Washington, PA --- Adios Week at The Meadows came to an exciting conclusion Saturday (July 26) with the $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Presented By Coors Light, the $114,175 Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo and four Arden Downs stakes, each a Grand Circuit event. Here are highlights of those Arden Downs stakes:
$75,000 Gov. David L. Lawrence, 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers
Yankee Bounty stayed undefeated in his four-race career with a victory in 1:51.3, a stakes record.
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|Yankee Bounty won in a stakes record time of 1:51.3.|
Although parked from post eight for about a half-mile, Yankee Bounty thoroughly dominated his split, drawing off to win by 7-1/4 lengths. Cooperstown and Lone Survivor completed the ticket. Kevin Lare trains the Yankee Cruiser-Bootleg Yankee gelding for Frank Chick.
Too Darn Hot, who had been toughened in New Jersey Sires Stakes competition, trailed the loose leader, UF Larry Alltheway, by 4-1/2 lengths at the three-quarters before his greater experience kicked in. He tracked the leader down and edged him by a neck at the wire in 1:53.3 for Yannick Gingras, with Hall of Terror third.
“I figured the leader would come back to me at some point,” Gingras said. “At that point, my hands were tied. If I chased him into a big quarter, that wouldn’t do my colt any good. I trained him once -- he’s a big colt -- and I thought he would be a top colt. It’s taken him a little longer.”
Ron Burke trains Too Darn Hot, a son of Rocknroll Hanover-Kiss Me Kate, for Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Larry Karr.
Rich Wisdom moved from sixth for cover and drew off to break his maiden in 1:53.1 for Matt Kakaley and give Burke a Gov. Lawrence double. My Hero Ron was second, three lengths back, while Denslow Hanover earned show.
“He’s gotten better every start,” Burke said of his $25,000 yearling purchase. “I think he’s a good colt, not a great colt, so probably this is where he fits. He has a lot of stakes this year. He might be the kind who does good at Lexington; he seems to be long winded.”
Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, JJK Stables and Phillip Collura campaign Rich Wisdom.
$55,352 Ned McCarr, 3-year-old filly trotters
Donatella Hanover didn't move crisply first over when initially asked, but she found her best stride late and scored in 1:56.1 for Brett Miller, trainer Jimmy Takter and owner Christinatakterandthekids. The rallying Dancing Dynamite fell a neck short, with Jessie’s Song third.
“She was really locked on the left line today, and I was having a hard time keeping her along the pylons,” Miller said of the daughter of Cantab Hall-On The Glide. “The last half of the mile when we really started going fast, she straightened out. This filly is game. She kept fighting and didn’t give up.”
Broadway Socks had little trouble wiring her field for her ninth victory in 17 lifetime starts, although winning driver Dan Rawlings indicated she might not have been at her best.
“I didn’t like the way she scored down, and I was actually planning on being a little bit conservative with her,” Rawlings said. “But nobody came, and she’s just a gutsy filly. I didn’t have to work her that hard anywhere in the mile.”
She scored in 1:56.2, 1-1/2 lengths ahead of the pocket-sitting Global Magic. Travelin Dream earned show. David Wade trains the daughter of Broadway Hall-I Gotta Feelin and owns with Gerald Brittingham and William F. Peel III.
$65,310 James Manderino, 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters
Skates N Plates, clearing to the lead by the quarter despite the outside eight hole, was allowed to skate to the half in :58.3 during his division of the $65,310 Arden Downs 3-year-old colt and gelding trot, then scooted home in :57.1 to hold off Lightning Lane shooter Frost Free Hanover at the end of his 1:55.4 mile. Dave Palone handled the Revenue S colt for trainer Trond Smedshammer and owner/breeder Bob Key.
Wheelsandthelegman, driven by Dick Stillings, set the pace, then rebuffed the last-quarter challenge of 1-5 favorite Il Sogno Dream to equal the 1:54.1 stakes record of SJ’s Caviar in the other division. The Donato Hanover gelding was unraced at 2, but he’s making up for lost time in 2014, as he is now six for seven for trainer Walter Carroll and owner Beth Carroll.
$75,000 Mary Lib Miller, 2-year-old filly pacers
Angel Or Terror is now two-for-three lifetime, and three-for-three in good performances, after winning the first of two divisions of the $75,000 Arden Downs 2-year-old filly pace. Driver Jason Brewer never looked back with the Jim Dailey-trained daughter of Western Terror-Angel Falls, getting a cheap half and then sprinting home in :56.4-:28 to complete the 1:55.2 win.
Angel Or Terror adds this triumph to the 1:55.4 maiden victory and the hard-luck third after going first-over on her brief resume for the ownership combine of Kimberly Dailey, John Carlo and Down The Lane Stables.
“She hadn’t been on the front before,” Jim Dailey said of his $5,200 yearling acquisition. “If she didn’t get lost, I felt pretty confident. I only plan to race her six or seven times. She’s growing pretty good, and she’ll make a nice 3-year-old if I don’t beat her up.”
Hot Chica Boomba rewarded Daddy Dewdrop fans with a closing victory in 1:54.4 in the other freshman filly pace cut. The daughter of The Panderosa-Chicascape broke her maiden by following favored Melanies Sharkette, going past her in mid-stretch, then holding off Half Past Seven for driver Aaron Merriman, trainer Jim Arledge Jr. and owner Winchester Baye Acres Inc.