Northfield, OH — Veteran pacer Southwind Amazon became a millionaire, winning the $15,000 Open Pace on Monday (Jan. 20) in MGM Northfield Park’s ninth race.
Southwind Amazon went to the gate with 88 career wins and $998,216 in earnings. Monday’s victory yielded $7,500, bringing his career tally to $1,005,716.
The 10-year-old was assigned the outside post six in the evening’s featured pace. He was fifth through the :26.4 opening quarter. Southwind Amazon started his first-over bid in the second split and remained there through fractions of :55.1 and 1:23. Southwind Amazon took the lead at the top of the stretch and bested his competition by three-quarters of a length in 1:52.
Greg Grismore was given the evening’s driving assignment by Southwind Amazon’s trainer Paul Holzman. The son of Camluck is owned by Ameer Najor of West Bloomfield, Mich. Southwind Amazon was the race favorite and returned $3.80 to win.