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Palone sweeps PASS finals

September 08, 2003

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Driver Dave Palone won all four $100,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes finals for 3 year olds on Saturday night (Sept. 6) at Pocono Downs. Palone's five percent commission on just those races--a mere $10,000.

He started off with a 1:56.1 victory behind favored filly trotter Tagapine. The pair eased off the gate and were out for the lead early to win by 4 1/4 lengths over Fun At Parties and Fast Lane K, respectively. Nunzio Geniti and William Schiffer Jr. own the winning Tagliabue daughter and scored their biggest win ever.

"She's been good all year, but never got into the right spot," said trainer J.C. Jobidon. "Tonight she did and that's the kind of ending we like."

The strong pacing filly final was won by pocketsitter Jennie Fanetta--who closed with the fastest last quarter, :27.2--by a nose over pacesetter Her Own Art. Dreamland's Jo Jo was third. Jennie Fanetta, a daughter of Dragon's Lair owned by Howard Taylor, paid $14,80 to win.

Lindy Lane gelding Hellava Hush took the lead at the half and soundly defeated his field of trotting males by six lengths in 1:56. Most of the rest of the field was close at the finish, with Sheffield second and Abundaprince third. Hellava Hush moves on with a 10-8-0-0 record and $231,121 in career earnings for Jack Tramonte and Kelly O'Donnell.

Quarter Carat used a pocket trip to win his pacing colt final in 1:51.2 for William Garofalo, Richard Tosies, Anthony Lombardi Jr. and John Paul McDermott.

Pacesetter Tarpaulin Hanover was second with Oragami Artist, part of an entry with Nvincbl Artist, third. The Real Artist gelding was scratched sick out of his Keystone Classic division the week before but rebounded to win his seventh in 20 starts this year.
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