It’s a special 25th consecutive edition of the Windy City Pace Friday night at Maywood Park when eight sophomore pacers square off for a shot at a $220,000 purse in our fifth race headliner on Grand Circuit Night.
Glass Pack (p.p.6), fresh off last Friday’s 1:50.2 world record performance at Maywood Park, was a $30,000 supplement and is the 5-2 morning line favorite. He’ll be challenged (in post position order) by Booze Cruzin (6-1, Sam Widger), One(12-1, Tony Morgan), KF St Patrick (7-2, Dave Miller), Quandary Hanover (10-1, Andy Miller), Home Bed Advantage (3-1, Ryan Anderson), Richess King (15-1, Dave Magee) and All Is Saidanddone (6-1, Brent Holland
In addition, six other prominent stakes or divisions are on the Windy City Pace Night program: A pair of $75,000 Abe Lincoln divisions for two-year-old pace (races 4 and 6), two $65,000 divisions of The Galt for second season male trotters (race 3 and 7), the $75,000 Cinderella for sophomore pacing fillies (race 8) and the $60,100 Violet for ICF freshman pacing fillies (race 9).
Back in 1983 when Trim The Tree won the inaugural Windy City Pace it was the year we were viewing popular television shows like Dallas and Dynasty; listening to award hit songs like Every Breath You Take (The Police) and Beat It (Michael Jackson), drying our eyes to the Best Picture of the Year Terms of Endearment, watching the Baltimore Orioles win the World Series, the Washington Redskins take, and Sunny’s Halo capture Kentucky Derby.
In harness racing, besides Trim The Tree’s WCP victory, we would see eventual 1983 Horse of the Yearbecome the fastest pacer on the Chicago circuit with a 1:54 mile at old Sportsman’s Park, and the legendary Hall of Famer Rambling Willie race for the last time, then given a gala retirement party in the Cicero, IL winner’s circle where a 1,000 pound cake was distributed to hundreds of “Willie” fans.
The first 24 editions of the Windy City Pace have given us many memorable races and unforgettable finishes. Stick around. No. 25 tonight could very well give us another.
Mike Paradise, director of publicity