by Al Cimaglia
July 31, 2021
It is Adios Day at The Meadows with the feature on the 16-race card going in Race 15. The Delvin Miller Adios Final has a $375,000 purse and nine 3-year-old pacers will be battling in what should be a competitive affair. The 0.50 Late Pick 4 begins in Race 12. That sequence will be my focus and it has a $20,000 guaranteed pool.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
3-Blue Diamond Eyes (9/5)-Come off a very sharp score in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Final on 7-24 and looks a cut above the others. Gingras took control at the half and this Burke trainee stopped the timer in 1.49 flat which was a lifetime mark. It looks like the rest of the field will be chasing 2nd place money unless this daughter of Captain Treacherous throws a clunker.
2-Bring The Bling (5-1)-Tetrick sticks with this King trainee who makes its 3rd lifetime start and hasn't been used very hard. Sweet Lou 2-year-old colt will need to prove it has the same type of speed as #3 and #4 but this could be the time when the wrapper comes off.
3-All The Chips (4-1)-Was no match for #4 at PcD on 7-11 but has had a nice start to his career with 1 win and 3 second place finishes. Comes off a dominant win but loses Tetrick as Dunn takes over. Using and could be sitting on big try.
4-JM'S Finaltreasure (2-1)-Burke pupil deserves the role as morning line favorite. Has taken on stakes quality competition and has two pictures plus 2 second places finishes. Lost at 1/2 odds last week and many may single but my play will be to respect but shoot against.
8-Birthday (4-1)-Looking to take a swing with the other Burke trainee to upset at a nice price. Some tough foes have inside post draws, so Wrenn could work a trip and catch the speed down the lane. This colt has hit the board in all 4 starts with 1 picture.
4-The Fear Is Real (4-1)-Willing to overlook the last start at Scioto, broke poorly and couldn't make up any ground despite a .55 back half. Wrenn is between the pipes and he steered for Burke in the only win this year. Should offer a fair price and it's best to not overlook.
8-Boardwalk Bet (5/2)-Has a perfect record in his short career (2-2) and has won being forwardly placed and by coming off the pace. Miller has some options with this Betting Line colt and could be one to beat despite the post draw.
1-Rockyroad Hanover (4-1)-Finished 2nd behind the morning line choice #4 and could be better here. Alagna pupil may benefit with this post draw and now makes the 2nd consecutive start at the track. Dunn should be sitting with a big chance for a picture turning for the wire.
4-Water Sports Teen (3-1)-Has won 3 straight since joining the Jenn B barn and has big gate speed so could be on the point early on. Looks like a major player but probably needs the lead at the head of the lane to win.
Race 12) 3
Race 13) 2,3,4,
Race 14) 4,8
Race 15) 1,4
Total Ticket Cost) $8 for $0.50
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