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Witch Dali sweeps Petticoat pacing prelims

Witch Dali sweeps Petticoat pacing prelims
Monday, March 23, 2015 - by Frank Drucker, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway

Yonkers, NY --- "She's just a big, strong (mare) who carries her speed a long way and hums around Yonkers with no problem."

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Tim Tetrick drove Witch Dali to the winners's circle, sweeping the Petticoat Pacing Series' prelims Monday night at Yonkers Raceway.

Such was the Tim Tetrick Monday night post-mortem after Witch Dali ($2.10) authored a third consecutive public workout, sweeping the (Mar. 23) Raceway's three preliminary legs in the Petticoat Pacing Series.

Leaving from post position three in the first of two $12,500 events for 3- and 4-year-old lasses, the 1-20 favorite never had an anxious moment (:28.2, :58.2, 1:26.1; 1:54.1). The final margin was a wrapped-up six lengths over Always Sunday (Jason Bartlett), with Cheyenne Robin (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 fifth win in nine seasonal starts. The exacta paid $11.80, with the triple returning $39.20.

It was Witch Dali's second consecutive six-length romp in the preps, firmly stamping her as the lass to beat in next Monday's (March 30) $54,800 finale of the Petticoat.

Monday night's other series event went to Cruisinwithmybaby (Tyler Buter, $7.80).

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

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