RACING INFO - ADIOS 2012
BOLT THE DUER WINS ADIOS IN WORLD-RECORD 1:47.4
WASHINGTON, PA, July 28, 2012—In three recent important races, Bolt The Duer left from the rail and had the lead late, only to be nailed at the wire. In Saturday's $500,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, Bolt The Duer and driver Mark McDonald left from the rail once more, but this time, with a different strategy.
They powered to the two hole, sat behind an amazing, unprecedented three-quarters in 1:19.2 thrown down by A Rocknroll Dance, brushed through the lane and won the 46th "Pace for the Orchids" in 1:47.4, fastest mile ever on a five-eighths-mile track regardless of age.
A Rocknroll Dance, game to the wire, saved second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while Breakin The Law rallied for show.
Yannick Gingras, who pushed A Rocknroll Dance to the lead from post 6, the outside slot in the compact field, indicated that he never envisioned fractions that swift.
"I had him a little too fired up maybe, and once he got to the front, he was rolling along," Gingras said. "He went an unbelievable mile."
That appeared to leave the leader vulnerable to the first-over bid of Sweet Lou, the 6-5 favorite who was undefeated in 10 previous starts at The Meadows, his home track. But when Rocknroll Hanover refused to tire, it spelled the end for Sweet Lou, who finished fourth, as well as Bettor's Edge and Thinking Out Loud, who were following Sweet Lou's faltering cover.
Only Bolt The Duer at 11-1 was left to challenge A Rocknroll Dance. With that change in strategy following narrow losses in the Rooney final at Yonkers, the Hempt final at Pocono and an Adios elimination, the son of Ponder-Wonderbolt had plenty in the tank.
"I was hoping Yannick would take me where I wanted to go," McDonald said. "I was pretty sure he would. Sweet Lou might have cleared him, but I got lucky—he kept going.
"He's really only been nipped at the wire, but the trip was different today. I was on a helmet instead of on the front. I'd been floating him off the rail before and then moving him. Today I decided to leave hard as I could and sit in. It was a different mindset."
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