01/15/2015 4:29PM

Yonkers: Saturday 1/17 Analysis


MEET STATS: 5 - 23 / $26.90  BEST BETS: 1 - 2 / $3.00


Spot Play: SHADY CITY (9th)


Race 1

(1) OFF LIKA PROMDRESS moves all the way inside, picks up Bartlett and is racing back on consecutive weeks; lots to like. (4) GRAB YOUR KEYS got hung to dry last week versus better stock. He's almost impossible not to include here. (5) SIMPLY BUSINESS was a no-match second best last week and now he's outside what he has to beat; ignore that 2/1 morning line, there's no way he's the favorite here.

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Race 2

(2) ODYSSEUS BLUECHIP had no chance last week in his debut for Lachance, but he paced home mildly for a small check. He should be in a spot to actually race tonight. (6) BJ'S BEQUIA was an interesting 30K claim by Godinez and he makes his first start off a useful qualifier; worth considering. (3) HARD TO MACH went evenly last week upon dropping to this level.

Race 3

(6) DUEL IN THE SUN returns locally after being in three tough spots at The Meadowlands; there's really nothing special in here. (1) MAN HE CAN SKOOT returns from vacation for Burke but seemed a little short in that qualifier. (4) UPFRONT HOOISERBOY didn't offer much in his Lachance debut; shows more tonight?

Race 4

(4) STATION THREEOSIX was overmatched in the Open last week, as evidenced by his 79/1 odds departing from the rail. He can be more involved tonight. (2) AMERICAN RAGE has been competitive with better than these in the past. (1) TOWNSLIGHT HANOVER isn't a prolific winner but he should hit the ticket with a close-up trip.

Race 5

(3) ITS A GOOD THING was in too tough last week in his local return; he should head to the front tonight. (2) BE PACIFIC closed with plenty last out from the eight hole and it's tough not to include him from this inside post. (4) GLASS PRINCE also gets some class relief but he hasn't looked all that good recenty; proceed with caution.

Race 6

(5) SAPPHIRE CITY never, ever got involved last week but one should assume he'll be tighter tonight and the gelding should be firing from the gate. (1) BJ'S GUY raced very willingly in his seasonal debut and he will be very live from this rail slot. (2) TAKE IT BACK TERRY managed to shake free and beat these at odds-on last week; obviously from this good post he can repeat.

Race 7

(4) ZOOMING was in tough spots in his last two at The Meadowlands and he seems clearly best here; Buter charge gets top billing in this rare Saturday night trotting event. (3) MEGO MOSS raced well last Sunday for the live Auciello barn. (2) AWESOME VALLEY ships north from Delaware, where he has been racing well; we'll see how he fits here.

Race 8

(3) CASIMIR JITTERBUG thankfully gets away from the free-for-allers at The Meadowlands and the O'Sullivan trainee should respond. (2) O'SUNDLAND blasted from the eight hole in the Open last week, his first start in a month, and he battled stubbornly versus better foes before giving in. Stalbaum charge can be even tighter tonight. (1) JONES BEACH lacks the class of others, but he does draw best and can hang around for a share.

Race 9

(6) SHADY CITY is short on class but the Stalbaum trainee is beyond sharp right now; I have to give him a shot here to trump his more seasoned foes. (5) HERE WE GO AGAIN gets post relief and should be more involved tonight. (3) DREAMLANDS ART was no match to a tough rival last out but he did hold gamely for second.

Race 10

(5) SPINARAMA tries Kakaley in the bike tonight after an even effort last week, his first start in over a month; maybe. (4) FAMEOUS WESTERN finished mildly last week but was almost outfinished by a longshot rival from behind him; tighter tonight? (1) TWIN B HOLLISTER tackles tougher off an upset win; draws best.

Race 11

(2) BACKSTREET HANOVER was a no-match second best to the classy Not Afraid last Sunday; from another good post he can get the job done. (4) DULUTH bumps up in class off a solid win and Brennan drives again. (5) SIM BROWN was game for second after battling last out.

Race 12

(2) HANDSOME HENRY K has been racing well out of town, including against tough rivals in his last two at The Big M; he can be prominent throughout from this spot. (5) WARRAWEE NEEDY has big-time speed and he may be working his way to the front end here. (1) STEUBEN PATRIOT is probably outclassed at this level but he can complete the bottom of the ticket.

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