Somewhere In L A & Rock N Roll Xample big scores

07:24 PM 11 May 2014 NZST
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Somewhere in L A wins the Diplomat final
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Rock N Roll Xample scores in the Princesses Series final
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TORONTO, May 10 - Woodbine Racetrack played host to a pair of stakes events on Saturday evening featuring sophomore pacers.


After handing National Debt his first career loss last week, Somewhere In L A proved that effort was no fluke as he captured Saturday's $59,800 final of The Diplomat Series.

A pair of Hall of Famers, Steve Condren and Bob McIntosh, teamed up with the pacer to capture the event in 1:51.4.

Condren guided the son of Somebeachsomewhere to command before the opening station in :26.1 with Silverhill Shadow (Jody Jamieson) In The Pocket.

Heading towards the half, Silverhill Shadow pocket-pulled and cleared to lead past the half in :54.4 and three-quarters in 1:23.

Heavily-favoured National Debt, who was rough-gaited and made a break in the early stages, was the first-over attacker around the final turn.

Turning for home, Silverhill Shadow put away National Debt, but couldn't fend off a late rally from pocket-sitter Somewhere In L A. Big Surf (Jonathan Drury) finished third. National Debt faded to seventh.

Trained and co-owned by McIntosh along with C S X Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings, Somewhere In L A celebrated his biggest payday as his bankroll now sits at $115,792.

The bay has crafted a 2-0-1 record from three starts this season.He paid $8.60 as the third choice.

The Diplomat Series was for three-year-olds, who were non-winners of $100,000 in 2013.

Rock N Roll Xample, driven by James MacDonald, redeemed herself after faltering last week with a 1:51.4 performance to take the $59,200 Princess Series final.

The daughter of Rocknroll Hanover sat In The Pocket throughout the mile as Bahama Blue (Jody Jamieson) laid down panels of :26.2, :55.3 and 1:24.

Turning for home, Rock N Roll Xample angled to the outside and marched past the tempo-setter en route to victory. Take That Hanover (Mike Saftic) came on for second, over Bahama Blue.

Trained by Shawn Robinson for owner/breeder Robert Hamather, Rock N Roll Xample celebrated her ninth win of the season as her lifetime earnings increased to $128,690.

The talented lass has amassed a 9-3-1 record from 15 starts this season. She paid $5.00 to win.

The Princess Series was for three-year-old fillies, who were non-winners of $100,000 in 2013.

by Greg Gangle, for WEG

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