,000 worth of seeded money from the Standardbred Owners Association of New York. The sequence is far from easy, but it is far from impossible on paper.

Just using my top selections from each race put me at $81 for my ticket, which gives those with a bigger wallet room to throw some extra horses in and still keep the wager from hitting the stratosphere in terms of investment required. Below you will find my race-by-race thoughts and some tickets from our other handicappers.

Race 2 - Non-winners of $18,000 last 5

Going three deep in here but (1) SIR ZIGGY’S Z TAM, who gets major post relief, is the most likely winner.

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Race 3 - Open Handicap

(8) MELADY’S MONET is probably the best horse in the race, but there is ample speed to his inside and he has post eight. This was a well handicapped race and I’m going to take the three best horses from the worst posts and one should hit the wire first.

Race 4 - $1,000,000 International Trot

This race comes with plenty of intrigue since we don’t have much to go on in terms of past performance lines. (1) CREATINE has trained well over the Yonkers oval since arriving in the U.S. from Sweden and I’m hearing good things. (5) BEE A MAGICIAN has never finished worse than second in 2015 and has the added benefit of multiple starts over this track. (2) PAPAGAYO E has shown that he is competitive with many in this group and the inside post should work to his advantage. (8) MOSAIQUE FACE certainly would have broken my top three and might have been my top pick from a better post. From post eight I’m not using him on top.

Race 5 - Non-winners of $18,000 last 5

I find this race to be one of the more difficult on the card, but not so complex that I can’t feel reasonably confident with three horses. I went with 1, 6 and 9. I can see adding the (7) CASH ME OUT or the (8) THERAPUTIC. I’m avoiding the (4) KLM EXPRESS, who I think will be overbet with Brian Sears getting the call.

Race 6 - Non-winners of $12,000 in last 5

My top two in here are the obvious choices. (7) FICO is dropping down and adding top driver Sears. (1) JESSE’S STORY has speed from the inside and Jason Bartlett stays loyal.

.50 cent pick five ticket:
1,5,7 / 6,7,8 / 1,2,5 / 1,6,9 / 1,7 = $81

Garnet Barnsdale

The middle legs of this pick 5 look very, very tough. So I am going to take a shot singling what I see as live horses from the rail in the first and last legs. In race 2, (1) SIR ZIGGYS Z TAM gets major post relief after leaving from posts 6, 7 and 8 the past three starts in which he has posted quick final quarters indicating his sharpness. You’ll notice four starts back he was a first-up winner from the two-hole. In the final leg, Race 6, (1) JESSES STORY gets Bartlett for the second straight week and has experience at this 1-1/4 mile distance, finishing 4th twice in a row two and three back. He could work out a golden trip here. I’d rather narrow those races down and use as many as possible in the highly competitive middle three legs.

1 / 1,7,8,9,12 / 1,2,4,5,10 / 1,6,8,9 / 1 = $50

Jeremey Day

It’s a very tough sequence with very competitive races.  I tried to find a couple of races in the sequence where I thought horses dropping in class would get good trips.  In the second and last legs I can see my two choices possible running first and second at the half giving myself a good shot.

2,3,5 / 1,5 / 3,6,8,9,10 / 1,4,9 / 1,6 = $90

Matt Rose

This pick five wager is obviously very tricky, with a wide-open first leg, followed by four oversized, added-distance races, including the $1 million International Trot. In order to keep ticket cost down I think it’s essential to have a key in the five-race sequence.

My key is unorthodox in two ways: it’s not only in the 12-horse field but I’m keying a trotter out of the eight hole in the bulky event. However I think that Melady’s Monet is the most talented trotter in the field, and a case could be made for him having gotten invited to the International. I think he’s going to fire with a purpose and put in a dazzling performance on the undercard.

1,4,5 / 8 / 1,4,5,10 / 6,8,9 / 1,4,10 = $54

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