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Witch Dali completes conquest of Petticoat Pacing Series

Witch Dali completes conquest of Petticoat Pacing Series
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - by Frank Drucker, publicity director, Empire City at Yonkers Raceway

Yonkers, NY --- So far in 2015, Yonkers Raceway has had four minimum $2.10 win payoffs. Three of them have been by Witch Dali (Tim Tetrick), who again fooled no one Monday night (March 30), winning the $54,800 final of the Petticoat Pacing Series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares.

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Tim Tetrick piloted Witch Dali to a 1:55 score in the Petticoat Pacing Series final.

Leaving alertly from post position No. 3, Witch Dali was stung early on a cold, windy Westchester evening. She paid a :26.4 first-quarter price to get around pole-sitting Cheyenne Robin (Dan Dube) before the lone soph in the field relented for the pocket. Cruisinwithmybaby (Tyler Buter) found a three hole, with Hay Stacked (Eric Carlson) away fourth.

Witch Dali then rated a :30 next interval (:56.4 half) and was sailing toward a 1:25.2 three-quarters when Cruisinwithmybaby made her second move. However, Witch Dali remained unflustered by such an intrusion, taking a 2-1/2 length lead in the lane.

She completed her four-race series sweep, winning by a couple of lengths in 1:55. Hay Stacked rallied inside for second, with Cruisinwithmybaby, Royal Mama (Matt Kakaley) and Inside The Glass (Jordan Stratton) settling for the remainder. Cheyenne Robin, Anti Entity (George Brennan) and Always Sunday (Jason Bartlett) rounded out the order.

"She went a big first quarter and just held tough," Tetrick said. "Hasnít given me a bad race yet."

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 sixth win in 10 seasonal starts (13-for-24 lifetime, career earnings a buck under $164,000). The exacta paid $8.70, the triple returned $37.20 and the superfecta paid $144.

Series action continues Tuesday afternoon with Yonkers' richest race of the season to date, the $62,200 final of the Sagamore Hill for 3- and 4-year-old male pacers. Friday, it's the third round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker (two five-horse $40,000 divisions), while Saturday offers the third round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series (to be drawn Tuesday).

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