TORONTO, January 24 - A pair of $15,000 divisions of the second round of the Blizzard Series highlighted the Friday evening programme at Woodbine.
Rock N Roll Xample and Murrayfield provided victories in their respective divisions.
In the first split, Rock N Roll Xample andgot under the wire first in 1:56.2.
The daughter oflaid parked on the outside at the opening quarter in :28.1, before clearing to the front and allowing post time favourite Miss Poppycock ( ) to brush to command in the second quarter.
Miss Poppycock would continue to lead past the half in :58 with Stonebridge Classy (Phil Hudon) parked on the outside.
Rock N Roll Xample would continue to enjoy a pocket trip through three-quarters in 1:26.3, before making her move down the stretch.
Miss Poppycock was still in command turning for home, but in deep stretch the talented mare began to drift off the rail allowing Rock N Roll Xample a clear passing lane.
Rock N Roll Xample continued her ground-saving trip and edged by her rival to win by one and three quarter lengths. My Victorino () came from off-the-pace to finish third.
Trained byfor owner/breeder Robert Hamather, Rock N Roll Xample enjoyed her third career victory and a new lifetime best. Her career earnings now sit at $16,340. She paid $10.10 to win.
After finishing second by a neck in last week's first leg of the series, even-money favourite Murrayfield andwent gate-to wire in 1:55.1 to take the second division.
The daughter ofled through panels of :28.4, :57.4 and 1:26.2, before fending off a challenge from pocket sitter Lyonsaura ( ) to win by one and a quarter lengths. Lyonsaura finished second, with Winbak Ella ( ) third.
Trained byfor owner/breeder Dr. Huw Llewellyn, Murrayfield enjoyed her fifth career victory as her bankroll climbed to $50,860.
She paid $4.10 to win.
The Blizzard Series is for three- and four-year-old fillies and mares, who are non winners of two races or $20,000 lifetime as of November 30, 2013.
The $30,000 (added) final is scheduled for Friday, January 31.
Videos of all races are attached.
Greg Gangle - WEG Communications