Prairie Fortune, driven by John MacDonald, made a sweeping and devastating three-deep move around the final turn and went on to score a handy two-length victory in 1:55.2 in Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Handicap Trot on Monday night.
The win—his second in a row—came at the expense of Sooo Handsome, handled by Rick Plano. The early leader, Boli, with Wally Hennessey in the bike, was third after cutting through much of the mile on this windy night while Swan Handicap finished fourth. Modern Mercury picked up the minor award in the septet.
At the outset, Boli pushed the wings of the Hummer Starting Gate out of the way and blasted his way to the front and, with the stiff headwind up to 30 m.p.h., rambled over to the opening marker in :29.2. With the tailwind now coming into play, the pace picked up a bit during the second quarter and, with Diamond Dagger on the attack, Boli kept that challenger at bay by reaching the half in :57.4.
At this point, Prairie Fortune, beginning from post seven, wended his way second over into fourth and anxious to strike.
Heading into the final turn and a few strides short of the 1:26.4 third station, Boli was in the process of extinguishing the challenge of Diamond Dagger but had no answer for Prairie Fortune, who was on a "double-bubble" attack, sweeping into the lead turning for home and unchallenged thereafter for the handy win.
After the race, driver MacDonald said, "I really don't have too much to say. He's sharp right now, feeling his oats and he can really cover some ground when he gets room to roam. It was windy out there tonight, but that doesn't seem to bother him. Nothing does! He knows what he's supposed to do and he just does it! Give the horse all the credit. He just took me for the ride tonight!"
Prairie Fortune is now 2-for-3 this year and 29-for-53 in the win column career-wise for trainer Mike Deters, who co-owns with breeder Laurie Lee Poulin. He's banked $216,545 career-wise.
As the 3-5 toteboard favorite, Prairie Fortune paid $3.40 to his multitude of backers. (Pompano Park)