07/07/2016 4:05PM

Yonkers: Saturday 7/9 Analysis


MEET STATS: 226 - 665 / $1210.90  BEST BETS: 33 - 56 / $116.00

Best Bet: SAPPHIRE CITY (12th)

Spot Play: BLOOD BROTHER (6th)


Race 1

(2) MATTAMERICAN missed a nose at this level last week and from this inside post he clearly seems the most logical. (3) VAGUE TRACES has looked good in his three starts for Croghan and he can add a bit of value underneath. (1) LORD OF MISRULE returns locally, draws best and will be in line for a live trip.

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Race 2

(5) MELMERBY BEACH isn't the most reliable, but he's clearly the fastest here and should find a way to win. (3) SAM'S ESCAPE gets post relief, was Bartlett's choice and promises to be more involved tonight. (2) FREESPIN N ran decently last week for a board spot.

Race 3

(5) STEVENSVILLE has been sharp recently, gets Stratton back in the bike and moves in a couple of spots. (1) WINDSONG JACK didn't fire from off the pace in his last two but it should be a whole new game tonight from the rail spot; must include. (6) STOLEN CAR just missed in his last three; he's a clear contender and the price should be decent.

Race 4

(1) ROCK ON MOE hasn't put in a bad effort this season at Yonkers and he deserves the most respect from this spot. (2) ONE THROUGH TEN gets much-needed post relief and he's always a speed threat when drawn inside. (4) HERE WE GO AGAIN came up flat late from the pocket last out versus claimers; Bamond trainee has loads of back class and clearly can go with these.

Race 5

(6) BETTOREVER showed sharp speed at both ends of his mile last week to get the job done versus lesser; Bamond trainee may be good enough to handle these. (1) FOOL ME ONCE was dead-game on the front end two back from an inside post. (2) HILLBILLY HANOVER took the money last out and raced decently to be second best; Holland's choice.

Race 6

(4) BLOOD BROTHER paced a huge last half and powered away handily last week; Banca trainee may have even more to offer. (6) GO DADDY GO is coming off two wicked front-end miles but he has to overcome the outside post tonight. (1) J T was second best to the top choice last out and should be in line for another close-up trip.

Race 7

(6) UNDERCOVER STRIKE was overloaded with trot late after recovering from a break last time out; he returns to Bartlett and is a big threat if he minds his manners. (2) LADY'S DUDE has raced very well for Burke since adding Lasix. (3) RED HOT HERBIE is back at the top level after breezing by from the pocket to beat lesser.

Race 8

(4) LONE LIVE ROCK has been insanely good since moving to the Allard barn. Gelding gets tested for class but may prove capable with a live trip. (7) SANTA FE BEACHBOY and (8) MACH IT SO were the top two finishers in the Open last week but both are stuck outside; either can win here but need a smooth trip. Tough race.

Race 9

(1) JENERAL PATTON was outfinished in the late stages last week but that was against significantly better; pacer can get back on the winning track from this spot. (4) WESTERN ROCKSTAR A folded up on the front end after setting fast splits but his start prior he was a solid off-the-pace winner; he could be a closing threat here. (2) MACHTU N also faces softer off a no-excuse trip.

Race 10

(2) TAKE IT BACK TERRY has been racing better recently while facing some of the top pacers in the land; he's back at Yonkers with class relief and should be able to take advantage. (4) GREAT VINTAGE was a solid front-end winner last week and he can be prominent again. (7) P H SUPERCAM is back at his preferred venue and is reunited with Bartlett but he's missed time and is stuck outside; proceed with caution.

Race 11

(2) MONEY MAVEN looks like a speed threat from an inside spot against a field with question marks. (7) CRAZY ABOUT PAT seems like he should be better than he's showing; consider. (3) SOMEBODY AS returns locally off a nice win at Pocono but he doesn't have a great record at Yonkers.

Race 12

(1) SAPPHIRE CITY has been in raging form and he draws best to boot; clearly the one to beat in the finale. (6) CLASS SIX seems to fit with these; does Brennan take a chance and get aggressive early? It's a possibility. (2) MEETYOUATMIDNIGHT faces much tougher but that was a solid win last week.

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