Saturday night is Super Tuesday at Yonkers Raceway. The final chance for the horse candidates to stake their claim to the final of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing series which will be held next Saturday. Those on the bubble, those not yet in the top eight point earners will take no prisoners in their attempt to qualify for the final while those who are fifth through eighth in points will be fighting to remain in the top eight so they qualify for next week. As for those who have no chance to qualify for the final, the $50,000 purse each preliminary is going for may be one of the biggest purses available to them this year so they will be going all out as well. This should make for some exciting races.
The top eight point earners going into the final qualifying round are:
1 Atochia 250.0 points
2 Foiled Again 250.0 points
3 Mr Wiggles 225.0 points
4 Southwind Lynx 220.0 points
5 Poker Hat 212.0 points
6 Tenant In Chief 208.0 points
7 River Shark 200.0 points
8 Western Ace 195.0 points
On the outside and looking in, trying to qualify are: Legal Litigator, Blueridge Western, Badlands Nitro, Corky Baran, Real Nice, Clear Vision, Chasin Racin, and Jeremy's Successor.
Once again, I have handicapped the entire race card. Do you prefer it when I handicap the complete card or would you rather have me just go into detail about a feature race worth discussing? You can let me know by responding to the survey to the left.
Here are my selections for Saturday evening's card at Yonkers Raceway:
1st Pace - $16,000; Non-winners of $12,000 in last six starts
6 - Jo Pa's Wild Card 4-1 Better post and drop in class may be what is needed.
1 - Tough Love 9-5 Returns from the Meadowlands, drops down and draws the rail. Can take it all.
7 - Might Cullen N 5-1 Post should compromise chance to win.
2nd Pace - $16,000; Non-winners $12,350 in last six starts
3 - Hands To Yourself 3-1 Ability to wire the field.
2 - Major Suit 6-1 Ford claim draws inside and gets class relief.
7 - Forensic Z Tam 10-1 Levy participant drops down to a more realistic level.
3rd Pace - $20,000; Non-winners of $18,000 in last six starts
1 - Mcraes Mate A 3-1 On two race win streak. Steps up but draws rail.
5 - Rare Jewel 6-1 Just missed in Hilltop return. Drops down and can score the minor upset.
4 - Pacific Okey Dokey 4-1 Possible share with trip.
3 - Keystoe Rideau 5-1 Taking huge class hike but racing well.
4th Pace - $25,000: 4yo Preferred Handicap (pp 1-3, 7 assigned)
6 - Bet The Town 5-1 Ships in from Meadowlands and never better. Possible upset.
2 - Redneck Outlaw 6-1 Has ability to ride the rail to be there at the end.
7 - Lahaye 3-1 Winner of five out of six draws the worst tonight.
5th Pace - $20,000; Non-winners of $18,000 in last six starts
1 - Tireman 3-1 Won two starts ago from rail. Returns to the same class as his victory.
6 - Eagle Now 4-1 New driver may shake things up.
5 - Special Joe 6-1 Minor spoils with trip.
4 - All My Life 6-1 Decent effort in Freehold winners over event.
6th Pace - $27,000; Preferred Handicap
6 - Giddy Up Lucky 7-5 Easy winner in last. Should repeat.
2 - Palmer's Z Tam 4-1 Figures to track the winner once again.
3 - Showmethefame 5-1 Moves inside. Not out of it with a favorable trip.
7th Pace - $50,000; Levy Memorial FFA
1 - Atochia 9-5 Logical selection in this division.
6 - Corky Baran 10-1 Needs big effort this week to advance.
4 - Mr Wiggles 3-1 Can't ignore and may improve rating.
2 - Pangiorno 8-5 Meeting slightly tougher field tonight.
8th Pace - $50,000; Levy Memorial FFA
1 - Southwind Lynx 6-5 Tops potent entry (coupled with Badlands Nitro). Should win.
4 - Handsome Harry 6-1 Inner post helps chance to earn share.
7 - Real Nice 15-1 Post hurts chance for win. Still may spice up triple.
9th Pace - $50,000; Levy Memorial FFA
4 - River Shark 8-5 Looks to solidify his ticket to the big dance with a score tonight.
7 - Legal Litigiator 10-1 Post hurts, but big effort expected to get into the final.
2 - Jeremy's Successor 4-1 Should be heard from this post.
10th Pace - $50,000; Levy Memorial FFA
5 - Psilvuheartbreaker 10-1 Rode the rail last week. Fave already punched his ticket for next week. Looking for an upset.
2 - Western Ace 4-1 Been knocking on door. Will be a factor.
1 - Foiled Again 4-5 Obvious choice. No value.
3 - Four Trumps A 15-1 Seems to be hitting his best stride. Should get in exotics.
11th Pace - $25,000; $75,000 Claiming
8 - Artic Stretch 6-1 Looks to repeat. Has handled outside posts well.
1 - J P Jackpot 10-1 Needed last. Expect improvement.
5 - Tommy Tiger 4-1 Should land share.
12th Pace - $23,000; Non-winners of $25,000 in last six starts
2 - Blue Boy 3-1 Closes out the card with an easy win.
6 - The Awful Truth 4-1 Completes a chalky exacta.
1 - BB Torio 5-1 Should complete triple with rail drive.
4 - Pacific Renegage 10-1 Legitimate superfecta contender.