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Mare features to Fancy Desire, Al Raza N

October 09, 2015
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Fancy Desire ($12.80), the 2014 Lynch Memorial winner at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono but winless in 23 starts until coming home first last week, made it two straight in Friday night's $24,000 mares pacing feature here, storming home in 55.1 - 27.2to complete the sloppy track mile in 1:52.2.
 
After winning off the pace last week, Fancy Desire was sent frontwards early by driver Anthony Napolitano, making the lead in 27.3, then resting to the half in 57.1, before engaging in the sprinting tactics that enabled the daughter of Real Desire to win by a length over pocketsitting Handsoffmycupcake. Gallie Bythe Beach rallied from second-over to be third, another length back and a neck ahead of the field's lone sophomore, Stacia Hanover, who was 2-5* despite having raced only once in 48 days and who found first-over into such quick back numbers a bit too hard to handle here.
 
The Daniel Renaud-trained winner sent her bankroll to $108,568 for the season and $461,310 lifetime for owner Robert Di Nozzi.
This was the last Friday night card of 2015 at Pocono; the track will now operate on a Tuesday-Wednesday-Saturday basis until the curtain rings down on November 21.Tomorrow night's feature is a $26,000 pace, in which Bushwacker, secondbehind a big win by Mach It So in last week's feature, figures to be winging early as he starts from the rail in the eight-horse field.
 
There's a new leading lady in town. Odds-on favorite Al Raza N (Jordan Stratton, $3.90) ground down triple millionairess Anndrovette (Jason Bartlett) Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $48,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.

In her first start at the adult table, Al Raza N, from post position No. 2, was her usual unhurried self. Outside numbers Anndrovette and Cinamony (George Brennan) both were put into play, with the former seating the latter. After early intervals of :27.2 and :55.4, Al Raza N took out of fourth. She engaged Anndrovette toward a 1:23.2 three-quarters (:27.3 third quarter), with Anndrovette owning length lead into the lane. However, Al Raza N was far from done, going past by three-quarters of a length in a life-best 1:52.1.

Cinamony, who angled off the pylons for the drive, couldn't match strides and settled for third. Envious Hanover (Brent Holland) and Justhaven'tmetuyet (Eric Carlson) settled for the remainder.

For Al Raza N, a 5-year-old Down Under daughter of Gotta Go Cullect owned by Durrazzanno Stables and trained by Augie Abbatiello, it was her sixth win in 16 seasonal starts (3 wins and a second since arriving stateside). The exacta paid $29.60, the triple returned $153.50 and the superfecta paid $923.

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