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WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 11, 2018 -- Pennsylvania champion Windy Corner showed no signs of resting on her laurels in Tuesday's Keystone Classic at The Meadows, rolling to her third straight victory. The $97,699 stake for freshman filly trotters was contested over three divisions, with Sonnet Grace and Magical Beliefs taking the other divisions. Windy Corner sprang a 12-1 upset in the Sept. 1 PA Sires Stakes final, but Mike Wilder steered the 3-5 favorite more aggressively Tuesday, sending her to the front at the quarter. She downed Navarone Hanover -- the PA Stallion Series champ -- by a length in 1:57.4, with Wizard Hawk third. "She heard them coming and picked up the bit," Wilder said. "I drove her a couple times this year and had her in bad spots. I didn't want that to happen today. She really raced well." Erv Miller trains the daughter of Yankee Glide-Wind Stroll, who now boasts $192,805 in career earnings, for Tony Holmes and Walter Zent. Sonnet Grace had a disastrous PASS championship when she tried to run through the draw gate from post 9 and ultimately broke stride. She rebounded nicely for trainer/driver Rod Allen and Rod Allen Inc. in the Keystone Classic, reaching the point at her leisure and scoring in a stake-fastest and career-best 1:56.1. Fast Reaction was second, 3-1/4 lengths back while early leader Keystone Abbey earned show. "She didn't give me any warning -- just two steps and she tried to duck right out, and when I tried to steer her back, she ran," Allen said of the PASS misadventure of the daughter of Muscle Massive-I Believe, who soared over $100,000 in lifetime earnings. "But she's pretty fresh. She was a little grabby today, wanted to go, wanted to do it. She'll go to the Liberty Bell, and then we'll decide about the Breeders Crown." After her tough beat in the PASS final -- she lost to Windy Corner by a nose -- Magical Beliefs looked the best on paper. Indeed, the daughter of Cantab Hall-Frisky Magic was unhurried until Tim Tetrick moved her from third down the backside. She blew past the leader, Rush Lane, and prevailed in 1:57.2, 1-1/4 lengths better than Fate Smiled. Explosive Mel completed the ticket. "She's a sweetheart; she makes my job really easy," Tetrick said. "A lot of times I've had to put her on the front, but today, they were going enough, and she'll always pass horses. So I was pretty confident. I never pulled her plugs." Linda Toscano conditions Magical Beliefs, a career winner of $151,686 who has finished first or second in all seven career starts, for Highland Green Farms, South Mountain Stables and R-And-I Farms. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

Chester, PA --- After a first-over bid came up short in last week's Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final, Fashion Farms LLC's Patent Leather ($3.60) overcame the elements and proved dominant in the second of three $30,000 Liberty Bell splits for Pennsylvania-sired 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Sunday afternoon (Sept. 9) at Harrah's Philadelphia.   Tim Tetrick floated the son of Broadway Hall forward from his outside post 6 to land in third behind early pacesetter Hill Street (Corey Callahan) and pocket sitter Stonebridge Gamble (Tyler Buter). After drafting patiently behind soft fractions of :29 and :57.2, Tetrick gave Patent Leather his first-over cue with three-eighths to go, and the Jim Campbell trainee's response was instant. He powered past Hill Street at the 1:26.1 three-quarter mark and drew clear at once. He amassed 7-3/4 lengths of clearance over eventual runner-up Stonebridge Gamble at the end of the 1:54 mile, while Hill Street faded to finish third.   Patent Leather, who finished second to Tactical Landing in a Hambletonian elimination, earned the sixth win of his career. For Tetrick, the win capped a Liberty Bell double on the card, as he also teamed up with Tom Fanning trainee Mississippi Storm ($10.60) for a 1:54.3 victory over Scirocco Rob (Callahan) in the first trotting division.   Toast Of Lindy ($9.00, 1:56.1) rounded out the winners of the trotting divisions, taking advantage of an early break from twos-on favorite Lindy's Big Bang (Dexter Dunn) and edging away late in rein to Andy Miller for trainer Julie Miller.   Liberty Bell - 3-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace   Hayden Hanover ($2.20), runner-up to Dorsoduro Hanover in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final, won the last of four $30,000 Liberty Bell divisions for sophomore pacing colts and geldings convincingly, shrugging off a challenge from JK Wildfire (Dunn) en route to a 1:51.1 mile amid intensifying wind and rain. Andy Miller sent the son of Somebeachsomewhere to the lead at race's outset, and the pair controlled fractions of :27.2 and :56 before JK Wildfire emerged at their flank to press a :28 third sectional.   Despite his rival working to within a head a quarter from home, Hayden Hanover responded in kind, kicking on the afterburners at the eighth pole and edging away to a two-length win with plenty left in reserve. Daddyofemall (Mike Wilder) chased off cover to narrowly claim third.   Julie Miller trains four-time winner Hayden Hanover for the Pinske Stables, Andy Miller Stable, TLP Stable and Deo Volente Farms. For the Millers, Hayden Hanover capped a stakes double on the card.   Iluvtomakemoney ($51.00) opened the pacing proceedings with a major upset, circling four-wide from astern under Dexter Dunn to narrowly reach in 1:53.1 for trainer Mark Harder.   Messenger starter Winston ($10.60) followed in the second division by vaulting from the pocket to overtake odds-on pacesetter Terror Atthe Beach (George Napolitano Jr.) and stave off a late charge from Go West Go Fast (Matt Kakaley) by half a length in 1:53. Corey Callahan drove for trainer John Butenschoen.   After breaking in his two previous starts, Wheels On Fire ($10.80) and Matt Kakaley righted the ship in the third division with a 1:52.1 mile which saw him emerge late from the pocket to upend Macadoodledoo (Tetrick) by half a length. It was the seventh career win for the Ron Burke trainee.   Multiple players successfully hit the 20-cent Jackpot Hi-5 in the afternoon's fifth race, resulting in a carryover of $2,119.85 to Wednesday (Sept. 12). First post is 12:25 p.m. Eastern.   James Witherite Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

