Day At The Track


02:45 AM 14 Aug 2005 NZST
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Village Jolt
Village Jolt - 2005 Coors Delvin Miller Adios Final
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Last year, driver Ron Pierce said he'd decided the Coors Delvin Miller Adios was the hardest race in the world to win.

That was in the winner's circle after he'd won his first "Pace for the Orchids" with Timesareachanging in 1.49.3, a track and stakes record.

It's starting to appear that it's not so tough for the new Hall of Fame reinsman anymore.

Pierce guided last year's 2-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year Village Jolt to a 1.52.1 score in Saturday's (August 13) $321,800 Adios Final at The Meadows after taking his $50,000 elimination earlier in the afternoon in 1.51.3.

It was the fourth Adios victory for trainer Brett Pelling.

The native of New Zealand also trains Timesareachanging, and he won the 1995 Adios with David's Pass and the 1996 version with Electric Yankee.

Village Jolt's owners, Jeffrey Snyder of New York, New York and Jules and Arlene Siegel of New Hope, Pennsylvania, are also prior winners of the Adios.

This marks the third victory for Snyder. He captured his first with Cam's Card Shark in 1994 and the 2002 edition with Million Dollar Cam (like Village Jolt, a son of 1994 Horse of the Year Cam's Card Shark), while the Siegels scored in 2003 with Armbro Animate.

Pierce left sharply with Village Jolt, as did Dave Palone with P-Forty-Seven, who found himself parked out through the opening quarter in 26.4 seconds. Duke Sugg sat third on the rail with longshot Kublai Pan, while the other elim winner, Realiscape, was fourth in the early going.

Palone found room on the rail as they hit the frontstretch, and Brian Sears soon sent Realiscape for the lead first up.

They hit the half in 56.1s and the three-quarters in 1.24.1 with Realiscape taking a lot of air. Speed Demon made a three-wide move as they approached the head of the lane, but no one was gaining much on the leader.

Village Jolt hit the wire a length in front, with P-Forty-Seven holding second, and Realiscape third. Village Jolt, sent off as the 3-2 choice, paid $5.00 and the 2-4 exacta was worth $14.60.

"Ron gave him a great drive -- this one was all about the drive," said Pelling.

"Not letting Dave (Palone) cross over was critical, and then backing it down too. I think Ron realized he's not quite as good yet as he can be."

Pierce said he had no firm game plan going into the final.

"I had no idea what I was going to do," he said.

"I never do. I wait until the wings fold and see what everyone else is doing.

"I thought P-Forty-Seven was the one to beat, and I was a little worried about Tony Hall's colt (Mega Hall)," he said.

"My colt was strong. He was still pacing strong at the wire -- he could have gone around again."

ourtesy Of Anne Doolin for the Meadows

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