05/15/2010 12:00AM

Sakakawea wins again at Prairie


ALTOONA, Iowa - Sakakawea outdueled yet another field of Iowa bred fillies and mares, holding off Go Milan Go for a neck victory in Fridays $70,000 Mamie Eisenhower.

Trainer Ray Tracy said that the race set up about how he thought it would, which is of little surprise as the field was comprised mostly of the same competition she defeated in a no-conditions statebred allowance race in April.

Sakakawea broke ahead of the field and led them through fractions of 22.39 for the quarter and 45.28 for the half. She engaged in a lengthy stretch battle with Go Milan Go, whom put a nose in front inside the final eighth of a mile. Sakakawea responded to jockey Alex Birzer's left-handed urging to finish the six furlongs in 1:10.51, returning $3.20 as the favorite. Souvenir Secret rallied from far off the pace to finish third, beaten by 3 lengths.

Trainer Ray Tracy was unsure of where the 4-year-old Sakakawea would start next but indicated he would like to again race at Prairie Meadows. Sakakawea, who is owned by Black Oak Farm, has now won six of twelve races in her lifetime for total earnings of $190,931.