Maywood Park (11/16/11)
Contact: Tom Kelley
STARS OF THE SPORT INVADE MAYWOOD ON FRIDAY
Fans of the sport will not want to miss any of the action at Maywood Park on Friday, Nov. 18 as the half-mile oval will play host to some of the sport’s top human and equine athletes for the 29th Annual Windy City Pace Night.
|Betterthancheddar winning the Am Nat 3yo colt pace|
The main event of the night the $175,000 Windy City Pace Stake for three-year-old pacing colts, features this year’s Breeders Crown and American National champion Betterthancheddar, who been installed as the 3-5 favorite, over seven rivals in race 10 on the 14-race card.
The pride of the Casie Coleman barn is in the midst of a four-race winning streak as he comes to Maywood looking to make his case for Three-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year honors. The Bettor’s Delight colt is scheduled to be handled by driver George Brennan, who also steered the good-looking sophomore to an impressive 1 ¾ length triumph in 1:50.3 during last week’s American National at Balmoral Park. Unraced at two, Betterthancheddar – who also won the first leg of the Pacing Triple Crown, the Cane Pace – boasts nine victories in 17 starts and $689,783 in earnings.
The $127,800 Abe Lincoln Stake for two-year-old pacing colts has attracted an overflow field of 11 starters and figures to be a wide open affair from start to finish as race eight on the card.
The Roger Welch-trained Fridaynightflight, a winner of more than $323,000, is the slight 5-2 morning line favorite after drawing the favorable inside starting spot in this large group.
The Steve Carter-trained duo of Caviart Key and Star Recruit are 3-1 and 9-2 respectively, and they will leave from post positions two and 10 (second tier). Caviart Key is a five-time winner this year who has over $150,000 in earnings while his stablemate Star Recruit, who finished a game second in the American National last week, boasts more than $222,000 in earnings.
Another who cannot be overlooked in here is the upset winner of the American National Crime Of Passion (5-1 pp.11), who always seems to come up big when the cash is on the line for conditioner Erv Miller.
|Crime Of Passion winning the Am Nat 2yo colt pace|
The $70,000 Cinderella Stake for three-year-old pacing fillies has drawn a field of nine and the trailer in the race, Swinging Beauty, who is fresh off a big win in the American National last week, will be tough to beat for trainer Gregg McNair. A Jugette division winner this season, the daughter of Art Major is the 2-1 morning line favorite as she looks to add to a seasonal bankroll of more than $370,000.
Also on tap for Friday are two $50,500 divisions of the Galt Stake for three-year-old trotting colts. In the first division, which goes as race two on the card, the John Butenschoen-trained coupling of Take Heart and The Evictor, a winner of more than $282,000 this year have been accorded the 8-5 morning line favoritism. In the nightcap (race 11) the Homer Hochstetler-trained Evil Urges (9-5) returns to his home base looking for his fifth win of the year after racking up more than $295,000 in his career while campaigning mainly on the New York Sire circuit.
State-bred pacers will also get their turn to shine in race six as James Gorman’s ageless wonder Well To Do Guru, the 8-5 morning line favorite, looks to earn his 12th win of the year when he takes on seven other three-year-olds and up in the $35,000 Lester McKeever Stake, which he also captured last season on Windy City Pace night.