07/26/2014 3:36PM

Meadows: McWicked powerful in Adios victory

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McWicked won his fourth straight race in the Adios final.

If driver David Miller learned anything from his early races at The Meadows on Saturday it was to avoid making a quarter move.  Perhaps that’s why the recent Hall of Fame inductee meant business at the outset of the $400,000 Del Miller Adios and assured that McWicked would capture the prestigious three-year-old event.

Miller’s quick thinking at the start of the Adios put the Casie Coleman-trained colt in front before the 26 3/5 opening quarter. From that point few in the field were looking to take a run at the 1-5 favorite.

McWicked was able to crawl to the half in a pedestrian 55 4/5 and that’s when second-choice Somewhere In L A moved on the outside to take a shot. With driver Brett Miller in tow, Somewhere In L A helped advance the pace with the three quarters sped up to 1:22 3/5.

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For a brief moment on the final turn it appeared as if Somewhere In L A may have had more pace than the favorite, but upset hopes were quickly dashed once the field moved into the homestretch as McWicked charged home with ease for his fourth straight triumph, this in 1:49 1/5.

“I was anticipating more leavers. He pretty much loafed around the track and never faced much pressure,” said David Miller following the race. “He’s very easy to control; he would have gone slower (to the half) if I had let him.”

Owned by SSG Stables, Mcwicked increased his career earnings to $798,447 with the victory.

Somewhere In LA was a solid second, with Cammikey moving through the passing lane late for the third spot.

Trainer Casie Coleman revealed that the McArdle-sired colt would remain in Pennsylvania competing on the Sire Stakes (August 7 at Harrah’s Philadelphia) circuit before moving on to the Little Brown Jug in September.

Allstar Rating captured the $114,175 Adioo Volo for three-year-old pacing fillies earlier on the card for the red-hot team of driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke. The daughter of Four Starzzz Shark established a track record of 1:49 in the process.

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