Supplemental Breeders Crown entry Rebeka Bayama topped a field of 10 in Friday night's $42,000 Fillies & Mares Open Pace at Woodbine Racetrack with a dazzling 1:48.4 track record equaling effort for driver Sylvain Filion and her new trainer Stephane Laroque. Put On A Show, prepping for her start against the boys in the Crown Open Pace, finished fourth.
Rebeka Bayama settled into the pocket as Monkey On My Wheel (Brian Sears) fired across the track and cleared to command off the gate. However, a parked out Camille (Yannick Gingras) worked her way to the top past the :26.1 opening quarter mark.
Camille's lead was short-lived though as Filion had Rebeka Bayama rolling up to take over as they raced past the half in :54.2. She was quickly confronted by Anndrovette (Tim Tetrick), who edged out in front down the backstretch, but fought back en route to three-quarters in 1:21.1 and opened up on her foes down the lane.
Rebeka Bayama paid $8.30 to win as the 3-1 second choice. Camille followed in second with 65-1 longshot Voelz Hanover (Mario Baillargeon) coming on for third over the late-rallying favorite Put On A Show (Jody Jamieson).
Rebeka Bayama, who came within one-fifth of a second of her lifetime mark, matched Carolina Sunshine's track record for older pacing mares, which was set in 2003.
"She was at her best tonight,” Filion told WEG's Media Department after the race. "There isn't much more you could ask of her. She's sound, healthy and put in a terrific effort tonight. We are in great shape heading into the Breeders Crown next week.”
The 5-year-old daughter of Leader Bayama is owned by Bayama Farms Inc. of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteuil, Que. The victory was her 23rd lifetime and pushed her bankroll to $651,198. (SC)