07/28/2016 4:08PM

Yonkers: Saturday 7/30 Analysis


MEET STATS: 254 - 737 / $1332.50

BEST BETS: 35 - 61 / $121.30

Best Bet: ROCKIN RON (8th)

Spot Play: GRATIAN HANOVER (3rd)


Race 1

(3) GYPSY LEATHER had no chance in his local debut after shipping from Michigan; Team Buter gelding can be more involved tonight. (2) WYNBERG COURAGE N finished willingly in his U.S. debut. (1) LAWGIVER HANOVER keeps Brennan and should be close up throughout.

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Race 2

(5) STEVENSVILLE gets Stratton back in the bike tonight and since he's better from off the pace I'm hoping he can work out a live cover trip. (6) DENNY CRANE N has had good pace in his last three and he'll score soon for Vallee. (2) AMERICAN RAGE hung from the pocket last week but he's better than that.

Race 3

(3) GRATIAN HANOVER was very game just missing last week after a long uncovered trip; Brennan's back driving and they teamed up to win three back. (1) WINDS OF CHANGE just missed last week and is very logical from this spot. (8) NATIONAL DEBT has much to do out there but he was good last out and could be considered for a share.

Race 4

(3) BAKERSFIELD finished pretty decently last week off cover and he gets a more aggressive driver in the bike tonight. (4) BETTOREVER is down in class and was a winner three back at this level. (2) AMERICAN VENTURE gets needed post relief and can be considered a player from this spot.

Race 5

(4) IDEALBEACH HANOVER faltered late after an aggressive try last week and the Allard trainee deserves another chance. (2) SANTA FE BEACHBOY was kind of cool on the tote board last week and raced accordingly; clearly he's capable of blowing these away on his best day. (3) JENERAL PATTON has missed time but fits well with these.

Race 6

(6) LADY'S DUDE never got involved last week against a couple of tough rivals but he's got a slight post edge on his logical rivals and Brennan can get aggressive early with him. (5) ALLERAGE STAR has missed time but has been racing well for the Julie Miller barn. (8) UNDERCOVER STRIKE swept past two top-notch trotters last week and looms a player despite his post eight assignment.

Race 7

(6) SAPPHIRE CITY has been razor-sharp including his two-move winning effort last week and he still may offer some value from this spot. (5) THE REAL ONE has taken a while to get things going this year but the Lachance trainee appears to be reaching peak form. (4) ROCK ON MOE elevates to the top class off an awesome win last week and can be considered for a share.

Race 8

(7) ROCKIN RON has been knocking heads with the best in the world and he beat Wiggle It Jiggleit the last time he was on a half-mile track; Burke trainee is clearly the one to beat. (3) COOPERSTOWN was a strong pocket-sitting winner two back before having no chance in the Gerrity. (6) ARTISTIC MAJOR was also in the Gerrity last week and certainly didn't disgrace himself; 4-year-old will need a live trip from this spot.

Race 9

(6) SHADES OF BAY jogged versus lesser at Saratoga in his debut for the Allard barn with Lasix added; he faces much tougher but may have more to offer. Consider at a price. (3) MELMERBY BEACH is back in a more realistic spot after being overmatched in stakes competition. (1) MOONLIGHTONTHEBEACH gets much-needed post relief.

Race 10

(6) ALWAYS AT MY PLACE toured the track last week with little chance but this seems like a more realistic spot for the Burke trainee. (1) VALIDUS DEO gets class and post relief here making the Bamond trainee a major player. (5) E Z NOAH faces tougher looking for two straight but he's classy enough to be competitive here.

Race 11

(2) LUCAN HANOVER has been a fringe player in his last two from outside posts but he could be close enough from this spot to grab the lion's share. Casie Coleman trainee may be the best price of the contenders. (3) TAKE IT BACK TERRY jogged from the eight hole last week in a softer spot. (6) P H SUPERCAM returns from Saratoga after being 158/1 in the Gerrity; obviously this is a better spot.

Race 12

(5) CYCLONE KIWI N gets Bartlett back in the bike tonight and gets my tepid endorsement in the finale. (7) BIG BOY DREAMS faltered two back on the engine but Sears will probably have to hustle him out early for his best chance. (4) THESEYESRCRYING couldn't sustain a wide move from the rear last week but he should be closer to the action tonight.

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