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Macharoundtheclock wins $63,000 Petticoat final

Macharoundtheclock wins $63,000 Petticoat final
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 - by Frank Drucker, publicity director, Empire City at Yonkers Raceway

Yonkers, NY --- Macharoundtheclock (Scott Zeron) pounced from the pocket Monday night (March 31), winning Yonkers Raceway's $63,000 final of the Petticoat Pacing Series.

The series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares culminated with a 1-9 pari-mutuel entry in the form of Doo Wee Rusty (George Brennan, post one) and Hobe Sound (Brian Sears, post two).

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Macharoundtheclock won the $63,000 final of the Petticoat Pacing Series.
It was Doo Wee Rusty outsprinting everyone before a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. Macharoundtheclock, leaving from post position four, found himself sequestered in the pocket, while A Sham Of Amber (Jason Bartlett) was away in third.

A soft :31.1 second quarter (:59 half) figured to serve the leader well as his partner, Hobe Sound, moved from fourth. That one actually poked a head in front at the 1:28.1 three-quarters, with Mattie Terror Girl (Andy Miller) second-over.

Doo Wee Rusty battled back to put her nose first turning for home, but no matter, both halves of the entry were toast. Macharoundtheclock carried the lane, zipped inside and drew off. The final margin was 1-1/2 lengths in 1:57.

Mattie Terror Girl raced very credibly from the eight hole to grab second, with Road Bet (Daniel Dube), So Long My Love (Jordan Stratton) and Cloris Hanover (Tyler Buter) grabbing the final pay envelopes. Hobe Sound, A Sham Of Amber and Doo Wee Rusty rounded out the order.

"The fractions played to the leader, but at the same time, kept a lot of us in striking distance," Zeron said. "Once she saw the passing lane, she just took off."

Macharoundtheclock, a 4-year-old homebred daughter of Mach Three owned by Birnam Wood Farms and trained by Larry Remmen, returned $22.40 (second choice) for her fourth win in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $130, with the triple returning $500.

A pair of series consolations, worth $25,000 and $12,500, respectively, were won by It's A Miracle (Brennan, $5.60) in a life-best 1:54.3 and Wednesdays Whim (Brennan again, $10) in 1:55.3.

The $67,400 final of the Sagamore Hill Pacing Series, for 3- and 4-year-olds of the male persuasion, goes Tuesday night.

Note that since no one took down Monday night's Pick-5, Tuesdays wager -- which usually has a $10,000 guaranteed pool -- now offers a $25,000 guaranteed pool, complete with a $7,907.68 carryover.

The Pick-5 is a 50 cent base wager on races five through nine nightly. Program pages for Tuesdays quintet are available at www.yonkersraceway.com.

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