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Pizza Dolce thrills crowd

October 02, 2003

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The 3-year-old trotting filly Pizza Dolce turned in another performance that earned her applause from The Red Mile crowd Friday night.

Pizza Dolce battled with the pacesetting Southwind Flanders to the half in :55.4, couldn't clear and slipped down to the inside late in the last turn, then showed her heart by edging to the front and winning in 1:55.3.

Driver John Campbell, aboard Southwind Flanders, took control of the race shortly after the start. When David Miller made his move with Pizza Dolce, who chrged to the front quickly, Campbell hit the accelerator. Southwind Flanders kept Pizza Dolce out past the half before Miller slid back to the inside.

"In the last turn she acted like she was all done," said Miller after the race of his move to the inside.

But Pizza Dolce was far from done. She dug in and passed Southwind Flanders, picking up her sixth victory of the season in 12 starts. This one came in an $87,500 division of the Bluegrass Series.

The first Bluegrass split for 3-year-old filly trotters went to Sunday Yankee, who earned a solid 1:55.3 mark for Bill Weaver's Valley High Stables. Weaver said he bought the filly earlier this year for his broodmare band, but might race her next year.
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