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Southern Allie wins 52G Yonkers Open

September 10, 2011

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Southern Allie (Jim Pantaleano) did his damage from off the pace Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $52,000 Open Handicap Pace in divisional-record time.

Leaving from post position No. 6, "Allie" watched early as first Shoobee's Place (Cat Manzi), then Valentino (Pat Berry), took turns on the lead. (:26.2 quarter, 55.1 half). Down the backside, longshot Grab Your Keys (Brent Holland) moved from fourth, with 11-10 favorite Ideal Matters (Jordan Stratton) gapped behind that one.

Ideal Matters actually went back to the cones as Southern Allie began his wide move from sixth. He had some work to do at the 1:23 three-quarters, going around Grab Your Keys and advancing to second entering the lane.

Valentino, a length to the good turning for home, was about to get some unwanted company around the 1:51 mile marker. Southern Allie tagged the leader, then edged away. He won by a length-and-a-half, negotiating the mile-and-one-sixteenth in 1:58. That effort set a new local standard for his weight class going the added distance. Valentino saved second, with Ideal Matters back out for third. Shoobee's Place and Scotty Mach N (Eric Goodell) rounded out the payees.        

For Southern Allie, a 4-year-old Allie's Western gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, he returned $7.40 (second choice) for his sixth win in 21 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $38.60, with the triple returning $127.50

New York Sire Stakes resume here Monday night, with the $249,400 Elmsford Trot for frosh colts and geldings.        

Yonkers' regular five-night-per-week schedule (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday) remains in effect. First post for all racing programs is 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available around the NYRA schedule. (Yonkers)

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