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Miss Flora Wins Racing Season Finale at Tioga Downs


The winner of the closing night feature Saturday at Tioga Downs was Miss Flora (Corey Braden), who won the $11,000 open trot. Beguin Dugoutier F (FernPaquet Jr.) was first to the first quarter in :27.2.  Prarie Fortune (Jim Meittinis)  took over and led to the half in :55.4.  Campbellini (Wally Hennessey) was next to the front leading to three-quarters in 1:25.  BJ Lorado (Michael Merton) had the lead at the top of the stretch.

Miss Flora ($17.20), who is owned and trained by Mario Dessureault, blew right by to win in 1:54.4. Beguin Dugoutier F finished second; BJ Lorado was third. Miss Flora is a seven-year-old mare by SJ’s Caviar. It was her seventh win this season; she has 28 career victories.

Aaron Byron drove four winners on closing night. He combined for three of those wins with trainer Jeff Byron. They got wins with Big Bad Bill (17.40); Neat ($6.60); and Andreios Kardia ($17.40). His other win came with Jett Star ($3.10).

Wally Hennessey is top driver of 2019 racing season with 136 wins. Mike Merton was second with 77 trips to the winner’s circle. Mike Simons (54), Jim Taggart Jr. (44) and Fern Paquet Jr. (43), round out the Top 5.

Mike Deters wins the training title with 42 victories;  Joe Skowyra was second with 37; Patti Harmon used 34 wins to be third; Rick Dane Jr. (28) was fourth; Gary Messenger (27) was fifth.

Prairie Fortune is top trotter with six wins in 13 starts at Tioga Downs.  The seven-year-old gelding by Arapa Victory is owned by trainer Mike Deters and Laurie Poulin. Top pacer honors went to Americanprimetime with five wins in 12 starts. The seven-year-old horse by American Ideal is owned by Rock And Roll Stable Inc., and trained by Rick Dane Jr. Truth And Liberty is the top mare pacer with nine wins in 15 starts at Tioga.  The seven-year-old mare by Total Truth is owned by Fairy Horsemother Stables and trained by Mike Simons.