This Friday (October 12th) marks the 25th running of the Windy City Pace. If you haven’t been to Maywood Park for its featured night of the year, you must get there.
A great time can be had by all at Maywood on this very exciting night, however, if you can’t get there live, make sure you get to your favorite OTB location as promotions, contests, raffles and of course great racing with mark this very special evening. In addition to the Windy City Pace is the two divisions of the Galt and Abe Lincoln Stakes, Cinderella and Violet Stake finals.
The first big race of the evening is the Galt Stake for 3YO trotters. Green Day figures to be heavily favored in this contest, after winning the Yonkers Trot and coming from the Red Mile, where he trotted rather well. Back to the half this week and gets the services of Andy Miller as well. Green Day should romp….$100 win wager on Green Day.
The fourth is the first division of the Abe Lincoln stake. This race is for 2YO pacers. This contest on paper looks as a wide open race. The first two finishers of the Cardinal series both drew outside and Littlebitoflife had to pace to a world record to beat the seven, Mucho Sleazy. These two chief competitors both drew the inside, as Lets Getit Started drew one and Omaha Survivor drew the two slot. My $50 wager will be on the 2-Omaha Survivor. Tony Morgan comes in for the drive and he and Tom Harmer have paired up for some big paydays in the past and they get it done again tonight in an upset. $50 to win on Omaha Survivor.
There looks to be a ton of speed in the Windy City Pace this year, race five on tonights card. This should set up for local shot, Home Bed Advantage. Home Bed Advantage was on the sidelines for the last three months before last weeks game effort, and effort he needed. I think its too much to ask of the get Home Bed Advantage in the winners circle this year. Perhaps the horse with the most speed is the three, KF St Patrick. My thoughts are the threat of so much speed will cause drivers to be too cautious to get into a speed dual and St Patrick will sit in the two hole and make a move on the lead about three quarters into the race and $50 says that is what happens.
Race six is the second division of the Abe Lincoln stake. This looks to be a two horse race. Both Froggy Turner and Genuwine look to be much better then the rest in this field of eight. Both pacers have won seven races this year and over $140k. I will do a $20 exacta box with these two strong contenders, hoping their outside posts get me a decent price.
The second division of the Galt Stakes is race seven and there looks to be quite a bit of speed in this contest as well. This sets up well for my pick, the eight Before He Cheats. This trotter looks to be in great form right now and will close quite a bit in the last half of the race and should my projected speed dual emerge, Before He Cheats could be right there to get the hard closing win. I should get pretty good value as well out of the eight slot. $50 to win on Before He Cheats.
The Cinderella for 2YO filly pacers pits Sportsfancy against a field of six. Arts Fancy, the four is a good looking young filly with some short track experience and Sportsfancy has looked good this year winning 11 of 17 starts. These two will be overbet and yield little value, but my pick will be the one, Vaudeville Margie. Andy Miller will be able to choose the trip he’d like, as he drew the rail. $50 to win on the one, Vaudeville Margie.
The final of the big stakes races on this Windy City Pace night is the Violet for Illinois Bred 3YO filly pacers. The one, She’s So Hot drew the rail, has the speed to keep position and Dave Magee in the bike. $50 to win on She’s So Hot.
This is truly a great night to be part of the harness action and you’ll want to be a part of all the promotions and excitement that is Windy City Pace Night. OTB also has some new places where you too can GET LUCKY…HAVE FUN…and WIN MONEY with openings this week in Waukanda, next week in Elk Grove Village and two weeks from now our North Aurora location will be open as well. Just more ways for you to enjoy the great sport of harness racing.
LAST WEEK 2007
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Maywood Friday, October 12th
2- Unscathed… Even fifth place in a sub 55 mile. Drops and draws a good inside post.
9- Encil… Paced a big mile here two back while parked the mile. Last winner was too tough.
5- Hotspur Movin’On… Stepped up his game and notched his second win in last three starts.
7- Four Starz Giants… Tough post but may get enough pace up top to overtake this field.
1- Mantana… Flashed brief speed and took back early on and never got into it. Leaves here.
6- Western Image… Had no valid excuse. Works a little harder to make the lead from this post.
5- Ranking Officer… They’ve kept him sharp and with the right trip can topple the speed.
8- Im A Hot Sport… Notched 10th win of the season in last but now has the 8-post to buck.
3rd race The Galt Stake 3yr old trot $65000
6- Green Day… Runner-up in’s world record equaling mile at Lexington.
