Nichols, NY — Prairie Panther (Wally Hennessey) and Rich And Miserable (Jim Taggart Jr.) took their respective co-featured Open events at Tioga Downs on Sunday (June 19).
Prairie Panther used a late spurt to capture the $12,000 Open Pace.
Keystone Tenacious (Aaron Byron) led to the first quarter in :27 before yielding to Kilowatt Kid N (Mike Merton) with a lap to go. After stalking a :55.3 half, Prairie Panther ($2.60) made a move down the backstretch to challenge Kilowatt Kid N for the lead to three-quarters in 1:23. As they made the turn for home, Kilowatt Kid N opened up again by over a length. In deep stretch, Prairie Panther caught a second wind and flew three-wide to get up for the win in 1:51.2. Keystone Tenacious earned second; Kilowatt Kid N had to settle for third.
Prairie Panther is an 8-year-old gelding by Royal Millennium owned by Joel Warner and trainer Mike Deters. It was his 10th win in 2022 and the 57th of his career.
Rich And Miserable ($3.10) took the $13,000 Open Trot.
Believer (Braxten Boyd) took the early lead, but Rich And Miserable zoomed clear before the :28 quarter. After rating a :29 second-quarter breather, Rich And Miserable faced a first-over challenge from Joxter (Dan Daley) and maintained his lead to three-quarters 1:25. Turning for home, Rich And Miserable found another gear and cruised home to win in 1:53.3. Joxter held on for second. Nextroundsonme (Wally Hennessey) came up to finish third.
Rich And Miserable is a 7-year-old gelding by Explosive Matter trained by Todd Buter for owners Buter Farm Inc., Lynette Buter, and William and Carol Fuhs. It was his fifth win this season and his 38th ever.
Wally Hennessey drove three winners on the card. Braxten Boyd, Mike Merton and Brandon Parker all had driving doubles. Paul Blumenfeld, Brianne Good and Jim McDonald all had training doubles.
Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Friday (July 22) starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information, go to www.tiogadowns.com.