The morning line for this Friday’s (October 28) $275,000 Windy City Pace Final at Maywood Park is a mirror image of last weekend’s second elimination race.
A scant nose separated the winner Gold Dust Beach from runner-up Thin Blue Line and there will be only a marginal difference on track’s tote board when the first flash odds are posted for the upcoming three-year-old pace showdown.
L & L DeVisser’s Gold Dust Beach, with post two, is the slight 5-2 early favorite over Oldfield Farm’s Thin Blue Line, who will open as the 3-1 second choice from the pole position. Both horses hit the wire in their elimination in 1:51.4.
William Elliott’s Leading X Ample, who was an impressive three-wide winner in the first Windy City elimination with a 1:52.4 clocking, drew the outside eight-slot for the Final and is listed as 4-1 early third choice.
Cam’s Fool, who has post three, is next at 9-2 for trainer Brett Pelling. Then it’s I Zee (p.p. 4) and Arts Day (p.p. 7) both at 8-1, and(p.p. 5) and Chevie Cash (p.p. 6) each at 15-1.
Driver Tony Morgan guided both elimination winners however he will drive Gold Dust Beach in the Final. “I committed to Gold Dust Beach’s owners before the elimination,” said Morgan.
Sharing the Friday spotlight with the Windy City Pace showdown on Grand Circuit Night is the $125,000 (est.) Abe Lincoln for freshman pacing colts and geldings, the $120,000 (est.) Cinderella for second season pacing fillies and the $115,000 (est.) Galt Trot for three-year-old colts and geldings.
Confirmed starters for the Cinderella include Illinois champion Brianna Joy and recent Courageous Lady (Northfield Park) winner Belovedangel from the Bob McIntosh Stable.
Another possible starter is last season’s Dan Patch Two-Year-Old of the Year Restive Hanover. In her first season the Erv Miller trained star filly captured the Breeders Crown, the American National and the Three Diamonds.
Brianna Joy rolled to her sixth consecutive state-bred victory last Wednesday night in an Illinois Standardbred Owners and Breeders Association stake. “This was a little prep for her. We’re going to be putting her in the Cinderella Stake,” said trainer Seldon Ledford after the 1:55 front-end victory.
Confirmed for the Abe Lincoln is Shirley Le Vin and David Riff’s My Boy David, who became the first two-year-old ever to eclipse 1:53 on a half-mile track when he won the Oct. 14 Cardinal stake here, stopping the timer in 1:52.4 for trainer Homer Hochstetler.
He’s expected to be challenged by $840,000 Metro Pace champion Jereme’s Jet from the Maywood Park based Tom Harmer Stable.
Thecolt stayed unbeaten (five-for five) when by capturing last Saturday’s $593,032 Governor’s Cup Championship at Woodbine for Genesis Racing Stable of Plainfield, IL.
$275,000 Windy City Pace Final Field
(Listed in Post Position Order).
P.P. Horse Odds
1. Thin Blue Line 3-1
2. Gold Dust Beach 5-2
3. Cam’s Fool 9-2
4. I Zee 8-1
6. Chevie Cash 15-1
7. Arts Day 8-1
8. Leading X Ample 4-1
Mike Paradise, director of publicity