MILTON, ON -September 1, 2018 - Mets Hall found room down the lane and powered away from the field to capture Saturday's $169,183 Simcoe Stakes, at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Trained by Julie Miller for owners Stroy Inc. and Andy Miller Stable, Mets Hall has now won back to back starts since finishing second behind Atlanta in the Hambletonian final. Last time out, Mets Hall captured the Zweig Memorial Trot at Vernon Downs and with the Simcoe score sets himself to be the favourite in the upcoming Canadian Trotting Classic eliminations. Mets Hall blasted off the gate for driver Andy Miller reaching the opening quarter in :27.2, but Alarm Detector (Trevor Henry) and Lawmaker (Anthony MacDonald) were not content to sit down the backstretch with an onrushing Lawmaker marking the half in :55.3. Alarm Detector popped the pocket at the top of the lane, but Mets Hall was not to be denied with a menacing move and powered home in a quick 1:52 flat, equalling his lifetime mark. Run Director (Sylvain Filion) arrived late on the scene to complete the exacta at odds of 50-1. "I wasn't sure how it would unfold, but I knew I'd be going forward off the gate and sitting up close," said Miller. "When I got room in the lane there, he just shot by them. "He likes to be up close," continued Miller. "Usually when he comes off the last turn, he's going to trot home." It was the seventh career victory for the son of Cantab Hall who appears to be improving with every start. "Ever since the Hambo, he's really showed up and done what we thought he would," said Miller. Mets Hall, bred by Winbak Farm in Maryland, banked $84,591 in victory. He paid $4.30 to win. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

Julie Miller endured some difficult moments with trotters Met's Hall and Prospect Hill during the winter and spring, but in the past two months the trainer's trepidation has turned to jubilation. Met's Hall, who struggled with health woes, heads to Saturday's C$169,183 Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old male trotters at Woodbine Mohawk Park off a win in the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial Open Trot and a second-place finish in the Hambletonian. Unraced prior to mid-July, the colt's $456,773 in purses rank 10th among all horses in North America despite tying for the second-fewest starts (six) of any horse in the top 50. "He was a bit of a challenge," Miller said. "We had to iron out some kinks on his road back. He's a little bit behind the curve, not starting as early as most of the others, but I couldn't be any happier with how he is racing. We just have to hope it continues. He's just fought through his issues and he loves to race." Prospect Hill, who battled maturity issues, heads to Saturday's $253,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship for 2-year-old male trotters at The Meadows with a five-race win streak since a third-place debut. He is the sport's fourth-richest 2-year-old male trotter, with $130,167, and tied for the fifth fastest, with a mark of 1:55. Coupled with stablemate Klutzy in the PaSS final, Prospect Hill is the 7-5 morning-line favorite. "He's been a pleasant surprise," Miller said. "He always had talent and ability, but would kind of lose focus and act like a typical juvenile out there on the track. He's got a refined body and nice gait, but he wasn't always thinking about trotting; he was all boy out there. But he's blossomed into a nice horse and done well." Met's Hall, owned by Stroy Inc. and Andy Miller Stable, came into 2018 with high expectations after winning five of 11 races last year and finishing second in the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male trotters, but was plagued by soundness issues. Miller consulted with numerous veterinarians and revamped the colt's training program to get him back on track. "I'm very fortunate," Miller said. "I had three or four of the top vets in the country give me guidance. Andy and I kept talking about his training regimen. We put him in the (swimming) pool and changed up how we do things with a trotter. We had to try other things and it seemed to work." Met's Hall, with Andy Miller in the sulky, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in Saturday's Simcoe Stakes, which is the final prep for the Canadian Trotting Classic (eliminations Sept. 8; final Sept. 15). The 11-horse field also includes You Know You Do (7-2), Lawmaker (9-2) and Alarm Detector (5-1). The race is part of a Woodbine Mohawk Park card that includes the Canadian Pacing Derby and Maple Leaf Trot. For his career, Met's Hall has won seven of 17 races and earned $723,908. The son of Cantab Hall-Met's Inn finished second to Atlanta in the Hambletonian before winning in a career-best 1:52 in the Zweig, where he led gate-to-wire and fought off a challenge from Six Pack before holding off Manchego by a nose. "We really targeted the Hambletonian with him," Miller said. "To get second, we were very pleased. And to race in the Zweig and hold off Six Pack and Manchego that last quarter, I was really proud of him. I don't think he prefers to race on the front, but he can. I think he's more of a grinder. But it's however the race unfolds." Prospect Hill, a son of Muscle Hill-Louise Kemp, was purchased for $130,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Stroy Inc. He finished third to Peter Haughton Memorial winner Don't Let'em in his debut, but has since won five in a row -- a division of the Pennsylvania All-Stars followed by four