08/31/2016 9:54AM

Yonkers: Thursday 9/1 Analysis


MEET STATS: 207 - 895 / $1,328.40

BEST BETS: 25 - 85 / $129.70

Best Bet: DEVIOUS MAN (7th)

Spot Play: GOTTA BE ME (1st)


Race 1

(4) GOTTA BE ME was sharp in her latest but did not have enough gas to hold on for win honors; threat at her best. (6) ARABELLA J was sent down the road in her last try to grab the victory against some tough pacers; main danger. (7) UPFRONTWHOSURLADY could be a factor with a favorable trip; maybe.

Race 2

(6) SOUTHWIND FERRARI was an easy winner two starts back here and was a fast closing third upstate last out; can boss these. (4) AMERICAN CHEQUE has fine speed and will most likely be the one to catch with Campbell at the controls. (7) RUFAS DE VIE just got up for the victory in one of these two starts back and must be considered in the exotics.

Race 3

In his last two tires, (3) EYE OF A TIGER AS was quite sharp and seems to be heading in the right direction; gets the call. (2) CHILI raced evenly last time out to grab third money; could have a say in the outcome. (5) TEXICAN fits with these and with a favorable trip he can be right in the mix.

Race 4

(5) HERETIC FRANCO N put in a mild rally to nail down the show spot last time out and this pacing mare is very capable of moving forward. (1) WRAPPED TO GO was solid on the lead, but she tired in deep stretch and held on for place money last out; main threat from the fence. (2) CANACO STAR gets post relief and that should help her cause; we shall see.

Race 5

(5) BARN WINNER took the pocket route home for all the marbles last out at Tioga. Trotter has good tactical speed and taking two straight is clearly not out of the question. (7) SOUTHWIND CRUZE posted a strong rally for the victory last time around and this juvenile is in fine form; dangerous. (2) LINDY THE SECOND did not fire in his last two trips but should find these to his liking; maybe.

Race 6

(2) SWELL CHAP showed signs of life last time around at Tioga when this 2-year-old colt closed nicely for the place spot. He seems to be ready to put his best foot forward. (5) MONEY MACINTOSH was very game last out and held on for the victory; big threat again. (3) SUCH AN ANGEL put in a break at the start at odds-on last time out upstate, but this trotter pulled off three straight victories before the flop recently; not out of this.

Race 7

(2) DEVIOUS MAN posted an easy score last time out at Tioga and was a fast-closing winner here two trips ago. He should keep on his winning ways against these. (4) ZACKS ZOOMER rallied strongly but could not get to the winner in his last try. (1) ANNAPOLIS HALL retains the fence and could make some noise.

Race 8

(2) MOTU MOONBEAM N came outside and lost the score by only a nose last time out. Mare is on top of her game and clearly is the one to beat. (6) CHERRY BLISS can have a say with a better trip. (7) FROST DAMAGE BLUES posted an easy qualifier at Pocono last time out and got the job done at the Meadowlands two starts back; watch out.

Race 9

(4) ELRAMA N is on a roll, scoring his fourth straight victory. Now he moves up in class, but how can you knock his excellent form? Five in a row is not out of the question. (1) CARD SHOCK was a fast-closing second recently and retains the fence; main danger. (3) SPORTSKEEPER flashed good speed most of the way but could not hold off the top two in his latest; threat at his best.

Race 10

(2) WESTERN BAYAMA moves up the ladder off two sharp scores in a row and at least he gets a cozy post to try to pull off the hat trick; we shall see. (3) REAL FLIGHT has good tactical speed and fits well against these; major player. (1) NATIONAL DEBT should do much better from the rail, so watch out.

Race 11

(7) FOR YOU ALMOSTFREE moves up in class off his down the road score against lesser last out. Bartlett knows him, so he figures to get a favorable trip and run them down in deep stretch; the pick. (1) SUMATRA is on the drop-down and draws the fence; big threat. (5) AUSPICIOUS HANOVER is back at Yonkers off his down the road score at Philly; factor.

Race 12

(4) HEY KOBE was dull last out, but this pacer is back with friends where she mowed them down for glory two starts ago; ready for action. (3) OUR ELS DREAM N should do much better moving down in class and draws the 3-hole. (8) ETERNAL RING takes a big drop in class. Post hurts, but clearly she is very capable.

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