Prairie Westerngal and Braxten Boyd surprised a field of seven Saturday, Oct. 30 to score the win in the $17,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace 2. The duo covered the one mile race in 1:52.3.
Starting from post three, Prairie Westerngal was able to get out of the gate quickly and lead the way to the quarter in :27.0 before being overtaken by Cheek Please and Brandon Bates by the half in :56.3. Seventimesacharm and John DeLong were first over for the second half, leaving Prairie Westerngal along the inside until room was available in the stretch.
Prairie Westerngal found the room she needed and rallied home in :27.0 for the win, one and one-quarter lengths ahead of Moneymakehersmile and Trace Tetrick for second. Seventimesacharm and John DeLong finished third.
Prairie Westerngal was a surprise, paying $27.80 for the win. Even her connections weren’t available for the win photo with Boyd holding the horses head in the winner’s circle. The five-year-old Western Ideal mare is owned by Mike Deters, Laurie Poulin and Fritz Racing. The homebred raised by Laurie Poulin is trained by Deters.
It was the eighth win of the season for Prairie Westerngal. Her career best time was taken a week before in 1:51.4, which moved her up in class to the Open 2 for this week’s outing. Overall the Florida bred has 21 career wins in 79 career starts with earnings over the $230,000 mark.