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Friday, June 3, 2011

The Lady Takes on the Boys - Yonkers Stakes Night

Saturday night features the $197,634 Lismore Pace for 3year old fillies and the $307,734 Final of the Art Rooney Pace.  While no eliminations were required, a decent field of pacers will be taken battling on the track for the trophy.  In particular interest will be The Art Rooney where 3yo filly See You at Peelers will do battle against five other colts and geldings, including two entry mates. 

This is far from the epic battle of filly against the boys as admittedly, the boys lack the credentials of grand circuit types; in fact the strongest of the boys appear to comprise the three horse field coupled with See You at Peelers.  However, whenever it is the girl taking on the boys in a high value race it does draw interest; after all as they say, it is what happens in the track which matters.

So we will take a look at the two stakes races at Yonkers Raceway as well as take a look at Saturday night's Pick 4 at Cal Expo.  Horses are listed in post position order.

Yonkers Raceway - 6th Pace (1 mile) - $197,634; The Lismore final - 3yo Fillies
   2 - Hinky Tonk Woman (Brennan, 6-5) - Good effort last; raced well against Peelers.  One to beat
   3 - Dreamland Roxy (Gregory, 8-1) - Return has been dull pass.
   1 - Cold Mist (Pierce, 9-5) - Horse has some ability; lands share with best effort.
   4 - Celebrity Dollfin (Manzi, 12-1) - Showed ability last yar.  Could sneak into exotics.
   5 - JK Owhatanite (Bartlett, 5-1) -  Trounced NW2 last week.  Figures to leave.  Will she last?
1A - Character Flaw (Dube, 9-5) -   Toss last, shows some credentials; not out of it.
   6 - Block Party (Pantaleano, 15-1) - Seems to be overmatched.  Pass
Selections: 2-5-4

Yonkers Raceway - 9th Pace (1 mile) - The Art Rooney Final - 3yo Open (No Place, Show)  Exacta Wagering Only)
   2 - Avenue Hanover (Barlett, 10-1) - Trounced in Diplomat elim and NW2.  Pass.
   1 - Rollwithitharry (Pierce, 3-5) - Some success last year.  Won Big M overnight.  Hoping for share. .
   3 - Arockin Hanover (Holland, 5-1) - Best of rest.  Sucks along for share of Exacta.
1A - Line Officer (Brennan, 3-5) - Best credentials of boys.  Second best.. 
1B - See You At Peelers (Johansson, 3-5) - If gonna beat the boys, here is the spot.
   4 - Vincent Fra (Dube, 8-1) - Jumped only start this year.  Pass
Selections: 1B-1A-3.

Saturday Night Cal Expo Pick 4s
Early Pick 4 (Races 4-7) - 15% Takeout - 1,2,4/1,3/7/7 - $6
Late Pick 4 (Races 10-13) - $15,000 guaranteed pool; 15% Takeout* - 4,8/3,8/2,3/2,6 - $16
* - 0% takeout for Cal-Expo and Twin Spires customers

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