divisions of the sire stakes. His most recent victory was by a neck, but the rest were by at least one length. "He leaves the gate so effortlessly," Miller said. "Andy said he's really comfortable on the front. I'm just happy he doesn't seem to have to exert a lot so far to race at this level. "And when a horse has come at him, he's responded well. Twice he's done that. I'm glad that he's game and gutsy. Instead of throwing in the towel, he wanted to put his head back in front and win. You like to think you teach them that, but I think it's all on their own. They have to want it and he wants it." The Meadows hosts all four Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship for 2-year-olds. On Sunday, the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono hosts the four PaSS finals for 3-year-olds. Morning-line favorites at Pocono are Phaetosive in the female trot, Kissin In The Sand in the female pace, Crystal Fashion in the male trot, and Dorsoduro Hanover in the male pace. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA   

CHESTER, PA - The Italian import Tuonoblu Rex won for the first time in 405 days on Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, taking the $18,000 featured trot in 1:53.1. The son of Cantab Hall won his first three U.S. starts starting in April of last year and then added a fourth victory on July 7 before his 2017 campaign ended after only eight starts on August 5. The trotter came back in May of this year but was undistinguished in two starts before a brief layoff, during which Mark Silva bought a share of the horse and took over the care of the winner of $253,143, The Andy Miller Stable Inc. is the current co-owner, and indeed Miller was in the sulky on Thursday, quarter-moving his charge after a 27.4 split and not having many anxious moments thereafter as the 1-5 favorite, posting midsplits of 56.2 and 1:24.2 en route to the easy triumph. The Muscle Hill mare Dream Baby Dream, with champion CR Kay Suzie not far back in her maternal pedigree, continues to develop into the kind of horse her breeding might allow, taking the $17,000 co-featured trot. Andrew McCarthy moved the four-year-old outside from third at the 28 quarter, and after Signal Hill finally made the top near the 3/8 Dream Baby Dream went on to the top, but not without working to a 56 half. Zagster put in a spirited challenge to and just past the 1:24.4 3/4s, but he fell back a bit, and the winner was able to withstand the late move of favored Sortie by ¾ of a length in 1:53.2, the same time Dream Baby Dream posted in winning here seven days ago. Brett Pelling conditions the winner of $225.096 for the Wiesman Farms LLC. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

As racing fans across the globe peruse the headlines of the 2018 Hambletonian, they are not likely to come across the name Met's Hall very often. That's quite all right with part owner and driver Andy Miller, who is more than comfortable with the underdog role.   The 3-year-old colt by Cantab Hall-Met's Inn made headlines at age two, but has since been lightly raced. "We brought him back slowly after his 2-year-old season," Miller said. "He still had issues with soundness so we kind of had to take our time with him." He is in the first of two Hambletonian eliminations at The Meadowlands on Saturday afternoon.   Bred by Winbak Farm, Met's Hall caught the eye of yearling manager Jim Ladwig early on. "I thought he was a nice colt with lots of potential," Ladwig said. He went on to the Harrisburg Sale, where he was purchased for $132,000 by Stroy Inc, along with Andy and Julie Miller.   Despite some soundness issues that have hampered the colt thus far in his racing career, Miller says Met's Hall has a real big gait and a whole lot of speed. That speed was on display in his second career start, as he set the track record for 2-year-old colt trotters (1:55.1) at Harrah's Philadelphia in a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes event. He suffered his first defeat in a Peter Haughton Memorial elimination race, and had to settle for fifth in the finals after a less than desirable trip. He was also battling respiratory problems, which sidelined him for close to a month after the race.   He bounced back well to wrap up his freshman campaign with wins in the PASS Consolation, Kindergarten Classic, and The International Stallion at The Red Mile before finishing second in The Breeders Crown at Hoosier Park. "He didn't really get around the track at Hoosier all that well," Andy Miller said. "He got an inside trip and shook loose late and was really charging at the wire. We were very happy with his performance."   As a 3-year old, the jury is still out. "He's got a lot bigger and stronger from his 2-year-old season, but we had to take our time with him because of the soundness issues," Miller said.   "We pointed him to the Hambo, so hopefully that pays off." After a trio of qualifiers at The Meadowlands, he has improved in each of his three pari-mutuel starts in his sophomore season, with the latest being a win in 1:53 in the Reynolds Memorial at The Big M. When asked what sealed the deal in terms of entering the Hambo, Miller said the victory in the Reynolds was the dealmaker. Met's Hall drew post 3 in his Hambo elimination, and is 10-1 in the morning line.   The Miller team have been close to the Hambo Trophy in recent years, with Devious Man in 2017 (3rd placed 2nd) and Sutton in 2016 (2nd), but have yet to win the elusive crown. When asked what it would mean to win The Hambletonian, Andy Miller admitted it's the race every horsemen strives for.   As for Winbak Farm, it would be their third Hambletonian trophy. They won it in 2005 with Vivid Photo, and 2009 with Muscle Hill.   by Mike Bozich, for Post Time with Mike & Mike

