04/28/2002 11:00PM

Prairie Meadows: Private Horde finishes fast

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Private Horde overcame a slow start to score by four lengths in the $50,000 Golden Circle Stakes for 3-year-olds at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa, Saturday night.

Private Horde ($15.40) was squeezed back a bit leaving the gate and settled off a blazing pace set by Gone Off and Cockle Burr Man, who dueled through a half-mile in 44.51 seconds over a sloppy track. Private Horde gained the lead with a furlong to go and stopped the clock in 1:10.07 for six furlongs.

Vito Corleone finished second after stalking the pacesetters to the stretch and briefly taking a narrow lead. It was another 1 3/4 lengths back to third-place finisher and 4-5 favorite Lott, who raced a erratically over the off going.