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PETTICOAT SERIES SECOND ROUND TO FAVES WITCH DALI, "RUSS"

PETTICOAT SERIES SECOND ROUND TO FAVES WITCH DALI, "RUSS"
BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Monday, March 16, 2015-Yonkers Raceway's 2015 stakes season continued Monday night, with a pair of second-round divisions in the Petticoat Pacing Series for 3- and 4-year-old ladies.

Foolin' no one Witch Dali (Tim Tetrick, $2.40) handily repeated in the opening, $12,500 event, this time wiring from post position No. 4 (:29.2, :57.4, 1:26.2, 1:53.4). The final margin was an as-she-pleased six lengths over Cruisinwithmybaby (Tyler Buter), with Life is a Beach (George Brennan) third.

For Witch Dali, a 4-year-old daughter of Dali co-owned (as Alagna Racing) by (trainer) Tony Alagna and Brad Grant, it was her fourth win in eight seasonal starts. The exacta paid $8.90, with the triple returning $14.40.


Series-debuting Donttellruss (George Brennan, $3) earned it in the second Petticoat posse. Badly impeded by another leaver who jumped it off, "Russ" settled fourth behind Always Sunday (Tetrick) and early intervals of :28.4 of :57.4. Right around the intermission, Donttellruss made front, then took over from there (1:26.2, 1:55.3).

She held Always Sunday at bay, winning by a length. My Caroline (Matt Kakaley) was third.

For "Russ," a 4-year-old daughter of Panspacificflight co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Frank Baldachino, she-same as "Dali"-is 4-for-8 this season. The exacta paid $5, with the triple returning $12.40

Series action continues Tuesday afternoon, with four, $12,500 divisions in the second round of the Sagamore Hill for 3- and 4-year-old male pacers. Friday, the opening round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker (three, $40,000 divisions), while Saturday offers the opening round of George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series (to be drawn Tuesday).

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(photo bySean Hamrock)

(FFIFrank Drucker, Yonkers Raceway Publicity Director, 914-968-4200)

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