Relocation of Adios statute complete
May 09, 2019
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The statue of the Adios that for more than 50 years has welcomed visitors to The Meadows Racetrack has been relocated on the track’s property, near the entrance to the track’s backstretch, which also happens to be the far right lane as drivers proceed to the casino. The move was completed Tuesday.
The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) bought the statue and Penn National Gaming, the new owner of The Meadows, agreed to the new location and providing help to move the statue.
MSOA executive director Kim Hankins declined to reveal how much the horsemen and owner’s association paid for the statue, but the local newspaper, the Observer-Reporter, said the price was rumored to around $30,000.
Adios became one of harness racing’s top sires. Hall of Fame horseman Delvin Miller, the founder of the The Meadows, purchased Adios for $21,000. Miller founded The Meadows and created a race to honor Adios. Adios died in 1965 and the statue was dedicated in 1967. It was crafted by California artist James Nelson Slick. The statue was unveiled on Aug. 12, 1967, when the first Adios race was held.
The MSOA learned the track no longer owned the Adios statue or the property it was sitting on when construction began on a Sheetz gas station/convenience store this spring. According to Hankins, when personnel from the racetrack came in with cranes and other equipment to move the statue, it was informed the statue no longer belonged to the casino and track.
Penn National told the MSOA it didn’t have funds in its budget to purchase the statue.
“Our MSOA board felt it needed to get the statue back and make sure it stayed on the property, where it belongs,” Hankins told the Observer-Reporter. “The board decided to purchase it and the casino agreed to provide everything that was needed to move the statue to a new spot.”