MAJOR SHIRLEY FAVOURED

08:33 PM 07 Jun 2005 NZST
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Major Shirley
Major Shirley
Onsite Photographic - Major Shirley (Ron Marsh) is the 3-1 morning line favourite in the second of two Maywood Filly Pace eliminations on the first Thursday (June 9) card of the Summer at Maywood Park.

A pair of Maywood Filly Pace elimination races head up the first of 12 Thursday evening (June 9) summer programmes at Maywood Park.

The first four finishers in each of the 3-Year-Old state bred eliminations will earn a start in next Thursday’s (June 16) $100,000 (estimated) Final.

The first $10,000 Filly Pace split is the race one opener with nine youngsters competing.

The 2-1 morning line favourite is Brianna Joy, runner-up in the May 29 Violet Final at Balmoral Park, a stake she won at Maywood Park as a 2-Year-Old for the Seldon Ledford Stable.

Among Brianna Joy’s five first season triumphs was also the Sarah Myers Final at Balmoral Park.

The Sportsmaster filly will leaving from post three Thursday night with regular driver Mike Oosting when she takes on the Ken Rucker Stable entry of Harmony Oaks Mag and Sleazbiscuit (6-1), along with American Riches (8-1), Fox Valley Fussy (3-1), Studio Nine (20-1), Marvelous Moriah (10-1), Whata Bizy Body (12-1) and Pandamonious (7-2).

The latter has post nine in the second tier.

This year’s Violet champion Major Shirley (Ron Marsh) is the 3-1 first flash second elimination favourite.

She’ll be making her third career Maywood Park outing.

The homebred daughter of Fighting Major is 1-for-2 on this half-miler, having won her first start here in 1.56.2 in early March when she rattled off four consecutive circuit wins.

The second division 7-2 second choice is Time For A Win, who lived up top her name in her first 2005 start when she coasted to an April 25 front end victory in an Illinois Owners and Breeders Association Stake on the circuit’s half-miler.

Time for A Win is trained by Mark Fransen, who shares ownership of the daughter of Cole Muffler with Terry Duffy of Lemont, IL.

Time For A Win has quick turn of speed,” said driver winning driver Tony Morgan after the filly’s 1.57.2 mile on a chilly spring night that saw the temperatures drop into the 30s.

“She can pace away from fillies and she doesn’t get tired. She can do the work if she doesn’t make mistakes out there. She’s a real big filly with a load of talent.

“She was a real natural right out of the box as a 2-Year-Old last year,” said Morgan.

“In fact I thought she was the best filly in the state early but then she started making mistakes and made some breaks at the start of races.”

Other second division hopefuls are Briley Shea (6-1), Fox Valley Leonna (4-1), Sensuous Woman (12-1), Booty Boo (9-2), Madge’s Girl (10-1) and Kiss Of Life (8-1).

In addition to next Thursday’s Maywood Filly Pace championship, eliminations for the $100,000 (estimated) Maywood Pace for ICF second season colts and geldings will also be raced.

Maywood Park will conduct live racing only on Thursdays through August 25.

Balmoral Park races on Tuesday and Saturdays through August 27, while Hawthorne Race Course will hold the Chicago circuit’s Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday programmes through August 26.

Courtesy Of Mike Paradise, Publicity Director, Maywood Park

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