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Analyze headlines a Mike Merton grand slam

02:42 PM 23 Jul 2016 NZST
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Analyze (Mike Merton up) lifted late to take Friday's featured $11,000 Mares Open 1 Pace at Tioga Downs.
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Nichols, N.Y. -- Yonkers invader Analyze ($7.10) made a three-wide push on the far turn en route to a going-away victory in Friday (July 22) evening's harness racing featured $11,000 Mares Open 1 Pace at Tioga Downs, capping a driving grand slam for Mike Merton.
The 4-year-old Neutralize mare sat well off the pace through the developing stages of the race, moving second-over on approach to the far turn to track cover from 6-5 favorite The Summer Wind (Jim Meittinis). As The Summer Wind failed to make any impression on pacesetter All Charged Up (Tom Jackson), Mike Merton swung Analyze three-wide to progress off the corner. Analyze lifted to the lead in mid-stretch under left-handed encouragement, stretching clear by 1-1/4 lengths and prevailing in 1:53.2. K J's Caroline (Jim Taggart, Jr.) saved second from a pocket trip with a late move up the pegs, and All Charged Up checked in an engulfed third.
Amber Buter trains 15-time winner Analyze for LRL Racing, LLC.
The featured win capped a grand slam for Merton, who commenced the 10-race card with a natural hat trick. Favorites Lady Windsor ($4.20, 1:55.3), Stitch in Time ($4.70, 1:57), and Rusty's Flying ($4.90, 1:53.2) accounted for Merton's three earlier wins on the program.
Racing returns to Tioga Downs with a 10-race card on Saturday (July 23) evening. First post is set for 6:30 p.m. Eastern.
by James Witherite, Tioga Downs
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