Adios Pace final will have Western Pennsylvania flavor at Meadows

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Three local horses, as well as likely favorite McWicked, advanced to the final of the $600,000 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Saturday night at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino.

Nine horses advanced to the final, the top three finishers in each of three elimination races.

Two horses trained by Ron Burke of Canonsburg -- Carracci Hanover and At Press Time -- advanced. As did Cammikey, owned by Bob Key of Leechburg.

But it was McWicked who stole the show Saturday night, winning the third and final elimination of the night. Guided by David Miller, McWicked took the lead coming around the first turn and trotted out to a 3¼-length victory.

"He was pretty comfortable there," Miller said of McWicked. "He did that pretty easy. He's a very mechanical horse and an easy horse to race."

McWicked made it look easy down the stretch. Also advancing from the third race were Burke's At Press Time and Stevensville, trained by Ray Schnittker of New York.

The opening Adios elimination race was won by Somewhere In LA, guided by Miller's cousin, Brett. It was Brett Miller's 20th career race in the Adios eliminations and finals, but his first win in those 20 races.

Somewhere In LA is trained by Jimmy Takter of New Jersey, who won the Adios in 2013 with Sunfire Blue Chip. A win this year would be Takter's third Adios victory.

Joining Somewhere In LA advancing to the Adios final from the first elimination race were Bushwacker, trained by Chris Ryder of New Jersey, and Carracci Hanover, trained by Burke.

Limelight Beach, another Burke horse, was the 1-2 favorite in the first elimination, but failed to advance after a fourth-place finish. Burke had four horses competing in the three eliminations.

Let's Drink On It, guided by Tyler Smith, won the second elimination. Let's Drink On It started the race off the pace, but took the lead after the first turn and set the pace the rest of the way.

"[Let's Drink On It] is so much better off the pace," Smith, 21, said after the win. "He's wicked off the pace, but he was good. He can do it either way, as long as you don't rough him up too much in the front."

Let's Drink On It was the favorite in the second elimination. Also advancing were Beat the Drum, trained by Staffan Lind of Florida, and the local Cammikey -- who was running his 14th race at The Meadows.

The three winners, Somewhere In LA, Let's Drink On It and McWicked, each earned purses of $50,000.

The nine advancing horses will return to The Meadows Saturday for the Adios final. McWicked figures to be the favorite. First race post time is 12:20 p.m., and the winning purse is $400,000.

■ Race: 48th Delvin Miller Adios Pace, The Meadows.

■ When: Saturday.

■ Winner's purse: $400,000.

■ Of note: The draw for the Adios is 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Sean Hammond: shammond@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1466 an Twitter @sean_hammond.


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