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Shadow Play wins Adios final at Pocono
Saturday, August 09, 2008 - by John Zimich, publicity director, Pocono Downs

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Wilkes Barre, PA -- Shadow Play, with David Miller in the sulky, won the 2008 Delvin Miller Adios Saturday afternoon (Aug. 9) at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, out dueling Major General and Andy Miller in a thrilling stretch drive, winning by about a half-length. Time of the mile was 1:50.4.


Third in the race was Lonestar Legend with Ron Pierce driving.

Shadow Play (6) held off Major General to win the $350,000 Adios.
“My game plan was to work my way to the lead,” said Miller in the winner’s circle. “Once I did I controlled the pace and no one was really gaining on me. I really didn’t have any anxious moments today.


“The racing surface wasn’t as fast as last week when we set a new world record,” Miller continued. “I’ve won big races but this one is real special since I grew up in Ohio and everyone involved with harness racing talked about the Adios. I’m happy for everyone associated with this horse.”


Shadow Play left from the same 6-post the 3-year-old colt pacer had and won in his Adios elimination race on Aug. 1 with a world-record time of 1:48.2. It was almost the same move Miller made in that race when he came first-over at the quarter pole to get to the top and go the rest of the way.


In the Adios final, Shadow Play took the nine-horse field to the half in 53.3 and three-quarters in 1:21 before just edging out Major General, who led after the opening quarter with a time of 25.2, at the wire.


Both of Shadow Play’s trainers, Mark Ford and Dr. Ian Moore, were in the winner’s circle to accept congratulations along with other connections, including NHL Hall of Fame defenseman Serge Savard.


“Mark (Ford) is a class act,” said Dr. Moore, a Canadian veterinarian who trained Shadow Play in Canada before sending him to Ford in the U.S. “We’re just thrilled with the win. This is our biggest win ever and largest purse that we’ve ever won. As a 2-year-old we just had no racing luck in the big races in drawing outside posts.


“When I was 14 years of age I quit school and was working for Cecil Champion. We were at The Meadows when the great and late Stanley Dancer won the Adios with Albatross. Here I am today winning the Adios with Shadow Play. What a thrilling moment.”


“I wished I owned him,” said Ford. “But I’m really happy for all of his owners. They are great people and have been in the sport of harness racing for a long period of time. I really didn’t have any concerns after last week’s big mile. He came back sound and that’s all one can ask for. This is a very nice and he deserves to get his due place with the other Adios winners.”


Savard, who has been involved with the sport for many years, said Shadow Play was very sharp today.


“They came at us today but our horse withstood the challenge. He raced great. I can’t win any Stanley Cups anymore but this is quite the feeling,” added Savard.


Pasta Lavista remained perfect in seven lifetime starts when she won the fastest $56,415 Adioo Volo division in 1:50.4. Driven by Tim Tetrick for trainer Eric Reese, Pasta Lavista won by a nose for owner William White of Dublin, OH.


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