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Saturday Yonkers card could offer some value

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Ted Black

April 28th, 2016

While many racing enthusiasts might view this Saturday as the week between the George Morton Levy Series final and the Kentucky Derby, astute players could find some value on the weekend program at Yonkers Raceway while many of the Levy combatants get a well-deserved break.
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In Saturday's fourth race, a non-winners of $18,000 last five starts class for pacers, give Cyclone Kiwi the edge. A sharp winner last weekend against non-winners of $12,000 last five company for trainer Jeff Bamond, Jr., Cyclone Kiwi is in an ideal spot to notch his second straight score. He had previously been favored against tougher conditioned foes over the New York half-mile oval.

One race later in another non-winners of $18,000 last five split for pacers, look for railbound Soho Jackman A and Santanna One to complete the exacta. Both have raced well during the spring and both could win and still fit the same class next weekend. Soho Jackman A gets the nod since he has the rail, but Santanna One is a solid veteran pacer.

Then two races later in a non-winners of $25,000 last five class for older pacers, give Dream Out Loud N the nod after he exits the Levy series. Horses that ducked out of the Levy series early found conditioned foes ripe for the taking and Dream Out Loud N raced well in the series and now looms the one to beat in this class just below the Preferred.

Then one race later in the eighth, the $40,000 Open Handicap for older trotters, look for Dover Downs invader Somebody As looks to make his presence known against Open mainstays Luminosity and Melady's Monet, the beaten favorite from his assigned eight hole last week. All three are certainly capable of prevailing in this event on Saturday, although the connections of the winner know that the dreaded eight hole awaits the following weekend.

Then four races later in the finale, a tough, non-winners of $25,000 last five starts class for older pacers a trio of horses are sitting on big efforts. The Real One found the Levy series too tough and now drops into a very soft spot for him after competing almost exclusively in the Open last season, while Great Vintage has always fared well against conditioned foes and Sapphire City has always displayed a genuine fondness for the oval. Give the slight edge to The Real One who drew inside his two main rivals and can win and still fit this class next week.
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