Day At The Track

Prairie Fortune rallies for third straight Open

01:12 PM 31 Jul 2016 NZST
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Prairie Fortune Juxta Antz Pantz
Prairie Fortune strikes from off the pace in the $11,000 Open 1 Trot
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Juxta Antz Pantz holds sway for a 10-1 upset in the $13,000 Summer Claiming Series final at Tioga Downs.
Fred Brown Photo
Nichols, N.Y. -- Prairie Fortune ($4.10) stalked second-over cover en route to his third straight Open win in Saturday (July 30) evening's $11,000 harness racing featured trotting event at Tioga Downs.
 
The 4-year-old Arapa Victory gelding once again raced from off the pace, settling last but one in the initial stages as early pacesetter Dragin the Wagon (Fern Paquet, Jr.) yielded to Its Payday Friday (Ronnie Morales, III) after a :29 first quarter. Its Payday Friday accelerated mildly upon taking charge, forced to maintain that acceleration by the first-over Rossini (Scott Coulter) through a :57.1 middle half.
 
Rossini kept the pressure on in earnest through the far turn, and Prairie Fortune geared up upon cornering as he did in his two previous wins. Jim Meittinis worked Prairie Fortune to the fore just in time, prevailing by a neck over Dragin the Wagon--who re-emerged from the pocket--in 1:56.1 over sloppy going. Its Payday Friday was a worn-down third.
 
Trainer Mike Deters co-owns Prairie Fortune with Laurie Poulin.
 
In the $13,000 Summer Claiming Series final for pacing mares, Juxta Antz Pantz held sway for a 10-1 upset over Delta Dawn Hanover in 1:55.4. Kyle DiBenedetto vacated the pocket with the 4-year-old Four Starzzz Shark mare with a circuit to go to control the terms, ultimately held clear of the late-rallying Delta Dawn Hanover (Jim Taggart, Jr.) by a length. My Sweet Mandy (John Cummings, Jr.) rallied from far off the pace to take third, missing by 1-3/4 lengths. Daniel Gill trains Juxta Antz Pantz for owner Adam Friedland.
 
Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Sunday (July 31) afternoon, with the first of 12 races due off at 1:30 p.m. Eastern.
 
by James Witherite, Tioga Downs
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