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CHESTER, PA - Developing younger harness racing horses were featured on Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, with an $11,200 event for both male pacers and for trotters. Hall of Fame driver David Miller took the shortest way home to triumph in both features, coming up the inside after front-end battles. On the pace, the Well Said gelding Step On The Gas had the inside seas part for him after favorites Jollity and Miki U So Fine dueled, with clear sailing for Miller as he put a new mark of 1:52.4 on the pacer. The winner is now 2-for-3 since entering the Ron Burke stable for owner Shannon Murphy. STEP ON THE GAS REPLAY   It was deja vu all over again for Miller behind the Muscle Massive gelding Keystone Thunder in the trotting headliner. Horse and driver followed along behind Gerard and favored Boom City as they traded the lead, then came home steadily to get the decision in 1:57.1, also taking a new speed badge for trainer Joseph Eisenhower Sr. and owners Howard and Joshua Kauffman. Those bettors who relied on the active driver with the most money earned in the sulky were rewarded with $20.20 on Step On The Gas and $28.00 on Keystone Thunder. KEYSTONE THUNDER REPLAY   Trainer Nancy Takter looks like she has yet another nice trotter, although this one comes from an unconventional route, through France and Ireland. The mare Eva Dairpet FR was reserved off cover by driver Dexter Dunn (who topped drivers with three wins), then tipped wide and finished full of trot to win her North American bow in 1:53.3. Alan Wallace of Dublin, Ireland owns the promising distaff, now with six wins and three seconds in 17 lifetime starts. Harrah's will be racing on Thursday with a first post of 12:25 p.m. Program pages will be available at https://www.phha.org/harrahspps.html. For full race results, click here. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

Pompano Beach, FL...March 31...Crisp Mane and Muscles For Life took top honors in their respective Open Handicap events on Tuesday (March 30) at Pompano Park, each winner handled by the two leading harness racing drivers at the track this season, who both happen to be Hall of Famers. Crisp Mane, the splendid five year-old daughter of Sportswriter, eked out a close win in the $11,500 Open Handicap for Mares and was driven by David Miller. She went grinding her way from fourth halfway through the mile to the lead around the final bend before holding off the serious late surge of Casie's Believer (Joe Chindano, Jr.) by a head in 1:52.2. Persistent Bettor (Kevin Wallis) was third while Ask Me Ifi Care, late around the final bend, closed for fourth. Prairie Westerngal, prominent from the get-go, finished fifth, less than two lengths off the winner. As the wings folded, a battle developed for early supremacy as Persistent Bettor and Prairie Westerngal both left with alacrity with Tempus Seelster also joining the fray with the latter reaching the top spot a stride past the :26.2 opener. Meanwhile, Crisp Mane, settling into fourth early, on the move grinding after a half in 55.1. Gnawing her third panel in :27.3, Crisp Mane stuck her head in front at that third station in 1:23.3 with she and Tempus Seelster stride for stride until mis-stretch when Crisp Mane edged clear only to face a final lunge by Casie's Believer that fell short by a head. CRISP MANE REPLAY   Said Miller after the event, "Crisp Mane is more of a grinder than a sprinter and I was very happy with the way she raced." Trained by David's daughter, Devan, for owner Sylvia Burke, Crisp Mane won for the third time this year sending her scorecard to 3-2-5 in 10 starts, good for $30,460 and $228,390 lifetime. As the slight second choice at 8 to 5, Crisp Mane paid $5.40 to win. A bit of luck played into Muscle For Life's win in the $11,000 Open Handicap for trotters as this eight year-old son of Muscle Mass slipped through along the pylons for driver Wally Hennessey to out- kick Born To Thrive (Rick Plano) by a neck in 1:53.4. Burn Notice (Kevin Wallis) finished third while BJ Lorado trotted an evenly rated mile to finish fourth. Classiciality picked up the nickel after the leader In Secret made a miscue turning for home. Muscles For Life left with his usual alertness along with