05/19/2015 3:56PM

Yonkers: Thursday 5/21 Analysis

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MEET STATS: 22 - 59 / $101.10  BEST BETS: 2 - 5 / $8.50

Best Bet: ESKIMO JOE (7th)

Spot Play: AZUCAR (2nd)

 

Race 1

(1) ALWAYS LOVE ME sprinted home in 27 4/5, her best finish in quite some time. That could be an indication of better form. (3) DENYITTOTHEEND drops down for a high percentage barn and has speed; respect. (8) TWIN B BIKINI moves into a good barn and adds Bartlett. The post hurts, but I wouldn’t be shocked if she improved.

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Race 2

(2) AZUCAR has posted consecutive convincing victories and should offer a bit of value with the trainer in the bike. (6) MOONSHNE BALLS drops down from the top level of the Sire Stakes to the second tier. (1) DRINKSFORTHEHOUSE was Brian Sears’ choice over my top two selections, but I think that is a barn loyalty decision.

Race 3

(5) UPFRONTWHOSURLADY drops down for a high percentage barn and deserves the narrow call. (1) BIJOU THEATER should push away hard from the inside post and be in prime position. (8) CAMERON LUCKY has perked up nicely since the barn change.

Race 4

(3) HOLLYWOOD THATWAY really wasn’t very impressive in his Sire Stakes race at Monticello, but this field came up extremely weak. (1) LUCK OF MACREA finished second behind the top choice last time. (5) IMACRAZYNEWYORKER was in against a better group last time.

Race 5

(5) TWAIN DRIVE finished with a flourish when shown daylight in the stretch at Monticello. I’m expecting a more aggressive performance this week. (3) CRAZSHANA raced reasonably well in her 2015 debut and can improve. (6) ROYAL STATUS is perfect in four career starts; must use. (4) BUNDLE ME UP finished very well last out.

Race 6

(4) LUCKY TEN K has more breaks than clean PP lines, but he does add hobbles this week and qualified without incident with them at Vernon on Friday. (1) ZORAZE finished in-the-money in 6 of seven starts as a 2-year-old and qualified back nicely. (6) STONEHAM seems sure to be the favorite, but getting an easy lead like last week may prove difficult.

Race 7

(3) ESKIMO JOE was a very easy winner at Monticello but was disqualified because he caused interference due to one bad misstep. I’m not holding the break against him. (1) BETTER TO BE LUCKY couldn’t get the job done from post eight at Monticello; inside draw helps. (5) TITANIUM has looked good in both starts this year.

Race 8

(3) AUTOMATIC SLIMS moves into another live barn and shouldn’t miss a beat. (5) BROOKSTONE drops in for a claim after a blowout mile; should keep his form. (6) ABBEYLARA moves back into a barn that had this guy rolling in early March.

Race 9

(4) CRAZY WOW has been super every time he has stepped in the track for trainer Ron Burke. (2) FASHION CREDITOR jumped it off last time but his prior start was fine. (5) MYTHOLOGY BLUECHIP was hung for his life last Monday. He’ll have a hard time getting Crazy Wow to yield willingly.

Race 10

(1) WINGS OF ROYALTY clearly has speed and you simply can’t teach that natural ability. He battled through torrid fractions last time and I’m expecting Sears to be the perfect addition. (7) HABITAT is the clear class of the race and one to beat. (3) MILITARY BLUE had everything his own way at Monticello. He’ll have no such luck tonight. (4) WORKOUT WONDER gets a nice driver change.

Race 11

(4) ABIR HANOVER was used some early to get a tuck and raced evenly in the late stages. I can see him making the top in this spot and pulling off the upset. (3) MAESTRO BLUE CHIP won with the perfect trip last time and seems formidable again. (5) THE PHYSICIAN adds Brennan in his second start of the year.

Race 12

(2) CRUISINWITHMYBABY drops down and adds Brennan. I’m expecting an aggressive effort. (6) BREATHTAKING faces easier this week. (1) FOX VALLEY HERMIA figures to stay close from the cones.

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