When The Meadows hosts Friday's final preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, it may seem like Act 2 of the 2014 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Presented by Coors Light.
That's because the $199,980 stake has attracted Adios champion McWicked as well as Somewhere In LA and Let's Drink On It, who along with McWicked won Adios eliminations. First post Friday is 6:55 PM.
Following the Adios, McWicked easily captured a PASS division but saw his five-race winning streak snapped in the $400,000 Carl Milstein at Northfield Park, where he dead-heated for second.
"He raced great, but I thought he could have been a little better than what he was,” said Casie Coleman, who trains the son of McArdle-Western Sahara for SSG Stables. "He came out of it quite good. He's had a real good week training, and I've been very happy with him.”
She indicated McWicked, whose dominance during his winning streak has made him a legitimate candidate for divisional honors, will be pointed for the PASS championship and the Little Brown Jug, with the balance of his schedule to be determined.
McWicked goes from post 4 in the first division, race 8, with David Miller aboard, and he'll renew acquaintances with Somewhere In LA, who finished a length behind McWicked in the Adios final. The Somebeachsomewhere-West Of LA gelding leaves from post 7 for Dave Palone, trainer Jimmy Takter and owners J&T Silva Stables, Deo Valente Farms and TLP Stable. Since the Adios, Somewhere In LA has won both his starts, including a strong performance in The Meadows' Preferred Pace last week.
Let's Drink On It endured a tough trip in the Millstein and had to settle for fifth. In Friday's PASS, he's landed in the wide-open second division (race 10), where he leaves from post 6 for Tyler Smith.
"He couldn't get into the race in the Milstein,” said Joe Seekman, who conditions the son of Art Official-Letmedowneasy for Tina Seekman, Larry Bond, Hal Hewitt and Vince Boido, Jr. "When you have good horses inside you, it's suicidal to try to leave. I hope he gets away a little closer. He's been training good, and he's healthy.
Also in the second division is Bob Key's Mattamerican, winner of the Adios consolation. He'll try to overcome post 8 for Aaron Merriman and trainer Norm Parker.
The $260,000 PASS championship for this division is set for Sept. 7 at Harrah's Philadelphia.
Because Friday is the last program of the Mountain Laurel meeting, there can be no carryovers in the Pick 4, the Pick 5 and the last Superfecta on the card. These wagers all are "must pay.” In addition, the Pick 5 sports a carryover of $1,660.11. The Washington Trotting Association meeting begins Tuesday, Sept. 2. (The Meadows)