7- No Jokin’… Local hope may get the jump on this field with all that speed.
1- Bamboo Yankee… East coast outfit has owned this stake in recent years.
2- Like A Breeze… Good tactical speed and draws an inside post conducive to contending.
4th race The Abe Lincoln Stake 2yr old pace $75000
7- Mucho Sleazy… Runner-up in world record mile here last week and inside of that foe.
8- Littlebitoflife… Set a world mark here last week on the lead. Tougher post tonight.
1- Lets Getit Started… Won in 51 and change in last start at Balmoral. Has start over track.
3- Brother Ray… Best of a dominant local contingent in this stake split. Just beat maidens.
5th race The Windy City Pace $220000
3- KF St Patrick… Checks in with a 10-0-0 record from 15 starts and half mile speed.
6- Glass Pack… Supplemented to this after sizzling world record performance last week.
5- Home Bed Advantage… Looked spectacular in defeat and may be regaining winning form.
1- Booze Cruzin… Should line up a trip with the rail and contend underneath.
6th race The Abe Lincoln Stake 2yr pace $75000
7- Genuwine… Fresh off photo finish loss at Lexington and checks in half mile tough.
3- Andy Roo… Got a good prep in here form the 8-hole last week and now moves in.
6- Froggy Turner… Top-rated state bred had his share of problems in rare loss last week.
2- Parklane Art… Been on the Grand Circuit with limited success but draws the rail.
7th race The Galt stake [3yr old trot $65000]
3- New Hampshire Boy… Checks in with over $300K on card for top trot barn.
4- Prayer I Am… Balmoral’s AmNat winner has put together quite a solid resume.
8- Before He Cheats… Top ranked state bred takes on tough open co. for first time.
7- Jimmy Shin… Trot guru Gurfein ships in a secondary contender in this spot.
8th race The Cinderella stake 3yr old filly pace $75000
7- Sportsfancy… Makes bow for this barn after reportedly being sold for upper six figures.
1- Vaudeville Margie… Runner-up in overnight at Lexington after nothing in tough stake.
4- Art’s Fantasy… Racing out of top Maywood barn for first time. Nearing $100K on year.
6- Queen Of Royalty… Michigan based pacer had some nice races in Canada. Consider.
9th race The Violet stake ICF 2yr old filly pace $64600
1- She’s So Hot… Breezed in elim and now draws rail for this final. One to beat.
2- Party Paula… Lost photo in a race she should’ve won off soft fractions.
8- Venusinbluejeans… Wore down above first-over after a slow half. Post hurts chances.
5- Westside Gritty… She’s a player but early position will be the key to any success.
2- Escapefromalcatraz… A gift at 5-1 odds two weeks ago. No price tonight.
5- Odds On Donald… Added striking position puts in the ballpark at fair value.
3- Bryn Tin Tin… Keeps outracing his odds. Just needs a good trip to take it all.
4- Cambustion… lands in softer spot and starts from mid-pack. On the scene late.
2- Mighty Mason… Claimed in back-to-back starts. Could bounce back after brutal trip.
1- Hasty B Skipalong… Pulled out of two-hole and it proved costly. Another rail trip.
4- Paragon Of Virtue… Steps up on a little bit of a roll but this is tougher test.
8- Isn’t That Crazy… Likely favorite from anywhere but here but can still win with some luck.
9- Rock N Nuke… Looks good for another off the strength of last win. String along.
4- Lookin Cool… Never made the top and that could change from here.
1- Western Deal… Inside speed could line up a trip and contend at high level.
6- Polo Star… Popped at 62-1 off perfect trip. Tougher post but high confidence level.
8- Western Leader… Has the speed to find way to top and beat this field.
4- Followthefella… Puts two-race win streak on the line with better. One to beat.
3- Gothic Prince… In shape and scheduled for a big driver change in this spot.
6- Distant Game… Capable of a lot better but still has some improving to do.
PLAY OF THE NIGHT: MANTANA 2nd race BEST VALUE: WESTERN LEADER 13th race PICK 4 KEYS (4-7): 1-7-8 with 3-6 with 3-6-7 with 3-4-8
Balmoral Saturday, October 13th
6- Kennan’s Tomcat… Looks like the one to beat off strength of competition lately.
4- Fox Valley Legacy… Trying hard but simply had too much ground to make up in last.
8- DM Sulky Man… Had a big qualifier downstate and that race would contend here.
2- Masteringthegame… Move inside puts in the thick of things. Can leave from this spot.
