MEADOW LANDS – Adios Week at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, highlighted by the 48th edition of the $600,000 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Presented by Coors Light, begins Saturday evening with Adios eliminations.
The final of this major test for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers is set for July 26 as the highlight of a card that features six Grand Circuit stakes. Purses that day are expected to top $1 million, making it one of the richest cards in the history of The Meadows.
“We’ve gone all out to make this the most memorable Adios Week ever,” said Kevin Decker, director of racing for The Meadows. “We deeply appreciate the support of our fans, and we’ve put together an exciting week to support our signature event.”
Hempt winner McWicked and a quartet from the powerful Ron Burke stable will lead a competitive field of 18 horses in the eliminations, which will be Races 3, 4 and 5 of Saturday evening’s card. First post is 6:55 p.m. The top three finishers in each elimination qualify for the final.
McWicked was installed as the 8-5 morning line favorite. Trained by Casie Coleman for SSG Stables, McWicked won by 2-1/4 lengths in the final of the $500,000 Hempt at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in a lifetime best of 1:47.3 and increasing his career earnings to $573,447. McWicked also won one of the North America Cup eliminations, finishing fourth in the final. Off since the Hempt, McWicked goes from the rail in the third elimination, with David Miller driving.
As might be expected, Burke, harness racing’s leading conditioner, is well represented in the signature race of his home track. Perhaps the sharpest of Burke’s four horses is At Press Time, who chased McWicked home in the Hempt and came back with a facile score – at 1-9 – in the PA All Stars at Pocono. Matt Kakaley will drive the son of Western Terror-So Right from post 3 in the third elimination.
Also part of the Burke quartet are Carracci Hanover, whose victory in a non-winners of two event is his only start this year; Somesizesomestyle, beaten by a length while finishing fifth in the PA All Stars, and Limelight Beach, in whom Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and M1 Stable recently purchased an interest.
Trainer Tony Alagna will send out a trio of Adios contenders – Journeyman, Maxi Bon, Bondi Hanover – while conditioner Jimmy Takter is seeking his third blanket of orchids in the last five years with Somewhere in LA.
In addition to the Burke quartet, the banners of local owners will be carried by Cammikey, campaigned by Cam Land LLC, and Mattamerican, owned by Bob Key.
Among the elements of Adios Day are pool guarantees offered in association with the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering Initiative. The guarantees, which total $42,500, cover a Pick 3, a Pick 5 and a pair of Pick 4s.
Other Adios Week activities – many offered in association with the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association – include:
• The finals of Miss Adios Contest, which begins Friday.
• An Adios hat giveaway on track Saturday.
• A pair of handicapping contests at all Meadows locations on Monday and Tuesday. The hat giveaway and handicapping contests are limited to Racing Player Rewards members.
• A July 25 party for all on the track apron. The card that evening features a pair of Grand Circuit stakes.