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Fillies in spotlight Friday at Yonkers in Petticoat final

March 25, 2008

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Yonkers Raceway begins its richest weekend of the season to date with Friday night\'s $65,000 final of the Petticoat Pacing Series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies amd mares. The best audition in three weeks worth of song and dance was turned in by Premier Elecktrah. She drew post position four, with leading driver Jason Bartlett again as her escort.

The 4-year-old daughter of Million Dollar Cam, trained by Julie Miller for Mack Racing, swept her trio of trials--all at odds-on. She enters the final having won four consecutivie racea and her 1:55.2 effort a week ago was an \'08 personal best.

\"She just has a good attitude,\" Bartlett said. \"She\'s shown a lot of guts and I haven\'t seen an end to her yet. The draw worked out good for us, because I can see what\'s happening around her without having to leave hard. If she\'s close at the head of the lane, I like her chances.\"

JD\'s Lady Lynn (Larry Stalbaum, post 8), with two wins and a second in her preps, had no luck with the open draw. The 4-year-old daughter of Full of Fun, owned and trained by Glen Weaver, has been first or second in five of her 11 seasonal starts.

Ridge Jumper (Greg Grismore, post 6), who remained in the clubhouse for the opening round of this series, made up for lost time by acing both of her preliminary rounds. The 4-year-old Ironridge lass, owned by Michael Silber and trained by Mickey Burke, established a name for herself with an 11-length, 1:55.2 blowout in her series debut. She\'s hit the leaderboard in 25-of-30 tries (12 wins, 9 seconds, 4 thirds) over ther past two seasons.

Her uncoupled (bona fide separate ownership) playing partner is Prime Suspect (Driver TBA, post 1), who--like Ridge Jumper--missed the opening leg before winning her two preps. The 4-year-old daughter of The Panderosa enters the final with career earnings in excess of $97,000, most among the octet.

Lady\'s Secret (Jeff Gregory, post 3), a non-factor fifth in the first leg, rebounded with a pair of prelim wins. The 4-year-old daughter of Artsplace, co-owned by Congilose Racing and Peter Venturini and trained by Mark Harder, has won three of her eleven \'08 tries.

Hannah Isabel (Pat Lachance, post 2) had a win, second and third in her three Petticoat performances, while Lady Sometimes (Pat Berry, post 5) and Role Reversal (Jim Pantaleano, post 7) each won their opening-round rumbles.

A $25,000 series consolation is listed as the ninth race, with the customary $30,000 Friday co-features going as races 10 (Open Trot) and 11 (Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace).

The $67,000 final of the Sagamore Hill Pacing Series goes Saturday night, along with the start of the George Morton Levy  Memorial Pacing Series, a premier free-for-all event. (Yonkers)


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