05/24/2014 12:51AM

Yonkers: Saturday 5/24 Analysis


MEET STATS: 150 - 442 / $809.30   BEST BETS: 26 - 36 / $87.30

Best Bet: ALL BETS OFF (11th)

Spot Play: DIAMOND COWBOY (8th)

Race 1

(3) SIR ZIGGY'S Z TAM was a solid third the last two weeks chasing good rivals; from this spot it could be his turn to take command. (5) SALEVSTER STALLION had no real excuse to falter last week versus cheaper but this isn't a strong field and he deserves a look. (2) SAINT WILLIAM A didn't fire last out; his prior couple of efforts were decent.

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Race 2

(2) CHINA GRILL took a month off and qualified effectively; veteran has beaten better than these in the past and Lachance should be close enough to strike from this spot. (5) PANCETTA jogged in his second return start and he'll attract plenty of attention at the windows again. (1) MORTAL ZIN was second best to a 1/9 shot last week and he draws best again.

Race 3

(3) PANONGAHELA gets much-needed post relief and was Bartlett's choice of four. (1) MYSTICAL WALTER ships in from Pennsylvania, had a good three-year-old campaign and Holland drives tonight. (7) HILLBILLY HANOVER has Brennan driving for Burke; tough to ignore.

Race 4

(4) SOUTHWIND SILENCE tightened decently in her first 2014 start for Burke and she is clearly the most accomplished in here. (5) PALM BEACH has ability as evidenced by that recent qualifier but she broke in her last three races; be careful. (1) IT WAS FASCINATION qualified three times in 2014 and seemed to get better in each one.

Race 5

(6) GREAT VINTAGE easily took care of business last week and he can handle the hike in class. (2) DRUMFIRE A returns locally and has had his moments here in the past. (4) BIG N BAD makes his second U.S. start after arriving from Fraser Downs; four-year-old appears to have some ability.

Race 6

(1) ALSO ENCOURAGING is perfect in her two 2014 starts for Casie Coleman; short price looming here. (2) TYRA hinted at real ability last season. (3) JK MOLLY hasn't fired in her two seasonal starts yet for Burke.

Race 7

(1) SAPPHIRE CITY gets a very generous post assignment and he's the star of the recently rejuvenated Blumenfeld barn; veteran should be on the lead or in the pocket tonight. (2) DYNAMIC YOUTH was super in victory last week facing lesser. (3) DIGITAL Z TAM has gone from generic claimers to Open winner in a short period of time; obviously the veteran is capable of repeating.

Race 8

(1) DIAMOND COWBOY gets needed post relief off a no-chance effort; Bartlett should work out a perfect trip from this spot. (3) TAKE IT BACK TERRY is back at a winning level and the Burke trainee looks like the one to beat. (7) MACHS BEACH BOY is in a tough spot tonight but he could close for a share.

Race 9

All eyes will be on (2) HE'S WATCHING as the super colt looks to remain undefeated. (6) STEVENSVILLE had some experience here as a freshman and he returns off a solid score at Pocono; Tetrick is here to drive. (1) UNLOCKED appears to have some ability but he's also shown some breaks.

Race 10

(5) EIGHTEEN doesn't have a ton of speed inside of him and the classy vet may have a clear path to the front. (2) FAT MANS ALLEY is capable of grinding forever and reaching late. (6) CONNERY BLUE CHIP was solid in defeat last week and has hit the board in his last six tries.

Race 11

(3) ALL BETS OFF was the Matron winner last season at Dover and he's raced well versus more seasoned types in both 2014 efforts; Burke trainee is best here. (1) IDEAL FASHION qualified effectively with Lasix added and the colt draws best. (4) THEREISAPACEFORUS finished willingly in his two seasonal efforts and he hails from the live Takter barn.

Race 12

(2) THE LADIES MAN hit town a few back and won in dominating fashion, however in his last two he's had no real excuse; I'm giving him one more chance. (8) UNCLE SMOOTHIE was very impressive in his local debut; only problem here is the eight hole. (1) LIFE UP FRONT gets needed post relief.

Race 13

(4) LAWGIVER HANOVER has raced pretty well in his last two and I'll give him a try despite Sears choosing elsewhere. (2) DREAMLANDS ART  debuts for Brainard off the sale and he looks fast enough to do damage here. (5) ROCNROLWILNEVERDIE had no excuse last week but his prior effort was good.


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