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Friday, May 27, 2016

Lismore, Art Rooney Preview

Next up on the weekend stakes schedule are Saturday's Lismore and Art Rooney stakes at Yonkers Raceway which closes out the winter/spring meet.

While the Lismore has only six entrants, it is a highly competitive race where four of the horses can make a legitimate argument for winning the race.  As for the Rooney, it is a true puzzle and may offer some value for astute handicappers.

Let's take a look at the two stakes.

Sat. May 28 YR; 4th Pace - $100,000; Lismore 3yo Fillies
1  Cut And Paste (9-2, Sears) - Has shown some ability last year.  Still not sure she's ready.
2  Kryptos (3-1, Stratton) - 7 for 8 this year.  Tested for class here.  Might be up to challenge.  Consider.
3  Apple Bottom Jeans (5-1, Teague) - Been racing well in Delaware.  Possibility to land share.
4  Dime A Dance (5-2, Brennan) - NYSS champion at 2 has shown ability against open company.  Logical choice, but not a slam dunk.  Consider.
5  Rock Me Baby (9-1, Campbell) - Interesting long shot here.  Won Intl Stallion Stakes last year at Lexington.  Coming off pair of qualifiers.  Don't ignore.
6  Soft Idea (7-2, Bartlett) - Won NYSS at Monticello in last start.  May be the one.
Selections: 6-5-4

Sat. May 28 YR; 6th Pace - $300,000 Art Rooney 3yo Open (Horses Listed in PP Order)
  1  Art Magic (4-5, Brennan) - Weaker half of entry.  Finished 3rd in elim.  Would be quite a feat to win here.
  2  Rodeo Rock (5-1, Dube) - Finished 2nd in first start of season.  Can improve off of that.  Consider.
  3  No Shame Blue Chip (20-1, Buter) - Let's just call this a lottery entry.  Will need a lot to go his way to be a factor here.  Don't see it.
  4  Yankee Artillery (7-1, Stratton) - Expect him to try to make the most of a decent post draw.  May land share.
  5  Tailgunner Hanover (20-1, Schnittker) - Another lottery ticket entry.  Pass.
  6  Tap Into Power (7-2, Bartlett) - Either morning line is wrong or I am.  I'll pass here.
  7  Manny (12-1, Holland) - Last start from second tier.  Better than he looks.  Upset play?
1A  Missile J (4-5, Sears) - Winner of 4 out of last 5 including elimination.  Post may hurt here.  
Selections: 2-7-1A


Anonymous said...

For Pacingguy or others familiar with Yonkers:

Why does this track often wind up with short fields in stakes races and why are the purses low compared to what's offered for regular races?

Pacingguy said...

As for short fields, some people just don't want to race on the half mile. As to the purses, Yonkers has been historically frugal when it comes to added money considering they are a slot track, especially when it comes to F&M events. I will say the Lismore comes up as a very competitive race, short field and all.