In Secret, who took charge midway around the initial turn and stroked off panels of :27.2, :55.4 and 1:24.3. Turning for home, In Secret made a rare miscue, leaving Muscles For Life the opportunity to slip on through and on to victory--his fourth in eight starts sending his 2021 bounty to $29,720 and $377,915 lifetime for the Steve Oldford trainee owned by Jarold Hawkes. MUSCLE FOR LIFE REPLAY   "There was a little bit of luck involved there, too" said Hennessey, "as a seam opened up after David's horse (In Secret) made that break and I was able tpo sneak through!" Off at 6 to 5 on the board, Muscles For Life paid $4.60 to his multitude of faithful. In the $10,000 Open II Trot, Sooo Handsome, driven by Rick Plano for owner Maryann Plano, enjoyed a perfect trip in the garden spot and went on to score a handy 3 1/4 length win in 1:54.3 for his first win of the year in 12 starts. The eight year-old gelded son of Cash Hall let Stick With Me mKid (Wally Hennessey) cut the mustard through fractions of :27.4, :57.2 and 1:26.1 before his solid :28.1 final sealed the deal. Boinganator (Kevin Wallis) finished third while Billie Blue and Tech Titan earned minor awards in the sextet. Sooo Handsome now has banked $347,575 lifetime. He paid $2.60 as the 1 to 5 tote-board favorite. Also of note, Maryann Plano's Flagman, again handled by her trainer-driver husband, Rick, extended his undefeated streak to four in 2021 with a lifetime best 1:53.2 performance in an $8,000 conditioned event. The four year-old gelded son of Guccio began his season just a month ago with a qualifying win in 1:56.2 and, since, has ripped off four straight wins--last night's by 12 lengths. He paid $2.60 to win. Racing continues on Thursday night with two Send It In Invitational events, highlighted by a mandatory payout in the track's Super Hi-5 finale, which has a carryover of $130,623.44. Said Director of Racing Gabe Prewitt, "This is a bonanza for our faithful as this pool could very well swell to over $300,000. Post time is set for 7:20 for this final Thursday of the meeting. For full race results, click here. by John Berry, for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...March 23, 2021...Skip To My Lou, driven by harness rawcing owner-trainer Joe Chindano, Jr., survived pressure throughout the mile and, particularly, from both sides of the isle in the stretch, to win Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Handicap Pace on Monday (March 22). The tiny five year-old gelded son of Sweet Lou covered his mile in 1:52, with his last half in :55.4 to repel the serious threats of Real Peace (David Miller) and Seeing Eye Single (John MacDonald) by a half length. Lets Roll, closing fastest of all, finished fourth while Rebellious picked up the nickel in the classy sextet. Leaving from post five, Skip To My Lou to the early lead from Real Peace shortly after the wings folded and proceeded to an opening panel of :27. As Chindano began to give his charge a second quarter breather, Seeing Eye Single decided to force the issue and, from fifth, rushed up to join the leader half way through the mile in :56.1. These two continued to race as a team on the backside as the pace quickened--three quarters in 1:24.1--and, turning for home, Skip To My Lou drifted out a lane allowing Real Peace to join the fray in the final yards. SKIP TO MY LOU REPLAY   Said Chindano after the race, "I really didn't know how good he would be tonight because I gave him a week off to freshen up and only trained him lightly. He's so handy and he'll do anything on the racetrack to win...either on the front or off the pace. He sure dug in when it counted, that's for sure. He raced giant." In achieving his sixth success of the year in nine starts, Skip To My Lou sent his 2021 bounty to $36,330 and $148,411 lifetime. Off at 3 to 5 on the tote-board, Skip To My Lou paid $3.40 to his multitude of faithful. Chindano also handled the winner of one of the faster mile of the night--1:51--by the Angie Coleman trained MIllennial, another son of Sweet Lou. This four year-old used a :26.4 backside blitz from fourth to take charge and open up an insurmountable lead around the final bend before scoring by eight lengths in a new lifetime best performance. Left in his wake were Mac Anover (Kevin Wallis) and Rocksapatriot (Dave Ingraham) with favored King Corona fourth and Brilliant Strike earning minor awards. Owned by Gabriel Wand, Millennial sent his career earnings to $41,990 with the win and paid $12.20 as third choice in the betting. The $10,000 Open II Pace went to the highly regarded Funknwaffles, driven by David Miller, also in 1:51. The seven year-old altered son of American Ideal took charge at the hot :26.2 opener and carded subsequent panels of :55.3 and 1:23 before a :28 finale was just good enough to hold the surging Mach West (Wally Hennessey) safe by a nose. FUNKNWAFFLES REPLAY   Rockin Machine (Rick Plano) was a fast closing third, followed by Saulsbrook Deputy and Solo Story in the field of six. Funknwaffles, trained by Tony Alagna for Crawford Farms Racing, paid $2.80 in continuing his comeback and assault on the million dollar plateau in earnings--his now at $976,754. MIller had a grand slam on Monday night, scoring with Beyond The View ($4.60), Ideal Feeling ($2.40) and E Z Noah ($3.40) besides the aforementioned Funknwaffles. Ideal Feeling, by the way, scored the fastest mile of the night--1:50.4--in the $8,000 conditioned/optional claiming event. The six year-old son of American Ideal, trained by Peter Blood for owner Rick Berks, drew off to score by four lengths for his 20th career victory, vaulting his lifetime bankroll to $286,958. The Pompano Park Pick-6 continued to pay handsome dividends with the six winners being 9 to 5, 3 to 2, 2 to 5, 5 to 1, 2 to 1 and 4 to 1 and paying $3,150.35 for the 50 cent ticket. Racing continues of Tuesday night with a guaranteed pool in the Pick-4 and a Super Hi-5 jackpot bursting at the seams at $92,691.35. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. For full race results, click here. by John Berry, for Pompano Park  

When trainer Ron Burke suggested to David Miller that Miller spend the winter at Florida's Pompano Park driving several horses for him, Miller decided against it, opting to remain in New Jersey and compete at The Meadowlands. After the first full week of January, Miller reconsidered. "The first night it got down below 20 (degrees) I called Ronnie up and said, you know what, I'll go to Florida," Miller said with a laugh. Miller had spent several previous winters in Florida but drove infrequently during his visit. In his previous five winters in the Sunshine State, Miller raced a total of 29 times. This year at Pompano, Miller has made 356 starts, winning 92. Wally Hennessey leads the driver standings with 161 wins during Pompano's winter meet, which began in November. Since the start of this year, Miller tops the list with his 92. "I didn't know what to expect when I got here," said Miller, who was third in the winter standings at The Meadowlands when he departed for Florida. "People asked if I was going to drive every day, and I was like, yeah, I guess. Ronnie has like five horses here and I knew I was going to drive them. I've picked up drives and it's gone really well, way better than I expected. It's been a lot of fun." In addition to racing, Miller has had the opportunity to spend time with his daughter Devan, who is working for Burke in Florida, as well as his daughter Leigha and 20-month-old grandson, who live in Florida. Miller's stay in Florida will conclude at the end of March. "It's been fantastic," he said. "I've really enjoyed it." Wendy Ross, the U.S. Trotting Association's social media coordinator, recently caught up with Miller in Florida. Watch their "Down the Stretch" conversation here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

Pompano Beach, FL...March 16...The "stars" were shining brightly at Pompano Park on Monday as harness racing driver David Miller led a parade of driving stars in the 10,000 win club with six wins on the card and Wally Hennessey and Peter Wrenn winning three of the four other races giving this prestigious club members wins in nine of the 10 races--the only other win recorded by Dein Spriggs in the Florida Amateur Driving Club event. Miller, who now has 13,242 wins benefitting owners to the tune of over $250,000,000, scored with Saulsbrook Deputy ($9.20), Beyond The View ($3.80), B Like Cruiser ($2.40), Pauly Wally ($11.60), Gemalous ($5.80) and Seeing Eye Single ($4.00)--the latter in the $10,000 featured Open II