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Hawthorne Racecourse (5/17/06)

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Females Take Center Stage

Friday is ladies night at Hawthorne, as two divisions of Leg 1 of The Plum Peachy for sophomore gals and Leg 1 of The Loyal Opposition for older fillies and mares highlight a sensational 11-race program.

In the first division of The Plum Peachy (race one), Sherri on Ice looks to make amends for finishing second as the 7-5 post time favorite in last Friday night’s White Sox Pace Final. The narrow defeat at the hoofs of race winner Gro snapped the daughter of Sportsmaster’s three-race win streak to kick off her sophomore campaign.

The speedy Peine Bubbles, who is on edge for her seasonal debut off a sharp qualifier here two weeks ago, leaves from the rail, and Free, who had a four-race win skein of her own snapped when suffering a narrow defeat as the 3-5 chalk in an Illinois stake last out, also rate as top contenders.

In the second division of The Plum Peachy (race three), Red White Blues steps up to tackle tougher off four consecutive conditioned wins for trainer Les Miller. The versatile daughter of Majestic Blue keeps getting better and better, but she’ll face her sternest test to date on Friday.

Street the Dancer, a winner of eight of 11 career starts, swings back off her third place finish in the White Sox Pace Final last week, and the fast closing Bow Wow Wine hopes to bag a stakes hat trick after winning restricted events in consecutive starts at Balmoral and Hawthorne.

In Leg One of the Loyal Opposition (race five), the speedy Lou Annie will once again look to thwart the late advances of her classy rival Parklane Powerful. Combined they’ve earned over $1.2 million, and just five days ago at Hawthorne, the dynamic duo locked horns in a Filly and Mare Open. Lou Annie dominated at every pole to eventually draw off to a four-length romp in a sharp clocking of 1:52 2/5. Parklane Powerful sat chilly on the rail early, and her late brush from last in the field of seven was only good enough for third. She’ll need another gal or two to keep Lou Annie honest early on in order to have a fair crack at her late.

Fox Valley Fussy is a potential upsetter. Despite winning only one of 20 starts last season, she raced deceivingly well, and has every right to improve off a solid fourth place try last out in a start she desperately needed.

Hawthorne’s spring 2006 Standardbred meet runs May 6 through June 17 with live racing six days per week: Tuesday through Sunday. Post time is 7:20 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, and opening day, Saturday May 6 (special early post).

Hawthorne’s fall 2006 Thoroughbred meet runs September 15 through December 31 with live racing five days per week: Wednesday through Sunday. Post time is 1:10 p.m.

Hawthorne’s spring 2006 Thoroughbred meet ran February 24 through May 2.

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