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Girl Power On Display At Hawthorne

Published: May 19, 2017 12:09 am ET

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Nine races went postward Thursday evening at Hawthorne Racecourse, with series action for the ladies making up three of those tilts.

Filly pacers sparred in a set of David Magee Series events, while fillies and mares battled in a lone division of the Walter Paisley Series.

C Far rallied from the pocket for trainer/driver Gary Rath to capture the first $9,000 division of the David Magee Series. She watched Smiles Ahead carve out panels of :29.1, :58.4 and 1:27.2 before edging off the rail and firing home in :28.3 to post a head decision over that foe in 1:56.1. Jewels Hall was third.

Sent off as the 6-5 favourite, C Far nabbed her first win of the season and the second of her career. The daughter of Sportsmaster-Lady Hacker has stashed away close to $15,000 for Gary and Kathryn Rath of Marengo, IL.

Heavily favoured Ladys Party rolled to an easy victory in the second division. Casey Leonard hustled the Mike Titus trainee to the lead and they successfully sliced out splits of :28.3, :58.3 and 1:27.4 before kicking home in :27.4 to win by 4-1/2 lengths over Rousey Ronda in 1:55.3. Beamer N Bud took home the show dough.

The win improved her 2017 record to 2-1-0 from three tries, while her lifetime record climbed to 5-2-0 from nine trips to the track. Mitchell Titus and Dennis Wright share ownership on the daughter of Dinner At Artsplace-Murvys Lady who pushed her lifetime earnings over $20,000 with the win.

Phyllis Jean took on 10 foes from Post 10 in the lone division of the Walter Paisley Series, and she won as she pleased in a solid clocking of 1:55.3 for the tandem of driver Casey Leonard and trainer Leon Walker.

Leonard got away sixth win Phyllis Jean, who held that position through first-half fractions of :27.4 and :57. Burry Me Inthesand hung up those panels before taking the field to the three-quarter pole in 1:26. Phyllis Jean was seventh heading into the final quarter of the contest, but his :28.2 closing kick was enough to earn her the win by 3-1/2 lengths over Burry Me Inthesand. Hope Hotspur rounded out the top three finishers.

Sent off as the 7-5 choice, Phyllis Jean posted her fifth win of the year for owner Alan Beals of Berwyn, IL. The nine-time winner bumped her bankroll to $67,175 thanks to the lion’s share of the $9,500 purse.

(with files from Hawthorne)

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