Keeper's Destiny and harness racing driver Eric Goodell, snapped on the money in her local debut a week ago, had no such issues Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $33,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace.
Leaving from post position No. 5, the 11-10 choice worked around pole-assigned Arctic Fire N (James Rattray) before a soggy :28.1 opening quarter-mile.
She then found a :57.4 intermission before Cuz She Can (George Brennan) though about moving from fourth. She quickly went back in, while Pancleefandarpels (Jim Pantaleano) then tried it from the three-hole.
That one made only minimal gains going in and out of the 1:25.4 three-quarters, with Keeper's Destiny owning a length-and-three-quarter lead into the lane.
She easily held Arctic Fire N at bay, winning by 2 3/4 lengths in 1:54. "Pancleef" held third, with Fox Valley Sage (Cat Manzi) and Cuz She Can completing the cashers.
For Keeper's Destiny, a 6-year-old daughter ofco-owned by (trainer) Casie Coleman and Merline Howse (also the co-breeders), she returned $4.30 for her second win in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid $22.80, with the triple returning $65.
Friday night's co-featured $33,000 Open Trot saw 13-10 favorite Ringside Lauryn (Brennan) hold off Pembroke Prayer (Mark MacDonald) in 1:58.
Those two were sitting second and third, respectively, behind Celebrity Bluechip (Bartlett). That one won the draw and won the early fractions, as in :28.3 and :59.1. However, she was done when Definitely Mamie (Jeff Gregory) visited right before the 1:27.4 three-quarters.
After "Mamie" had made the lead, both Ringside Lauryn and Pembroke Prayer extricated themselves from the pylons. "Lauryn" was able to get first "run," going by a tiring "Mamie" before fending Pembroke Prayer by three-quarters of a length. Tasty Max (Goodell), Farifant (Tyler Buyter) and H and M's Hit (Jordan Stratton) rounded out the payees.
For Ringside Lauryn, a 6-year-old daughter ofco-owned by (trainer) Lou Pena and Mark Karam, she returned $4.60 for her fourth win in six '12 tries. The exacta paid $25.20, the triple returned $158.50 and the superfecta paid $1,246.
Yonkers' five-night-per-week (Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday) live schedule continues. First post for all programs remains at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available around the NYRA schedule.