Vegas Vacation, fresh from a three-week vacation following a pair of narrow losses to Captain Treacherous, leads a field of 18 colts and geldings into the Delvin Miller Adios at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino.
Two $50,000 eliminations are set for Sat., July 20, with the top four finishers from each returning for the final of the “Pace for the Orchids” July 27.
First post July 20 is 6:55 p.m., with the elims set for Races 6 and 7. The Adios Day card gets under way at 12:20 p.m. and will include a $50,000 Adios Consolation.
Vegas Vacation was a neck loser to Captain Treacherous in both an elimination and the final of the Hempt on June 29, a frustrating day that prompted trainer Casie Coleman to give the Bettor’s Delight-Don’t You Smile gelding some down time.
“He wasn’t eligible for the Meadowlands Pace, so I gave him a little time at the farm,” Coleman said. “I trained him up over the weekend, and he worked very well.”
Vegas Vacation drew the rail in Race 7. Coleman indicated she won’t miss the opportunity to encounter Captain Treacherous, undefeated this year and harness racing’s top-rated horse, who didn’t enter the Adios.
“Not having to face him doesn’t hurt my feelings a bit,” she said.
Trainers Ron Burke (Dedi’s Dragon, Ultimate Beachboy) and Jimmy Takter (Source Of Pride, Sunfire Blue Chip) each are represented by a pair of Adios entrants.