07/14/2016 3:23PM

Yonkers: Saturday 7/16 Analysis


MEET STATS: 237 - 689 / $1251.30

BEST BETS: 35 - 58 / $121.30


Spot Play: MAJOR ATHENS (7th)


Race 1

(1) PANSFORMATIVE closed very willingly last week in a nice bounce-back effort and he should easily take control tonight from this spot. (4) HEEZ ORL BLACK N hasn't been reliable this year but this looks like a spot where Vallee could get aggressive. (2) TYLER moves inside and gets Bartlett back in the bike.

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Race 2

(1) MATTAMERICAN went too fast on the engine last week and paid the price; he can rebound with better rating. (7) EASY ON THE EYE N was a winner in his U.S. debut and was a good earner Down-Under; looks like he must be included. (3) STEVENSVILLE was put on the front end last week and that's not his best game; price will be better tonight with Schnittker driving.

Race 3

(5) FORTY FIVE RED gets some needed class relief and Bartlett in the bike; from this spot he can blast to the lead and never look back. (3) J T lands another decent post and gets away from some tough ones. (1) THIRTY TWO RED gets needed post relief and should hang around for a share in a race that's sure to trip up the track announcer. Use him for second if you like a hunch-play exacta box.

Race 4

(6) MCERLEAN failed to get involved in his last two but if reverts to his effort from three back he can handle this group. (1) MAKE SOME LUCK is up in class off a solid win and he draws best again; threat. (2) THESEYESRCRYING returns locally for Lappe/Kokinos and the veteran will be close up throughout.

Race 5

(2) P H SUPERCAM raced well last week after being given an early tuck in what was clearly a needed start; classy vet should handle these. (1) JENERAL PATTON gets another good draw looking for two straight. (5) BIG BOY DREAMS tired last out after cutting a quick clip on the engine; Allard trainee fits with these.

Race 6

(2) ROLLIN ABOUT has done nice work in qualifying preps and he lands a good inside post for live connections; freshman could be ready at first asking in this edition of the Sheppard. (1) SOUTHWIND DIABLO also prepped nicely in the A.M. at The Meadowlands in preparation for this. (2A) CHIP WALTHER keeps Bartlett in the bike off a nice win at Goshen and he provides good insurance for the top choice. (1A) HUMBOLDT appeared a touch short in those qualifiers but he does hail from Takter. (4) SUMMER SIDE looks like a speedy sort from Schnittker.

Race 7

(6) MAJOR ATHENS faces two interesting stakes-caliber rivals tonight but he's been so sharp in his last two I'm giving him the call. (7) OBRIGADO has really come into his own this season and is now a top-shelf trotter but will he have too far to come from this spot? (4) E R ELLIE is sure to be overlooked in the wagering but the mare has been super recently.

Race 8

(1) SANTA FE BEACHBOY is reunited with Bartlett and gets a very generous inside post assignment; he's certainly fast enough to go with these. (7) SUNFIRE BLUE CHIP didn't disgrasce himself in the Franklin against the 'big three' pacers and he was a winner when last seen locally. (6) LONG LIVE ROCK raced well last week off a tough trip. (8) BIT OF A LEGEND N makes his return off a nice freshening but it's tough to know what to expect from this spot.

Race 9

(5) VAGUE TRACES is ambitiously placed here and he looked hard to handle last week before breaking but the Croghan trainee seems fast enough to compete with these and there are plenty of question marks in this field. (6) NATIONAL SEELSTER is back with the type he can handle and he'll probably be forwardly placed. I loved (4) BLOOD BROTHER last week and was left with an empty feeling; now he loses Bartlett and is tough to endorse on top.

Race 10

(1) GREAT VINTAGE was worn down by a classy rival last week after setting a soft pace on the front end; he gets another chance to control these and is capable of rebounding. (4) ROGER MACH EM debuts for Banca off a claim and can be considered. (6) CASIMIR JITTERBUG has been very sharp in his two starts for Andrew Harris.

Race 11

(3) LADY'S DUDE was uncovered last week and never seriously threatened but he also didn't tire that badly; his effort from two back would be good enough to win this. (5) RED HOT HERBIE finished with trot after saving ground last out; it wouldn't surprise me if Dube sent him to the front tonight. (6) CASH ME OUT has been razor-sharp at Saratoga.

Race 12

(5) MAXI BON gets a touch of class relief and has a nice move in him. (1) SECOND WIND N gets needed post relief and looms a large threat. (2) CLASS SIX didn't really fire on the rim last out but he's another with class and post relief. (8) BIG N BAD sat like a potted plant last week given a totally unaggressive drive; I'm going to bang my head against the wall if he fires from the gate tonight. With that said, I'm also going to include him on my tickets.

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