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McWicked draws post two for $400,000 Adios

05:38 AM 23 Jul 2014 NZST
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Announcer Roger Huston (left) and Meadows GM of Racing, Kevin Decker (right) with the Adios post draw
Photo by Chris Gooden
WASHINGTON, PA, July 22, 2014--McWicked, projected as the favorite for Saturday's $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Presented by Coors Lite at The Meadows, didn't hurt his chances when he pulled post position 2 in Tuesday's draw.

Somewhere in L A and Let's Drink On it, who along with McWicked won Adios eliminations last Saturday, drew post positions 5 and 7, respectively.

The draw was a mixed bag for horses with local connections. The Meadows-based trainer Ron Burke drew 3 and 9 for his Adios pair, At Press Time and Carracci Hanover, while Cammikey, campaigned by Cam Land Inc. of Washington County, will leave from the rail. No. 1 is the fifth-winningest post position this year at The Meadows.

McWicked has won four of his last five starts--including the $500,000 final of the Hempt at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs--faltering only in the final of the North America Cup. The son of McArdle-Western Sahara is owned by SSG Stables and conditioned by Casie Coleman, who is bidding to become the first female trainer to win an Adios final.

Several others have a chance to write their way into Meadows history. A win by Somewhere in L A would give trainer Jimmy Takter his third blanket of orchids in the last six years--he won with Vintage Master in 2009 and Sunfire Blue Chip last year--while a victory by Let's Drink On It would make 21-year-old Tyler Smith the youngest final heat winning driver in the 48-year history of the race.

The Pace for the Orchids will go as race 12 with an approximate post time of 4 PM. It anchors a powerhouse 16-race card that features a total of six Grand Circuit stakes.

The Adios field from the rail out, with drivers and trainers:

1. Cammikey Brian Zendt Bill Zendt 8-1

2. McWicked David Miller Casie Coleman 7-5

3. At Press Time Matt Kakaley Ron Burke 6-1

4. Beat The Drum Tim Tetrick Staffan Lind 20-1

5. Somewhere In L A Brett Miller Jimmy Takter 5-1

6. Stevensville Mark MacDonald Ray Schnittker 20-1

7. Let's Drink On It Tyler Smith Joe Seekman 7-2

8. Bushwacker Dave Palone Chris Ryder 10-1

9. Carracci Hanover Yannick Gingras Ron Burke 15-1

by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

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