WINDSOR, ON — Third time was the charm for two-year-old trotting filly Random Destiny, who delivered an impressive effort at Windsor Raceway on Tuesday evening to score her first Gold Final victory.
With trainer Riina Rekila in the race bike, Random Destiny floated away from Post 4 and landed third on the rail behind pacesetter Magic Treasure and Wilsonator. The fillies marched along in single file to a :28.2 opening quarter, and then Rekila tipped Random Destiny off the rail heading for the :59.4 half.
Just half a length behind Magic Treasure at the 1:28.4 three-quarters, Random Destiny had assumed command by the time the fillies turned for home, and the fan favourite accelerated away to a three and one-half length victory in 1:59.2, over a track rated two seconds slower than normal.
Wilsonator turned her pocket trip into a second-place cheque, while Magic Treasure settled for third. Last week’s other elimination winner, Angostura, made an early break from the outside Post 9 and finished well back of the field, earning her fans a refund of their wagers.
Rekila trains Random Destiny for Esa Lahtinen of Campbellville, and piloted the Ken Warkentin daughter to a 1:58.1 victory in last week’s elimination round. Through nine starts the filly now has four wins, two seconds and earnings of $169,900. A Gold Elimination winner in the July 13 season opener at Grand River Raceway, Random Destiny finished second by a head in the July 20 Gold Final. In her second Gold Series appearance the young trotter finished second in her elimination and fourth in the Aug. 31 Gold Final at Mohawk Racetrack.
It was a good night for trainer-drivers at Windsor on Tuesday, as two of four Grassroots divisions were also captured by trainers performing double duty in the race bike.
In Race 9, Torgeir Hagmann engineered a 2:01.4 come from behind effort for Commander K. The Ken Warkentin gelding circled out three-wide at the three-quarter marker to overtake the leaders and score the two length victory, his first in eight starts. Pacesetter and fan favourite High Jingo had to settle for second, with Lend Rover rounding out the top three.
Hagmann trains Commander K for Kjell Magne Andersen of Oslo, NOR and Troy Mollohan of Fowler, OH. Through eight starts the gelding has one win, one second and two thirds to his credit for earnings of $27,530. Hovering on the edge of the top 16 point earners heading into Tuesday’s contest, the victory vaulted Commander K into a Grassroots Semifinal berth.
Trainer Larry Walker landed Leslie Road in the winner’s circle in the final $24,000 Grassroots division following a hard fought effort from the outside Post 9. Employing the Duke Of York son’s sharp early speed, Walker had Leslie Road on top before the 1:01.2 half. The pair continued to lead through the 1:30.4 three-quarters and then dug hard down the stretch to hang on to a neck victory over Pio Power in 2:02.3. Fan favourite Northern Spark finished third.
Walker bred Leslie Road and shares ownership on the colt with Tony Holmes and Walker Zent of Lexington, KY. Tuesday’s victory was Leslie Road’s second in Grassroots action and boosted his point tally to 132, good enough for sixth spot in the division standings.
The other two Grassroots contests went to Hava Kadabra in 2:00.3 and Scotty Doesnt Know in 2:02.2. Both colts will also advance to the Oct. 23 Grassroots Semifinals at Rideau Carleton Raceway, with the top four from each Semifinal earning a berth in the $100,000 Grassroots Championship on Nov. 1.
Windsor Raceway wraps up its late season flurry of Ontario Sires Stakes action on Wednesday evening, when the exciting two-year-old pacing fillies battle in the fourth Gold Final of their campaign.
For complete results please go to: http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r1006wrfn.dat.