Yonkers Raceway begins the weekend with a 10-race card. The feature goes in Race 8, a Fillly and Mare Open Handicap Pace with a $36,000 purse. The $1.00 Late Pick 4 starts in Race 7, and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
Race 7 (9:00PM ET)
1-Millwood Bonnie N (9/5)-Likes to race on the point, drops to a more favorable level for a picture and Kakaley will be between the pipes. All of those factors could be a winning difference for this veteran mare.
6-Tony's Mom (2-1)-This 4-year-old has been on some heater winning 6 in row and now faces a stiff challenge. Going to use in case Bonnie going off Lasix tonight doesn't work as well as planned. Bartlett has the gate speed to land in a decent seat. If this young mare is dialed on high, she may win despite not the easiest of trips.
Race 8 (9:20PM ET)
2-Karma Seelster (7/2)-Raced well in the 1st start off a 1-month rest and finished a beaten 2nd behind the one below. Chances on a picture depend on if Catherin is having an off night and if Siegelman can work a pocket ride. My guess is the 2-hole trip is likely.
5-Delitfulcatherin N (9/5)-Could be bet down, gets regular pilot Stratton back and comes off an impressive score versus this kind. It appears this effort will lead to another victory unless she doesn't fire fast off the gate as usually is the case, and that leads to a bumpy trip.
Race 9 (9:40PM ET)
3-Sauvignon Bluechip (6-1)-Ships in from Monticello, comes off a win and had to take the long way around to do so. My only worry is not getting off the gate quickly, but Brennan is steering so that might not be cause for concern. Yonkers record isn't too shabby (18-4-1-2).
8-Stop Staring (9/2)-Twice beaten chalk ships in from PcD and the change in venues may do to the trick. Has the gate speed to be forwardly placed and was facing tougher when last seen here. Should relish the company and the price will be much better than it has been.
Race 10 (10:00PM ET)
2-Ballerat Boomerang (3-1)-Dropped, got on the engine, and didn't look back. Bumps up but that shouldn't be an issue. Raced the back half in a crisp 55.3 in last and the veteran can stay good for another trip to the winner's circle.
6-Alluneedisfaith N (5/2)-Steps up a notch after rolling over the last field at 2/5. That start came after shipping in from Wbsb and missing almost a month. Has posted 8 wins in 27 races at Yonkers. The 1st start for the Bako barn was strong and could be better here.
$1.00 Late Pick 4
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