Catskill Steve offers his picks for the guaranteed $10,000 Pick-5 pool at Yonkers Raceway on October 14, part of the U.S. Trotting Association Strategic Wagering Program.
Yonkers Raceway Pick-5, Races 5-9, Monday, October 14, 2013.
$.50 play: 3,5,7/2,4/1,3,5/1,3,5/5= $27
Race 5: (3) Get Packin drops back to winning level and finds a nice spot. (5) Beautiful Windsong has had only two races breaking numerous times in both after stringing three-in-a-row (two at this distance) back in August at Yonkers. Mare has some ability if she can stay flat. (7) Flowing James was far back chasing sparkling mile in first try for new barn. Drops to the level of strong win here on 9/16 and looks like the value play here.
Race 6: (2) So Take That held well after going first up through 55.4 final half. Two back was a powerful come-from-behind winner from 7-hole. Sharp 4-year-old moves inside and finds a good spot to set up his brush. (4) Trip Hanover consistent sort chased sharp winner from the pocket, kicked in with 27.3 final panel but couldn't get there; main threat here.
Race 7: (5) Lawgiver Hanover had wide trip against Open Company at Saratoga last time. Two back rallied boldly to get up at the wire defeating slightly lesser; drops in for a tag and may be closing off of a hot pace here. The (1) Keemosabe and (3) Clem have the most early speed and either can take them down the road if not used too hard early.
Race 8: (3) Defiance N 9-year-old was claimed off a lifetime-best 1:52.4 mile leaving in 27.3 and finishing in 28.3. Steps up and is Sears' choice. (1) Glass Prince drops back to proper level and a level he's taken two straight at. The one to beat. (5) Dallenbach Hanover drops to the level of game win two back and could be live at a price in second try for new barn.
Race 9: (5) I'm The Pied Piper gets key drop off even effort against tougher.