Six locally owned horses will compete in a field of 18 as they vie for a spot in The Meadows’ biggest race of the year at Saturday’s eliminations for the $600,000 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids. The top three finishers from each of the three $50,000 eliminations will advance to the final July 26.
Ron Burke, a Canonsburg resident and harness racing’s first trainer to amass more than $100 million in career purses, will field four horses: Limelight Beach and Carracci Hanover in the first elimination, Somesizesomestyle in the second and At Press Time in the third.
An Adios win for Burke would mark his first victory at his hometown track’s signature event. He was an assistant when his father, Mickey, won the event in 2007 with May June Character.
Joining Burke’s quartet will be Cammikey, owned locally by Cam Land LLC, and Mattamerican, owned by Leechburg resident Bob Key. Jimmy Takter, the winning trainer from last year’s event, will ride his hopes on Somewhere In LA, while Yannick Gingras, who drove Sunfire Blue Chip to victory last year, is slated to drive for Burke’s Limelight Beach or Carracci Hanover.
David Miller will once again drive McWicked, the winning horse from the $500,000 Hempt at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on June 28, when he beat At Press Time by 21⁄4 lengths. McWicked will race At Press Time again in the third elimination, in which he will start off the rail.
Trainer Tony Alagna will have a stake in each of the three eliminations, with Journeyman, Maxi Bon and Bondi Hanover competing in the first, second and third races respectively.
The Adios is in its 48th year at Meadows Racetrack and Casino, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014. Saturday’s three eliminations will go as races three, four and five, with first post scheduled for 6:55 p.m.
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