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Upset winners kick off Niagara Series
Thursday, December 12, 2013 - by Greg Gangle for WEG

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Toronto, ON --- 3-year-old pacing fillies highlighted the Thursday program at Woodbine in the opening round of the Niagara Series.

 

With a pair of C$15,000 divisions taking place, Wonderful Charm and Bad Girl Vegas provided the upsets for their respective connections.

 

Wonderful Charm and Jody Jamieson clicked in the first division as they kicked-off the 12-race program at odds of 5-1.

 

Jamieson guided Wonderful Charm to a two-hole trip behind even-money favorite Envious Hanover (Billy Davis, Jr.) through panels of :27.1, :56.2 and 1:25.1.

 

Turning for home, Wonderful Charm was blocked in the two-hole, but Jamieson was able to stickhandle his way through traffic en route to a 1:56.1 score. Miss Poppycock (Chris Christoforou) finished second, with Jeremeyes Jewel (Paul MacDonell) third.

 

Trained by Benjamin Paquette for owner Lawrence Litwin, Wonderful Charm celebrated her fourth career tally as her bankroll now sits at C$46,814. The daughter of Christian Cullen has crafted a 4-1-5 record from 17 starts this season.

 

In the other split, Jonathan Drury guided Bad Girl Vegas to victory at odds of 35-1.

 

Drury elected to put Bad Girl Vegas in the pocket behind D Gs Pesquero (Sylvain Filion), who knifed out fractions of :29.2, :59.3 and 1:28.2.

 

Down the stretch, Drury pulled on the right line and Bad Girl Vegas did the rest as she marched to victory in 1:57.1. D Gs Pesquero finished second, with Dance Hall Girl (Mario Baillargeon) finishing third.

 

Trained by Louis Eftimiadis for owner Randy Zhok, Bad Girl Vegas enjoyed her sixth career score as her bankroll climbed to C$48,654.

 

The daughter of Believeinbruiser now has a 3-1-1 record from 19 starts this season.

 

She paid a handsome $73.60 to win.

 

The Niagara Series is for 3-year-old fillies, who are non-winners of $50,000 lifetime as of October 31.

 

The second C$15,000 leg will go postward on Thursday, December 19. The C$30,000 (added) final will take place on Boxing Day (December 26), which holds a special 1 p.m. first-race post time.

 


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