Shadow Play Does Not Disappoint
Last week, as contenders in the 42nd Delvin Miller Adios harness racing event, held at Pocono Downs on Saturday 9 August 2008, started getting ready, co-trainer Mark Ford was very unsettled about Shadow Play drawing post position six. But it turns out that he really did not have any reason to be worried, as Shadow Play won the Delvin Miller Adios with little effort, delivering a first win at this event for his driver David Miller.
David Miller had gone into the race planning to try and get ahead of the field as soon as he possibly could. The moment he got into the lead, he kept a steady and consistent pace, without being challenged for most of the way. Major General came in close to Shadow Play, but the three year old colt was comfortable and showed no signs of fatigue, being able to hold onto the leading position and win the Delvin Miller Adios by approximately half a length.
Shadow Play was bred in Pennsylvania and is trained by Dr. Ian Moore, a veterinarian in Prince Edward Island, and was sent to Mark Ford for training with the Delvin Miller Adios harness racing event in mind. Moore attended the racing and proudly shared the winners’ circle with Ford and one of Shadow Play’s co-owners, Serge Savard (Inductee in the NHL Hall of Fame). Both men expressed their joy and appreciation to Ford for assisting them in the training of Shadow Play to be able to perform at this level. The Delvin Miller Adios is considered by them to be their biggest win to date. Dr. Moore was quoted saying: “We’re just thrilled with the win. This is our biggest win ever and largest purse that we’ve ever won. As a 2-year-old we just had no racing luck in the big races in drawing outside posts.” Savard added, “They came at us today but our horse withstood the challenge. He raced great. I can’t win any Stanley Cups anymore but this is quite the feeling.”
Following Shadow Play home, in race position order, was: Major General, Lonestar Legend, Atochia, Dali, Mystery Chase, Todd JH Hanover, Sand Shooter and Goddess’s Justin. Shadow Play has shown his magnificent ability to perform under pressure and between breaking the record and winning the Delvin Miller Adios, it has been a tremendously successful week for this magnificent horse and everyone involved with him.