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Prayer Session an impressive winner in Old Oaken Bucket
Thursday, September 20, 2012 - by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

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Delaware, OH --- Prayer Session turned the tables on Fusion Man, getting an early lead and never looking back on his way to winning Thursday’s (Sept. 20) $125,800 Old Oaken Bucket for 3-year-old male trotters in 1:54 at the Delaware County Fair.

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Prayer Session took the lead early and never looked back, taking the Old Oaken Bucket for 3-year-old male trotters in 1:54 at Delaware, Ohio on Thursday.
Prayer Session, driven by Dave Magee and trained by Bobby Brower, finished second to Fusion Man in the Kentucky Sire Stakes championship on Sept. 9 at Lexington’s Red Mile. This time around in the Old Oaken Bucket, Fusion Man finished second, with Frost Bites K third.

Magee guided Prayer Session to the front in an opening quarter-mile of :28, followed by Frost Bites K, Can Do and Say It’s True as the field raced in single file. Say It’s True made the first-over move, bringing along Fusion Man, who ended up going three wide as the field approached the final turn.

Prayer Session, though, increased his lead as the field made its way into the stretch and was never threatened. It was his sixth win in 13 races this season and increased his earnings to $294,122.

The gelding is owned by DM Stables of Naples, Florida.

Prayer Session paid $5.20 to win. His time equaled the fastest mile of the year by a 3-year-old trotter on a half-mile track.

"He is (very special to us)," said trainer Bobby Brower. "He had some little what you call physical problems last year that he had to grow out of; growing pains. And we did a couple things to him right off the bat to solve that this year.

"He's turned into a good horse and it's an honor to have something go that fast but nowadays you have to have something that goes that fast. He's stepped up and we are proud of him. I think he will turn out to be a good free-for-all horse next year and we are hoping to have a little more luck with him next month at Lexington and Indiana.

"They are the type of horses (on the rivalry with Fusion Man) that it's whoever gets the trip and Jeff's (trainer Smith) horse is a good come-from-behind horse and we were in a predictament in Lexington and always had to be on the front. It's always hard to cut a mile, but it's even harder on a mile track.

"l don't care what kind of horse you are, every horse in a big race is a good horse and this horse can race from behind but we never really had the opportunity to do it, but in his next races coming up in Lexington and Indiana Downs we are going to race him off the back by putting him in behind. We can't cut everybody a race every week, but this is where he's supposed to race on a half-mile track."

--- Kimberly French also contributed to this report

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