08/06/2015 4:03PM

Yonkers: Saturday 8/8 Analysis


MEET STATS: 221 - 709 / $1245.50 BEST BETS: 30 - 56 / $103.60


Spot Play: SOMEWHERE FANCY (9th)


Race 1

(2) CHEYENNE SEEBER gets some needed class relief and also moves back inside, which will give him a much better edge. Siegelman trainee deserves top billing in a race full of camera-shy types. (1) V I P BAYAMA is also back inside and figures to be live on the tote board. (6) TAURANGA ships up from the Delaware/Maryland circuit, picks up leading driver Bartlett and figures to be firing from the gate.

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Race 2

(4) FAMEOUS WESTERN is more than capable on his best day and the class relief plus the switch to Bartlett certainly won't hurt. (3) BJ'S BEQUIA got collared after setting a swift pace versus cheaper up at Saratoga and he's a proven entity with these. (6) MICKEY HANOVER hasn't really gotten underway yet this season and was gapping most of the way last out; tough to endorse on top.

Race 3

(6) LONEWOLF CURRIER debuts for the Allard barn via sale purchase and I don't see much standing in his way here. (1) DEMOCRACY N is up in class but draws best and could be good enough to keep up for a share. (3) ROCK TO GLORY is much better than last week's debacle.

Race 4

(2) NATIONAL DEBT has been a big failure since going for big bucks early last year but note the barn change here to Tony Alagna. That angle is enough for me to point in his direction. (1) FLIPPER J drops, gets post relief and should be prominent throughout. (4) ALL WEEK fired off the gate in his debut for new connections and he may be trying the same tactics tonight.

Race 5

(1) ONE THROUGH TEN is not a prolific winner but he has plenty of speed, the best draw, takes another drop in class and returns to Sears. Deserving favorite here. (6) KR'S POWER SURGE ships from Pennsylvania for the Brandon Todd barn....who knows what to expect. I guess we need to watch the board. (2) FEELS LIKE MAGIC N will be sitting close up throughout, perhaps even in the pocket.

Race 6

(4) FORTY FIVE RED lacks the class of some others in here but that was some speed display last out in what was ultimately a track-record mile. He can be firing again from this midpack post in this wide-open event. (1) SAPPHIRE CITY is back up in the Open ranks and despite not being at his best recently we all know he fits with these. (8) TEXICAN N has been awesome in all recent efforts and he will provide value from this tough outside spot.

Race 7

(7) MICHAEL'S POWER needs an alert getaway from this outside spot and if he can clear the lead he can outclass these to the wire. (1) SMOOTH CRIMINAL returns off a big effort at Saratoga and the Sabot trainee will be looking to hold his position from the rail. (3) MACHS BEACH BOY is as steady as they come and the Lachance charge looks for two straight.

Race 8

(5) BACKSTREET HANOVER has proven she can compete at this Open level and tonight's edition didn't come up particularly strong; Stalbaum drives again and he usually likes to get aggressive early. (8) DAYLON MIRACLE is probably best but she didn't fully fire last out and she's stuck outside again. (7) TOBER surprised me by changing tactics and winning from off the pace last out versus lesser.

Race 9

(3) SOMEWHERE FANCY has quickly become one of my favorite horses. The Toscano trainee has really done nothing wrong since arriving at Yonkers and the 4-year-old should be aggressively handled again tonight. (7) IDEAL COWBOY was nailed by a sharp rival last out then took a week off; Bartlett returns tonight. (5) FORT KNOX gave way in the late stages last week after being used hard.

Race 10

(6) ROCK ON MOE takes a needed drop from the Open ranks, where he didn't disgrace himself but proved to be just a fringe player. Obviously Dube has to be forwardly placed for his best chance. (7) LUCAN HANOVER jogged last out and the Casie Coleman trainee certainly has the class to repeat but it shouldn't be as easy tonight. (1) STEVENSVILLE flattened from the pocket with little excuse two back from a similar spot but he may be good enough to hold off the rest for a small share.

Race 11

(1) FORT VALLEY AS was denied the front and ended up sitting third in the Open last week, a race won by Bee A Magician. This veteran trotter needs the front to show off his best, and that won't be a problem tonight. (7) AS YA'LL LIKE IT double-jumps in class after winning by open lengths in her first two starts for the Staffan Lind barn; is she good enough to compete here? (8) ZOOMING closed a ton last week but is stuck in post eight again.

Race 12

(1) LIFE UP FRONT takes a needed drop in class off an improved effort and he seems to have no excuse to fail from this spot. (6) BIG N BAD had too far to come last week but closed with pace; he should be trying to leave the gate from this spot. (4) ALBERTO CONTADOR N was an open-lengths winner when last at this level and he figures for a board spot with these.

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