09/10/2015 3:55PM

Yonkers: Saturday 9/12 Analysis


MEET STATS: 270 - 831 / $1517.30  BEST BETS: 38 - 66 / $131.60

Best Bet: HABITAT (7th)

Spot Play: TAKE IT BACK TERRY (10th)


Race 1

(6) GOOD DAY MATE gets another crack at this class after a great try and tough beat last out; Brennan will have him forwardly placed again. (2) HOLLYWOOD SIGN N returns at a reduced level and the import has been racing well; he may well be the one to beat. (3) UP UP AND OUT faces better but has raced well to be second best in his last two.

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Race 2

(5) TWIN B HOLLISTER jogged in a lifetime best right off the Banca claim; he faces better but is sharp enough to repeat. (1) MAINLAND KEY N drops out of claimers, where he was reasonably competitive, and lands the pole position here; Carlson will be looking to protect position. (2) HERE WE GO AGAIN should be in line for close-up trip from this spot.

Race 3

(8) ALWAYS AT MY PLACE has been an absolute terror for Burke, taking six straight, including two solid local performances. Missed time and the eight hole do present a minor problem, however. (6) LYONSSOMEWHERE overcame a tough trip to score very gamely upon arrival for Team Miller and the 4-year-old is certainly capable of repeating. (4) NATIONAL DEBT didn't fully fire last week but he's been better since the barn change to Alagna.

Race 4

(8) DYNAMIC YOUTH has very quickly hit top gear since joining the Burke barn. He's rightfully assigned post eight looking for his third in a row but he may be sharp enough to overcome the handicap. (5) MCERLEAN has also been razor-sharp and he just needs some racing luck to be a late threat. (4) SAPPHIRE CITY failed to get involved last out but he's better than that; interesting that Bartlett opted off.

Race 5

(4) JEWELS IN HOCK was collared at the wire last out after being hard used early; in her prior local start she used a tactical advantage to hold nemesis (5) BARN DOLL at bay. The same scenario might play out tonight. The latter is the featured NY bred filly and looks to be starting to garner some national attention. Trotter will be right there at the wire. (1A) LADY WINONA is a solid filly from the Julie Miller barn but the outside post will present some problems.

Race 6

(7) MOSQUITO BLUE CHIP made a very untimely break last out but prior to that race she's been rock solid and is the biggest earner in the field; toss that effort out and assume she'll be primed for tonight. (4) BETTOR N BETTER was a good second in the Lady Maud and she's held her own all season in NYSS events. (8) BAND OF ANGELS is the chief threat to the top choice but she was unlucky with the post draw.

Race 7

(3) HABITAT was both lucky and very good in the YR Trot final last week; as long as he behaves himself he'll cruise to victory here. (1) BUEN CAMINO has plenty of speed, the best draw and will be sitting the trip to complete the logical exacta. (5) ROYAL DECEPTOR has been solid all season, but he's outside of some tough ones tonight; consider underneath.

Race 8

(4) ARTISTIC MAJOR has hit the board in all 11 tries this season and while no match for (1) BETTING EXCHANGE last out at Batavia he does have a post edge tonight which will certainly come into play. The latter has also been a solid earner all year and he will be forwardly placed off the gate. (3) ROCKIN IN HEAVEN has been right there with the top two and Trevor Henry follows him down from Canada to drive, however his lack of local driving experience may end up hurting him at some point.

Race 9

(8) MELADY'S MONET looks for four straight local victories, all from outside slots. The game plan should be the same, which is to drive on, get released to the front, and then hold all comers at bay. (7) LUMINOSITY made an uncharacteristic break at the start last out, otherwisee he probably would have been right there with the top choice. Chance for redemption tonight. (2) TAKE MY PICTURE has proven to be no match for the top ones in this class, but he can always be counted on for a minor award.

Race 10

(8) TAKE IT BACK TERRY is assigned post eight yet again, but the difference tonight is he's facing lesser competition. I expect Brennan to put the veteran in play early. (3) MOONLITEONTHEBEACH isn't a prolific winner, but he raced well last week and can be close up again tonight. (7) MICKEY HANOVER moves up the class ladder again looking for five straight.

Race 11

(1) FORT VALLEY AS makes a very nice living dropping and popping. This is his race to lose. (5) TOBER also takes a needed drop from the Open and that should provide better results. (2) E R ELLIE returns locally and just missed at this level three back.

Race 12

(8) ROCK ON MOE didn't leave last out and therefore had zero chance; I would be surprised if Dube took back again. (3) FREESPIN N has raced well in all recent efforts, including his latest where he closed well off cover but couldn't gain ground in the sprint home; Bamond trainee is in with a big chance here. (1) REUBEN BROGDEN N should be close up from the rail and can hold off the rest.

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