IS IT ANY WONDER?

09:43 PM 22 Aug 2005 NZST
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Girl Wonder was dismissed, and dissed, at 18-1, despite winning one leg of the Forest View Pacing Series at 3-1 and getting pegged at 9-2 in the morning line for the Forest View Final on Sunday (August 21).

Girl Wonder, with Ron Marsh in the bike, went right for the lead and made every pole a winning one.

Covering the mile in 1.55.2, almost two seconds faster than her previous mark, Girl Wonder, owned by Gregg Nebgen and trained by Jim Banks, went on to win by ¾ of a length and paid $38 for the score.

Odds-on favorite Kickapoo Cher, who easily won the first two races of her career, came flying from far back and appeared poised to pass Girl Wonder like she was standing still but this filly really dug in and wouldn’t let her more highly-regarded rival past.

She set legitimate splits of 28.1 seconds, 57.1s, and 1.26.1 on her way to victory.

Elizabeth Spitler and Diane Johnson’s Harriet Potter earned her first win of the year and the first win of the meet for trainer Dennis Lyons in Sunday’s fourth race, the first Forest View Consolation, much to the chagrin of Draco Malfoy.

In her first two legs of this Series she managed to only split the fields but she had shown some promise in each of those starts.

This time driver Ron Marsh sent her to the lead immediately and they never looked back.

Harriet Potter set fractions of 28.3s, 57.2s, and 1.26.3 on her way to the mile in 1.56. That easily beat her previous mark of 1.58.4. She paid $14.80

Recapture proved to be only slightly more popular with bettors that purse recapture is with horsemen but this 3-Year-Old filly, owned by Paula Desyllas, William Beck, J. Byron Lowe and James Stieren and trained by Tom Simmons, came flying in the stretch to earn the victory in the second Forest View Consolation race of the night.

Racing at the back of the pack for most of the race, Recapture still had only one beat at the three-quarter pole but driver Mike Oosting kept her to the task and she got up for a ¾ length victory while coming home the widest of all.

Recapture paced the mile in 1.56.3, a new lifetime best, and paid $12.40 for the victory.

Don’t forget, the Robert F Carey Open Pace Final will be contested on Friday, as part of the closing night festivities.

See Lotsa Guy and He Wants It All, the winners of the two Elimination races last Friday, as well as a full field of tough rivals, duke it out in Friday night’s feature event.

The Robert F. Carey Open Pace carries a purse estimated at $100,000.

In addition, Friday night will also feature the Final of the Cicero Pacing Series.

And everybody else…

American English, the famous Beatles tribute band, will perform at Hawthorne on Friday night.

Join us for a night of great racing and great music.

Beatle boots and long-haired wigs are optional.

Courtesy Of Jim Miller, Publicity Director, Hawthorne Racecourse

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