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - A pair of talented trotters hit the winner's circle in two divisions of the Reynolds Memorial for 3-year-old colts and geldings on the trot at the Meadowlands Saturday night. In the first division of the final Hambletonian prep, Met's Hall was bet down to 3-5 and made the quarter on the point in a leisurely :28. Another rated fraction followed and Met's Hall was cruising past the half in :57.3. Hockey Hanover, the only non-Hambo eligible in the field of nine, then shocked the favorite (not to mention the bettors), using an authoritative brush to grab the lead, hitting three-quarters two lengths to the good in 1:25.4 at odds of 49-1. But despite closing in :27.2, Hockey Hanover couldn't complete the job. Met's Hall had a burst of speed left in his arsenal, and he used it, battling back along the inside, closing in :26.4, to record a neck win over a fast-closing Fashionwoodchopper. Hockey Hanover held third. With the Hambletonian just a week away, the timing was ideal for Met's Hall (Cantab Hall-Met's Inn) to record his first win of the year in just his third start. The heavy favorite, who was driven by Andy Miller and trained by Julie Miller, completed the mile in 1:53 and paid $3.40 in winning for the sixth time in 14 lifetime outings. Beal Memorial champion Crystal Fashion was a dominant winner of the second Reynolds division. Tim Tetrick had the gelded Cantab Hall-Window Willow product sitting an unhurried sixth in the early going before opting to race in a third-over flow down the backstretch. With an eighth of a mile to go, Crystal Fashion was tipped off his cover and stormed home to record a 1-length victory over Hat Trick Habit in 1:52.4. For A Dreamer was third. As the 1-5 public choice, Crystal Fashion returned $2.60 to win, scoring for the ninth time in 20 lifetime outings while upping his lifetime bankroll to just over $523,000. JL AND JOE CRUZE TO VICTORY: JL Cruze went right to the top and never looked back in the overnight co-feature, the $20,000 Preferred Handicap for trotters. The 7-year-old gelded son of Crazed-Topcat Hall stopped the clock in 1:51.2 and paid $11.40 as the fourth choice in the wagering. Western Joe sat off a speed duel where Miso Fast and Highalator went toe-to-toe to three-quarters in 1:20.3, then used a final quarter of :26.3 to win the $20,000 Preferred for pacers in a sizzling 1:47.3. In lowering his previous lifetime best by two seconds, Western Joe (Western Ideal-Ante Fay) paid $12.60 as the fourth betting choice. A LITTLE MORE: All-source wagering on the 12-race program totaled $2,335,364. ... Next weekend marks the final two race cards of the 2017-18 Meadowlands meeting. Friday's first race gets underway at 7:15 p.m. Hambletonian Day, Saturday, Aug. 4, has a special early post time of noon. ... Go to the Meadowlands Facebook page and check out the Hambletonian post position draw live at 2 p.m. Tuesday. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The two eliminations for the Jim Doherty Memorial for 2-year-old fillies on the trot were not safe for chalk players Friday night at the Meadowlands. Over a sloppy track that was battered by rain all night long, the first elim saw the top two betting choices go off stride as Susy (9-5) faltered around the first turn and Speed Titan (5-2) on the final turn. That left the door open for the tote board to light up. Special Honor, driven by Andy Miller and trained by Andy's wife Julie, was actually not even in play in the early stages of the race. In fact, at three-quarters she was in front of but one horse (Susy), but the daughter of Father Patrick-Honor Thy Daughter started to gather momentum heading into the stretch, swerved to the two path mid-lane and then found a seam in deep stretch to gun down the fast-closing The Ice Dutchess by a nose in a lifetime-best 1:55.1. Special Honor returned $38.60 to win. The exacta, comprised of an 18-1 shot over a 17-1 chance, returned $434.40. Hanna Dreamgirl, Hanovers Best and Jezzys Legacy were the third-, fourth- and fifth-place finishers, respectively, and earned a berth in next week's $357,450 Doherty Final. The second elim was contested in a deluge, and after 6-1 shot Starita yielded the early lead to 3-5 chalk Beautiful Sin, this result did not appear to be in doubt. The field raced well away from the rail as the rains continued to fall and Beautiful Sin turned for home on a safe 1½-length lead. Or so it appeared. In deep stretch, Beautiful Sin got leg weary and drifted away from the rail. That's when David Miller asked Starita for trot, and she gave him just enough to nip the favorite at the wire by a nose racing along the inside. Starita, a daughter of Trixton-Morningstar, paid $14.00 to win after completing the mile in a lifetime-best 1:55.2. The third- through fifth-place finishers earning a spot in the final were Fate Smiled, Swizzle Sticks and Whispering Oaks. A LITTLE MORE: One astute player in Ontario was the only bettor to survive seven legs of the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 and walked away with $15,469. ... David Miller drove three winners on the program, while Brett Miller, Corey Callahan and Andy McCarthy had two apiece. ... All-source wagering on the card totaled $1,621,378. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Saturday at 7:15 p.m. Atop the marquee sit a pair of Hambletonian Oaks eliminations, featuring Manchego, Hey Blondie, Phaetosive and the fastest-ever 3-year-old trotter regardless of sex, Plunge Blue Chip (1:49.4). by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands   

