I'll be taking a few days off. The column will return next week.
Yonkers Raceway Pick-5, Races 5-9, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013.
50-cent play: 2 / 1, 3, 5 / 1, 2 / 3, 5 / 4, 7 = $12
Race 5: (2) Fico has been chasing some of the top sophomore trotters in the sport in recent and was a good second in Yonkers Trot; figures to be too much for his older foes here.
Race 6: (3) Outa My Head rallied wide and finished alertly. Two back was a game overland trip in the slop missing by a length and a half against tougher. Looks set to handle this level at a square price. (5) Cash Cab provided top one's cover in latest grinding uncovered a long way and holding well to finish in front of top one. Veteran seems to race best at this level and must be included. (1) McArdle Park has just failed to hold on in last two, gets the rail and will take them as far as he can.
Race 7: (1) Acid Rain had even pace off the bench chasing :58.2 final half in first start since May. Should be tighter and gets the nod in weak field. (2) Looking Up had little chance closing off slow fractions from tough spot last time, did well to finish just behind the 1 in this race. Two back needed a search party to be found in 1:55.1 mile in the slop and three back was a strong finishing second despite being bothered a bit turning for home. Gets best post since arriving at Yonkers and picks up the visiting Gingras.
Race 8: (3) If It Rains is 0 for 19 career wise but left Canada sharp and took some tote play in local debut in race he likely needed. Makes second start on lasix and second for strong barn and is likely to show improvement tonight. (5) He's A Lock chased a strong winner home for place in first try over smaller oval. Two back was ambitiously placed and had nothing against NY breds in stakes event at Tioga in mile that went in 1:50.
Race 9: (7) One Shark Road had pace rallying from difficult third over spot. May get a faster pace to close off of and can surprise. (4) Mcshorty sharp sophomore beat top one, among others, off perfect trip taking a new lifetime mark in the process; the one to beat.