02/02/2017 3:06PM

Yonkers: Saturday 2/4 Analysis


MEET STATS: 29 - 104 / $156.60

BEST BETS: 6 - 10 / $21.50

Best Bet: MAKE SOME LUCK (9th)

Spot Play: NEWCASTLE (11tH)


Race 1

(1) REASONABLE FORCE rode a live cover trip to pounce on weaker rivals last week and Bartlett sticks with him while drawing best; capable of repeating with a smooth trip. (4) THEARTOFCONFUSION just missed at this level two back with Zeron driving but he probably won't offer much value. (3) BULLET BOB continues to come up empty in the late stages and is tough to endorse on top.

Race 2

(1) ZOOMING was going nowhere last week from the eight hole in a 12 horse field; this is obviously a better spot. (3) LUCKY COLBY qualified pretty well chasing pacers and he may be ready to go off the two month break. (2) CLEMENTINE DREAM gets some needed class relief and draws well enough.

Race 3

(4) MOONWRITER flashed good speed from the eight hole last week to give himself a shot and he seems capable of moving forward off that effort. (1) FIVE CARD DRAW N draws best and is a player but he's not the most prolific winner. (6) LONE SURVIVOR gets a free ride at this level off an odds-on score.

Race 4

(5) BIG N BAD raced decently for a share in his debut for a new barn; veteran clearly needed that race and should show more tonight. (1) BETTOR ROCK ON N faltered on the front end last out after being tested hard; he could be in line for a better stalking trip. (2) MIKE'S POWERHOUSE was Bartlett's choice over a Bamond trainee and a Milici trainee and he does draw well but faces much tougher.

Race 5

(6) VEGAS VACATION has looked very sharp in his last two working his way into top form off the long, long break. Former Jug winner should handle these. (5) STATESMAN N raced very well in defeat for his new barn. (3) ESCAPE THE NEWS was asked but never fired last week; he's better than that.

Race 6

(6) ALLERAGE STAR raced very well to be second best in last week's added-distance event and the Julie Miller trainee should be on the move early. (5) TWEET ME has been sneaky-good in recent efforts and the mare looks like a player from this spot. (3) DOT DOT DOT DASH is always capable with a perfect trip; consider for a share if she can shake free late.

Race 7

(5) ROLAND N ROCK has developed a very successful off-the-pace routine and he closes well every week; from this slightly improved post he may be able to reach tonight. (2) LONG LIVE ROCK raced very well to be second best last week, his first start in six months, and he actually gets assigned a better post tonight. (4) LUCAN HANOVER is in solid form and he has tactical options from this spot.

Race 8

(7) BLOOD BROTHER finished with plenty but never had a realistic chance of winning that race last week; he can sweep by tonight if slightly closer. (3) E Z NOAH sometimes throws in clunkers but he's going well now. (6) LIMELIGHT BEACH should be firing from the gate.

Race 9

(1) MAKE SOME LUCK was a strong and well-meant winner last week and now gets to drop in class; tough to look past him from this spot. (3) CLASS SIX gets needed post relief and will be much more involved. (4) IRA CHIEF has been sharp and could be leaving the gate looking for a stalking trip.

Race 10

(2) GIBSON BLUE CHIP dug in gamely to prevail last out and he draws well again while facing no standouts. (4) ORILLIA JOE was razor-sharp off the bench and is capable of repeating. (6) OH JOHNY BE GOOD N was much better last week and could be a closing threat.

Race 11

(3) NEWCASTLE raced pretty well off the barn change and he can move forward off that effort. (6) OPULENT YANKEE has been sharp in his last two at The Meadowlands, both at juicy prices; speed threat. (5) CRAZY ABOUT PAT comes in off two good qualifiers but may need a live start.

Race 12

(2) SAPPHIRE CITY is a perfect two-for-two since the Burke purchase and I don't see anything getting in his way tonight. (1) CASIMIR JITTERBUG steps up off a nice win and should be no worse than the pocket from this spot. (3) IN THE HUDDLE gets some class relief and will be close up.

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