01/22/2015 4:11PM

Yonkers: Saturday 1/24 Analysis


MEET STATS: 13 - 47 / $65.10  BEST BETS: 3 - 4 / $12.30

Best Bet: AWESOME VALLEY (9th)

Spot Play: CLASSIC GENT (8th)


Race 1

(1) SIR MELO'S Z TAM escapes the Lachance barn via private purchase and with the best draw he can pay instant dividends. (4) MAN HE CAN SKOOT was erratic in the pocket last week, pulled, drifted very wide possibly costing him the win. Big threat if he keeps his mind on business. (3) BJ'S BEQUIA showed some forward progress last out and he's worth following.

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Race 2

(1) BROOKSTONE drops a notch in class, draws best off some decent efforts and Bartlett should be able to work out a perfect trip. (5) OFF LIKA PROMDRESS jogged last week as my best bet and he gets a free ride at the same level, but he moves outside and loses Bartlett. (6) AUSSIE REACTOR A has been pretty solid for these connections since that claim last August.

Race 3

(6) POP COP ships in and debuts for the Brainard barn sporting relatively decent form; worth a look in this tough-to-figure event. (4) SAM'S ESCAPE raced well for second in his first start off a long layoff. (2) THE LADIES MAN gets class relief for the Burke barn and can be more involved.

Race 4

(6) MALAK USWAAD N is another veteran who debuts for Brainard and he certainly knows his way around this racetrack. (1) SIMPLY BUSINESS is up a notch in class but he does draw best and he's been second best in his last two. (5) TWIN B FAMOUS doesn't seem to win as often as he should but he's been racing well and is a good fit at this level.

Race 5

(7) NOT AFRAID jogged here two weeks ago and the Takter trainee should be tough if he can make the lead. (6) COUNT ME IN ships in for Burke and he's guaranteed to be firing early. (4) STAR PHOTO qualified very nicely and could be ready for action.

Race 6

(3) TAKE IT BACK TERRY finished with plenty of pace after a tough-luck trip last week; Burke trainee has proven that he can be a legitimate Open contender. (1) WARRAWEE NEEDY powered away impressively from weaker last out and we know he's a major speed threat when in the mood. (2) MCERLEAN should be best of the rest starting from this good inside spot.

Race 7

(4) CASIMIR JITTERBOG couldn't reach the well-rated Michaels Power last week; veteran faces slightly softer tonight and should be able to get the job done. (3) STATESMAN N debuts for Burke off a winning qualifier and he's got plenty of class to call upon. (1) GLASS PRINCE turned it around last week defeating lesser and he could be good enough for a small share tonight.

Race 8

(4) CLASSIC GENT has been rock-solid in his last two starts since returning locally; gelding has good early speed and can have a tactical edge on his main competition from this spot. (7) IRA CHIEF was a solid eight-hole winner last out and he can be involved with another alert getaway. (1) UPFRONT COUNTRYBOY was off a month and was nowhere to be found last week in a needed start; Godinez trainee should be closer tonight.

Race 9

(2) AWESOME VALLEY hit town and won impressively; trotter gets a free ride at this level and should repeat at a short price. (5) STIR ME UP has raced well in his last two for owner/driver Jimmy Marohn, Jr.; Goodell drives tonight and he could be a closing threat. (7) HOME TURF is another horse switching barns and we'll see how he fits in here.

Race 10

(6) SPINARAMA was a good second to the tough Fameous Western last week; this isn't the easiest of spots tonight but I'll stick with him. (3) SECOND WIND N isn't a prolific winner but he did jog versus lesser when last seen here; veteran looms large from this spot. (4) ODYSSEUS BLUECHIP was an easy winner versus cheaper in his second start for Lachance.

Race 11

(4) MACHS BEACH BOY has finished with good pace in his last two despite having no realistic chance of winning; classy gelding drops, gets an improved post and should be very tough in here. (3) SKY IS THE LIMIT just failed in a good front-end try two back; main threat. (1) BIG GAME HUNTER beat much lesser wire-to-wire just five days ago and he draws best again.

Race 12

(1) STOLEN CAR had impossible outside spots in his last two; three back he went wire-to-wire versus similar from the four post. (3) AMERICAN RAGE beat lesser off the brief layoff last week and he's capable of repeating. (2) EIGHTEEN gets some class and post relief tonight.

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