TORONTO, ON — Random Destiny has earned $541,223 in 27 starts over the last two years, so trainer Riina Rekila figures the three-year-old trotting filly knows her job.
As a result, the reigning Gold Final winner heads into Saturday’s $300,000 Super Final off a laid back week that saw her spend more time in her paddock than on the training track.
“She has been very good. We haven’t been driving her too much, just twice since her last race,” notes Campbellville, ON resident Rekila. “She has had not too many times the harness on.”
At this stage in her career, a typical day in the two-time Gold Final winner’s life sees her outside all night with a companion, into the barn in the morning for breakfast and a nap, occasionally being hitched to a jog cart, and then back out into her paddock. Rekila and Esa Lahtinen, her partner in Overseas Farms Ltd., have also managed the filly’s schedule so that she was able to spend the occasional full week outside.
“We gave her some time off in the summer,” says the native of Finland. “She is in good shape. She doesn’t get tired at all.”
Rekila will steer Random Destiny from Post 3 in Saturday’s eighth race, and was delighted to see the Ken Warkentin daughter land an inside post position. The trainer-driver also believes the Woodbine oval will suit Random Destiny’s racing style, which has typically seen the filly charging up from the back of the pack.
“I think that’s good for her, a long stretch. She has been coming from behind so much,” notes Rekila. “I think that’s what she likes.
“I hope we have some luck,” she adds. “You never know what will happen, but hopefully we have some luck.”
Trainer Norm Dunstan was also delighted with the draw in the three-year-old trotting colt Super Final. His homebred gelding Lexis Noah heads into the race off two straight Gold Final wins and will make a bid for the division title from Post 5.
“I love a five-hole; anything from a three to a five is nice,” says Dunstan. “Text Me, one heck of a nice horse, drew the eight. That is a little handicap, but he can overcome that.”
Text Me sits atop the division point standings with three Gold Elimination and two Gold Final wins. The Kadabra son was no worse than fourth in Gold Series action this summer, and did not miss an event.
Unlike his rival, it took Lexis Noah four tries to make a Gold Final, but since the Malabar Maple son figured things out he has been outstanding. Off a third-place finish in elimination action at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 27 the gelding delivered a 1:55.3 victory in the Oct. 4 Gold Final. He then finished second to Text Me in their Oct. 26 elimination at Kawartha Downs, but turned the tables on the division leader in the Gold Final one week later.
“Mike Saftic said to me that we had done a good job with him, and that means a lot, when somebody else says it,” notes Dunstan. “We kind of protected him and babied him along.
“It is a great pleasure when you take your own baby and create a good racehorse out of him,” adds the horseman, who bred and raised Lexis Noah at his Caledon Village farm.
Through 20 starts this season Lexis Noah has amassed a record of seven wins, four seconds and two thirds for earnings of $208,760, and Dunstan says the gelding will have his game face ready when Moffat, ON resident Jack Moiseyev rolls him in behind the starting gate in Race 9.
“He’s a really nice horse. He’s a pleasure to have in the barn. If I had a barn full of them I’d be a happy boy,” says Dunstan. “He’s a little aggressive when he goes to the track, but he’s not a runaway horse. He puts his game face on when gets to the track.”
Woodbine Racetrack will send the first race in behind the starting gate at 7:30 pm on Saturday, and spotlight the best of the Ontario Sires Stakes program in Races 3 through 10.
To watch all the regular season Gold Series races click: Regular Season Results
For complete entries click: Woodbine Racetrack Entries — Nov. 13, 2010