07/23/2016 3:07PM

The Meadows: Racing Hill, Manhattan Beach score in Adios eliminations

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Chris Gooden
Racing Hill just missed his lifetime mark by a fifth of a second in winning his Adios elimination in 1:49 1/5

The field for the 50th edition of the Coors Delvin Miller Adios at The Meadows was set on Saturday afternoon with a pair of $25,000 eliminations, and it would be Racing Hill and Manhattan Beach taking the victories.

In the first elimination Lyons Snyder (Scott Zeron) took the group of six 3-year-old colt pacers to opening quarter in 26 3/5, but Racing Hill (Brett Miller), the runner-up in last Saturday's Meadowlands Pace, moved first-over out of the fourth position, and he crossed over into the lead at the 54 second half.

Racing Hill continued to show the way at the 1:21 4/5 three-quarters, but Check Six (Yannick Gingras) pulled first-over to challenge in the final quarter.  Racing Hill was tenacious, though, and kept Check Six at bay to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:49 1/5.  Lyons Snyder wound up third, and More Dragon (Tim Tetrick) rallied from sixth and last to fourth in the final panel.

Tony Alagna trains Racing Hill, a Roll With Joe colt, for owner/breeder Tom Hill.  Racing Hill, who was this year's Hempt winner, is now eight-for-18 overall, and he has earned $770,028.  The 1-5 wagering choice, Racing Hill paid $2.40.

“He’s just ultra-sharp,” said Alagna. “He felt so good coming out of the Meadowlands Pace - he was so fresh and jogged great - that I felt good about bringing him here.

“If the final had been an open draw, I probably would have preferred that he sit in so we could make the final. But with the new format this year, it’s important that you get to pick your post - especially with a bunch of Burke horses making the final. You don’t want to draw the nine-hole against a big entry.”

The other elimination saw Another Daily Copy (Tony Hall) chop out fractions of 27 1/5, 55 1/5, and 1:22 2/5, but in the lane Manhattan Beach (Matt Kakaley) pulled to the outside after a pocket trip, and he would go on to defeat a Lightning Lane-attacking Fernando Hanover (Tetrick) by half a length in 1:50 2/5.  Another Daily Copy wound up third, ahead of favored American Passport (Zeron), who made a brief break in the backstretch when advancing outside.  Big Top Hanover (Gingras) came in fifth and advanced to the final by virtue of his career earnings being higher than the fifth-place finisher Stolen Glimpse in the first elimination.

“If I’d had to wait for the passing lane, he’d have got through,” Kakaley said. “There was no worry there. He raced really good in the Meadowlands Pace, and he raced good today. He was sneaky good a few starts before the North America Cup. Hopefully he brings his ‘A’ game next week.”

Manhattan Beach, a gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere, is trained by Ron Burke, who will have five starters in next Saturday's final, for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC., Weaver Bruscemi LLC., Geoffrey Lyons Mound, and Wingfield Brothers LLC.  Manhattan Beach won for the third time from 19 attempts, and he has now banked $203,022.  A 2-1 shot, Manhattan Beach paid $6.60.

--quotes courtesy of The Meadows--