07/26/2016 1:28PM

Meadows: Racing Hill the favorite for 50th Adios

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Chris Gooden
Racing Hill drew post four for Saturday's Adios Final.

Racing Hill, the 8-5 morning line favorite, will leave from post 4 in Saturday’s $400,000 final of the 50th edition of the Delvin Miller Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows. Manhattan Beach, who along with Racing Hill captured an Adios elimination, goes from post 3 and has been made the 3-1 third choice.

As elimination winners, the connections of Racing Hill and Manhattan Beach earned the right to select their post positions, with Racing Hill winning the shake for the first pick. The other seven post positions were drawn randomly Tuesday.

Tony Alagna, trainer of Racing Hill, saw his second horse in the final, American Passport, draw post 6. Ron Burke, who conditions five of the nine Adios finalists, got a mixed bag, drawing posts 1, 3, 5, 8 and 9.

“You hate to get 8 and 9,” he said, “but we’re pretty spread out. We’ll go from there.”

Burke said he chose post 3 rather than post 5—the “winningest” post position at The Meadows—for Manhattan Beach because he wanted to be inside Racing Hill.

“Manhattan Beach can leave the gate well,” he said. “I don’t mind sitting behind Racing Hill, but I don’t want to see him with an easy lead.”

The Adios anchors a power-packed card that features five other Grand Circuit stakes. It goes as race 12 with an approximate post time of 4 PM. Saturday’s program gets underway at noon.

$400,000 Adios Final - Race 12

POST HORSE DRIVER M/L ODDS
1 MORE DRAGON T.TETRICK 15-1
2 ANOTHER DAILY COPY TONY HALL 10-1
3 MANHATTAN BEACH M.KAKALEY 3-1
4 RACING HILL B.MILLER 8-5
5 CHECK SIX Y.GINGRAS 5-2
6 AMERICAN PASSPORT S.ZERON 8-1
7 LYONS SNYDER D.MILLER 5-1
8 FERNANDO HANOVER T.TETRICK 10-1
9 BIG TOP HANOVER Y.GINGRAS 15-1