WASHINGTON, PA, July 17, 2018 -- Prospect Hill captured his second straight stake with a persuasive 1:56.3 score, fastest in Tuesday's $184,588 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. The event for freshman colt and gelding trotters, known as the Hickory Pride, was contested over four divisions, with White Tiger, Demon Onthe Hill and Mass Fortune K taking the other splits. A $130,000 yearling acquisition for Stroy Inc., Prospect Hill broke his maiden with a front-end score in a PA All-Stars division. In the Hickory Pride, he quarter-poled to the front for Andy Miller and trainer Julie Miller and was an easy victor from there, downing early leader Amico Mio Bi by 1-3/4 lengths. The first-up Marseille finished third. "He seems to really like the front, and he really charges home strong when he's commanding the race," Andy Miller said of the son of Muscle Hill-Louise Kemp. "But it doesn't have to be that way. His first start he followed and was really good. He'll go to the next sires stake or the Peter Haughton. We haven't decided for sure." Anthony MacDonald, who drives White Tiger and participates in the colt's ownership through Thestable White Tiger Group, notes that the Muscle Massive-Just Not Into You gelding is unusually sensitive and responsive to sounds. "He hears a lot of voices," McDonald said. "As long as you get him on a day when he hears the right one, he's real class. I wanted to keep him a constant enough gear to where he wasn't startled. Around the last turn when I called on him, I figured he had enough racetrack. He's an incredibly fast horse. He has the Peter Haughton next." He listened to his better angels Tuesday, as he brushed wide through the lane to edge Ginger Tree Skyr by a head in 1:57, with Fashion Possessed third. Andrew Harris conditions White Tiger. Demon Onthe Hill launched his career by breaking in the PA All-Stars, but he was well behaved in the Hickory Pride, saving ground and firing late to score in 1:57 for Mike Milder, trainer Marcus Melander and owner Vicky Trotting Inc. Flippen Creek finished second, beaten 2-3/4 lengths, while Northern Express completed the ticket. "When he broke at Pocono last week, he just took a bad step in the last turn," Wilder said. "His connections felt he could have won in 1:56, and I don't think they were far off. He was on cruise control today. He showed a lot of manners and felt terrific." In the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, Call For Justice vaulted over $500,000 in career earnings with a 1:53.3 victory -- his second straight -- in the Lightning Lane. Swell Chap was second, 1-3/4 lengths back, with early leader Classicality third. Ron Burke trains the son of Justice Hall-Mika's Mazurka for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, LLC. Dave Palone and Brian Zendt each piloted a pair of winners on the 13-race card.  THE MEADOWS DOUBLES WEDNESDAY PICK 5 GUARANTEE TO $10,000 The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has doubled — to $10,000 — the total-pool guarantee for its Wednesday, July 18 Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. While $5,000 Pick 5 guarantees are offered each card, The Meadows sweetened the pot when Tuesday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $2,687.07. In addition, Wednesday’s card includes a $7,500 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 as well as a $2,534.60 jackpot in the Super High 5. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (races 4-7), Pick 5 (races 10-14) and Super High 5 (race 14) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post Wednesday is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, July 16, 2018 -- Twenty-eight freshman colt and gelding trotters will face a major test in Tuesday's $184,588 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. While most of the youngsters are impeccably bred and well connected, two from trainer Julie Miller's stable -- Prospect Hill and Klutzy -- appear particularly promising. The stake, known as the Hickory Pride, spans races 1-4, with Andy Miller driving both Prospect Hill (race 3, post 4) and Klutzy (race 2, post 3). First post is 1:05 PM. Also on Tuesday, The Meadows will announce the field for the $450,000 (est) Delvin Miller Pace for the Orchids. Adios eliminations are set for Saturday, July 21, with the final the following Saturday. Prospect Hill passed his initial stake challenge with flying colors with a 9-1/4-length romp in 1:56.4 in a PA All-Stars split. The son of Muscle Hill-Louise Kemp earned back a big chunk of the $130,000 he cost as a yearling. "The Muscle Hill colts are high priced, so we had to spend a little bit more for him," Andy Miller says. "He's done everything we've asked of him. He's very playful but versatile. He doesn't have to be on the front or come from behind. In the All-Stars, he trotted home in 28 handily. Before that at the Meadowlands, he followed a couple good colts and finished right close to them." Klutzy, of course, is derived from the Yiddish word for clumsy, and although the name doesn't suggest the grace and power you'd like to see in a young horse, Miller indicates the connections never considered changing it. "I don't put a whole lot into names," he says. ""That's what his name was, so we left it at that." Sure enough, after winning at first asking, the son of Cantab Hall-Upside Hanover -- a $55,000 yearling acquisition -- had a close encounter with a pylon in an All-Stars division and broke stride. His driver, however, exonerates him. "A pylon was leaning out onto the track," Miller says. "He got a little close to it, jumped away from it and made a break. It wasn't really his fault." However they fare Tuesday, the two youngsters are extending the extraordinary relationship between the Millers and the colts' owner, Stroy Inc., the nom de course of Natalia Stroy. A resident of Russia, Stroy visits the U.S. several times each year to touch base with the Millers and review her American operations. It's a warming note in this era of strained Russo-American relations that has injected an international flavor into the sport. The partnership now races a horse with a Yiddish-influenced name as well as the 3-year-old trotter Seviyorum, a Turkish expression that translates as "I love" or "I like." They also campaigned the top trotter Devious Man, who earned nearly $1.4 million for them. Nothing klutzy about that. