10/06/2012 3:01PM

Penn National: Jonathan's Girl much the best in Ligature


Jonathan’s Girl rallied along the rail and drew off to an emphatic 7 3/4-length victory in the $75,000 Ligature Stakes for Pennsylvania-bred fillies and mares Friday night at Penn National Race Course.

It was the first stakes victory for the 5-year Jonathan’s Girl ($11.60), owned by trainer Steve Klesaris in partnership with Marcia Cohen. In her only previous try against stakes company two starts ago over a sloppy track at Parx, Jonathan’s Girl finished seventh. Overall, she is 6 for 14 lifetime with earnings of $264,942. She ran six furlongs in 1:09.65.

Puddy de Luca outfinished 6-5 favorite Interrogate by a neck for second. Ann’s Smart Dancer, a three-time stakes winner last season, set the early pace of 22.15 and 45.07 seconds before fading to sixth.