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Friday, July 25, 2014

Adios Preview

With Hambletonian week beginning this weekend, the majority of the harness racing world will be looking towards East Rutherford, NJ for the first Hambletonian week at the new facility.  In a way it is a shame as the Adios and Adioo Volo will be contested at the Meadows once again.

In the Adios, on paper it would like an easy race for McWicked, the 7/5 morning line favorite starting from post 2.  Granted on paper McWicked looks to be the best of the field, especially with his ability to uncork fast final quarters, but for me the question is who has a chance to upset the favorite.  With this in mind, here are my top four horses in the race:

12th Race - Adios Final - The Meadows (Saturday)
1 - Cammikey (Zendt, 8-1) - Make no mistake, the horse is stepping up but a winner of 8 out of 10 starts this year, the horse deserves a chance to take top honors in a minor upset.
4 - Beat The Drum (Pierce, 20-1) - Admittedly at first doesn't much help at this level, but he raced well in the NJSS and was credible in his had excuses in the Meadowlands Pace and North America Up.  Can he win?  Not likely, but with a trip, he may land part.
2 - McWicked (D Miller, 7/5) - The king of the race and a victory wouldn't shock anyone.  Will likely leave and try to wire the field.  Question is will he be able to control the pace?
5 - Somewhere in L A (B Miller, 5-1) - Elimination winner is undervalued at 5-1.  Did win his elimination so may improve his rating.  Depends on a trip to get up there.  Must race close.

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