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It was another harness racing day at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (July 11) and there was another track record broken as Amal Hall ($3.20) did the honors this time with a hard-fought neck victory in her $36,000 (approx.) division of New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for the 2-year-old filly trotters.   Amal Hall (Andy Miller) went the mile in 1:59.0, blowing away the previous mark of 2:00.0 set last season by Plunge Blue Chip. It was the tenth track record either broke or tied at Buffalo Raceway in 2018.   Miller swept the NYSS early daily double as he guided With Out A Doubt ($3.70) to the win in 2:00.4 while Safe Word ($5.10) captured the final bracket with a 4-3/4 length decision in 2:01.0 with Jeff Gregory in the bike.   In the opener, Quincy Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) set the pace while Sensibility (Scott Zeron) and Amal Hall tucked into second and third respectively. Approaching the three-quarter marker, Miller tipped Amal Hall first over and began to chip into the lead turning for home.   Eventually, Amal Hall wore down the pace-setting Quincy Blue Chip and managed to stick a neck in front at the wire for the win. Sensibility took the show position.   "When I pulled her out, she kept going faster and faster," Miller said of Amal Hall. "I am happy with her performance. She's a nice filly."   Co-owned by the Andy Miller Stable, the Getty Stable and the Dumain Haven Farm, Amal Hall (Credit Winner-Arabella Hall) is trained by Julie Miller. The win was the second in three tries this season for Amal Hall who pushed her earnings to $47,058.   Miller made it two straight as he used the passing lane to give With Out A Doubt a three-quarter length score over Gobi Princess (Zeron) and Exotic Diamond (Morrill Jr.).   Summermusic'chapter (Dan Daley) set the tempo with splits of :30.0, 1:01.1 and 1:31.2 but was under siege as the field turned for home. With Out A Doubt dropped to the 'lightning lane' and was the quickest in the dash to the wire.   Co-owned by Ross Bonafield, Robert McCarthy and James Moran, With Out A Doubt (Conway Hall-Queen Of More) is trained by Erv Miller. The win was the first in three attempts for With Out A Doubt, now a winner of $29,140.   The final division was a stroll for Safe Word as she went right to the lead and never looked back in posting a solid 4-3/4 length triumph over Liquorstoreblues (Morrill Jr.). It's My Party (Sam Schillaci) took the show position.   Safe Word posted splits of :30.3, 1:01.4 and 1:32.0 and had no threats in cruising to the finish line.   Owned by driver/trainer Gregory, William Richardson, Martin Garey and Henry Wieseneck, Safe Word (Credit Winner-Fifty Shades) has now posted two wins in three starts, earning $44,321.   Miller finished the night with three wins as he drove Song Chapter ($5.00) to a victory in a $15,000 division of the Excelsior A Series with a mile of 2:04.0. Barn Tease ($5.10) took the other leg as Claude Huckabone Jr. steered her to the decision in 2:03.2.   In the $6,600 Excelsior B events, Ms O'Reilly ($12.60) took her race for Gregory with a 2:04.4 mark while Morganslovin Dream (Daley) trotted the mile in 2:04.2 and returned $5.10 in the victory.   Racing will continue on Friday night at 5 p.m. with a 10-race program scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com.   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

CHESTER, PA - A pair of daughters of Donato Hanover, Seviyorum and Live Laugh Love, both trotted the Harrah's Philadelphia oval in 1:53.1 during Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action on the pre-holiday Tuesday card at the riverside oval, and coming away co-holders of the divisional track record for harness racing three-year-old trotting fillies. Andy Miller moved Seviyorum, a winner of $325,526, out raw at the half and quickly got her in gear, clearing with a 27.4 brush down the backstretch and then duplicating the clocking the remainder of the journey to lower by a tick the local divisional standard first set by Behindclosedoors in 2010 and tied by Superstar Hanover in 2012. Julie Miller trains the member of Team Orange Crush, who also established a personal best, for Story Inc. and the Andy Miller Stable Inc. Then it was David Miller and Live Laugh Love's turn in the spotlight, as she brushed to the lead in front of the grandstand, went on at a quick clip, and maintained control from there. The Nifty Norman trainee, with two Sire Stakes wins and a second to Manchego in her 2018 state campaign, took a new speed badge and boosted her bankroll to $145,467 for Melvin Hartman, David McDuffee, and Diamond Creek Racing. Phaetosive, the Explosive Matter filly who gave 2017 champion Manchego some of her strongest challenges last year, won easily in her second start of the year in 1:53.2 - a time which would have equaled the track record had not Seviyorum raced earlier (and, as it turned out, Live Laugh Love later). Trainer/driver Trond Smedshammer and his filly both kept their heads while there were several breakers around them in the last quarter, going on true to the wire to raise her earnings to $281,393 for Purple Haze Stables LLC. (Smedshammer/Purple Haze may have given a preview of "the next generation" earlier in the card, as the freshman Explosive Matter - Hawaiian Lea filly Matterlei was successful in her purse debut in 1:58.4.) There were also five divisions of the parallel Stallion Series competition on the only Tuesday card of the year at Philly. The winners were: Mission Revealed, a Donato Hanover filly driven by Matt Kakaley for trainer Bill "Moon" Mullin, also co-owner with Howard Taylor, well clear in lowering her mark over seven seconds to 1:54.3. Follow Streak, who looked like a rerun of Sire Stakes winner Seviyorum from 16 minutes earlier, with sire Donato Hanover, driver Andy Miller, trainer Julie Miller, and a backstretch brush to the lead en route to a new mark of 1:54.3 and her second Stallion Series win of the year for the Andy Miller Stable Inc. and Lawrence Dumain. Bella Glos, a Cantab Hall filly who had to dig in to defeat Mighty Macko to her left and Pembroke Mystery to her right in 1:56.3, taking her second Stallion Series victory for trainer/driver Jimmy Takter and Black Horse Racing. Bandol Rose, another daughter of Cantab Hall, who worked hard to get the early lead, then rolled on to a new mark of 1:55 for driver David Miller, trainer Charlie Norris, and the M T Pockets Stables. Perfect Image, a Muscle Hill distaff who provided a second Stallion Series success for the team of David Miller and Charlie Norris while lowering her mark to 1:55.1 for owner Frank Poerio Jr., racing unchallenged the last 5/8. