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Petticoat Series openers to Witch Dali, Hay Stacked

Petticoat Series openers to Witch Dali, Hay Stacked
Monday, March 09, 2015 - by Frank Drucker, publicity director, Empire City at Yonkers Raceway


Yonkers, NY --- Yonkers Raceway's 2015 stakes season began Monday night (March 9) with a pair of divisions in the Petticoat Pacing Series.

The series, for 3- and 4-year-old ladies who were non-winners of four races and/or $40,000 through last Dec. 1, offered two $12,500 events.


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Witch Dali and Tim Tetrick were 1:54.1 winners in their Petticoat division.
Witch Dali (Tim Tetrick) became the first local 1-20 ($2.10) proposition of the season, handily winning the first division. She negated her outside post position right away, whipping around her six rivals and going the distance in :28, :57.2, 1:25.4 and 1:54.1. The final margin was a wrapped-up 1-1/2 lengths over Cruisinwithmybaby (Tyler Buter), with Always Sunday (George Brennan) third.

"She was perfectly-gaited and handled the track very well," Tetrick said.

For Witch Dali, a 4-year-daughter of Dali co-owned (as Alagna Racing) by trainer Tony Alagna and Brad Grant, it was her third win (first two were series finals of Niagara and Worldly Beauty) in seven seasonal starts. The exacta paid $7.40, with the triple returning $17.40.

Pole-sitting Hay Stacked (Eric Carlson, $7.50) slipped out in the final turn, picking off 7-5 favorite Cheyenne Robin (Dan Dube) and winning the second Petticoat division in 1:54.4. The margin was a neck, with pace-setting (:28.1, :57.3 and 1:26.3) Royal Mama (Matt Kakaley) third.

For third choice Hay Stacked, a 4-year-old daughter of Art Major co-owned by trainer Gilberto Garcia-Herrera and Stephen and Brian Gordon, it was her first win in four 15 tries. The exacta paid $17.20, with the triple returning $34.80.

"She's a small (mare), but she tries real hard and she's rounding into form at the right time," Carlson said.

Series action continues Tuesday afternoon, with five $12,500 divisions in the opening round of the Sagamore Hill for 3- and 4-year-old male pacers.



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