Toronto, ON --- Thirteen sophomore pacing fillies made their way to Woodbine Racetrack on Friday evening (March 28) to contest the opening round of the Blossom Series. Heavily favored Rock N Roll Xample and Violet Bayama captured their respective C$15,000 splits in races one and two.
|Rock N Roll Xample won the opening division in 1:54.1.|
Sent off at 1-5, Rock N Roll Xample and Randy Waples was much the best in 1:54.1.
Waples elected to sit in the pocket past the first quarter as Noble Jilly (Jody Jamieson) led through the :27.4 opening split. Rock N Roll Xample was then quickly on the move and took over command to lead her six rivals past the half in :57.2 and three-quarters in 1:26.2.
Turning for home, Rock N Roll Xample and Noble Jilly separated themselves from their rivals and battled through the stretch, but Noble Jilly couldn’t match the strides of Rock N Roll Xample, who won by three-quarters of a length. Deuces For Charity (Paul MacDonell) finished third.
Trained by Shawn Robinson for owner/breeder Robert Hamather, Rock N Roll Xample enjoyed her fifth win from 10 starts in 2014. The daughter of Rocknroll Hanover now has C$58,590 in career earnings. She paid $2.50 to win.
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|Violet Bayama upset Missevil in a time of 1:55.3.|
One race later, Violet Bayama (Sylvain Filion) fended off a late challenge from 1-5 favorite Missevil (James MacDonald) to win in 1:55.3.
The talented daughter of Somebeachsomewhere went gate-to-wire through panels of :28.2, :58.1 and 1:27.1 before putting away Missevil in deep stretch en route to victory. Wildcat Magic (Chris Christoforou) finished third.
Trained by Stephane Laroque for owner/breeder Bayama Farms and Jacques Damours, Violet Bayama celebrated her third career victory as her bankroll now sits at C$40,280. She paid $7.30 to win as the 5-2 second choice.
The Blossom Series is for sophomore pacing fillies who were non-winners of three races or C$15,000 in 2014.