09/22/2016 2:57PM

Yonkers: Saturday 9/24 Analysis


MEET STATS: 332 - 966 / $1,797.80

BEST BETS: 43 - 80 / $144.90

Best Bet: FUNKNWAFFLES (3rd)

Spot Play: BIT OF A LEGEND N (9th)


Race 1

(5) ROARING TO GO won easily in his two local starts and he has a post edge on two of his main rivals, which will make working out a winning trip an easier task. (7) PLANET ROCK is almost perfect in her young career for Toscano and would be the clear choice if not for the post. (8) TEQUILA MONDAY joined the party late with just four lifetime starts but she has impressed in all of them; bad post presents a major problem, however.

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Race 2

(2) NON STICK broke stride in two of her last four but that was with Dan Dube driving. Owner/trainer Ake Svanstedt gets back in the bike and he steered the filly to two easy wins last month; top billing with the post edge. (5) FAD FINANCE is sure-gaited and is loaded with ability; obvious player. (8) EARN YOUR WINGS overcame the eight hole to upset here last month and I have to assume Bartlett will be leaving looking to improve position early.

Race 3

(4) FUNKNWAFFLES put on an awesome speed display last out and coasted home in 1:54 3/5. Anything resembling that effort will make her a winner tonight. (2) MISO FAST bounced back from two subpar efforts with a front-end stroll last out; Burke trainee is clearly the main threat to the top choice. (3) BARRY HANOVER gets some post relief and keeps Bartlett in the bike; consider underneath at a price.

Race 4

(4) DEVIOUS MAN looks for his fifth straight for the team of Andy and Julie Miller; freshman trotter looks clearly best in here from this spot but he'll have to work harder than he did in his last couple. (1) STICK WITH ME KID should be good enough to secure a live stalking trip from this spot and appears capable of holding his ground late. (7) MONEY MACINTOSH is another Julie Miller entrant who picks up Tetrick in the bike but he's coming off a break and the outside post may present a problem.

Race 5

(3) SOFT IDEA has had her moments this season including two upset wins at Yonkers; she could be in line for a live cover trip from this spot and have the strongest late kick. (2) NO CLOUDS BLUE CHIP has been a solid commodity all year including an impressive win in the EBC at Vernon; filly may be the favorite here. (5) DIME A DANCE just missed last out and the Burke trainee returns to Kakaley in the sulky.

Race 6

(5) MAMORA BAY has been very impressive in her young career for Sam Schillaci and that race last month where she recovered from a break and swept the field is still fresh in my mind. I'll take a stab with her on top. (3) BARN BELLA has been super since Jeff Gregory took over the driving but she's missed time with a scratched-sick line which may be a cause for concern. (8) AMBER ELLA jogged last out after avoiding the breakers and she looks for five straight but is stuck in the eight hole.

Race 7

(7) TALK SHOW qualified effortlessly last week in preparation for this NYSS Final event and Morrill sticks with him over his barnmate; outside post will help his price in what looks like the toughest race to decipher of the eight finals. (1) BOTTOM DEALS has been much better in his last few and he draws best with Tetrick driving. (2) CRAFTSHIP has been a fringe player with these but he does draw well enough and has the hot Scott Zeron driving.

Race 8

(2) SMALLTOWNTHROWDOWN came up just shy to Marion Marauder in the Yonkers Trot and followed that up with a nice front-end score in his latest. Dan Daley will have him winging early from this spot and will have to be caught. (4) DANTE had a nice trip in behind the winner last out but was clearly no match late. Svanstedt trainee is quite accomplished in just 11 lifetime starts however and would be no surprise. (8) DAYSON is arguably the most talented in the field but he broke last out while trying to brush to the front and he may have too far to come from the outermost post.

Race 9

(5) BIT OF A LEGEND N got away last which sealed his fate in last week's Open. Obviously the Levy champ is a big threat if closer to the action. (2) DOCTOR BUTCH picks up Tetrick and is always a threat with an inside post. (8) ROCKEYED OPTIMIST is a legitimate talent but he may be done in here by the eight hole.

Race 10

(3) COOPERSTOWN didn't leave the gate last week, which is his best game, but he did pace home decently from too far back. Post relief should help his cause. (2) BLOOD BROTHER was flying home from nowhere last out and is now the one to beat from this spot but will he be overbet? (7) MCARDLES LIGHTNING was sacrificed uncovered into Wiggle It Jiggleit in the Quillen at Harrington but he raced well in the Open here in his prior starts.

Race 11

(3) CRAZSHANA needed last week's race after missing some time; Bamond trainee proved earlier in the year that he can compete with these. (6) ALLERAGE STAR put in a solid two-move effort last week just missing at a big price; she can be forwardly placed again. (7) MELADY'S MONET finally returned to the win column but he's got much to do tonight from the outside post assignment.

Race 12

(4) BOURBON BAY was overmatched in stakes competition last out, his second start for Svanstedt. Trotter has raced well here in the past. (2) TOBER will appreciate the move inside. (6) SPRINGBANK SAM N has looked very good since arriving in the U.S. for Tritton and he may have more to offer.

Race 13

(6) TAKE IT BACK TERRY was outbattled by Polak A last week after cutting the mile. Burke trainee is probably better from off the pace and appears way overdue. (1) DREAM OUT LOUD N gets some class relief and is given a nice rail assignment; threat. (3) WESTERN ROCKSTAR raced well last week for a board spot after having missed three weeks.

[HOOSIER: Great stakes action at Hoosier Park on Saturday. Check out Matt Rose's video analysis!]