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER PA - Veteran driver Andy Miller recorded the 9000th victory of his very successful career on Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia when he came home first with American Filly in 1:52.1 for trainer Joe Pavia Jr. The historic occasion was really a tale of four Millers - Andy had won two races earlier in the card with horses trained by his wife and Team Orange Crush partner Julie, putting him one victory short of the milestone. When David Miller took off his Thursday drives at Philly, Andy was tapped to handle American Filly - and through the stretch Andy's nephew Marcus Miller gave valiant chase with Shady Stella, but American Filly stayed true to the finish for #9000. The 49-year-old Miller was the top driver on the Chicago circuit for several years before coming east and finding even more success, branching out to Grand Circuit horses, especially trotters. He becomes the 22nd driver in North American history to get to 9000 sulky wins (frequent competitor George Napolitano Jr. had earned the distinction earlier this month), and is 14th among active drivers. Horses Andy has driven have earned over $118 million dollars. On "Trottin' Thursday" at Harrah's Philadelphia, Moonshiner Hanover grinded first-over to a 1¾ length victory in the $17,000 feature while taking a new mark of 1:53. George Napolitano Jr. had sulky duties behind the winner of $467,982 for trainer Chris Beaver, co-owner with Synerco Ventures Inc. and Bill Manes. Behind the winning son of Andover Hall, 51-1 proposition Bands Houdini won a three-way photo over EI EI O and Arch Credit to complete the exacta. In the first of two $14,500 co-featured trots, P L Jerico went a tick quicker than the feature winner, 1:52.4, looking like a fine acquisition with upward possibility for trainer Ron Burke after taking his second straight start for his new stable. Yannick Gingras moved the gelded son of Manofmanymissions to the front off turn one, then drew off to a 5¾ length triumph for Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. In the other division, the Equinox Bi gelding Playboy Buddy Rose (named after the wrestler who lost the opening bout at the first-ever Wrestlemania) moved to the lead past the quarter and won with authority in 1:55. The win for driver Marcus Miller boosted the "Playboy's" lifetime earnings to $102,229 for trainer Linda Lambert and owner Lloyd Lambert. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

It's like deja vu all over again for the connections of Hayden Hanover as they prepare to watch their colt in Saturday's C$1 million Pepsi North America Cup at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Julie Miller-trained Hayden Hanover finished third last week in his North America Cup elimination, which was won by Stay Hungry, and will start Saturday's final from post No. 9. His elimination finish and draw for the final were nearly identical to his trip to Mohawk in September for the Metro Pace, when Hayden Hanover finished third in an elimination won by Stay Hungry and started the final from post No. 10. Despite his unfavorable Metro starting spot, which produced a track-low 4.4 percent winners last year, Hayden Hanover finished second to Lost In Time, so his connections might hope for the deja vu to continue. "Your starting point is only a position," said Miller, who will watch her husband Andy drive Hayden Hanover in Saturday's North America Cup final. "If Andy can maneuver a nice trip I hope we can take advantage of it. It's a deep field, a lot of nice horses, and I think it's going to come down to the trip." Hayden Hanover, a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the millionaire Hana Hanover, has started three times this year and posted a second and a third. For his career, the colt has won two of 14 races and hit the board a total of 11 times to earn $303,992. He is owned by Pinske Stables and Jim Simpson. Last year, Hayden Hanover had the fastest winning mile of the season for a 2-year-old male pacer thanks to his 1:50 score in a division of the International Stallion Stakes. In addition to finishing second in the Metro, he was runner-up in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. Hayden Hanover remained in Canada following his North America Cup elimination rather than returning to the Millers' base in New Jersey. He also remained in Canada last year for the Metro. "Last year he had a good experience up there, so I'm OK with leaving him up there for the week," Miller said. "He's good in the fact that he takes care of himself. He's a good eater, he loves the field, and he's an easy horse to jog and train, so I'm not on pins and needles in that respect. I have a lot of confidence in how he is up in Canada." Although post No. 9 at Woodbine Mohawk Park has produced only eight wins in 156 pacing races this year (5.1 percent), Miller is happy for the opportunity to experience the North America Cup with Hayden Hanover. "It's an honor just to make the final," Miller said. "It's a magical day up there in Canada. If we can have some success in it, it will even be better. We just need a lot of luck, a lot of racing luck." Andy Miller hopes Hayden Hanover's versatility can be a benefit on Saturday. "He can leave, or like on Saturday, I raced him off of cover and he was good that way," he said. "It's not like he's one dimensional. It will be a great race." Lather