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Prairie Fortune Tops Tioga's Trotters

Published: July 16, 2016 10:12 pm ET

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Prairie Fortune ($4.40) lived up to favoured billing in Saturday (July 16) evening's $11,000 Open 1 Trot at Tioga Downs, making a bold three-wide push through the far turn en route to a comfortably dominant win.

Jim Meittinis was patient early with the four-year-old Arapa Victory gelding, retreating to second last as Celebrity Stimulus (Fern Paquet Jr.) strode clear to a :27.4 first quarter before yielding the pacesetting duties to Its Payday Friday (Dan Clements) with a circuit to go. Approaching race's midpoint, Meittinis slid Prairie Fortune third-over to slipstream DC Flashback (John Cummings Jr.) and Rossini (Scott Coulter) through middle splits of :57.2 and 1:25.4. With a quarter mile to go, Prairie Fortune commenced a bold three-wide push, one he sustained into a mid-stretch lead with ease. Prairie Fortune drew off to defeat Its Payday Friday by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:54.3, while Rossini overcame a blind switch to save third off a stalling DC Flashback.

Trainer Mike Deters co-owns Prairie Fortune -- now a 19-time winner through just 33 career starts -- with Laurie Poulin.

In the first round of the Summer Claiming Series for pacing mares, Delta Dawn Hanover ($21.60, Jim Taggart Jr.) and Cheyenne Patti ($15.40, Mike Merton) both upset from off the pace, capturing their respective $7,000 divisions by slim margins over the respective pacesetters.

The 50ยข Pick 5 carryover for Sunday (July 17) afternoon's card is $566.52, with the sequence beginning in the first of 13 races on the day. First race post time is 1:30 p.m. Eastern.

(with files from Tioga)

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