Of course, the answer is obvious.
Prairie Jaguar, the incredible Florida bred six year-old son of, did it again--winning, this time, in 1:49.2--for his fourth winning mile in 1:50 or faster at Pompano Park, the most ever by any standardbred in this track's history stretching now a half century.
Driven again byfor trainer , who co-owns with Laurie Poulin, Prairie Jaguar led virtually every step of the mile, first, outbrushing Lyons Johnny, handled by , through a scalding opening quarter of :26 and, then, clocking fractions of :53.3 and 1;22.1 along the way to report home with a two length margin over Lyons Johnny with Hillybilly ( ) third after having raced in that position the entire route.
Northern Companion, last early, rallied to finish fourth while McGreat picked up the final award in the field of seven--the final horse across the line timed in 1:50.4.
In a post race interview, driver Dillander said, "...this horse amazes me every time he races. He was off a couple of weeks so I wasn't sure he'd be as tight, but he was just awesome tonight. I admit I was a little bit worried because he was so relaxed up the backstretch but when Wally's horse (Lyons Johnny) came to me around the final turn, he pinned his ears back and was all business from there. What did he come home in? :27 and a piece? (:27.1.)
For Prairie Jaguar, this seven race winning streak has pushed his lifetime bounty to $72,222 in 69 lifetime starts--$30,000 of that in his past seven races covering less than two months.
Trainer Deters summed it up perfectly when he said, "...he sure has come a long way since his first start as a two year-old way back in 2010 when he paced his mile in (2):15 and a piece...and that's without making a break!"
He sure has.
by John Berry for Isle Pompano Park