02/20/2015 11:04AM

Yonkers: Sunday 2/22 Analysis


MEET STATS: 38 - 119 / $181.90  BEST BETS: 6 - 10 / $20.70

Best Bet: PAPPY’S PAL (10th)

Spot Play: DELLA CRUISE (9th)


Race 1

(6) ANDIE SOPHIA has been a good second in his last two starts which signals a return to form. Having Dube in the bike helps, as he has a knack for being in the right place at the right time in these added-distance events. (5) SPIDER BLUE CHIP kicked in late off cover to score in his local debut and he can build off that effort. (1) JUSTA REBEL has raced well in his last two, including a sharp finish versus better in last.

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Race 2

(2) BASTILLE raced well enough to win last out but got nipped by a classy rival.; he can be forwardly placed from this spot and steer clear of early traffic. (11) MAGIC WILL WORK faces much tougher but she was solid in her local debut. (1) FOR YOU ALMOSTFREE returns locally and has a decent history here; Dube drives.

Race 3

(8) NOT AFRAID is the current king of the Open trot and he appears to have enough early speed to overcome the eight hole assignment. (4) STAR PHOTO has shown flashes of ability and has performed well at this added-distance; worth a look at a price. (10) AWSOME VALLEY has been awesome in his three starts at Yonkers but he has to navigate the second tier; Brett Miller drives.

Race 4

(3) SUPER MANNING has been solid in his four starts since returning locally and the added-distance may help his grinding style. (9) TAG UP AND GO had no realistic chance last out trailing a rated pace; prior two efforts were good. (10) BINGO QUEEN is clearly her own worst enemy with all those breaks but whenever she minds her manners she's a closing threat.

Race 5

(3) TAC'S DELIGHT has done little wrong in his last three races and there's no reason to think he can't conquer these. (4) DREAMSTEELER shipped in, joined the Brainard barn and jogged versus lesser. Mare looks a clear second best here. (5) HALL OF MUSCLES ships in from Northfield and joins the Rohr barn; trotter looks like he handles the half mile surface well.

Race 6

(6) KEENAN drops in class for the third consecutive start and his last race was a good closing third; veteran always seems to need some help but he's capable of getting the job done. (1) SCOTTISH CROSS has speed and should be firing from this inside spot. (2) TEACH ME TO BUCKY makes his second local return start off a decent stint at The Meadowlands.

Race 7

(9) WELL CONNECTED KID had a tough overland trip last out and paid the price late; DiDomenico trainee deserves another chance at a slightly better mutuel. (3) KLM EXPRESS has loads and loads of back class and he deserves a long look here. (4) LONG STORY SHORT can be erratic at times but he's also capable of sweeping by.

Race 8

(1) LITERATE HANOVER returns locally with controlling speed and the best draw. MacDonald can go down the road with him. (2) TIDEWATER TOMAHAWK is also back at Yonkers after an extended stay out of town and much like the top choice he's got plenty of back class. (5) KID COURAGEOUS A has hit the board in his last four, all at decent prices.

Race 9

(2) DELLA CRUISE has some class to him and he debuts for Burke via private purchase. That angle makes him almost automatic selecting. (4) TAILLIGHT HANOVER broke after cutting the pace last out; he deserves another look as a speed threat. (1) BORN TO ROCKN ROLL hasn't done much lately but he should be sitting close up.

Race 10

(2) PAPPY'S PAL tumbles in class and gets much-needed post relief; Burke trainee will be heading down the road. (5) A J CORBELLI has loads of back class but he's been coming up a bit short lately. (4) LATE NITE FLIGHT hasn't returned much to his new owners since the claim but he's in a spot to land a small share today.

Race 11

(5) RAMPAGE JACKSON has little in the way of form but he gets the potent combination of class and post relief; this looks like a now-or-never spot. (1) SHADIOS also drops in class but he was probably in over his head recently anyway. (2) OPEN WATER rarely wins but he's usually a candidate underneath.

Race 12

(3) DIAL OR NO DIAL and (6) JOURNEYMAN both ship in from the Meadowlands to make an interesting Sunday finale. 'Dial' has all the back class and Journeyman has all the current form. Flip a coin. (1) LAUXMONT CAPRI drops, draws best and adds Sears.

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