04/15/2016 3:21PM

Yonkers: Monday 4/18 Analysis


MEET STATS: 112 - 357 / $621.60

BEST BETS: 16 - 30 / $57.10

Best Bet: GREAT VINTAGE (12th)

Spot Play: DCS BETTER LIFE (4th)

Race 1

(2) ART CRITIC had a decent run as a freshman in the NYSS and she won her seasonal debut at Philly; clearly the Burke trainee makes the most sense in here. (4) IDEAL FANTASY gets post relief in her second 2016 start and she can be more involved. (5) CHEYENNE MOLLY was a trip-sitting upset winner last out.

Race 2

(2) DEVILS CUT rallied to be a decent second last out with Dube driving; he's back in the bike tonight from another good post. (5) JK HEAVEN SENT tired at Philly last out but jogged two back at Yonkers. (1) PRINCE ASTON gets some needed post relief for her local return.

Race 3

(5) SINGLE ME banked over $200K in her 3-year-old season for Croghan and she qualified nicely in Florida in preparation for this; mare should be ready to roll. (2) ENCORE DEO is another Burke-trained filly who should be ready off those morning preps. (1) CHEYENNE TRIENGEL looks for three straight but clearly she is facing tougher tonight.

Race 4

(3) DCS BETTER LIFE was never involved last week but she did finish with late pace; from this improved post and with an improved trip she could get it done at a price. (2) MY MIND IS MADEUP was a good winner versus similar last out and can clearly repeat. (6) GRAND THEFT returns from Pocono where she raced okay in the Weiss.

Race 5

(2) AMERICANPRIMETIME was too far back to threaten in his first seasonal start but did finish with belated pace; from this much-improved post I'm looking for a big effort. (4) SOUTHWIND MASIMO gets MacDonald in the bike tonight, and maybe the fresh set of hands could make a difference. (7) SHADOW'S IMAGE made live moves in his last two for the Cad Gregory barn and this one could be considered at a big price.

Race 6

(2) VALIDUS DEO drops in class off a good try versus much better and he draws well again; I can't envision any scenario where the Bamond trainee loses tonight. (4) SAFE HARBOR has shown improvement since switching to the Ruiz barn. (1) JUSTIFIED also gets class relief and Abbatiello will be aggressive early to protect good position.

Race 7

(1) FLEM EN EM N is another classy Bamond veteran who lands in a winning spot; short price. (2) LIFE UP FRONT gets class and post relief; when he's good he's really good. (3) DUNE DUDE lacks the class of the top two but he's been sharp recently.

Race 8

(5) WARRAWEE QUALLY has battled bravely in her last two, both strange races with slow final quarters but I don't hold that against her; mare seems sharp enough in this competitive event. (6) HOT LEMONADE was game in defeat in her seasonal debut. (3) GOLD STAR DYNASTY was gaining late to just miss at a price last out.

Race 9

(4) OK HEAVENLY hung late after an aggressive two-move effort last week and the mare can be tighter off that effort. (5) QUEEN OF DENIAL stopped from the eight hole last week; prior starts were good. (6) MYDELIGHT BLUECHIP gets Sears in the bike tonight and she's occasionally a closing threat.

Race 10

(3) LET'S DRINK ON IT proved overmatched in the Levy but he jogged in his last two at this reduced level. (5) SOHO LENNON A has looked very sharp in his two U.S. starts and he import must be considered despite facing better. (2) BIG N BAD looks for two straight and has plenty of back class.

Race 11

(6) DRUNKEN DESIRE A lands a tough outside post but he should be competitive with this type and he can power home with a live trip. (4) MODERN YANKEE rallied to be second best last week to an easy front-end winner. (3) RONNY BUGATTI was going nowhere last week from the eight hole; obviously it's a different game tonight from the improved post.

Race 12

(1) GREAT VINTAGE raced huge two back versus better and was actually my top pick last out in the Levy, where he was a rail-sitting fourth; Takter trainee is lock-city in the finale. (8) GHOST PINE faces tougher and is stuck in the far outside post but he was a variant-busting winner last out; worth a look underneath at a price. (5) FOOL ME ONCE returns locally and was a winner a couple of months back at this level with Bartlett driving.

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