The best older pacing mares in the sport will descend on The Raceway at The Western Fair District this Saturday night for the $200,000 Forest City Pace final.
Local favorites Modern Cinderella and Misty Moonstone will leave right beside each other from posts two and three, respectively, in the star-studded field.
The latter will not be hard to pick out as the lone gray in the field and, if anyone has a home-field advantage, it just might be the daughter of Astreos. With nine career wins over the London oval to her credit, no one in the group has had more success at this venue.
"She really does seem to pick up her game on this track,” explained trainer-driver Peter Core of the $350,000 career winner. "If she was facing this same group at one of the big tracks like Woodbine or Mohawk she would be totally overmatched. But on this track I think she can go with them and be a competitor.”
And a competitor she is, despite her endearing disposition around the barn.
"Misty is an absolute sweetheart around the barn, maybe the nicest I've been around,” explained Core. "It's hard not to get attached to a horse like this because she gives you all she's got on the track and she's really blossomed into a gritty performer as she's gotten older.”
Misty Moonstone has drawn post three in Saturday night's final and Core realizes she faces a daunting task which includes trying to knock off a three-horse Ron Burke-trained juggernaut led by 7-5 morning line choice Rocklamation.
"Realistically, beating these mares looks like a huge reach but I'm hopeful that I can get good early position and there's some pace in the race. If that happens, I'm confident that my mare can follow along with them and get a big share.”
First post on Saturday night is 7:05 p.m. (Western Fair)