11/13/2013 9:15PM

Maywood: Lucan Hanover headlines Windy City Pace

Derick Giwner
Lucan Hanover will be a heavy favorite in the Windy City Pace.

When Lucan Hanover races in Friday night’s $176,000 Windy City Pace at Maywood Park, trainer Casie Coleman would love to see him do what he did on another half-mile track, the Delaware County Fairgrounds, in the second elimination heat for the Little Brown Jug.

In that race, Lucan Hanover stormed three-wide in asserting himself between the half-mile and three-quarter markers and went on to win by 3 1/2 lengths, a world record for a 3-year-old gelding on a half-mile track.

“He has proven he’ll be fine on the half-mile track, but he actually prefers a bigger track and is better on it,” trainer Casie Coleman said. “He was real good at Balmoral last weekend.”

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But he wasn’t quite good enough to win the $256,000 American-National race for 3-year-old colts and geldings. After waging an almost non-stop battle with North America’s best 3-year-old pacer, Captaintreacherous, on the mile track, Lucan Hanover lost by a head in a race that was clocked in 1:49.

“It probably was one of the best races he had all year,” Coleman critiqued. “He was second but he couldn’t have raced much better.”

Driver David Miller agrees with Coleman’s assessment.

“He raced unbelievably great, going head and head with the Captain,” said Miller. “He hung in there all the way.”

Lucan Hanover actually owns two world records. He established his first in the Breeders Crown eliminations at Pocono Downs at Mohegan Sun when he stopped the timer in 1:48, bettering the old record for sophomore geldings by three-fifths of a second.

The son of Western Ideal-Lauren Order has proven proficient in elimination races. In addition to the Breeders Crown and Jug, Lucan Hanover was a compelling winner in an elimination for the Messenger at Yonkers. But in the finals of the of each race, he was unable to deliver encore performances. The gelding was third in the Jug and the Breeders Crown and fourth in the Messenger.

“In the Jug (despite drawing the inside post) he got into road trouble on the last turn,” Miller said. “At Yonkers (in the Messenger) he had the 8-hole and was outside the whole mile.”

Captaintreacherous isn’t in the field of seven for the Windy City and, after drawing post position two, Lucan Hanover is the overwhelming morning line favorite at odds of 3-5.

Coming off a respectable fourth-place finish in the American-National, Word Power is the second choice at 9-2. Trained by Larry Remmen, the gelded son of Western Ideal-Lush Limbaugh will depart from post six.

“I had Word Power last winter and trained him down,” Coleman said. “He’s a very nice horse but the six-hole is going to make it very tough for him.”

Kanaris, the 6-1 third choice, drew the rail. He hasn’t been keeping the fast company that Lucan Hanover and Word Power have but he is coming off a victory at Maywood in a $12,000 conditioned pace for non-winners of $14,000.

Completing the field is: Up Up and Out (8-1), Apprentice Hanover (10-1), Silver Devil (20-1) and Our Dragon King (30-1).

The second most important race on the biggest night of Maywood’s year-round meeting is the $110,000 Galt Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings.

Lindy’s Tru Grit is coming off a career best performance in the $235,000 American-National race for colts and geldings but the morning line projects him as the 5-2 second choice and Dewycolorintheline as the 2-1 favorite.

Lindy’s Tru Grit drew post 6 and Dewycolorintheline post 7 in the eight-horse race.

In winning the American-National in 1:53 3/5, Lindy’s Tru Grit defeated two high-ranked horses in last week’s Breeders Crown/ Hambletonian Society poll—15th-ranked Creatine was second and 9th-ranked Spider Blue Chip was seventh.

“He was really good the week before at Hoosier Park (when he finished third in the Carl Erskine Consolation), but he threw a shoe at the top of the stretch and he made a break late,” said trainer Frank Antonacci, Jr. on Lindy’s Tru Grit.

“At Balmoral we put a pair of bell boots on him and changed the bridle and he was awesome.

“He only raced once as a 2-year-old because he had bad allergy problems. This year I was able to race him in all the conditioned classes at Pocono and Chester and he won some races, giving him some confidence. We hopped around, staying away from the major stakes.

“He’s just one cut below the top trotters in the world but now he has the confidence, which is why I think we were able to break into the national scene last weekend.”

There are two other major races on Friday’s card. Indiana-bred champion Always About Katey is the 9-5 morning line choice in the $73,000 Cinderella Pace for 3-year-old fillies and Kingofthejungle is listed at even-money in the $87,000 Abe Lincoln Pace for 2-year-old colts and geldings, even though he finished sixth and ninth the last two times out.

Post time for Maywood on Friday is 8:10 pm E.S.T.