Foxy Fiji and driver Dan Noble fended off late charger Fancy and Fast to win the upper end $15,500 conditioned pace for fillies and mares Thursday, March 24 at Miami Valley Raceway. The four-year-old was a winner by a head in 1:52.2.
Starting from post two, Foxy Fiji had the perfect opportunity to try for the lead early, fending off Nora Tova and Trace Tetrick at the quarter in :26.3 before controlling the tempo through the middle fractions of :54.3 and 1:22.3. At the head of the stretch, it appeared she would slide comfortably under the wire for the win, but Fancy and Fast and Tony Hall came charging in late to challenge. Foxy Fiji dug in gamely for the win. Heavenissofaraway and Chris Page finished third.
Foxy Fiji paid $5.20 for the win. The daughter of JK Endofanera has won three of four starts this season at two different tracks, winning two at Hawthorne before venturing to Miami Valley for the challenge. She is trained by Rachel Oenema and owned by Rising Stein Stables of Ohio. Fox Valley Standardbreds bred and raised the mare, who was unraced at two. The mile also equaled her career best time, with a mile won at Woodbine last year in 1:52.2.
Foxy Fiji began her career last year in the Alvin Miller barn at Harrah’s Hoosier Park and was stakes placed in Indiana Sires Stakes preliminary action. She changed hands a few times before being acquired by her current connections earlier in March. To date, she has six wins in 33 starts and more than $66,000 in earnings.
Foxy Fiji is part of the first crop of JK Endofanera. She was one of 69 sold at auction from the first crop, selling under the farm’s name of Fox Valley Fiji before getting a name change. She brought $42,000 through the sales ring at the Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale. She is from the dam Pacific Sister K, a daughter of Western Hanover, who has produced four $100,000-plus winners, including Sunshine Sister (1:54.0) Doubleshotascotch (1:51.0), Mystical MJ (1:51.1) and Earndawg (1:51.0). Of the bunch, Doubleshotascotch has earned more than $800,000.
Foxy Fiji has a two-year-old half brother Fox Valley Cayman, an Illinois bred by Somestarsomewhere, and a yearling brother, also by Somestarsomewhere, named Fox Valley Ramiro.