Pace. In that event, the six year-old gelded son of Dragon Again, trained by David's daughter, Devan, for owner Sylvia Burke, stopped the timer in 1:51.2, just getting up in the final stride to edge by the pacesetting Alluneedisfaith N (Mike Simons) with La Rockin Sampson (Ken Holliday) third, a lip ahead of Stone Hanover with Let's Roll. closing fastest of all, picking up the final award in the classy septet. Indeed, it was Alluneedisfaith racking up fractions of :26.3 and :55.3 with a :27 third panel a necessity to hold off the threat of Stone Hanover around the final bend. Meanwhile, La Rockin Sampson, in the garden spot throughout moved on through as these three were joined at the 16th pole by Seeing Eye Single, whose late surge proved best in the photo.   The win was the third this semester for Seeing Eye Single--22nd lifetime--to send his career bounty to $466,542. Said Miller in a post race interview, "I was out following cover around the second turn but it's tough to do much damage on the backside when they're going at what turned out to be a :27 clip. But this horse is always in the hunt and responded like he does so often, especially when they turn for home." Hennessey, with 10,745 wins, kicked off the festivities with American Arrow ($17.40) and followed with Record Machine ($3.20) scoring in the first leg of the Pick-3. Wrenn, who has 10,337 successes, scored in the $9,000 Open III with his newly acquired Maxdaddy Blue Chip ($6.60) in the night's fastest mile--1:51.1--wiring his foes off panels of :27.2, :56.2 and 1:24, sealing the issue with a :27.1 closer over Real Peace (David Miller) and Funknwaffles (Tom Jackson). The lone other race for the FADC went to Spriggs with Tech Titan. who catch-drove this eight year-old altered son of Muscle Hill to an upset win paying $19.40. Racing continues on Tuesday with a guaranteed $20,000 Pick-4 pool highlighted by an industry low 12% takeout and aSuper Hi-5 finale which now sports a ballooning jackpot of $70,618. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. For full race results, click here. by John Berry, for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...February 15, 2021...Pompano Park's annual pro-am team challenge for charity featuring harness racing greats Tim Tetrick and David Miller went down to the wire on Sunday night (February 14) with Team Tetrick ekeing out a "photo finish" win.. The four race competition featured Tetrick and Miller as captains of their respective teams with many of the finest amateur drivers in the sport benefitting New Vocations and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The final tally was 85-83 with Joe Pennacchio's win with his trotting mare leaving the Miller team just two points short as the Tetrick team managed to finish 2-3 in the final event to barely protect their precarious lead going into the final leg. The four race event kicked off with MIller and Tetrick finishing one-two with Verdi D Em and General Jackson, respectively, Forbidden Song (Sky Walker-Team Tetrick) finished third as the first round ended in a 21-21 tie.   Verdi D Em, a 12 year-old gelded son of Neon Jiel, covered the mile in a season's best 1:56.3 for owner-trainer John Hallett to vault his career earnings to $349.336. The winner paid $9.20 as third choice in the betting and completed a David Miller Daily Double returning $26.60. In the second leg, Tim Tetrick sent Prince Of Minto ($11.20) zipping off the wings from the outside 8 post into the lead and that eight year-old son of Angus Hall never relinquished and scored in 1:57.3 for his initial win of the year for Leon Cable, who trains for owner David Jarvis. Cashahallic (Ron Cusimano-Team Tetrick)) was moved up to second on a disqualification while Fleet Cessna (Billy Muggleston-Team Miller) also improved a spot to be placed third. The Tetrick victory sent his team into a 49-35 lead after round two with that win putting Tim to within one win of 12,000 lifetime. In the third leg, Dein Spriggs, (Team Miller) with 479 career wins coming in, scored the triumph with his own Uva Hanover, ($11.60) a 10 year-old altered son of Cantab Hall, stopping the timer in 1:55. Glide In The Wind (David Miller) was left in his wake, six lengths back, with Santini (Steve Oldford-Team Tetrick) third. The classy Uva