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Perfect pair - Lost For Words and his masseuse

03:24 AM 01 Aug 2015 NZST
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Lost For Words winning a June 6 PASS division at The Meadows
Lost For Words winning a June 6 PASS division at The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, July 31, 2015 -- Forget the driver. Don't care about the harness racing trainer. As he prepares for Saturday's $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Presented by Coors Light at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, all Lost For Words wants is his masseuse.

Although Lost For Words has banked $330,642 in his career and is undefeated in this year's Pennsylvania Sires Stakes, massage isn't a fun reward. Rather, it's therapy, part of a series of treatments -- including chiropractic -- designed to ease the horse's sore back.

Trainer Brian Brown changed shoes on the son of Well Said-Thou Shalt Not prior to the July 4 final of the Max Hempt. He slowed late in the mile and didn't bounce right back.

"When you're racing horses like Wiggle It JiggleIt and In The Arsenal, you look for advantages to make your horse better," Brown said. "So we went to a glue-on shoe, and he didn't take to it well. He was getting thinner on us. His blood came back good, he scoped good, so I'm pretty sure it was because his feet were hurting, and I'm pretty sure that affected his back."

In last week's Adios elimination, Brown switched Lost For Words back to shoes with pads, and the colt responded, losing by only a neck to 37-1 long shot Cooperstown.

Lost For Words has enjoyed four massage/chiropractic treatments over the past two weeks, and Brown says he has noticed a difference.

"I can't tell you he's 100 percent sound," the trainer said, "but Bill Irvine, who helps me with the horse, said he trained a great trip Thursday."

Brown has mapped out an ambitious campaign for Lost For Words, keeping him eligible to a slew of stakes, including the Little Brown Jug, the Breeders Crown, the Battle of the Brandywine, the Carl Milstein, the Windy City Pace and a pair of events at The Red Mile. In the Adios, Lost For Words may have an edge -- Brown's gaudy .559 UTR at The Meadows this season. Brown attributes his success to his decision to train his horses in Florida over the winter.

"We were ahead of most because of the harsh winter everyone had up here. When my 3-year-olds came out of Florida, they were really ready."

Brown's percentage will be tested Saturday when he races 11 horses, including three fillies in the $125,000 Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo. Lost For Words and David Miller leave from post 6 in The Adios.

In addition to the Adios, the powerhouse card features five other Grand Circuit stakes, the $50,000 Adios Consolation (Brown sends out Rise Up Now), the $50,000 Roy D. Davis Invitational for 4-year-olds and four multirace wagers with a combined $45,000 in total-pool guarantees. First post is 12:20 PM, with the Adios set for approximately 4 PM.

The Adios field, in post position order with drivers, trainers and morning-line odds:

1 .Yankee Bounty by Yankee Cruiser --Brett Miller, Ron Burke, 8-1

2. Dude's The Man by American Ideal --Corey Callahan, Jessica Okusko, 5-2

3. Trading Up by Somebeachsomewhere --Brett Miller, Tony Alagna, 10-1

4. Cooperstown by Four Starzzz Shark --Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 6-1

5. Dreams Beachboy by Somebeachsomewhere --Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna, 15-1

6. Lost For Words by Well Said --David Miller, Brian Brown, 5-1

7. My Hero Ron by Well Said --Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 3-1

8. Angelo J Fra by The Panderosa -Tony Hall, Norm Parker, 15-1

9. National Seelster by Bettor's Delight --Tim Tetrick, Chris Ryder, 8-1

Saturday's Adios Day card at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer four multirace wagers with a combined $45,000 in total-pool guarantees. They include:

Early Pick 4 (races 4-7) -- $7,500 guarantee

Adios Pick 4 (races 9-12) -- $20,000 guarantee

Adios Pick 3 (races 12-14) -- $7,500 guarantee

Pick 5 (races 13-17) -- $10,000 guarantee

In addition to the $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Presented by Coors Light, the powerful program includes five other Grand Circuit stakes, the $50,000 Adios Consolation and the $50,000 Roy D. Davis Invitational for 4-year-old pacers.

First post is 12:20 PM, with the Adios final set for approximately 4 PM. During the card, Junior Achievement, The Meadows' charity partner for Adios Week, will offer autographs from sports stars at its trackside Legends Tent and will stage a raffle and a Chinese auction.

Evan Pattak

The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

 

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