Canadian-trained horses will be well represented in this Saturday's eliminations for the Delvin Miller Adios at the Meadows, as five Canuck-conditioned three-year-olds will look to gain entrance to the rich final
Dr. Ian Moore has entered Eighteen and Rockabilie, while Casie Coleman and Ben Baillargeon have entered Pan From Nantucket and Odysseus Bluechip, respectively. Tony O'Sullivan has entered the hard-closing Alsace Hanover.
In total, the connections of 18 of the continent's top three-year-old pacers in training dropped the names of their charges into the entry box, thus a trio of six-horse fields will battle it out in $50,000 eliminations Race 4, 6, 8).
The $500,000 (estimated) Adios will be contested Saturday, July 30 over the five-eighths-mile Pennsylvania course. The top three finishers from each elim will advance to the final.
Since having got to the races this year in early June, Baillargeon's Odysseus Bluechip (PP2, D. Dube) has been excelling in conditioned events --- and he will be looking to ride that streak in the first Adios elim. The Cam Card Shark gelding has gone postward five times this season and has tallied a pair of wins and two second-place efforts. The career winner of $59,510 has been clocked in sub-1:50 this season, albeit a second-place finish in an elimination for Mohawk Racetrack's Summertime Stakes.
The first Adios elim was also feature Rollwithitharry (PP3, R. Pierce), Wink N Atcha (PP5, Y. Gingras) and Feel Like A Fool (PP6, D. Palone)
Three Canadian-trained horses will contest the second Adios elim. Pan From Nantucket (PP3, C. Callahan) will be the lone representative from the Casie Coleman camp. The bay No Pan Intended gelding has made eight starts this year and has notched two wins and a pair of second-place efforts. Not counting a May 26 qualifier at the Meadowlands Racetrack, the career winner of $88,252 has only been over Pennsylvania ovals this year. On the other hand, when the Dr. Moore-trained Rockabillie (PP5, Br. Miller/C. Callahan) gets behind the gate, he will be making his first start outside of Ontario this season. The Rocknroll Hanover colt has danced the big dances on the Woodbine Entertainment Group circuit this year. He last raced in the Summertime Stakes, where he finished fourth, beaten less than two lengths in a 1:50 mile. The Tony O'Sullivan-trained Alsace Hanover (PP4, D. Palone) has quietly compiled a solid seasonal resume. The gelded son of The Panderosa has won four of seven races, has missed the board just once, and has been a hard-closer as of late. He holds a seasonal mark of 1:49.4 and just missed in the Hoosier Cup, where he finished second.
The second of Dr. Moore's entrants, Eighteen (PP6, Br. Miller/C. Callahan), has drawn the outside starting spot in the third Adios elim and will face some tough foes. Like Rockabilie, the Cams Card Shark colt has faced the best on the WEG circuit this year and also just missed in the Summertime Stakes, where he finished third and was beaten just one length. From nine starts this year, Eighteen has compiled a record of 2-1-2 from nine starts.
Others that will be featured in the third Adios elim include Custard The Dragon (PP2, M. Teague), Westwardo Hanover (PP3, Br. Miller) and Powerful Mist (PP5, D. Palone).