Hanover, trained by Allen Saul for Spriggs, vaulted his career bounty to $557,853. After round three. the score tightened with Team Tetrick holding an eight point lead--67-59. The final leg went to the bay mare named Grey ($7.00) for Joe Pennacchio (Team Miller) in a well-rated 1:56.1, a seasonal best. She blasted off the wings to take charge, opened with a :28.3 panel, got a breather to the :58.2 half, was confronted on the final bend (1:27.3) and used a :28.3 finale to hold off Big Boy Rosco (Sky Walker-Team Tetrick) by a neck. Tymal Tullo (Tim Tetrick) finished third with the final outcome resulting in that aforementioned 85-83 Team Tetrick win. Representatives for New Vocations and the Make-A-Wish Foundation were in the winner's circle as each charity received a $5,000 donation from the Florida Amateur Drivers Club, in cooperation with the U.S.T.A. The U.S.T.A. was also represented during the festivities with Mike Tanner and Wendy Ross, among others, in attendance with Tanner, in a winner's circle interview, remarking, "It's events and nights like this that make harness racing the grand sport that it still is. To be able to help great organizations like New Vocations and the Make-A-Wish Foundation through harness racing is absolutely outstanding and we are glad to be a small part of it. The Florida Amateur Driving Club deserves kudos for making this an annual tradition and it shows what gentlemen like David Miller and Tim Tetrick are--not only great horsemen but great individuals." Wagering for the program was, once again, over $1 million with the final total being $1,126,910 for the nine race program--the 13th time this season that handle has eclipsed $1 million with several near misses, as well. Racing continues on Monday with a 13 race bonanza featuring twin $30,000 guarantees on the two Pick-4 events encompassing races 6 through 9 and races 10 through 13. There is also a carryover in the Super Hi-5 finale of $8,236.47. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. For full race results, click here. by John Berry, for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...February 13...In what has become a valued annual tradition at Pompano Park, harness racing Hall of Fame drivers Tim Tetrick and David Miller will, once again, team up with many of the best amateur drivers in the sport in the 2021 edition of the Tetrick-Miller Challenge, benefiting New Vocations and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The four race competition covers races two through five and adds a special flavor to the track's popular Pick-5 event, which features a $125,000 guaranteed pool beginning with the first race/ Miller and Tetrick have won a combined 25,205 races during their grand careers with owners benefiting to the tune of close to $500,000 million. The last leg of the competition--the fifth race--will also be a milestone for Miller as it will be 77,777th career drive. Reflecting on the importance of the competition, Miller related, "I have been most fortunate to be able to compete successfully in an industry I love so much. There are those children that have not been as fortunate as I and it's a great feeling to participate for the Make-A-Wish organization that does so much for the kids. It truly is an honor." Tetrick reflected, "New Vocations is a place that takes care of many of our great equine athletes after their racing days are over. These horses give us everything they have every time they go behind the (starting) gate and New Vocations gives everything they have to make sure they (horses) have the retirement they deserve." The event was created by the Florida Amateur Driving Club, that has donated well over $200,000 to worthwhile charitable charities since their inception as all drivers donate their earnings from purses to charity. The $125,000 guaranteed pool for the Pick-5 comes after a pair of long-shots, William Star at 54 to 1 and Just Don't Wait at 26 to 1, won back-to-back races on Thursday night's program capped by a photo finish in the finale preventing one bettor from a payoff of over $30,000. Sunday's program also features a carryover in the Pick-6 of $11,211.81 and a Super Hi-5 carryover of $3,918.23. Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, FL...January 20, 2021...Crisp Mane handled by Hall of Fame harness racing driver David Miller, achieved three "milestones" in winning Pompano Park's $11,500 Open Handicap Pace for mares on Tuesday night, the first being able to finally reach the winners circle after knocking at the door for several weeks. The five year-old daughter of Sportswriter took charge shortly after the :27.4 opener and proceeded to put of numbers of :55.4 and 1:24 before a :27.4 sprint home sealed the deal in 1:51.4. Not only was it a new lifetime mark for Crisp Mane, it vaulted her career earnings over the $200,000 plateau to exactly $205,000. The Australian bred Lucky Artist (Ricky Macomber, Jr.) closed fastest of all--:27.1--to finish second, a half-length away, while the early leader Prairie Westerngal (Wally Hennessey) was next. Tempus Seelster finished fourth while Casie's Believer picked up the nickel in the classy septet. At the outset, Prairie Westerngal (post 5) roared off the wings into a quick open lengths lead with Lucky Artist (post 4) also showing gate speed to land in the garden spot with Crisp Mane third, but already on the move looking for the lead. Once she got to the top, Crisp Mane set sharp fractions deterring any threats throughout with her :27.4 finale holding her foes at bay through the wire. After the race, Miller commented, "last week, I had to go first up with her on the backside and, while she raced real good, I didn't want to do that again, so I decided to go after the lead. Once she got there, she was very solid and still on 'go' at the wire." Trained by Devan Miller for owner Sylvia Burke, Crisp Mane won for the 12th time in her career and, as the 6 to 5 tote-board favorite, paid $4.60 to win. Crisp Mane The Tuesday program also featured the Super Hi-5 finale with a $121,000 carryover and a mandatory payout. The event drew immense interest from the "Send-It-In" army with 215 winning tickets sold on the winning 8-1-7-10-2 combo--each worth a very lucrative $2,003.78 for the 20 cent ticket. Total handle for the Tuesday 11 race program was $1,362,904, more than $1 million over the comparable night one year ago. The excitement continues on Wednesday night with a Pick-5 guaranteed pool of $125,000, necessitated when no one was able to solve Tuesday's Pick-5--that carryover being over $28,000. Wednesday post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...January 13, 2021...While Cult Icon took top harness racing honors in Pompano Park's Open Handicap Pace for mares, most of the scuttlebutt came in the very next race for the mares as a rare occurrence was witnessed when stablemates Happy Heart and Glenferrie Blade dead-heated in their event with two Hall-of-famers--both with 10,000 plus career wins--were in their respective sulkies. Wally Hennessey and David Miller shared the spotlight as Happy Heart, handled by Hennessey, and Glenferrie Blade. with Miller in her sulky, hit the wire with no separation. Both mares are trained by Melissa Beckwith with Happy Heart owned by Thomas Mc Tygue and Glenferrie Blade owned by Mark Beckwith. At the outset, these two were involved in a three horse duel for the top spot as Evas Sports Czech, handled by Walter La Freniere, Jr., joined Happy Heart and Glenferrie Blade in that early scuffle. At the :27.1 opener, Happy Heart made the top with Glenferrie Blade pressing on to take charge shortly thereafter, taking the field to a half in :56. On the backside. Odds On Cheddar, outside every step thus far, reached third while Northern Swift was on a double-bubble binge from last, reaching second around the final turn with Glenferrie Blade patiently waiting for some room to roam turning for home after the 1:24.4 three-quarters. In the lane, Happy Heart fought on gamely but drifted out slightly allowing Glenferrie to shoot on through along the pylons and get up for the tie in the last stride. Evas Sports Czech did finish third while Northern Swift and Big Bad baby were next in the octet. Happy Heart, Glenferrie Blade A Both Hall of Famers had something to say about the rare event with Miller saying, "you know, I thought I might have gotten there but it was too close to call. Mark (Beckwith) said his mare likes the front end so I tried to put her there but when Wally (Hennessey) retook, I thought a two-hole trip wouldn't be so bad, after all. I guess my patience