CHESTER PA – Prairie Panther, who made his 2019 debut in the Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) a successful one last week at Pocono, has been installed a 7-2 morning line favorite in a very competitive field of eight in a $30,000 GNOS event for fast-class pacers on Sunday at Harrah’s Philadelphia.
A ten-time winner already this year, the Royal Millennium gelding Prairie Panther shows recent victories at Tioga, The Meadowlands, and Pocono, last week coming from far back to win in 1:50. Tyler Buter, with whom he took his 1:48.2 mark two starts ago, is listed to drive from post one for trainer Mike Deters, co-owner with Laurie Poulin.
The Big Jim gelding Tiger Thompson N, the leader in this GNOS division’s pointstandings and only 1½ length behind Prairie Panther last week at Pocono, returns to the track where he won in GNOS competition on May 12. Andrew McCarthy will be a fresh pair of hands behind Tiger Thompson N, beginning from post six for trainer Joshua Parker.
Others in the field, listed from innermost post position excluding the above three, are Our Max Phactor N (driver George Napolitano Jr.), Slick Tony (Anthony Morgan), Sicily (Victor Kirby), Mach N Cheese (Simon Allard), and Lyons Steel (George Brennan).
The horses earn points according to their order of finish, with the top pointwinners in the weekly-scheduled spring/summer competition eligible for their $100,000 GNOS Championship at 1¼ miles at Pocono on Monday, September 9.
Sunday’s GNOS pace is race seven on Philly’s 14-race card, with first post set for 12:40 p.m.