12/15/2003 1:00AM

Hawthorne: Journey Fever doubles earnings

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Journey Fever ($7) wore down Defuhr in the final furlong to win the $111,175 Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante for Illinois-bred 2-year-old fillies by a length. Longshot Zitlaly closed late for third nearly 11 lengths behind Defuhr.

Journey Fever covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.29. It was Journey Fever's first stakes win, and more than doubled her career earnings to over $131,000.