paid off and was happy to share the winner's circle in the win." Hennessey said, "I didn't know...I was hoping we held on but wasn't sure. Dave's (Miller) mare is a lot bigger than mine, so I didn't know. Happy Heart might be a smaller horse but she has a very big heart!" Happy Heart is an eight year-old daughter of Woodstock and achieved her 30th lifetime win, sending her career bounty to $43,889 while Glenferrie Blade, the Aussie bred, is the 10 year-old daughter of Mach Three. She got her 23rd career victory with her career earnings vaulting to $266,296. In sharing the win pool, both mares paid $2.10 to win. A few minutes earlier, Cult Icon, with Hennessey at her controls, put in a gritty performance, scoring in 1:51.4 in the $11,000 Open Handicap for Mares after taking charge just after the :27.1 opener and carding subsequent fractions of :56.1 and 1:23.2 along the way. Casie's Believer (Joe Chindano, Jr.) was second, 1 3/4 lengths away, while favored Crisp Mane (David Miller) was third. Another Beach Day and Image Of A Dream also picked up checks in the classy sextet. Cult Icon, a six year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight, is trained by Trent Stohler, who trains for the Stable. She now has 20 lifetime wins and earnings of $278,407. As third choice in the betting, Cult Icon paid $8.80 to win. Cult Icon Racing continues on Wednesday night with a $15,000 guaranteed Pick-4 pool and a Super Hi-5 carryover of $93,236.75. Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

David Miller never thought twice about a career, and it’s safe to say his chosen path has more than paid off. Miller, who was enshrined in the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2014, continued to add to his list of accomplishments in 2020, surpassing $250 million in career purses and 13,000 in career wins. The Ohio native, who turns 56 on Thursday, ranks No. 2 in history in driver earnings, behind only John Campbell, and is No. 5 in victories. “This is no lie; I knew at a very early age what I wanted to do,” Miller said. “I wanted to drive and train horses, be around horses. I was around horses right from the start. My grandad (Clyde) and my dad (Donny) both had horses and trained. I remember going to the barn on the weekends at 7 or 8 years old and riding in my dad’s lap on the track training and going to the races at the county fairs when I was little. “I was lucky. I never had to second guess. I never played sports in school, I just wanted to be with the horses.” When Miller was around the age of 10, his father bought him an old pacing mare to take care of, helping set the foundation for the years ahead. “I would jog her and train her; it was pretty cool,” Miller said. “She couldn’t go very fast, but she was safe. Dad let me loose on her and then soon I got to training with him. “With her, I learned a lot. I had to take care of her, too. I had to clean her stall, jog her, I put her away. I bathed her, rubbed her legs, I actually looked after her. I think that’s an important part of it. I think once you get to working with them, you grow more attached to them and you begin to understand them.” Miller began driving at the matinees at age 12. In the ensuing early years of his career, he began enjoying success at the county fairs. “It took me a couple years to get my first win because when I was 12 or 13, I might drive three races a year,” Miller said. “When I got to the fairs, those horses were pretty good. I just had to sit there and not fall off and they would usually win.” In 1990, Miller cracked the top 20 in wins in North America and three years later he was named the Rising Star Award winner by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Since then, he has been named Driver of the Year on three occasions — 2003, 2015 and 2016. He has ranked among the top five in purses 20 of the past 21 seasons and is fourth this year. Miller’s 2020 campaign got off to a difficult start when two stars he piloted in 2019, Real Cool Sam and Papi Rob Hanover, were sidelined. But Miller’s season picked up with the likes of Perfect Sting, Lady Chaos, Century Farroh, Cattlewash, Blue Diamond Eyes, and Test Of Faith. Miller won three Breeders Crown trophies, upping his career total to 27, which is tied for fourth in the history of the