Friday's (Mar. 1) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from Northfield Park, Yonkers Raceway and The Meadows.
Queenies Alibi increases streak to five at Northfield
Northfield, OH --- Queenies Alibi paced home for her fifth straight win Friday (March 1) in Northfield Park’s opening race. The 7-year old is owned by the partnership of Charles Stewart and Gay Bankson, both of Alexandria, Indiana and is trained by Barry Langley. Tyler Smith has driven the mare for all five of her recent victories.
Queenies Alibi went straight to the front and led at every call through fractions of 28.3, 58.4, 1:28.4 and 1:58, finishing two lengths in front of her closest competitor, The Sweet Dion. “She was in hand the whole way,” commented driver Tyler Smith, “I have won with her five times and have never kicked the plugs.”
Friday’s 1:58 triumph increased Queenies Alibi’s (His Alibi-Cam Queen-Electric Yankee) lifetime wins tally to 21 and her career earnings to $176,195. Queenies Alibi was heavily favored and returned $2.60 to win. She continues to enjoy an undefeated 2013.
-- Ayers Ratliff
Yonkers Raceway's pair of Friday night, $35,000 co-featured Open Handicaps--for trotters along with femme fatale pacers--were won by a repeating Affirmed Action (Jason Bartlett) and Feeling You (Tyler Buter). Making the lead from post position No. 7, Affirmed Action worked around Fuel Cell (Brian Sears) before a :28.1 opening quarter-mile. He maintained a length-and-a-half lead entering the lane and defeated Brando's Muscle Man by a half-length in 1:57. Fuel Cell, Celebrity Bluechip and Master Pine (Jim Pantaleano) rounded out the payees. For sixth choice Affirmed Action, a 7-year-old statebred (homebred) son of Conway Hall owned and trained by John Grasso, it was his second win in six seasonal starts. The weekly distaff derby saw 7-5 favorite Feeling You winning by a measured half-length in 1:55.4. Second went to a closing Don't Point At (Jeff Gregory), with Campanile (George Brennan), Frontierpan (Jason Bartlett) and Argument Hanover grabbing the small change. For Feeling You, a 6-year-old daughter of Cambest trained by Amber Buter for co-owners Buter the driver, Oldford Farms and Stephen Oldford, it was her second win in a as many '13 tries.
Paulette Revere willingly yielded the early lead to RT Sun Poco, then powered by her in the lane to capture Friday’s $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Trot at The Meadows. Paulette Revere shot to the front for Mike Wilder but was pocketed at the quarter by RT Sun Poco. The 5-year-old daughter of Victory Sam-Hopeful Joy was the stronger mare in the lane, downing her rival by a length in 1:56.3 over a “good” track. Greathallofchina rallied for show. Mike Palone trains Paulette Revere, who has won three of her four starts since her claim by Brian Gillespie. Tony Hall drove four winners and Dave Palone three — all for trainer Ron Burke — on the 14-race card.