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New Palone welcomed

December 21, 2006
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Bethann Palone, daughter of Bill Zendt, gave birth to her first daughter Thursday morning--Alana Marie--with husband Dave Palone by her side. Bethann, 28, gave birth to Alana Marie at 4:03 a.m. at Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh. She weighs 3 lbs. 8 oz., and has brown hair.

Bethann wasn’t due until Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14), but went into labor on Tuesday. Bethann’s mother, Patty, said Bethann and the baby are both doing great. She mentioned that Dave was doing OK too, after pacing the entire night, which he usually makes the horses do. Patty also said that Dave did an excellent job in helping Bethann and actually got to cut the umbilical cord. “It was very exciting, she (Bethann) is a trooper,” Dave mentioned from the hospital.

After meeting her parents, Alana Marie was placed in an incubator since she is so small. She was breathing on her own before being place on the breathing machine.

“It’s looking good, she’s strong and we’re hoping to get her off the breathing tube tomorrow,” said Bethann. In the meantime, Alana Marie will remain in the Intensive Care Unit.

Palone will be off all of his drives for tonight’s races, but expects to be back in the sulky on Friday. (The Meadows)
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