3- Truly Cams Star… Caught wide leaving from the 10-post and now moves inside.
4- Pavin Ice Cold… Went on a break with a comfortable lead. Give benefit of the doubt.
1- Chain Of Light… Sat a rail trip and raced competitively. Up close to the pace again.
2- Do You Yahoo… Drops to the bottom after three races he likely needed after a layoff.
1a- Chevie Redfire… Steps up off monster performance in sub 51 fashion. Right back.
7- Midwich Hanover… Won his last two starts by a combined nine lengths in sub 52 fashion.
4- Yankees In Seven… Stock has risen dramatically since being picked up by this barn.
6- Wesley Snip… Third or better in five straight prior to his last setback. In the hunt.
10- Ascot Bourbon… Tough post but coming off his best output of the season.
8- Lislight N… Has a little bit of jump to his step and drops after two needed races.
9- Audience Of One… Likely has to come from last but has the ability to share.
5- Beach Dude… Fast off the switch but tough to rate and that has been his Achilles heel.
8- Four Starzzzz EC… Won last without breaking a sweat. String along for now.
1- Luckability… Looks next best coming off a strong performance in defeat. Rail trip.
7- The Fonz… Had too much ground to make up. Can win with a better jump.
6- The Janitor… Raced competitively despite a tough first-over trip. Consider.
8- Farouk Hanover… Hit a bump in the road and had a nice skein snapped. Stars anew.
4- Watering Cam… Made some great strides debuting for this stable. Live speed.
6- Marty Dot Com… Third or better last three starts. On the scene late at price.
3- Shadow Of Lighting… Steps up after some encouraging races but lacks consistency.
6- Rocket Dog… Closed from dead last to be the runner-up versus monster winner.
2- Pointshaver… Continues to battle gamely even in defeat. May seek the lead.
8- Yankee Vinny… Drops looking for a spark and may get it here. A player.
1- Western Gambler… Can’t rule out these connections. Rail trip in the cards.
1a- Load The Dice… Back after over a two month hiatus but qualified ready to go.
6- Coldheartedrevenge… Won this race in his last start under 1:50. The one to beat.
5- My Boy David… Had a tough trip on the half in an ICF stake. Back on bigger oval.
2- Universal Dream N… Been solid at a highly competitive condition. Draws the rail.
7- Wonderful One… On the verge of busting out after consecutive solid races here.
1- Johns My Buddy… Inside speed could stick around till the end and contend.
10- Out On A Bender… Drops a level but has the tough post to overcome in this spot.
5- Kings Road … Recovered nicely after making a break to finish a strong second place.
1- Johnny Charisma… Improving third and had a bit of road trouble. Needs clear trip.
7- Prince Vince… Quietly rounding back into top form after a couple of tough posts.
2- Go Warrior Go… Back on his favorite course coming off ground saving trip on half.
4- Jurassic Hanover… Back in a barn that is familiar with him. Coming off tough trip.
4- Mood Lighting… Never had a chance after being parked the mile. Drops a notch.
1- Big Reuben… Just keeps on plugging away. Likely favorite off strength of last win.
2- Sebring Sun… Narrowly lost at 44-1 in debut for this barn. Seeks the lead again.
8- One Step More… Never fired in last but was never in a position to threaten.
3- Westedge Willie… Grabbed the lead and never looked back. Encore in cards.
4- Analyze That… Third or better in four of last six at this level. Rates high.
6- Star Stepper… Never got out of the blocks coming off a monster win. Consider.
1- KB’s Robby… Drops looking for a spark and may get it in this spot.
8- Jeremy Moon… A proven winner at this level time and time again. String along.
4- Sunbeam Boy… Flashed a spark in a photo loss. May seek and keep the lead.
2- Bangkok Cruiser… Drops to bottom and looking for a form reversal of sorts tonight.
1- Docdor Keven… Hit a bump on the half lately but is live speed when he’s right. Drops.
2- Alias Jones… Toss out last and he’s a major threat moving back to the inside.
1- Mack Magee… Careful. Same trainer as above and coming off huge improvement.
9- Lifes A Picnic… Fast third quarter took its toll on him. Needs easier route to the wire.
10- The Iron Marshal… Likely horse to beat from the inside part of the racetrack.
TONIGHT’S BEST : WONDERFUL ONE 9th race
VALUE PLAY : ASCOT BOURBON 4th race
PICK 4 KEYS (8-11): 1-6 with 1-7-10 with 1-7 with 1-2-4