Thirteen-second season Open company pacers will vie on Friday night (October 21) in two elimination events to determine the eight starting berths in the $275,000 Windy City Pace Final to be raced on Friday night, October 28 at Maywood Park.
The first four finishers in Friday night’s $25,000 eliminations will advance to the 23rd consecutive edition of the Chicago circuit’s richest Open stake for pacers.
Maywood Park’s showcase event became one of the widest open in years when scheduled starter B-Forty-Seven—this season’s Little Brown Jug champion—got sick and was not entered.
Friday’s fifth race first elimination with seven starters has the early favouritism divided between last Monday night’s Messenger elimination victor Cam’s Fool (5-2, Tim Tetrick), the recent 1.49.3 winner Art’s Day (3-1, Eric Ledford) and Provincial Cup champion Leading X Ample (7-2, Tony Morgan).
I Zee (4-1, John Campbell), Syncro’s Z Tam (6-1, Pat Lachance), Ithinki’msomebody (15-1) and Michigan champion(8-1, Eric Goodell) are the challengers.
Cam’s Fool, who was purchased for $300,000 as a yearling in 2003 by Jeffrey Snyder (New York) and Lothlorien Equestrian Center (Ontario) did not race as a 2-Year-Old. At three he has picked up purse cheques in the New Jersey Classic Final, the North American Cup Championship, the Cane Pace showdown, the Little Brown Jug Final, his Tattersalls Pace division and last Monday night’s Messenger Championship.
The son of Cam’s Card Shark took his season mark of 1.50.2 when he captured his Oliver Wendell Homes division at The Meadowlands in early August.
The six-horse seventh race elimination has Illinois bred pacers Perdition (9-2, Andy Miller), Team Hutch) 3-1, Dave Magee) and Chevie Cash (5-1, Dale Hiteman), in posts 1, 2 and 3, respectively, with Richard Oldfield’s Thin Blue Line (5-2, Mike Oosting), American National champion Gold Dust Beach (7-2, Tony Morgan), and Canadian ship-in(6-1, Tim Tetrick) with slots 4, 5 and 6, in that order.
Thin Blue Line dead-heated for a win in the Hayes Memorial at DuQuoin in early September.
The homebred son ofwent on to finish third in the Jug Preview, beaten only a neck, and took the second-place check in American Deal’s world record (1.47.4) performance in a Bluegrass division at The Red Mile.
The highest season purse earnings in the second elimination belong the Illinois division leader Team Hutch, who has banked $327,276 for the Warrenville, IL couple Joy and Bonnie Hutchinson.
Among his sophomore stake triumphs are the Pete Langley Memorial and Hanover at Balmoral Park, and the Springfield State Fair Final.
Courtesy Of Mike Paradise, Publicity Director, Maywood Park