Updated on 09/17/2011 2:26PM

Prairie: 'Saltwater' finds room

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Saltwater Runner wins the $50,000 Goldfinch Stakes at Prairie Meadows on Friday.

Saltwater Runner saved ground tracking the pace to the stretch and rallied for a one-length victory over Miss Elsie in Friday's $50,000 Goldfinch Stakes, the opening night feature at Prairie Meadows.

Saltwater Runner ($4.60) briefly waited for racing room approaching the stretch before jockey Tim Doocy, who scored four wins on the nine-race program, angled the 3-year-old daughter of Salt Lake to the three path for clear sailing in upper stretch. Saltwater Runner hit the front leaving the furlong marker and inched clear at the wire while covering the six furlongs in 1.09:66.

The victory was Saltwater Runner's fourth in five career starts for trainer Bob Holthus.