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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Prairie Fortune wins Open 1 Trot at Tioga Downs (July 8).

  Prairie Fortune (Jim Meittinis) captured the featured Open Trot ($12,000) at Tioga Downs on Saturdady night.

Dragin The Wagon (Aaron Byron) would jump out to the early lead and cut out all the early fractions :28.1, :57.4, 1:25.4. The late running, Prairie Fortune (Arapa Victory) would find himself in fifth place at the halfway point.  Owned by Laurie Poulin and trainer Mike Deters, the 5 year-old gelding would go first- over at the middle of the back stretch.  Prairie Fortune ($3.20) would have the lead by the top of the stretch and hold off a late bid by Picture This (Charlie Norris) to win for the fifth time this season in 1:54.1.  Picture this would finish second with Dragin The Wagon holding on for third.

For Meittinis it would be his second win of the evening.  He would win with Lily's Swan Pond ($2.40) who finished in a dead heat victory with Yooooukilis ($5.20) and driver Jeff Long.

Uriel (Explosive Matter) and Tony Dinges  took the STAC Amateur race at Tioga Downs. Owned by Enos Van Stanhope III along with Dinges who also trains, the 6 year-old gelding would win gate-to-wire in 1:58.1
Uriel ($3.40 won for the second time this season.  Yankee Manny (Mario Deessureault) would finish second.  Thekeptman (Fred Cohen) was thrid.

Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Sunday (July 9) with a 13 race card beginning at 1p.m.

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