Sunfire Blue Chip and Vegas Vacation have been installed as 2-1 and 3-1 favorites, respectively, in Saturday's eliminations for the $600,000 (est.) Delvin Miller Adios at The Meadows. The final goes the following Saturday with first post at 12:20 p.m.
Trained by Jimmy Takter, Sunfire Blue Chip won an elimination of the Max Hempt Memorial before finishing a close-up third in the final behind Captaintreacherous and Vegas Vacation. The son of American Ideal-Shot Togo Bluechip has won half his 12 career starts and $142,464 for owners Christina Takter, John Fielding, Jim Fielding, Brixton Medical AB and RAW Equine Inc. He goes from post seven in race six with Dave Palone aboard.
Vegas Vacation took a three-week vacation following two narrow losses to division leader Captaintreacherous in the Hempt, and trainer Casie Coleman reports that the Bettor's Delight-Don't You Smile gelding trained well last weekend. West Wins Stable, Adriano Sorella, Anthony Beaton and Phyllis Saunders own Vegas Vacation, a career winner of $306,851, who goes from the rail in race seven for Brian Sears.
On July 20, The Meadows, in association with HorseTourneys.com, will conduct a "Pick & Pray” handicapping contest, with the winner earning a berth in the 2014 World Harness Handicapping Contest. Those interested in registering or learning more should visit the website http://www.horsetourneys.com/
and check out the free past performances at TrackMaster.
In addition, in co-operation with the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program, The Meadows will offer a Pick-4 (races 4-7) with a guaranteed $7,500 pool. The July 20 card gets underway at 6:55 p.m.
Fields for the Adios eliminations, in post position order with drivers and morning line odds:
1. Dew N Doughnuts-Mike Wilder-20-1
2. Dedi's Dragon-Matt Kakaley-3-1
3. Twilight Bonfire-Corey Callahan-12-1
4. Evenin Of Pleasure-Brett Miller-12-1
5. Hail The Taxi-John Campbell-20-1
6. Martini Hanover-Brian Sears-10-1
7. Sunfire Blue Chip-Dave Palone-2-1
8. Some Kinda Beach-Andy Miller-6-1
9. Word Power-Jim Morrill Jr.-4-1
1. Vegas Vacation-Brian Sears-3-1
2. Resistance Futile-Andrew McCarthy-5-1
3. Sunshine Beach-George Brennan-4-1
4. Eddie Sweat-Brett Miller-6-1
5. Good Day Mate-Jim Morrill Jr.-5-1
6. Lonewolf Currier-John Campbell-12-1
7. Ultimate Beachboy-Dave Palone-20-1
8. Source Of Pride-Matt Kakaley-6-1
9. Beach Memories-Corey Callahan-12-1