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WASHINGTON, PA, July 27, 2013—With one quick, decisive burst to the front, Sunfire Blue Chip had a talented field at his mercy and went on to win Saturday’s $450,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios at The Meadows by 3/4 lengths in 1:48.3.

Vegas Vacation and Word Power, who both ducked, rallied from well back to finish second and third, respectively. The winner was sent off the co-second wagering choice at 5-2.

Leaving from post 4, winning driver Yannick Gingras idled for a moment before hustling Sunfire Blue Chip to an opening in the three hole. When he gunned the son of American Ideal-Shot Togo Bluechip to the front at the quarter, the race was effectively over.

“I just played it by ear,” Gingras said. “I was expecting Brian (Sears) to fire out of there (with Vegas Vacation), but since he didn’t, I was open to anything. I saw that the two horses leaving (Evenin Of Pleasure and Beach Memories) weren’t the horses to beat, so I figured I had to get my horse to the top. Once I got to the lead, I was very comfortable.”
Lonewolf Currier, who along with Sunflower Blue Chip won an elimination last week, peeled off the cover of the first-over Some Kinda Beach at the three-quarters but could manage only a fourth-place finish. Gingras said he didn’t expect a successful challenge from outside.

“I would have been surprised if someone had beaten us from there,” he said.

It was the first Adios victory for Gingras but the second for winning trainer Jimmy Takter, who took the 2009 “Pace for the Orchids” with Vintage Master. Takter conditions Sunfire Blue Chip, a $75,000 yearling acquisition who now boasts career earnings of $392,464, for Christina Takter, Jim Fielding, John Fielding, Brixton Medical AB and RAW Equine Inc.

Sunfire Blue Chip won his elimination off a three-week layoff, and Takter predicted he would be sharper today.
“I hope he gets even sharper,” Takter said.  “He’ll need to be to beat Captain Treacherous.”

He indicated his horse will next race in the Empire Breeders Classic at Tioga Downs.

The time of 1:48.3 ties Sunfire Blue Chip with Alsace Hanover for the second-fastest Adios final. Bolt The Duer won last year in 1:47.4, which still stands as the fastest mile ever on a five-eighths-mile track.

ADIOS NOTES: The Adios field was reduced to seven with the mid-card scratch of Ultimate Beachboy due to lameness . . . A heavy morning downpour rendered the track sloppy for the early part of the program, but he surface dried nicely and was rated fast for the Adios. The last time the Adios was raced on anything but a fast track was 1999, when Dave Palone collected his lone blanket of orchids with Washington VC . . . Martini Hanover captured the $50,000 Adios Consolation in 1:50.2 for Brian Sears, trainer Chris Ryder and owner Robert Mondillo . . . Many Adios drivers rushed away after the final to make assignments at other tracks, but Sears’ journey was especially ambitious—mounts at both Yonkers and the Meadowlands. “Three tracks, three sizes -- half, five-eighths, mile -- in one day,” he said.

2013 Adios Winner