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Yonkers starts 1 1/16 mile races

February 03, 2011
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Delayed a couple of nights due to weather, Yonkers Raceway debuted its mile-and-one-sixteenth  overnight racing Thursday evening.The new distance, which was to begin Feb. 1 (Tuesday was snowed out, Wednesday a scheduled dark night), encompasses all overnight races. Series and stakes races remain at the traditional flat-mile distance.
 
The off-the-pace Nancy Irene (Jim Pantaleano, $17.40) won the first added-distance event in 2:05.2. These are the first non-mile races at Yonkers since it re-opened in October, 2006. Previously, Yonkers had contested 1 1/16-mile events, either on selected days or weeks during a given month. (Yonkers)
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