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TIPITINA WINS FRIDAY NIGHT 42G DISTAFF FEATURE AND PROPS TO CINAMONY

TIPITINA WINS FRIDAY NIGHT 42G DISTAFF FEATURE AND PROPS TO CINAMONY
BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, June 19, 2015-Pocket-sitting Tipitina (Jason Bartlett, $10.40) beat pace-setting Jonsie Jones (Tyler Buter) in a two-speed number Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's featured $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.

Jonsie Jones made the lead, working around Tipitina before a :27.1 opening quarter-mile. The latter, assigned post position No. 2, has moved past pole-sitting Magic Starlight (George Brennan) at the outset.

"Jonsie" found a :55.4 intermission before getting token, first-up advances from Watch Dali (Jordan Stratton). That meek move didn't do much for a second-over 8-5 choice For the Ladies N (Brian Sears) going toward a 1:23.2 three-quarters.

Jonsie Jones owned a length-and-a-quarter lead into the lane, but Tipitina edged out and by. The margin was three-quarters of a length in 1:52.2. For the Ladies N rallied into third, while Sir Jillian Z Tam (Pat Lachance) and Magic Starlight settled for the remainder.

For third choice Tipitina, a 5-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover owned by Rags to Riches of PA and trained by Mike Forte, it was her sixth win in seven 17 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $41.60, with the triple returning $177.50.

Special Friday props to the invading lass Cinamony (Brennan, $6.50), whose snappy 1:51.3 effort in the $25,000, fifth-race pace matched (Rocklamation, Venus Delight) the track record for 4-year-old mares.

Note that since no one took down Friday's Pick 5, Saturday's gimmick begins with a carryover of $2,598.52 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11).

The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM). After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note Sunday matinees are done until November. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily.

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

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