The opening round of the Blizzard Series got underway on Friday evening at Woodbine Racetrack. Twenty-eight 3- and 4-year-old pacing fillies and mares were showcased in three $15,000 divisions.
In the opening division, Sayitall BB and Jody Jamieson won in a nail-biter for trainer Ron Burke in 1:54. With the victory, the swift pacer remains undefeated in six career starts as she set a new lifetime best in the process.
Jamieson and Sayitall BB were parked on the outside through the opening panel in :26.4, set by Miss Poppycock (Chris Christoforou). As soon as Sayitall BB cleared to the front, Miss Poppycock quickly regained command to lead past the half in :56 and three-quarters in 1:26.
Turning for home, the pair of heavy favorites separated themselves from their rivals and began to duke it out down the stretch. In the end, Miss Poppycock gave way to Sayitall BB in the final strides to win by a nose. Ignite The Nite (Randy Waples) finished third.
Owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Sayitall BB increased her bankroll to $29,350. She paid $3.70 to win.
Sent off as the post time favorite, An Angel Shes Not, in rein to Paul MacDonell, came from off the pace to win in 1:56.3 to take the second division.
Zip Car (Doug McNair) was parked to the opening quarter in :26.3 and would continue to set the pace past the half in :56.2. Lookers Destiny (Larry Small) remained parked on the outside for the mile, which gave cover to An Angel Shes Not as Zip Car led past three-quarters in 1:26.3.
Down the stretch, Zip Car began to tire on the front end as An Angel Shes Not continued to grind away on the tempo-setter in deep stretch before getting up in the final strides. Twin B Amour (Jody Jamieson) finished third.
Trained, owned and bred by David Snowden, An Angel Shes Not earned herself a new career best as she celebrated her second lifetime victory. Her bankroll now sits at $19,724. She paid $5.70 to win.
Lyonsaura and Randy Waples provided the 3-1 minor upset to take the final division in 1:54.1.
The pacing miss led from start to finish through panels of :27.4, :57.4 and 1:26.4, before fending off post time favorite Murrayfield (Keith Oliver) down the stretch to score. Rock N Roll Xample (Billy Davis Jr.) was a distant third.
Trained by Corey Johnson for owner Geoffrey Lyons Mound, Lyonsaura celebrated her second career victory as she earned a lifetime best. The daughter of Camluck now has earnings of $15,000.
She paid $8.90 to win.
The Blizzard Series is for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares, who are non winners of two races or $20,000 lifetime as of Nov. 30, 2013.
The second leg of the series is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 24, with the $30,000 (added) final on Friday, Jan. 31. (WEG)