WINDSOR, ON — Random Destiny kicked off the Gold Series season with a $130,000 victory and on Wednesday night at Windsor Raceway, the three-year-old trotting filly wrapped it up exactly the same way.
Starting from Post 3, trainer-driver Riina Rekila allowed Random Destiny to trot strongly away from the gate, but the pair was outgunned through the early going by archrival Emmylou Who. Saddled with Post 6, trainer-driver Lyle MacArthur had Emmylou Who on the muscle early and had established a healthy lead before the first turn.
Emmylou Who breezed by the opening quarter in :28.2, with Random Destiny parked to her right. As the fillies straightened out for their first tour past the Windsor fans, Rekila sent Random Destiny to the front, but MacArthur wanted no part of a pocket trip and had Emmylou Who back on top before the :57.2 half. The leaders progressed along the backstretch in tandem, but by the 1:26.1 three-quarters they had been joined by Ipromisenottotell, who matched steps with Random Destiny around the turn.
Turning for home Emmylou Who had a length and one-half margin, but Rekila was able to squeeze Random Destiny out of the pocket and the fan favourite sprinted home to a neck victory in a track record equaling 1:56.
Emmylou Who settled for her second narrow loss, with Ipromisenottotell claiming the third-place share of the $130,000 Gold Final prize. Last year’s division champion Poof Shes Gone closed well to finish fourth, with Woke Up Dreaming saving ground up the inside to earn the fifth-place pay out.
Wednesday’s victory was Random Destiny’s second Gold Final win of the season. The Ken Warkentin daughter opened the sophomore campaign with a 1:55.2 score at Mohawk Racetrack in the May 23 Gold Final. Last week’s elimination win was only the filly’s second appearance in a Gold Series winner’s circle, but she has finished no worse than fourth in 10 Gold Series starts, ranking her just 10 points behind leader Emmylou Who in the division standings.
Rekila conditions Random Destiny for her partner in Overseas Farms Ltd. of Campbellville, ON, Esa Lahtinen. The pair has watched the talented young trotter post a record of five wins, three seconds and two thirds in 16 starts this season for sophomore earnings of $340,923. Lifetime the filly has accumulated a total of $541,223 for her owners, who would love to see her add to that in the Nov. 13 Super Final at Woodbine Racetrack.
The top 10 point earners from the five regular season events will square off in the Super Final, with the winner taking home the lion’s share of $300,000.
Random Destiny’s track record equaling effort completed an outstanding slate of Ontario Sires Stakes action at Windsor Raceway, which also saw two-year-old pacing colt Just Asign To Me establish a track and OSS record in his Oct. 6 Grassroots event.
For complete results click: Windsor Raceway Results — Nov. 3, 2010