Yonkers Harness Tips - best bets for Yonkers on Tuesday, May 1

Trent Orwin 30 Apr 2018
  • Best bets for Yonkers on Monday night (Tuesday morning AEST)

Yonkers hosts a 12-race program on Monday night (Tuesday morning AEST) and here are my best bets for the meeting. 


May 1

Race 2

A field of seven trotters battle it out and Newcastle (4) looks a strong chance from the middle barrier. The six-year-old will be searching for the lead and comes off a second-placing last start when beaten 3.75L in 1:59.2. That was his second start this preparation and he will strip fitter again as he looks to go one better. 


Last-start winner Handsoffmychips (2) looks to continue his good form as he comes up with barrier two. This looks a slightly stronger event but there is no reason he can’t be in the finish once again. Prior to his victory, he was second on two occasions in 1:56.3 and 1:56.4. Trump Nation looms as a strong rival but is first up which is why I am leaning to Handsoffmychips with race fitness on his side.


Sgt Papa Daddy (5) should use his early speed to be right in the action from the start and his form is excellent with two wins and two seconds from his past four starts at the track. He was beaten 1.25L last time out in 1:54.4. All four placings recently have been in 1:54 which shows that he is a model of consistency and he normally runs his final quarter in 28 or 29 seconds. 


My late mail for the 10th event is Late Mail N (3) who looks to return to the podium after midfield finishes from barriers five and six respectively. He should be making a play for the lead from a better post this time and his past two have been fine as he has been holding his position. His last win was back in March but there looks to be less depth in this field compared to his past two unplaced runs. 

Previous Tips

April 29

Race 6

Windsong Leo (5) is racing in excellent form with three wins and two runner-up performances from his past five starts. His past three starts have been at the Meadowlands where he was second to Barimah A in 1:49.1 and 1:51.0 respectively. Three starts ago he beat that horse in 1:50.2 and returns to Yonkers where he looks to make it a hat-trick of wins at the track with wins back in March. 

Race 7

Trotters will battle it out and I like the million-dollar earner Charmed Life (7) despite barrier seven. He was runner up behind In Secret who draws outside Charmed Life this time. Two starts ago he was able to make up three lengths in the final quarter to finish fifth, beaten 1 length by Rubber Duck. Charmed Life looks right in this contest with Daniel Dube in the cart. 

Race 8

Arsenic (2) begins from barrier two and hasn’t been far away in recent efforts. He was beaten 0.75L by Carracci Hanover last start but I really liked the effort from Arsenic. Both horses look strong contenders and I’m keen to pot BJ’s Guy who has barrier one. On recent figures alone, BJ’s Guy looks too strong but was claimed after his last-start failure. He goes from Gilbert Garcia-Herrera who has a 19% win strike rate to Monique Cohen who has a 5% winning rate which is a concern for backers. 

Race 11

Former WA pacer Run Oneover N has his second start at Yonkers following a 1:54.0 victory where he made up more than six lengths in the final quarter. He will need to be brilliant as he bumps into Pacing Major N and The Real One. I like Pacing Major N (2) in this event for the combination of trainer Peter Tritton and driver Jordan Stratton. The five-year-old was beaten a nose in 1:55.2 after running on from fifth and prior to that had run a pair of 1:52.4 efforts with his last quarter in 27.4 which puts him in good stead for this event. 

April 24


Handsoffmychips (5) leaves from the middle of the line and comes off a pair of runner-up performances in 1:56.3 and 1:56.4. His last quarters have been good recently and if he doesn’t settle too far away then he should be right in the finish. Lear Seelster was the other that captured my attention in the race but would need to be a nice price to get involved. 

Race 5

Americanfirewater (5) was a 1:55.3 winner last time after leading throughout from barrier six. Prior to that he was fifth in 1:54.3 after making up a couple of lengths in the home straight. He was then placed twice before that run and looks a strong chance to finish in the placings once again. 

Race 9

Despite a very strange spelling of his name, five-year-old gelding Shneonucrzydiamnd A (4) should run a big race after a string of good performances since arriving from New Zealand. He has run minor placings at his past three, the latest in 1:53.4, and was a winner before that in 1:53.4 also. On that occasion he drew barrier four and the fact that he has been running well from wide draws gives me confidence that he is the horse to beat.

Race 11

Sports Column (3) won’t be far away from claiming the penultimate race on the program and driver Mark MacDonald gives us a lead here by driving this four-year-old rather than Twin B Speed Dial who looks a danger. Sports Column has had a string of wide draws and has been able to make up ground. Back into barrier three for this assignment should see a much improved run and expect him to go close.


April 22


Race 1

BJ’s Guy (3) looks a strong chance in the opening event after finishing fourth and fifth at his past two starts in 1:52.4. The latest was from the outside gate when finishing 0.75L away from the winner. He begins from barrier three and should be fighting out the finish.

Race 2

Texican N (1) will be driven by Jordan Stratton from the inside gate and that gives him very strong claims in this race. He races first up following a trial on April 13. Prior to a spell, Texican N had been placed at his past three starts and looks ready to break back into the winner’s circle for the first time since July last year. 

Race 4

Great Vintage (7) has the outside barrier which is generally disastrous but hopefully that means we get a better price about the 153-start veteran who was a last-start 1:53.1 winner. Yannick Gingras continues his association with the 10-year-old after finishing fourth and fifth during the Levy series. This is a more suitable class, the same as his victory last time, and he should acquit himself well.

Race 5

Newborn Sassy (2) will hope to go one better following a pair of runner-up performances in 1:54.1 and 1:53.2. Gate two looks ideal and the small field also suits. Whatever beats her should win the race but I’m hoping Newborn Sassy proves too slick for her rivals with Tim Tetrick in the sulky. 

Race 10

A purse of $532,000 is on offer in the main event, the George Morton Levy Final, which sees an excellent field assembled after a long series. Keystone Velocity defends his crown while 2016 winner Bit Of A Legend N also lines up. Mach It So (6) appeals in the race and he will be driven by David Miller. He finished third to Keystone Velocity in 1:52.4 last week while he conquered his rival at their previous meeting in 1:53.1. 

Where to bet on Yonkers harness racing…


Yonkers Raceway is located in New York in the United States, and they host plenty of harness racing at the half-mile track. 

Most bookmakers offer fixed odds on Yonkers races, but markets only go up very close to start time for each event. 

Bookmakers that offer fixed odds for Yonkers include TAB, UBET, Sportsbet and Ladbrokes.

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