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-favored 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 3 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 to win.
The Princess Series was for 3-year-old fillies who were non-winners of $100,000 in 2013. (WEG)