09/15/2016 3:17PM

Yonkers: Saturday 9/17 Analysis


MEET STATS: 321 - 930 / $1,754.50

BEST BETS: 43 - 77 / $144.90

Best Bet: SOMEWHERE IN L A (9th)

Spot Play: FORTY FIVE RED (5th)


Race 1

(1) FIRST CLASS HORSE blew them away in his debut for Team Milici and anything resembling that effort will result in another win. (3) FOILED AGAIN could not sustain a two-move effort last week and faded to 6th but it really wasn't a bad effort; I'm really hoping for a nice effort tonight. (2) ABERDEEN HANOVER figures to stay glued to the rail and can land a share.

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Race 2

(6) COWBOY TERRIER broke leaving last week and called it a night; he's back down to the level of his last win and is an obvious speed threat. (1) MACH PRIDE goes back to Holland in the bike and gets much-needed post relief. (3) WINDSUN STETSON wasn't bad last out while having no chance; consider at a price.

Race 3

(3) E Z NOAH drops in class for the third consecutive start and it looks like the Allard trainee has found the winning level. (1) MACHTU N held well off a long uncovered trip last week and looms a big player from the rail. (5) MICHAEL'S POWER cut the mile and was second best to a well-meant Milici piece in his local return; veteran can be a speed threat here.

Race 4

(5) SHADES OF BAY raced well in his two local starts a few weeks ago and the Allard trainee seems capable with a live trip. (1) HILLBILLY HANOVER is a check-earning machine and seems long overdue for a win. (3) IN THE ARSENAL is quickly running out of excuses; use caution.

Race 5

(3) FORTY FIVE RED was in no-mans land last week and never got involved; he should revert to speed tactics from this spot. (1) CASIMIR JITTERBUG may have tailed off after a series of live efforts but he returns in a very good spot. (8) IDEAL COWBOY is a legit talent but he's stuck outside after missing time; tough to predict what he's going to do.

Race 6

(3) MELADY'S MONET was just nipped last week after getting a touch erratic on the final turn but it was a good effort nonetheless; classy trotter is overdue. (5) ALLERAGE STAR lands in a better spot tonight and may be aggressively handled early. (8) OBRIGADO is clearly the most accomplished in here but he's missed a bit of time, is stuck outside and his last local effort wasn't all that great.

Race 7

(5) BIT OF A LEGEND N paced home very willingly last week and came up just a neck shy; clearly the Levy champ is capable of blowing these away. (3) ALWAYS AT MY PLACE also raced very well finishing in behind the top choice; big threat from this spot for Brennan/Burke. (4) THE REAL ONE gets needed post relief and an interesting driver change to MacDonald.

Race 8

(1) SCOTT ROCKS paced an absolutely insane mile last out at Northfield and was a sharp winner here the start prior; Oakes trainee is clearly the one to beat. (2) TAKE IT BACK TERRY was a game runner-up last week after a two-move effort and can complete a chalky exacta. (7) DENNY CRANE N is tested for class but he was super last week and he could find a way to sneak into the number.

Race 9

(2) SOMEWHERE IN L A gets all-important class and post relief and will be favored to defeat these. (3) TEXICAN N qualified effectively and is a legit Open horse when right. (7) LUCAN HANOVER could be on the move early looking to improve position.

Race 10

(5) ARTISTIC MAJOR was clearly overmatched last week versus the top pacers on the planet but he's been a consistent force in this Open 4YO event. (7) COOPERSTOWN has shown big speed here in the past and could be firing early. (6) GO DADDY GO was going nowhere last out in the Preferred; this level is a better fit for him.

Race 11

(4) MONEY MAVEN faces better after two very sharp winning efforts; I'll stay on board despite losing Brennan. (6) ARMOR HANOVER has been a super claim for these connections and he raced very well in last week's Open. (1) DEWYCOLORINTHELINE seems to be a touch below a Preferred/Open type horse but he does get the best draw.

Race 12

(1) BIG N BAD is up in class again looking for three straight since moving to Team Milici. (5) SAPPHIRE CITY had it all his own way on the front end last week versus better and faltered badly late; veteran always seems to bounce back, however. (3) ALLBEEF N NOBULL has raced well in all recent efforts and Brennan will have him close to the pace.

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