11/15/2013 11:33PM

Maywood: Word Power storms home for Windy City Pace victory

Maywood Park
Word Power charged home to win the $176,000 Windy City Pace for 3-year-old pacers.

For a race that on paper looked cut and dry, the action hardly stopped during the $176,000 Windy City Pace at Maywood Park on Friday night. In the end, heavy favorite Lucan Hanover fell victim to Word Power in a strong 1:51 4/5 winning mile.

Word Power flew away from the gate to the front but eventually gave up the top spot to Apprentice Hanover just before the opening quarter call in 27 2/5. At that point both Kanaris and Lucan Hanover came off the cones to brush to the front, forcing the latter wide. Lucan Hanover would make the lead well before the 54 3/5 half and place Apprentice Hanover in the pocket ahead of Word Power.

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Those three sat single file without much of an outside threat down the backstretch and past three quarters in 1:23 1/5. Just before the head of the lane Apprentice Hanover popped the pocket and allowed Word Power the room he needed to charge up the cones and power past Lucan Hanover for the win.

“I was hoping to sit a two-hole behind Lucan Hanover and that didn’t work out,” said driver Scott Zeron on his tactics. “I was lucky that Jody (Jamieson, Apprentice Hanover) went to the outside and I got up the passing lane.”

For Word Power, who has been a bridesmaid more often than not in the big events for 3-year-old pacing colts, it was his seventh win in 17 starts. The Larry Remmen trainee has now earned $372,784 in his career for owner Bradley Grant.

Switching to the trot, Rossini got the job done in the $110,000 Galt stake for sophomore colts and geldings.

Dewycolorintheline fired off the gate and easily placed Rossini in the pocket. That duo sat one-two through fractions of 28 3/5 and 58. Just off the second turn, race-favorite Lindys Tru Grit began his grind on the rim. He gained well down the stretch the first time but lost momentum as he didn’t handle the third turn very well. That failed bid left Dewycolorintheline and Rossini on their own past three quarters in 1:26 4/5. The latter would pull the pocket coming into the stretch and go on to win rather easily. Pine Credit and Creampuff Macdaddy rounded out the top four in the 1:55 3/5 mile.

“This horse is a really tough horse,” said driver Peter Wrenn, who joked that all he had to do was avoid falling out of the bike. “It was a pretty easy task once we got away from the gate.”

Rossini won for the 10th time in 22 starts this year for trainer Jim Raymer. He is owned by Harbor Racing Stable LLC.

In the $87,000 Abe Lincoln for rookie colts and geldings, it was Archetto Hanover who attacked the leader and heavy favorite Odds On Rhodonite en route to a narrow victory in 1:55 2/5.

Odds On Rhodonite quarter-moved to the front and set rated fractions of 28 2/5, 56 4/5 and 1:26. He battled around the final turn with Archetto Hanover and they were joined in the stretch by the pocket-sitting Total Sin up the passing lane.

In the end, Archetto Hanover proved best by a head over Total Sin to score his first career victory in his 18 trips to the track.

“He’s been a really nice horse all along,” said driver LeWayne Miller. “Last week he was sick, but I knew he was ready to go tonight.”

The winner was trained by Erv Miller for owners Paymaq Racing, Greg Gillis and Carol Rieken.

Three-year-old filly pacers had their chance to shine in the $73,000 Cinderella stake. Pertty Music rallied from off the pace at 8-1 to score the upset in 1:53 2/5.

State Street Liz was fast off the gate but eventually gave way past the opening quarter in 27 2/5 to 3-5 favorite Always About Katey. She posted a 56 half and fended off a mild challenge from second-choice Auniqueaquistion down the backstretch the second time. In the meantime, Pertty Music had to negotiate around a tired horse and swing wide just past the 1:24 2/5 three-quarter marker to get into contention.

Pertty Music swooped off the final turn and gobbled up Always About Katey and State Street Liz for the win.

“She’s a professional and kicked in when we needed it,” said driver John De Long.

Tom Harmer owns and trains the five-time winner in 20 starts this year.

The lone Illinois-bred stake on the card went to Fort Silky in wire-to-wire fashion over Uncle Smoothie and Mystical Walter. The 3-year-old posted a 1:53 3/5 winning mile for driver Casey Leonard in the $30,000 Lester Mc Keever.