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Annieswesterncard rallies for Yonkers win

March 10, 2013
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Millionaire Annieswesterncard rolled from the back of the pack Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 Open Handicap Pace.
 
Content to watch early from post position seven, "Annie" saw 13-10 choice Electrofire (Brian Sears) step around Sapphire City (Brent Holland) before a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. With a :56.3 half came the outer tier, led by Nob Hill High (Eric Goodell). That one pressured toward the 1:24.3 three-quarters, through Electorfire maintained a short lead into the lane. Last week's winner, Tobago Cays (Jim Pantaleano), set it up from second-over, but he was not the problem.
 
The problem was Annieswesterncard, from third-up, picking everyone off late. He defeated Sapphire City by three-quarters of a length in 1:52.2, matching the fastest local mile of the season. Third went to Nob Hill High, with Electrofire and Electric Oui (Dan Dube) rounding out the payees.
 
For Annnieswesterncard, a 7-year-old Western Hanover gelding trained by Ron Burke for himself (as Burke Racing), Weaver Bruscemi, Panhellenic and M1 Stables, he returned $6.60 (second choice) for his second win in five seasonal starts. (Yonkers)
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