The Yonkers SpringHoofs pacing for profit will be pounding upon the Yonkers Raceway surface this Friday and Saturday, March 23 and March 24 as the biggest series of the early season is launched in multiple miles.
Strand Hanover arrives with consecutive wins and payoff finishes in his last five starts. Mac Raider N and Art Two D Two have both won at the oval recently. But even from post 7, Giddy Up Delight may be facing softer and could provide a decent price. Macraider N progressed first over last out and hung at three-quarters in an Open. With the rail, he should get a better trip at a price.
Reibercrombie won the final of the Cam Fella Series in Canada and comes here to travel two more turns as he faces local standouts Code Word and Foreign Officer. Also on hand is the unreliable double-millionaire One More Laugh. Code Word gets the rail and the nod, though a very low price is expected.
Clear Vision, almost a millionaire, opposes Fitz's Z Tam, “who has flashed high speed in both Yonkers starts,” according to Yonkers’ commentator Frank Drucker. This is a puzzler if you add Mainland Key N, who we gave you last year in this series at 30-1. He comes back with experience and could upset.
Southern Allie was hot in this series last season and gets the outside from Summer Camp an Open Handicap winner at first local asking. Our Four Leaf Clover stunner last week, Art Z (at 15-1) could make it two in a row. The extra two turns seem to benefit his style.
Rock to Glory co-owns the fastest local mile of the season (1:51.3) and has to deal with veteran FFA-muscle Atochia as well as River Shark. The latter already has four wins this year and could make it five. Nob Hill High won going first over in a top conditioner, takes a slight step up and should still be tough.
The 2011 series champ Real Nice meets his old foe Foiled Again, who won this event in 2009 and 2010 and is making his seasonal debut. Look for outsider Corky Baran to take advantage of Foiled Again needing this race and Real Nice having to come from behind. Corky Baran was the best at the Meadowlands last week but got a bum trip. This should be a big price.
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The March 23 no-takeout Pick 4 at Cal-Expo is one of the more likeable combination of races we have seen since rebooting the event this season.
(4) Frankly Scarlett won big last week, going wide to the top and commanding the quarters from there. (7) Majestic Lass was the beaten choice in that affair and has every right to come back stronger. In a rare three-entry start of a ticket, we include (8) Bewareofthisaffair, who was second to “Scarlett” in a stressful overland journey that deserves merit.
(3) The Situation is the kind of single that we should like. A beaten favorite due to no fault of his own—he was impeded by traffic—he still finished fourth. Two others from that incident are hopelessly leaving from the outside and the inside horse likes to jump.
(4) Paul T is a single by default. This field is a wreck and only Paul T comes out as sound enough to win it.
(1) Leadmeastray won last out with impressive closing speed and should find a spot early from the inside to save some ground and devour these. Only (2) Devilish Donnie can be the spoiler, as his last race took an early scenario for burnout and before that we had him as he took shape and brought back more than 10-1.
Ray Cotolo contributed to this edition.