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I Am A Fool son in a Windy City shocker

05:21 PM 21 Nov 2009 NZDT
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In Over My Head
In Over My Head - Lit up the board with mutuels of $112.60, $17.60 & $5.40

Sporting a name that seemed to describe his chances in Friday's $225,000 Windy City Pace for three year harness racing pacing colts at Maywood Park Greg Carey and Shawn Swenson's In Over My Head pulled off a shocking upset at odds of 55-1 as he rallied the final stride to win by a head in 1:52.2.

Given a perfect steer by veteran Dale Hiteman this son of I Am A Fool paced in mid-pack as If I Can Dream (Tim Tetrick), the even money favorite in the race and Sheer Desire (Dave Palone) slugged it out through tough opening splits of 26.4 and 55.0.

I If Can Dream finally cleared to the top just after the half-mile mark but he immediately faced pressure from a first over Annieswesterncard (Travis Seekman) as the field headed down the backstretch. That allowed Hiteman to slip off the pylons right behind Annieswesterncard providing live cover for the John Butenschoen trained colt.

"The trip we had couldn't have worked out any better," said Hiteman. "I knew the two favorites were battling pretty hard up on the front and my colt felt very strong. Once were able to slip off the pylons heading for the three-quarters I thought we might have a chance."

Passing the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:23.1 Breeders Crown champion If I Can Dream was still the one to catch. A pocket sitting Sheer Desire was right on his back in second while Annieswesterncard was continuing a steady grind on the outside in third.

As the field turned for the money a leg weary If I Can Dream dug in gamely as Sheer Desire moved into the passing lane to begin his final charge. That's when Hiteman tipped In Over My Head three deep off his cover and the colt responded beautifully as he motored by his two very highly regarded rivals to stick a head in front at the wire. Sheer Desire was second while If I Can Dream was a hard fought third, just a neck behind.

"I just gave my horse his head at the top of the stretch and he really took off tonight," said Hiteman in the winner's circle after the upset. " I had talked to the owners of this horse and they told me before the race to just see if I could work out a good trip for him and see if we could pick up a little piece of the check," said a smiling Hiteman. "I guess he wound up with a bit more than just a piece of it."

In Over My Head lit up the board with mutuels of $112.60, $17.60 & $5.40 as he won for the seventh time in 23 starts this year while running his bankroll up to $205,403.

2009 Windy City Pace $225,000

Tom Kelley

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