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Woodstock Hosts Oxford County Stakes

Published: July 21, 2009 10:06 pm ET

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Female pacers went toe-to-toe at Woodstock Raceway on Tuesday in the second round of the Oxford County Stakes, which featured five divisions on the 12-race program.

Take My Breathaway and Jody Jamieson captured the opening split in 1:58.2. The Artsplace-Swept Away filly, who produced a 2:00 score in last week’s opening leg assignment, defeated Magnify and T L Caelans Cammie for trainer Mark Steacy. The four-time winner races for the partnership of David Reid, Dr. Malcolm Man Son Hing, George Judson and Garth Bechtel. She has banked more than $28,000 to date.

Jamieson joined forces with trainer Jim Watt to take the second division with Wish N Win, who rallied for a 1:58 triumph over Fontana Seelster and Twilight Katie. The sophomore daughter of Intrepid Seelster-By Desire, who was a 1:57.3 winner in the opening leg, drew off to win by five lengths for owner Morag Watt of Clinton, ON. It was her fourth lifetime victory, and the lion’s share of the purse lifted her overall earnings to $22,238.

Eagle Summer broke through for her first win of the season thanks to her 1:59.4 tally in the third division. Mike Whelan mapped out the winning trip for the four-year-old Yankee Cruiser-Winter Wings miss, who knocked off Glen Lee Lynn and Intrepid Breeze. Trained by Daryle Rohfritsch, who co-owns the three-time winner with Dale and Cathy Rohfritsch of Granton, ON, the mare has banked in excess of $15,000 in her career.

Outofthefryingpan turned in a lethal score in the next tilt, winning by more than nine lengths in a time of 1:59.4 for the team of trainer/co-owner Meg Crone and driver/co-owner Anthony Haughan. The No Pan Intended-Ma Belle Hall filly laid down panels of :29.4, 1:01.1 and 1:31 before uncorking a :28.4 final frame en route to defeating Chatsworth and Kennairn Wendy May. It was her second win in the event, and it was her sixth of the season in 16 trips postward. She has banked $44,865 to date.

Keepers Destiny also doubled up in the event thanks to her 1:59.2 decision in the final split. Brad Forward rolled the Phil Coleman-trained three-year-old daughter of Intrepid Seelster-Keeper Flying through fractions of :29.1, 1:01 and 1:31.1 before scooting home in :28.1. She had no problem disposing of runner-up Rhianne or third-place finisher Hands Off My Lover. Merlin Howse and Casie Coleman share ownership on the homebred, who is 4-for-10 and has more than $35,000 made in her first year of racing.

The top eight money earners from the preliminary legs of the event will return to Woodstock Raceway next Tuesday for the $37,400 final.

In other Tuesday action, Slaley captured the $20,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred in 1:55.1 for partners Gerrie Tucker of Montreal, QC and Ian Fromowitz of Richmond Hill, ON. Bill Robinson trains the four-year-old daughter of Grinfromeartoear-Sauternes, who romped away to a four-and-one-half-length decision over Victim Of Love. Third prize was earned by Shami Cami.

It was the fourth win of the season and the 16th lifetime tally for the career winner of $169,252. Jody Jamieson guided the mare to the winning effort, and it turned out to be one of his five victories on the program.

To view Tuesday’s harness racing results, click here.


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