01/07/2016 4:17PM

Yonkers: Saturday 1/9 Analysis


FINAL 2015 STATS: 401 - 1216 / $2,254.60

BEST BETS: 57 - 98 / $200.00

Best Bet: UF ROCKIN DRAGON (3rd)

Spot Play: STOLEN CAR (4th)

Race 1

Welcome back to Yonkers Raceway! These first few days seem tough, due to the fact that most of these horses have been off for close to a month. I'll be considering some horses who have raced more recently. (4) EMERITUS MAXIMUS aired it out on the front end last week at The Meadowlands and gave way in a needed tightener; he's lightly raced but has ability. (1) UPFRONT COUNTRYBOY was a winner two back from an inside post and should be close throughout. (2) ROCKSTAR STRIDE gets some class relief for a barn that had predictable success at the end of last season.

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Race 2

(3) PANCHESTER UNITED raced last week and the others didn't; Burke trainee is the default selection based on that angle. (2) AMERICAN RAGE had been racing evenly for his new barn and he certainly draws well enough. (1) V I P BAYAMA gets needed class and post relief for the Lachance barn.

Race 3

(1) UF ROCKIN DRAGON raced evenly last week versus better at The Meadowlands and he was a big winner when last seen locally; Mark Ford trainee looks like solid selecting here. (3) ROCK TO GLORY exits claimers for the Godinez barn and he seems like a good fit. (5) ELRAMA N was one of many Bamond imports who performed well at Yonkers last year.

Race 4

(1) STOLEN CAR has never been the most prolific winner but he raced well in his last two and he lands the best post. (4) HI HO STEVERINO is always a serious contender when in at this NW12000 level. (2) MARTINI HANOVER returns locally from a failed stint in Delaware and picks up Sears.

Race 5

(2) MCARDLE ROYALE N makes his U.S. debut for DiDomenico off a willing qualifier at The Meadowlands and he draws well versus a suspect group. (4) ALLSTAR PARTNER gets some class relief and was a winner when last at this level. (6) SHADOW PLACE did have a needed start last week for Lachance.

Race 6

(4) CHEYENNE JEFFREY always seems capable given a good setup and he can be decent value from this midpack post. (1) KEYSTONE HONOR had a very nice season for Laterza after the private purchase from Burke. (6) TERROR TIME seems better than his last few would indicate.

Race 7

(2) ASLAN is a proven commodity with these and he comes in sharp off a needed tightening qualifier. (6) CAROL'S COMET finished up 2015 strong for Allard and he can be a closing threat with a trip. (1) CYCLONE KIWI N should always be close up from this spot.

Race 8

(3) RONNY BUGATTI had been racing much better when last seen locally; gelding fits well here class-wise and faces no standouts. (2) ROLAND N ROCK enters the aged overnight wars off a decent 3-year-old campaign. (5) SIR SAM'S Z TAM could be fit off last week's effort; he can save ground and rally late.

Race 9

(3) TEXAS TERROR N paced a huge back half in that qualifier up at Monticello upon arrival from Down Under and he may be ready at first asking. (5) PASS THEM BY N has been facing better with some success recently; contender. (2) CASIMIR JITTERBUG qualified effectively and should be ready for action.

Race 10

(5) FIERY LUSTRE N was a winner at odds-on when last at this NW18000 level; I guess that's as good an angle as any in here. (3) GALACTIC GALLEON N has raced well for an extended period of time for the Vallee barn. (2) LORD OF MISRULE looks for two straight and lands a good post again.

Race 11

(6) FORTY FIVE RED showed a nice dimension by coming from off the pace in last week's solid win at The Meadowlands; he returns to Yonkers tonight and should be forwardly placed. (5) VILLAGE BEAT has been very sharp for the Mark Ford barn and let's see if that carries over to the new year. (1) HUGH HEFNER N looks to make it a perfect 2 for 2 since arriving from Australia.

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