Buter wins 5 as Tioga handles record $431K
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Tyler Buter drove Prairie Fortune to a win in the $10,000 Open Trot at Tioga Downs on Monday. Buter finished the card with five winners.
In the Open Trot, It's A Herbie (Verlin Yoder) jumped out to the early lead but jumped offstride. Dragin The Wagon (Jim Meittinis) then took over and led to the first quarter in :28.1.
Prairie Fortune ($4.50) charged up and took the lead with one lap to go. He went to the half in :58.1 and hit three-quarters in 1:27.1. Massive Opulence (Jim Taggart Jr) made a run at him as they went around the final turn. Prairie Fortune found another gear as they reached the stretch and won with ease in 1:56.2.
Uncle Hanover (Kyle DiBenedetto) came flying late to finish second. It's A Herbie was third best.
Prairie Fortune is an 8-year-old gelding by Arapa Victory owned by Laurie Polan and trainer Mike Deters. It was his third win this season. He now owns 55 career victories.
Buter combined with trainer Rob Harmon for three of his wins. They won with That's My Opinion ($5.20), MV OK Palacio BR ($3.80), and Wise Image ($10.40). Buter's other victory came with the Deters-trained An The Thunderolls ($17.80).
Tioga Downs set a new handle record for the second straight day. The new record is $431,435. (Tioga Downs)