12/15/2016 5:06PM

Yonkers: Sunday 12/18 Analysis


MEET STATS: 452 - 1287 / $2,483.10

BEST BETS: 58 - 105 / $196.30

Best Bet: FREEZE OUT (8th)

Spot Play: CHIPPS LAKE (6th)


Race 1

(8) HEMI SEELSTER didn't look all that great leaving the gate last out and ultimately broke; clearly he's capable of rebounding and I wouldn't give up on him yet. (5) SPRINGBANK SAM N rode a perfect trip to victory last out and this recent import looks fast enough to compete here. (7) NOT AFRAID was very game in defeat last out after a busy effort.

Race 2

(2) KEYSTONE ACE shipped from Plainridge to The Meadowlands and trotted evenly in a fast race with some classy rivals; he picks up Bartlett upon arrival, lands a good post and faces no standouts. (10) SUMMERS WINDSONG has really picked up her game in recent starts; contender. (1) WATKINS has the class to go with these.

Race 3

(10) MILITARY BLUE came up a bit short in his debut for new connections but Bartlett sticks with him and he deserves another chance. (2) ZORGWIJK NOVA draws much better after a no-chance effort and he gets a driver upgrade to Scott Zeron. (1) LAUDERDALE looks to be primed for a ground-saving trip from this spot; use in gimmicks.

Race 4

(3) MYSTIC FLOWER debuts for new connections and qualified effectively now on Lasix; Team Bongiorno trotter could be ready right off the bat. (1) SIM BROWN has been solid in his last few and looms the one to beat from sharp connections. (6) NEVER EVER CLEVER was buried in with some decent stock at The Big M; consider if the price is right.

Race 5

(8) LO RAIL CROSSING is a perfect 3 for 3 off the Banca claim and I don't suspect the outside post will present a major problem. (9) MOVEMENT has also been razor-sharp and I can't fault anyone for looking in her direction. (10) ROCKET MASTER has been a bit erratic but does have talent; I suspect he'll take some action despite his lofty morning line.

Race 6

(3) CHIPPS LAKE won easily upon moving to the Richard Johnson barn for Bongiorno and they can easily double up in this weak field. (5) STARSABOVEALLERAGE gets a nice driver upgrade to Holland. (8) WHATNBLAZES hasn't won in two years but the veteran does fit with this type.

Race 7

(6) DREAMSTEELER has been rock-solid in her last four, all at this added distance; takes another. (8) SHOWMEYOURGUNS caved in late after cutting the pace last out; he drops a notch in price and has the speed to overcome the poor post. (2) AFFECTIVE ACTION ships from Saratoga off a win and goes for new connections; consider for a share at a price.

Race 8

(6) FREEZE OUT has finished sharply in her two starts since joining the Bucci barn and she gets to face softer here. (3) WISE LATINA ships in for Lorentzon barn showing some inconsistent efforts but she does get Bartlett in the bike. (2) LUCKY PLAYER beat lesser upon arrival from Canada and she can clearly have more to offer.

Race 9

(6) FRANNEY LOVE DAT was bottomed from the pocket last week but she gets Bartlett back in the bike and should be forwardly placed. (7) TWICE AN ANGEL was very sharp in victory in her last two out of town. (4) CAN'T CATCH KEY ran ok in her local debut but never really fired her best; she can be better after that needed trip.

Race 10

(3) BRICKMAN raced willingly in his two starts at The Big M after a series of qualifiers and that form should translate well here. (2) BULLY PULPIT is another who should be stronger after last week's effort. (4) CANDELL ships in for the Takter barn, picks up the leading driver and is an obvious threat.

Race 11

(4) HUSTLING CHARLEY broke leaving last week; give him one more chance in this wide-open 2016 finale. (2) SPENDABUCKONME returns to Bartlett and the Milici trainee should be more involved than he was last week. (1) STIRLING ESCORT faces tougher off a trip-sitting win but he did look good in that effort.

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