Prairie Fortune captures Tioga's top trot
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Prarie Fortune captured the Tioga Downs Open Handicap Trot ($12,000) on Saturday (May 4).
Dragin The Wagon (Aaron Byron) led them to a first quarter of :27.1. Taco Tuesday (Jim Taggart Jr.) then dashed by to lead them to a half of :55.3 and a three-quarter mark of 1:24.2. Prairie Fortune ($4.70) went first-over from third just before three-quarters. Owned by Laurie Poulin and trainer Mike Deters, he would charge to the front and hold off the late charge of second place finisher Freddie Mac (Mike Merton) to win in 1:53.4. Dragin The Wagon finished third.
Prairie Fortune is a 7-year-old gelding by Arapa Victory. He won for the third time this season. and won for the 50th time in his career.
Shutthefrontdoor (Fern Paquet Jr.) edged HP Sissy (Jim Meittinis) to claim the Fillies & Mares Open 1 Handicap ($12,000).
HP Sissy led to a first quarter of :26.2 and the half in :56.0. Shutthefrontdoor went first over to stick a head in front while hitting three-quarters in 1:25.1. The two horses looked like they were joined at the hip as the went around the final turn. HP Sissy regained a short lead as they reached the stretch.
Shutthefrontdoor, who is trained by Guy Howard for owners Brianne Good and Richard Villenueve. surged enough in deep stretch to win in 1:53.3. HP Sissy was a stubborn second with K J's Caroline (Jim Taggart Jr.) getting third money.
Shutthefrontdoor is an 8-year-old mare by Well Said. It was her first win of 2019 and her 24th career victory. (Tioga)