Thats cool Dan, do you have any charts from Saturday nights with the some of the old invitational horses from the mid or early 80's? Some of them horses brought back memories, in particuler By Popular Demand and My Kiemosabe.
Your post made me dig up some old programs from the 60's, 70's, and 80's. When I tell you that I have one of the most extensive and complete collections of programs, it is no lie. I love some of the old Hawthorne and Washington Park programs I have. I don't have time to scan the program but since you wanted an Invitational race of horses from the 80's, I found this one from Hawthorne dated Saturday, January 9, 1982. The field is listed as follows:
1) Baron Lancer Driver/Trainer Doug Hamilton
2) Country Preacher Dave Magee/Roger Davino
3) Timely's Best Man Driver/Trainer Mark O'Mara
4) Mostly Melvin Driver/Trainer Sam Noble III
5) Great Expectation Stanley Banks/Doug Hamilton
6) Ione's Folly Daryl Busse/Russ Dzurick
If you ever want to read or have a look at old programs, just let me know. These horses sure bring back great memories of Chicago harness racing. If you remember right, Hawthorne and Sportsman's Park were both melting pots for many different stables, trainers, and drivers. The purse for this race was $18k and the on track attendance was 5,994 whom wagered $992,816. Not too shabby for 1982. Sadly, I don't think we will ever see days of harness racing like this in Chicago as long as the Johnston’s are in control. Just my opinion and if you have a request for a specific horse during that era, just holler at me and I'll see if I can find a program, chart or something that shows the horse raced at that time. Take care and enjoy.
Joseph M. Dakuras
(A UNLV Runnin Rebel For Life)