Up, Stay Hungry and Wes Delight won last week's North America Cup eliminations. That trio has won 11 of 13 races this year to lead a deep group into the final. Lather Up, who is unbeaten in five races this year, is the 2-1 morning-line favorite. The 35th edition of Canada's richest harness race, showcasing the finest 3-year-old pacers on the continent, will go postward at 10:40 p.m. (EDT) and will be broadcast live on TSN2 from 10-11 p.m. The North America Cup undercard features the C$415,000 Fan Hanover for 3-year-old pacing fillies, C$370,000 Roses Are Red for pacing mares, C$250,000 Armbro Flight for trotting mares, C$266,000 Goodtimes for 3-year-old trotters and the C$100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup Invitational for older pacers. Post time for the first of 15 races on the Pepsi North America Cup card is 6:30 p.m. Here is the Pepsi North America Cup field in post position order: PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-St Lads Neptune-Jody Jamieson-Stephanie Jamieson-8/1 2-Stay Hungry-Doug McNair-Tony Alagna-5/2 3-Wes Delight-Corey Callahan-Mark Harder-9/2 4-Lather Up-Montrell Teague-Clyde Francis-2/1 5-American History-Yannick Gingras-Tony Alagna-10/1 6-Lost In Time-Scott Zeron-Jimmy Takter-8/1 7-Done Well-Tim Tetrick-Brian Brown-4/1 8-Nutcracker Sweet-David Miller-Jimmy Takter-15/1 9-Hayden Hanover-Andy Miller-Julie Miller-20/1 10-Hitman Hill-Brett Miller-Chris Oakes-20/1  by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

Harness racing driver Andy Miller would win both divisions of the New York Sire Stakes at Vernon Downs on Thursday night (September 7). Miller would win the first division with Tito (Muscle Mass - Stonebridge Encore). Owned by Anthony Lombardi, George Golemes, and Louis Willinger, while trained by Erv Miller, he would lead the colt to a gate-to-wire victory. The 2 year-old would put up all the fractions :28.4, 1:00.1, 1:28.4, 1:57.1. Six Pack (Ake Svanstedt) would make a run at the big favorite, but had to settle for the runner-up spot. Ronnie Goldstein (Kim Crawford) would finish third. Tito ($3,80) would win for the second time in eight starts. The 1:57.1 was his fastest. The freshman trotter won his first race his last time out, taking a leg of the NYSS at Batavia Downs on August 27. In the second division of the NYSS ($54,500), Miller would guide Don (Credit Winner- Angostura) to an easy win. He would go right to the lead and never look back, controlling all the fractions, :28.0, :58.4, 1:27.2, 1:56.1. The 2 year-old colt is owned by the Andy Miller Stable with Little E LLC and trained by Julie Miller. Long shot Rich Uncle (Jimmy Whittemore), would give a late chase and finish second. Seven Iron (John MacDonald) was third best. Don ($4.20) would get his second win in five starts. He previously won a leg of the NYSS at Monticello Raceway on July 31st. Leading driver John MacDonald continued to dominate at the miracle mile with 6 more wins. MacDonald would get victories with Drea's Good Powow ($3.70), Helpisontheway ($13.80), If Not Why Not ($2.80), I Saw Red ($3.90), Stirling Electra ($3.30), and Three Handbags ($5.00). He now has 110 wins at Vernon Downs this season. Vernon Downs returns to live action on Friday at 6:45 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs  

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 9, 2017 -- Hockey Hanover extended his career unbeaten streak to seven in Wednesday's $160,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake at The Meadows, but he had to share the harness racing spotlight with a human star -- Andy Miller, who captured four divisions in the event for freshman colt and gelding trotters. Miller won with Lindy's Big Bang, Im Your Captain, Mississippi Storm and Make It A Double -- the latter three trained by Julie Miller. Also taking splits were Canaletto Hanover, I Know My Rights and Lindyinoverdrive. Entering Wednesday's action, Hockey Hanover's resume included victories in four fairground stakes and a pair of stallion series legs, and he was just as effective on the engine or rallying from mid-pack. On Wednesday, he zipped to the lead from post 5 for trainer/driver Wilbur Yoder and repelled a stern challenge from Patent Leather to defeat him by 1-1/4 lengths in a career-best 1:56.3. Keystone Apache finished third. "This colt, he just digs in," said Yoder of the Explosive Matter-Hotentrot Hanover gelding, a $10,000 yearling acquisition for McMullen Stable. "When he hears them coming, he just digs in and goes. You just sit there and go for a ride. He's a Cadillac." Mississippi Storm, a Cantab Hall-Mississippi Beauty gelding who broke stride in his last stallion series leg, added hopples for Wednesday's stake and was both reliable and swift on the front end, scoring in a stake-fastest 1:56.2 for owners Andy Miller Stable and Willow Oak Ranch. The first-over Checkmate Hill was second, 4 lengths back, while Johny Victory completed the ticket. "He would have been second last time, and I chased him a little bit and he made a break," Miller said. "He was good today. He's a good stallion series horse, and I think he'll be something later on, once he grows up a little. He's just a little guy." Canaletto Hanover collected his second stallion series victory by controlling the fractions for Mike Wilder and holding off the late thrust of the pocketing-sitting Haveitalltogether and downing him by 3/4 lengths in 1:57. Gemologist earned show in his career debut. "We had his brother, Centurion Hanover, and we took the money he made for us and bought this one," said D.R. Ackerman, who owns and trains the son of Andover Hall-Charlotte Alber, a $35,000 yearling purchase. "Hopples have made him more secure." Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the card features the Florida Pro, a $165,152 PA Sires Stake for 2-year-od colt and gelding trotters. First post is 1:05 PM.   The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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