07/24/2014 3:43PM

Yonkers: Saturday 7/26 Analysis

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MEET STATS: 218 - 636 / $1137.70  BEST BETS: 37 - 52 / $120.40

Best Bet: RUSSLEY RASCAL N (4th)

Spot Play: ROCNROLWILNEVERDIE (1st)

 

Race 1

(2) ROCNROLWILNEVERDIE was wiped out early when facing better in last; there are no standouts here and this looks like a live spot for the gelding to snap his seasonal skid. (6) SHORTSTACKED also drops and Goodell returns in the sulky. (1) ELECTRIC SHOOTER gets some needed post relief off a no-chance effort.

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Race 2

(6) BROOKSTONE bounced back last week with a better effort and it wouldn't shock me if Brennan got aggressive tonight. (1) THE POKESTER moves back inside and appears pretty logical from this spot. (3) SWIFT AS A SHADOW beat up on much lesser upon arrival from Harrington; four-year-old made good money as a youngster on the NYSS circuit.

Race 3

(6) CONNERY BLUE CHIP drops back in for a tag which is curious because he's certainly held his own with much better conditioned types; he merits serious consideration here. (3) FUTURE CHARACTER is up in class again looking for another win. (1) WHOLLY LOUY is back at the level of his win two weeks ago.

Race 4

(1) RUSSLEY RASCAL N gets serious post relief and gets Brennan in the bike; Vallee trainee is clearly the one to beat. (3) CODE WORD returns with post relief and he will be close to the action. (6) BJ'S GUY sat and never had a shot last week; maybe he's a closing threat tonight.

Race 5

(6) HERE WE GO AGAIN really frustrated me last week when he didn't leave the gate and therefore had no chance; he faces a tougher group tonight but I have no choice but to select him again. (5) ESPEN DE VIE returns at a reduced level and he may be the favorite here. (1) LATE NITE FLIGHT has raced very well in his last two.

Race 6

(5) PANCETTA hasn't put in a bad effort since returning from California and he's got as good a shot as any in this competitive Open. (4) HESTON BLUE CHIP couldn't gain last week into that well-rated pace up front; Toscano trainee is worth following. (8) P H SUPERCAM is stuck outside again but the Levy winner is more than capable with a live trip.

Race 7

(2) ROCK ON MOE couldn't reach from the eight hole last week but he should be much better-placed tonight. (5) MONTREAL PHIL is better than he's been showing recently. (1) GRAND MASTER is a fringe player with these but he should pick up a check from this spot.

Race 8

(4) TAKE IT BACK TERRY has put in some solid efforts here recently and he would be no surprise from this spot. (7) RAMPAGE JACKSON was a blowout winner in his debut for the Brainard barn and we'll see how he reacts to the rise in class. (6) SMOOTH CRIMINAL also faces tougher but he's been razor-sharp.

Race 9

(7) PONTIAC LUCK may be a bit of a stretch from this tough spot but he does hail from very live connections (Brennan/Burke) and there are no standouts here. (1) RIVER RUN FOR RYAN returns from stakes action up in Maine and he's a proven commodity here. (4) BITTERSWEET CHAMP broke early last out; prior efforts were decent.

Race 10

(2) TRACK MASTER D was both lucky and good last week; he can repeat with another favorable journey. (4) STATION THREEOHSIX steps way up in class off the claim but his form is tough to knock. (1) SAND SUMMERFIELD appears to have been overmatched in all races since he was claimed; sometimes horses can go sour from that.

Race 11

(1) ROCKIN AMADEUS returns locally for Takter and he'll go down the road tonight. (2) JUSTIFIED may sit the pocket from start to finish. (4) VILLAGE BEAT got back on the winning track last out in a race marred by breakers but he's got plenty of back class to call upon.

Race 12

(6) THIRTY TWO RED never got involved last week after a series of solid efforts; Schnittker trainee can bounce back here. (3) FRIDAY AT FIVE moves in a couple of spots and he looms a prime contender. (1) CHARGER BLUE CHIP drops a notch, draws best and Bartlett should try to secure a good trip from this spot.

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