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Random Destiny, Windcross victorious in London
November 1, 2009
By Sandra Snyder

LONDON, ON — Defending Gold Final champion Random Destiny pushed her win streak to three with a 2:01.1 victory in Gold Elimination action at Western Fair Raceway on Saturday evening.

Trainer-driver Riina Rekila settled the two-year-old trotting filly in third spot from Post 3, watching as Rebelious Royalty trotted out to a :29.1 opening quarter. Heading for the 1:00.2 half Rekila tipped Random Destiny to the outside and the filly sat on Rebelious Royalty’s flank through the 1:30.4 three-quarters before taking command of the race around the final turn. On top by one and three-quarter lengths when she turned for home, Random Destiny stretched that margin out to three lengths before she hit the wire.

Fan favourite Wilsonator picked up the runner-up share of the $40,000 Gold Elimination purse, while Magic Treasure recovered from an early break to claim the third spot. Rebelious Royalty hung on to finish fourth and advance to next Saturday’s $130,000 Gold Final. Breeders Crown Champion Poof Shes Gone was absent from the field due to sickness.

Campbellville resident Esa Lahtinen owns Random Destiny, who has provided him with three Gold Elimination trophies and one Gold Final trophy this season. The daughter of Ken Warkentin and Front Porch Swing boasts five wins and two seconds from 10 freshman starts, for earnings of $189,900, a tidy return on the $22,000 Lahtinen invested at the 2008 Forest City Yearling Sale to acquire the filly.

A half-sister to the 2007 sophomore trotting filly Grassroots Champion Featured Image, Random Destiny sits atop the Gold Series division standings with an impressive 258 points, 78 points ahead of second ranked Wilsonator.

In the other Gold Elimination, driver Stephen Byron controlled the tempo of the race from start to finish to earn Windcross her first ever victory.

Byron hustled Windcross away from Post 1 to reach the opening quarter in :30.1. The pair cruised along on the front end without seeing a significant challenge, ringing up a 1:01.2 half and a 1:31 three-quarters, and then rolled down the stretch to a one and one-quarter length victory in 2:01.

Emmylou Who closed smartly to finish second for owners Anne Shunock of Dorchester, Linda Wellwood of St. George Brant, Tammy Aspden of Caistor Centre and Diane Ingham of Mount Pleasant. Former Gold Final winner and fan favourite Isthatallyagot settled for third, and Daria Hall rounded out the qualifiers for the Gold Final.

Peterborough resident John Bax trains Windcross for owner-breeders Wescott LLC of Neenah, WI. Through nine starts the daughter of Striking Sahbra and former Gold Final winner Wescott has tallied one win, one second and two thirds for earnings of $56,500. Friday’s victory assured the steady Windcross of a berth in the Nov. 14 Super Final, boosting her season long point tally to 112.

Windcross and Byron will be handicapped by Post 7 in their attempt to secure a second victory next weekend. The complete line up for the $130,000 Gold Final on Saturday, Nov. 7 is as follows:

Post 1 Daria Hall

Post 2 Random Destiny

Post 3 Wilsonator

Post 4 Rebelious Royalty

Post 5 Emmylou Who

Post 6 Magic Treasure

Post 7 Windcross

Post 8 Isthatallyagot

Also Eligible 1 Ruling Class

Also Eligible 2 Scottish Starlet

Also Eligible 3 Warrawee Lassie

For complete results please go to: http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r1031lonn.dat.