Three $50,000 eliminations are set for the evening of Saturday, July 19 and will go as Races 3-5. The top three finishers in each split return for the final the following Saturday afternoon.
Trained byfor SSG Stables, McWicked cruised home by 2-1/4 lengths in the final of the $500,000 Hempt at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, taking his lifetime mark of 1:47.3 and extending his career bankroll to $573,447. He also took one of the North America Cup eliminations, finishing fourth in the final. Off since the Hempt, the son of McCardle-Western Sahara goes from the rail in the third elimination, with driving.
As might be expected, Burke, harness racing's leading conditioner, is well represented in the signature race of his home track. Perhaps the sharpest of Burke's four-pack is At Press Time, who chased McWicked home in the Hempt and came back with a facile score--at 1-9--in the PA All Stars at Pocono.will pilot the son of -So Right from post 3 in the third elim for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.
Also part of the Burke quartet are Carracci Hanover, whose victory in a non-winners of 2 event is his only start this year; Somesizesomestyle, beaten a length while finishing fifth in the PA All Stars, and Limelight Beach, in whom Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and M1 Stable recently purchased an interest.
Trainerwill send out a trio of Adios contenders--Journeyman, Maxi Bon, Bondi Hanover--while conditioner is seeking his third blanket of orchids in the last five years with Somewhere in LA.
In addition to the Burke quartet, the banners of local owners will be carried by Cammikey, campaigned by Cam Land LLC, whose farm lies just down the road from The Meadows, and Mattamerican, owned by Bob Key.
First post this Saturday is 6:55 PM.
The elimination fields, in post position order, with trainers and tentative driver assignments:
3. Limelight Beach
4. Somewhere In LA
5. Carracci Hanover
1. Maxi Bon
3. Let's Drink On It
6. Beat The Drum
3. At Press Time
4. Some Playa Jennifer Sabot Jim Pantaleone
6. Bondi Hanover
by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows