08/16/2016 5:06PM

Yonkers: Thursday 8/18 Analysis


MEET STATS: 264 - 785 / $1431.70

BEST BETS: 36 - 65 / $123.40


Spot Play: GOTTA BE ME (1st)


Race 1

(3) GOTTA BE ME raced very well in her first start for new connections and she can build off that effort. (1) NORTHERN DALI exploded home once clear to upset last week; mare draws best again. (5) NIPPY W HANOVER looks for five straight at this level.

Race 2

(4) SUGAR QUEEN GABBY has ability and a big closing kick when she minds her manners; maybe an unknown set of hands will work in this spot...maybe not. (1) PC'S WILDCARD draws best with an already accomplished amateur at the controls. (2) HOME TURF draws well with some class relief.

Race 3

(1) RIVIERA gets needed class and post relief; Buter trainee knows how to win. (4) BODACIOUS BECKY held ok after a long trip upon arrival. (2) OK GEMMA debuts for the Andrew Harris barn via private purchase and she lures Bartlett.

Race 4

(1) THRDTHRSDAYNSPTMBR drops out of NYSS competition into this Excelsior series, draws best and gets leading driver Bartlett; enough for me. (3) CONSPIRACY THEORY has raced well for board spots in his last two for Bongiorno. (6) HEAVENS STORM looks to have ability but needs to overcome the outermost post.

Race 5

(1) OUTRAJUS BLUE CHIP didn't fire on the rim last week but went wire-to-wire the start prior; post relief will help immensely. (6) JOEY GOODFELLOW gets Brennan in the bike and has been racing well; he'll be on the move early. (2) PERCY'S Z TAM should be saving ground close up and can rally late.

Race 6

(4) CHIP WALTHER loomed boldly in the Sheppard before breaking and he's gone just evenly since but he could offer a touch of value from this spot. (2) SERIOUS MAJOR is perfect in his young career and he steps up to face seemingly tougher competition. (1) WILLIE JOE HILL has hit the ticket in all four lifetime starts for Lachance.

Race 7

(3) MISO FAST is undefeated and looks like a good one from Burke. (2) POINTOMYGRANSON kept up well with the top choice last out and he draws well again. (5) VERY SPECIAL AGENT gave way after an uncovered trip last week; prior starts were good.

Race 8

(3) INTREPID HALL was done in by post eight last week but was really good in his two prior starts; I'm searching for some value here. (1) GALLANT SEELSTER has tailed off in recent efforts and he takes a needed drop in class. (4) SIX GUN bounced right back in that qualifier after looking crippled in his last race.

Race 9

(2) UNION MAN HANOVER gets much-needed post relief and promises to be more involved. (1) ROCK OUT is up in class off the claim; proceed with caution. (4) TENDTOWIN has been razor-sharp in recent; include.

Race 10

(1) BABY REMIND ME draws best and seems to be a good fit at this level. (2) SWEETNSINFUL draws better and is down in class for Milici; obvious one to beat. (6) VILLAGE JESSICA has raced well in all recent without a victory to show for it and has good early speed; consider at a big price.

Race 11

(2) ZOOMING closed nicely to get close to a horse who came back and won again; Team Buter's trotter has a ton of back class. (3) HASTY PROFITT should be more involved with the post relief. (1) ZORGWIJK NOVA is better than her last effort and the Banca barn is hinting at life again.

Race 12

(3) NARCIAN JEWEL was much better last week and MacDonald has tactical options from this spot; worth a play if the price is right. (1) EDEN PAIGE N picked these off last week and looms a big player. (6) HAZMATT returns locally and is proven here. (5) PRAIRIE SWEETHEART is an undefeated filly who gets a real test for class tonight.

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