07/23/2013 9:51PM

Meadows: Lonewolf Currier is ready to roll in $450k Adios final

Chris Gooden
Lonewolf Currier is the 5-2 morning line favorite in Saturday's Adios final.

Trainer Kevin McDermott’s belief in Lonewolf Currier has always been strong. Last week in one of two $50,000 preliminaries for the Delvin Miller Adios at The Meadows, the son of The Panderosa finally lived up to his expectations. It was a powerhouse two-move effort with Lonewolf Currier withstanding intense pressure on his way to a 1:48 4/5 career best mile. The luck of the draw was on Lonewolf Currier’s side on Tuesday when he landed the pole position in Saturday afternoon’s (July 27) $450,000 Adios.

“After the Hempt final (June 29) we scoped him and on a scale of 1 to 10 he was a 10,” said McDermott about Lonewolf Currier’s physical issues. “Then we were trying to play catch-up to get him ready for the Meadowlands Pace.”

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The move was chancy and luck and time were not on their side, as Lonewolf Currier finished eighth while needing to be seventh in the Meadowlands Pace qualifier and missed the rich final.

Luck and good fortune shifted McDermott’s way when Lonewolf Currier won virtually wire-to-wire in 1:50 1/5 on July 14 at Harrah’s Philadelphia.

“Tim (driver Tetrick) got off the bike that day and said that the horse was much better,” said McDermott, describing the change that Tetrick had noticed from one week to the next.

“We came into the Adios very confident,” said McDermott, who gave new driver John Campbell the okay to get the colt involved early if necessary. “John said to me that the front end was holding up well and wanted to know whether I would be good with the strategy. I had no problems with it,” McDermott said.

The elimination showed Campbell’s utmost confidence as he jetted Lonewolf Currier from the gate and put him in a four hole. Before the field had a chance to straighten away, Campbell again put the pedal down and marched the colt to the front in a brisk :54 1/5. Then Sunshine Beach and George Brennan made a bull rush to try to go past and Lonewolf Currier kicked it into high gear, pacing a :26 2/5 third quarter and eventually losing his rival to a miscue.

“People have been looking at this horse as a one-run horse,” said McDermott, “John told me after the race that ‘he’s much more than a one-run horse,”

The question this Saturday will not be whether Lonewolf Currier is a one-run horse or not. With the rail, he’s going to invite some early action, certainly in the form of Sunfire Blue Chip, the other Adios elimination winner. While Sunfire Blue Chip went nearly two seconds slower (1:50 3/5) in his winning mile, he’s more than capable of going the necessary speed in this class. Yannick Gingras was in Ontario for last week’s elimination heat leaving the chores to Dave Palone. Gingras will return and guide the Jimmy Takter-trained colt from post four.

Vegas Vacation didn’t appear to have his “A” game working last week, finishing third despite starting from the rail against Lonewolf Currier. The tables are turned in the final with Vegas Vacation and driver Brian Sears starting from post seven. That may not be an obstacle since Vegas Vacation finished a neck behind Captaintreacherous from the same spot in the Hempt final.

Word Power, second to Sunfire Blue Chip after starting from post nine in his elimination, again will have his back to the wall from post eight in the final. Jim Morrill Jr. guides the lightly-raced but extremely gritty son of Western Ideal for trainer Larry Remmen.

The Delvin Miller Adios, race 12 (approx. post time 4:05 p.m.) on an 18-race program at The Meadows on Saturday, is the tail end of a $15,000 guaranteed pick four that starts in race nine. First post is scheduled for 12:20 pm.

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$450,000 Adios Final - Race 12

Post Horse Listed Driver DRF Harness Morning Line
1 Lonewolf Currier J.Campbell 5-2
2 Ultimate Beachboy D.Palone 8-1
3 Some Kinda Beach A.Miller 10-1
4 Sunfire Blue Chip Y.Gingras 3-1
5 Evenin Of Pleasure B.Miller 15-1
6 Beach Memories C.Callahan 12-1
7 Vegas Vacation B.Sears 4-1
8 Word Power J.Morrill,Jr. 5-1