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Fast And Fiesty wins Petticoat final

April 02, 2013

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Fast and Fiesty (Brian Sears) completed her sweep Monday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $59,400 final of the Petticoat Pacing Series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares.
Anxious to get going from post position No. 2, the 1-4 favorite found the front well before a :28.1 opening quarter-mile. Upfrontwhosurlady (Mark MacDonald) was pylon-protective of the pocket, with Sooo Windy (Jason Bartlett) hung out.
There wasn't much reshuffling afer a :57.2 intermission, though Fast and Fiesty had to contend with her stubborn parked-out foe. Sooo Windy pressed the pace by the 1:25.4 three-quarters, before the people's preference shook her off.
Fast and Fiesty owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, then widened to 2½ lengths at the wire. The mile was a season's-best 1:54.4. Upfrontwhosurlady, one of two sophomores in the race, held second over Cruise Queen (Matt Kakaley), with Lady's Art (Eric Goodell) and Nightly Terror (Cat Manzi) completing the cashers.

Uilleann (George Brennan)—the other 3-year-old here--Sooo Windy and Apach of Luck (Dan Dube) rounded out the order. Cruise Queen and Apach of Luck raced as a Ron Burke-trained/common owner entry.

"She's very sharp right now," Sears said of Fast and Fiesty. "She hasn't had many chances to race on the front end, and when she saw the other horse (Sooo Windy) alongside, she just hit another gear."

For Fast and Fiesty, a 4-year-old daughter of Allamerican Native trained by Tom Fanning for owner Victor Apolinario, she returned $2.50 for her sixth win (fourth consecutive) in eight seasonal starts (earnings of $61,200). Included in the run were all three Petticoat events, with one preliminary leg cancelled due to inclement weather. The exacta paid $17.80, the triple returned $30.40 and the superfecta paid $190.

A $25,000 series consolation was won by Ain't Got a Home (Goodell, $9) in 1:56.2. (Yonkers)


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