Nineteen of harness racing’s top 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers will contest the 49th edition of the $525,000 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Presented by Coors Lite beginning with Saturday evening’s (July 25) eliminations at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino.
The top three finishers in each elimination return for the final on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 1, with a $50,000 Adios Consolation also on the card. Post positions for the final will be determined by an open draw.
Among the likely favorites in the eliminations are: Dude’s The Man, who finished second in the final of the Meadowlands Pace at 38-1; National Seelster, a star of New York Sires Stakes, where he has won four straight, and Lost For Words, a winner of three consecutive Pennsylvania Sires Stake legs.
Ron Burke, harness racing’s perennial leading trainer, will be represented by four horses in the Adios while trainers Tony Alagna, Brian Brown and John Butenschoen have two apiece.
The eliminations go as races 4-6, where they will be part of a Pick 4 with a total-pool guarantee of $7,500 offered in association with the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering Initiative.
Saturday’s card also features three other stakes: $200,000 PASS (est) for 3-year-old filly pacers; $60,000 PA Stallion Series for 3-year-old filly pacers; $200,000 (est) PASS for freshman colt and gelding pacers. Of the 15 races on Saturday’s program, 13 are stakes. First post is 6:55 PM.
The Adios eliminations fields, in post position order with drivers and trainers:
- Chaching Hanover, Dick Stillings, Jan Fread
- Angelo J Fra, Tony Hall, Norm Parker
- National Seelster, Tim Tetrick, Chris Ryder
- Dreams Beachboy, Dave Palone, Tony Alagna
- Rufo, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke
- Dragon Eddy, Corey Callahan, John Butenschoen
- Lost For Words, David Miller, Brian Brown
- Badiou Hanover, Andy Miller, Julie Miller
- Tomy Terror, Mike Wilder, John Butenschoen
- Rock N’ Roll World, Tim Tetrick, Kelly Stackowicz
- Cooperstown, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke
- Dude’s The Man, Corey Callahan, Jessica Okusko
- Berkley, David Miller, Randy Bendis
- Yankee Bounty, Corey Callahan, Ron Burke
- Utah Beach, Andy Miller, Tim Twaddle
- Trading Up, Dave Palone, Tony Alagna
- Jo Pa’s Well Said, Marcus Miller, Jim Campbell
- My Hero Ron, Yannick Ginras, Ron Burke
- Rise Up Now, Tim Tetrick, Brian Brown