Day At The Track

Hennessey wins Tioga co-features

10:32 AM 06 Sep 2020 NZST
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Tay Tay M, harness racing Prairie Fortune, harness racing
Tay Tay M and driver Wally Hennessey
Fred Brown photo
Prairie Fortune and driver Wally Hennessey
Fred Brown photo

Leading harness racing driver, Wally Hennessey drives the winners of both $6,000 co-features at Tioga Downs on Saturday (September 5).

Tay Tay M ($3.20) takes the featured fillies & mares pace.

Tay Tay M charged right to the front and led to the first quarter in :27.2. She would slow things down with a :29.2 second quarter hitting the half in :56.4. Persistent Better (Bruce Aldrich) was the first to make a move going first-over from third getting to within a length as Tay Tay M took them to three-quarters in 1:24.4.

As they made the turn for home Gigi From Figi (Mike Merton) made a three-wide bid but Tay Tay M found another gear down the stretch cruising to an easy win in 1:53.3. Gold Star Mysti (Corey Braden) finished second with Grant Me This (Jim Meittinis) taking third.


Tay Tay M is a 6-year-old mare by Six Of Diamonds. She is owned by Richard Dunmire and trainer Kim Sears. It was her third straight win and fifth of the season. She now has 18 career victories.

Prairie Fortune ($4.90) dominates the featured trot.

Prairie Fortune forged to the front but Choochoocharlie (Phil Fluet) took the lead just before hitting the first quarter in :28.0. Prairie Fortune would re-take the top spot with a circuit to go. He was first to the half in :57.4. Clarion Hall (Mike Merton) came first-up and challenged from second. Prairie Fortune led to three-quarters in 1:26.3.

As they went around the final turn, Prairie Fortune started to skip away. As they reached the stretch it would be a battle for second. Prairie Fortune breezed to the win in 1:55.3. Clarion Hall held on for second. Uncle Hanover (Corey Braden) finished third.


Prairie Fortune is an 8-year-old gelding by Arapa Victory. He is owned by Laurie Poulin and trainer Mike Deters. It was his fifth win this season. He now has 62 career victories.

Mike Merton drove four winners on the card. He got his wins with Post Time Terror ($18.20), Queen Me Again ($16.00), Quick Deal ($3.20), and Runhappy Ten ($3.70).

Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Sunday (September 6) with a 10-race card starting at 1 p.m.

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by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

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