11/14/2012 10:34AM

Maywood: Hurrikane Kingcole could be brewing in the Windy City

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Hurrikane Kingcole could move way up in the cold weather.

When the temperature dipped below freezing and snow flurries fell at the start of the week, Chicago visitor John McDermott was thinking: “This is Hurrikane Kingcole’s kind of town.”

“Those 30 and 40 degree days should help him big time,” predicted the trainer whose 3-year-old pacer will be trying to rebound from last Saturday’s disappointing performance at Balmoral Park when he faces a field of eight in Friday night’s $215,000 Windy City Stake at Maywood Park.

“I was probably the only person in the Chicago area displeased with the 60 degree temperatures last weekend. I was excited going into the race (Balmoral’s $260,000 American-National pace for 3-year-old colts and geldings) but then we got those two warm days and his allergies went totally out of control.

“His year has been very disappointing because he’s so super talented. A lot of it is dealing with allergies, viruses and being sick. He had a virus for the longest time that he couldn’t get over.

“When he’s right he’s an amazing animal.”

McDermott believes Hurrikane Kingcole’s performance in the Meadowlands Pace Consolation is indicative of his potential.

“Coming off being sick, he raced in the eliminations and I knew he’d be a little short,” McDermott remembered. “We raced him off the pace and he finished fifth and missed qualifying.

“The following week he was 100% for the Consolation.”

Hurrikane Kingcole won by 8 ¾ lengths in a career best time of 1:47 3/5, only 3/5ths of a second shy of the Meadowlands record for 3-year-old pacers. None of his seven adversaries in the Windy City have gone under 1:48.

“I’d trade his time for the money ($1,908,054 lifetime) that A Rocknroll Dance has made,” McDermott said with a laugh.

“But when I bought him for $10,000—Hip No. 1048 on the fourth day of the Harrisburg sale--if someone had told he’d make almost half a million dollars ($495,627) before he was 4-years-old I’d have been very happy.

“He’s a very big, very strong horse and a wonderful creature to be around. The year has been a disappointment but he’s a dream that keeps going forward. I won’t say he’s a dream come true—a dream come true would be going out and winning the Windy City.”

Leaving from the rail in quest of his sixth victory in 18 starts this year, Hurrikane Kingcole is projected as the fourth betting choice on the morning line at 6-1.

Ultra-consistent Pet Rock, who drew post 2, is the 2-1 favorite. Last time out after leading for most of the race, Pet Rock was a close second in the Messenger at Yonkers Raceway, last leg of the pacing Triple Crown. Earlier he finished second in three other major races—the Meadowlands Pace, Battle of The Brandywine and Cane Pace, opening leg of the Triple Crown.

The second choice at 5-2 is A Rocknroll Dance, trying to end a two-month losing streak and rediscover the form that enabled him to win the $600,000 Meadowlands Pace and $500,000 Battle of The Brandywine. In his most recent start he finished fourth in the Messenger.

The Windy City is one of four major races on Friday night’s 14-race Maywood program (8:10 E.S.T. post).

Hambletonian winner Market Share appears to be back on a roll after winning Saturday’s American-National 3-year-old colt and gelding pace by 7 ¼ lengths and he is projected as the 3-5 favorite in the $108,000 Galt Trot. Trained by Linda Toscano and driven by Tim Tetrick, Market Share is going into the 25th start of his career with a $1,947,405 bankroll.

The 1-2-3 finishers in the American-National 2-year-old pace for colts and geldings—22-1 long shot Our Dragon King, even-money favorite Blatantly Best and 13-10 second choice Big Brad—head the field of six for the $110,000 Abe Lincoln. Blatantly Best again figures to be the favorite. He is 7-5 on the morning line, followed by Our Dragon King at 9-5 and Big Brad at 3-1.

Big McDeal, most recently a longshot third in the Breeders Crown 3-year-old filly pace, is pegged as the 2-1 favorite in the $83,000 Cinderella Stake’s field of 10 fillies.