05/21/2015 2:51PM

Yonkers: Saturday 5/23 Analysis


MEET STATS: 153 - 477 / $809.50  BEST BETS: 20 - 38 / $74.10

Best Bet: IN THE ARSENAL (7th)

Spot Play: VALIDUS DEO (3rd)

Race 1

(3) REUBEN BROGDEN N pretty much toured the track with little chance from a tough spot in his U.S. debut; expect much more tonight at a shorter price. (1) MARINER SEELSTER appears capable with this type and should keep up well from this spot. (6) DONAU has been good for an extended period of time.

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Race 2

(1) ROCK OF CASHEL powered home easily last week with Buter driving; he faces tougher tonight but may be sharp enough to prevail. (6) AWSOME VALLEY did nothing last week in the Open; Brennan's back driving and he should be leaving the gate. (5) RED HOT HERBIE ships in for Allard; impossible to ignore anything from his barn.

Race 3

(3) VALIDUS DEO finally gets needed post relief and I expect Bartlett to take full advantage. (6) MACHS BEACH BOY is back on consecutive weeks after missing some time and he's capable of better. (7) WARRAWEE NEEDY is clearly off his game but he is capable of blasting from the gate if in the mood.

Race 4

(2) HEEZ ORL BLACK N has proven to be a solid Saturday night commodity for Vallee and he lands a good post with some suspect rivals. (3) LIFE UP FRONT is always live when drawn inside and he was a good second two back from a similar spot. (1) FRANKIES DRAGON ends up with the best post upon exiting the Levy but he's missed almost a month; proceed with caution.

Race 5

(8) LUMINOSITY is guaranteed to be firing from the gate and he only needs a live trip to take his third straight. (3) IL MAGO has raced well in all recent efforts for live connections; hard to ignore from this spot. (7) OBRIGADO has charged home in his two 2015 starts. Will he be too far back again or will MacDonald get aggressive earlier? Tough to predict.

Race 6

(1) ARQUE HANOVER ships from Canada off two even efforts in stakes action at Mohawk and he draws best; I have to believe trainer Casie Coleman will have him ready. (5) CARTOON DADDY scored right off the bench last week in NYSS action and the Burke trainee clearly looks ready for this assignment. (2) SOTO was a solid second to In The Arsenal last out off a good 2015 debut effort at The Meadowlands; colt draws well for the potent Takter barn.

Race 7

(2) IN THE ARSENAL is far and away the most accomplished in here and he picked up right where he left off last season with a 1:50 score at Tioga; short price looming. (1) NATIONAL SEELSTER was unraced as a two-year-old but has looked very good in six career efforts; we'll see how he handles the half-mile track. (6) PENJI HANOER raced okay in his seasonal debut off some decent qualifiers and he can sneak into the final with some racing luck.

Race 8

(1) CASIMIR JITTERBUG had to draw outside with some tough ones last week and ended up racing decently at a zillion-to-one odds from the eight hole. Tonight he's assigned the rail and Sears should take full advantage of the cozy starting spot. (5) MICHAEL'S POWER took a week off after winning two straight and he should be firing out again. (7) P H SUPERCAM finished with his usual good energy last week from too far back; will he be in no-mans land again?

Race 9

(3) IN COMMANDO was in too tough last week versus Open types; Ford trainee should go much better in here. (7) RONNY BUGATTI wilted after being used on the front end last out; prior efforts were solid. (1) LETTUCEROCKU A doesn't appear likely to win versus these but he's a candidate for the bottom of the ticket.

Race 10

(1) STEVENSVILLE was tested a bit last week after cruising easily in the two starts prior; he draws best here in a well-matched event and may be able to trip out. (3) GALACTIC GALLEON N raced decently in his local debut and he can build off that effort. (6) AMERICAN RAGE was second best at odds-on in a quick mile when last at this level.

Race 11

(7) THERAPUTIC never got involved last week from post eight; another chance. (8) CRAZY ABOUT PAT was nipped on the wire last out in a good try; hopefully the outside post doesn't present too much of a problem. (1) LORENZO DREAM has the best speed and the best post.

Race 12

(1) BETTOR REASON N has done absolutely nothing wrong in six starts since shipping from Austrailia and he should be perfectly positioned tonight from this spot. (4) ROCK ON MOE was a good second last week to the lock-city Mcerlean. (8) THUNDER NOISE was a 12,500 claimer three starts ago and now is in the winners-over after two sizzling efforts since joining the Allard barn; maybe he closes for a share at a price.

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