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Sunfire Blue Chip, Vegas Vacation favorites in Adios

03:16 AM 18 Jul 2013 NZST
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Vegas Vacation is an early favorite in Adios elims
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WASHINGTON, PA, July 17, 2013 — Sunfire Blue Chip and Vegas Vacation have been installed as 2-1 and 3-1 favorites, respectively, in Saturday’s eliminations for the $600,000 (est.) Delvin Miller Adios at The Meadows. The final goes the following Saturday with first post at 12:20 PM.

Trained by Jimmy Takter, Sunfire Blue Chip won an elimination of the Hempt before finishing a close-up third in the final behind Captain Treacherous and Vegas Vacation. The son of American Ideal-Shot Togo Bluechip has won half his 12 career starts and $142,464 for owners Christina Takter, John Fielding, Jim Fielding, Brixton Medical AB and RAW Equine Inc. He goes from post 7 in Race 6 with Dave Palone aboard.

Vegas Vacation took a three-week vacation following two narrow losses to division leader Captain Treacherous in the Hempt, and trainer Casie Coleman reports that the Bettor’s Delight-Don’t You Smile gelding trained well last weekend. West Wins Stable, Adriano Sorella, Anthony Beaton and Phyllis Saunders own Vegas Vacation, a career winner of $306,851, who goes from the rail in Race 7 for Brian Sears.

On July 20, The Meadows, in association with, will conduct a “Pick & Pray” handicapping contest, with the winner earning a berth in the 2014 World Harness Handicapping Contest. (Those interested in registering or learning more should visit the Web site and check out the free past performances at TrackMaster.)

In addition, in cooperation with the United States Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering Program, The Meadows will offer a Pick 4 (races 4-7) with a guaranteed $7,500 pool. The July 20 card gets underway at 6:55 PM.

Fields for the Adios eliminations, in post-position order with drivers and morning line odds:

Race 6

1. Dew N Doughnuts Mile Wilder 20-1
2. Dedi’s Dragon Matt Kakaley 3-1
3. Twilight Bonfire Corey Callahan 12-1
4. Evenin Of Pleasure Brett Miller 12-1
5. Hail The Taxi John Campbell 20-1
6. Martini Hanover Brian Sears 10-1
7. Sunfire Blue Chip Dave Palone 2-1
8. Some Kinda Beach Andy Miller 6-1
9. Word Power Jim Morrill, Jr. 4-1

Race 7

1. Vegas Vacation Brian Sears 3-1
2. Resistance Futile Andrew McCarthy 5-1
3. Sunshine Beach George Brennan 4-1
4. Eddie Sweat Brett Miller 6-1
5. Good Day Mate Jim Morrill, Jr. 5-1
6. Lonewolf Currier John Campbell 12-1
7. Ultimate Beachboy Dave Palone 20-1
8. Source Of Pride Matt Kakaley 6-1
9. Beach Memories Corey Callahan 12-1

by Evan Pattak

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