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O’Brien sends out another winner in Yaddo Stakes

August 7, 1997

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) _ For the seventh time since 1991, trainer Leo O’Brien saddled the winner of the Yaddo Stakes at Saratoga as he had the first two finishers _ Junior Pitchunia and Irish Daisy _ in Thursday’s 18th running of the $86,025 race for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up.

Junior Pitchunia, a 47-1 shot in the 11-horse field, came up strong in the final strides to beat Irish Daisy by a neck in a frantic finish with Office Miss another neck back in third.

Ridden by Joe Bravo and carrying 115 pounds, Junior Pitchunia won for the second time in six starts this year and for the first time ever for added money. The 4-year-old by Compliance covered 1 1/8 miles on a firm turf course in 1:49:1 and earned $51,615 for owner Richard Bomze.

The winner returned $97.50, $20 and $11.40. Irish daisy paid $3.50 and $2.90, while Office Miss was $6.70.

O’Brien’s entrants raced as separate wagering interests because of differing ownership.

Austin Delaney’s Irish Linnet won the Yaddo Stakes under O’Brien’s tutelage in each year from 1991 through 1995, while Irish Actress, also owned by Delaney, won a division of the 1991 running.

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