TORONTO, March 28 - Thirteen sophomore pacing fillies made their way to Woodbine Racetrack on Friday evening to contest in the opening round of the harness racing Blossom Series.
Heavily-favoured Rock N Roll Xample and Violet Bayama captured there respective $15,000 splits in races one and two.
Sent off at 1/5, Rock N Roll Xample andwas much the best in 1:54.1.
Waples elected to sit in the pocket past the first quarter as Noble Jilly () 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 strides of the Rock N Roll Xample, who won by three-quarters of a length. Deuces For Charity () finished third.
Trained byfor owner/breeder Robert Hamather, Rock N Roll Xample enjoyed her fifth win from 10 starts in 2014. The daughter of Rocknroll <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /> Hanover now has 58,590 in career earnings.
She paid $2.50 to win.
One race later, Violet Bayama fended off a late challenge from 1/5 favourite Missevil to win in 1:55.3.
The talented daughter ofwent 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 () 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 $40.280.
She paid $7.30 to win as the 5/2 second choice.
The Blossom Series is for sophomore pacing fillies, who are non-winners of three races or $15,000 in 2014.
Rock N Roll Xample