Shadow Play Draws Post 6
Pocono Downs Racetrack will host one of the most thrilling harness racing events of the year on Saturday, 9 August 2008, namely the $350 000 Devlin Miller Adios Pace. The Devlin Miller Adios Pace is a harness racing event for three year olds and will be run for the forty-second time this year. Three elimination races were held, and the top three horses in each race have gone through to the final event, which will be filled with racing action and a magnificent field of contenders. The favorite for this racing event is Shadow Play, a record breaking three-year old trained by Mark Ford and Dr. Ian Moore.
Shadow Play is owned by Dr. Ian Moore, some of his Canadian friends and Serge Savard (Inductee to the NHL Hall of Fame). Dr. Moore, who is a veterinarian, has been training Shadow Play, but handed him over to Mark Ford to continue his training and to take care of him while participating in racing events held at Pocono Downs and at The Meadows.
In previous years, trainers and owners were able to select their post positions in the final events according to horses’ performances in the elimination races. But, from this year, post positions are allocated through a random draw, which Ford is not too excited about, as Shadow Play drew post 6 as opposed to post three or four, which would have been preferred. Ford remains optimistic that Shadow Play will be able to perform to the best of his abilities, and after setting a new world record over a five-eighths mile oval track during his elimination race, many believe that he can conquer the field. His record breaking time over a mile was 1:48.2, which is why he is looked at as one of the favorites for this racing event.
The contender field for Saturday will therefore include, in post position order: Goddess’s Justin (Driver: Mike Wilder), Todd JH Hanover (Driver: Yannick Gringas), Major General (Driver: Andy Miller), Mystery Chase (Driver: Brian Sears), Sand Shooter (Driver: Tim Tetrick), Shadow Play (Driver: David Miller), Lonestar Legend (Driver: Ron Pierce), Dali (Driver: John Campbell) and Atochia (Driver: Dave Palone). The Devlin Miller Adios Pace is gearing up to be a harness racing event that should not be missed.