event. “I did more than I thought I was going to,” Miller said. “In about July, I was thinking this might be a lean year. But (trainer) Ronnie Burke started using me, and that helped, and I was fortunate to have some other really nice horses. It ended up being a fantastic season.” Miller does not follow his stats, but said reaching $250 million in lifetime purses, which he accomplished while winning last month’s Three Diamonds with Blue Diamond Eyes, was special. “I’m very happy and amazed,” Miller said. “It’s a great feeling of accomplishment. “People have told me, the older I get, the stronger I’m getting. I don’t feel any different than I did 12 or 15 years ago. I still feel good in the bike and I enjoy what I do. I feel like I’m still in my 40s. I know some people might think that’s still a little old, but I don’t feel 55 turning 56. “That goes to show you, you just keep steady, grinding away at it, and you never know.” Even if you knew what you wanted to do all along.   by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

Harness racing driver David Miller had Century Farroh in just the right spot, and the 4-year-old son of Mach Three charged by favorite Bettor's Wish in the late stages to capture the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Saturday night (Oct. 31). Century Farroh left hard from the outside and tucked in behind early speedster Backstreet Shadow heading into the first turn. Tim Tetrick guided Backstreet Shadow to the quarter in :26.3 and was able to slow the half to :54.1 as favorite Bettor's Wish and driver Dexter Dunn tracked from fourth after leaving the gate. Dunn pulled with Bettor's Wish and methodically moved without cover, towing Sectionline Bigry into the race in second-over position. Backstreet Shadow controlled the lead at the three-quarter marker in 1:21.2, but Dunn appeared poised and Bettor's Wish moved with purpose into the homestretch to take control. David Miller had to wait for the passing lane to find room, and once he got that room, he roused the Dr. Ian Moore trainee and got the response he was looking for. As the leaders approached the finish line, Century Farroh had the momentum and got the best of Bettor's Wish by a neck, denying that horse a second straight Crown title. Backstreet Shadow managed to hold on to the third spot, with This Is The Plan and Filibuster Hanover rounding out the top five finishers. Century Farroh won for just the fourth time this year in 15 starts for the Ratchford Stable and pushed his career earnings over the $1 million mark. Century Spring Farms bred the winner, who returned $17.40. "When I landed in the two-hole, I was pretty happy," said Miller following the race. The Hall of Fame driver was far from confident heading into the stretch. "I wouldn't say I was loaded, but when I popped the earplugs, he got the job done." The Breeders Crown victory for Century Farroh was eerily similar to his August Dan Patch triumph at Harrah's Hoosier Park, where he tracked down the pacesetting Bettor's Wish in the shadow of the wire. by Jay Bergman, for the Breeders Crown

CHESTER, PA - It was "Miller time" during the John Simpson Sr. stakes action for freshman colts on Friday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, as harness racing driver Marcus Miller had a victory in both the trotting and pacing events (in the trot for trainer/aunt Julie), while David Miller took the other trot before heading off to Breeders Crown competition at Hoosier Park. The events were the $111,600 Super Bowl, raced as noted in two divisions, and the $110,000 Bret Hanover, which went in three splits. The Millers' sweep in the Super Bowl came with odds-on favorites; the first to succeed were David and the Cantab Hall - Jolie De Vie gelding Jack Fire, making the lead off turn one and going on to victory in taking a new mark of 1:56.   The Pennsylvania Sire Stakes consolation winner defeated the Fair Sire Stakes champion Top Me Off by three-quarters of a length to make him a success in half of his ten starts and an earner of $127,359 for trainer Nifty Norman and the ownership of Pinske Stables and Curly Tall Curly Small. The second trot was an "Illinois Millers" affair, with Marcus moving Sunny Crockett to the top at about the same spot Jack Fire took command, and the pair withstanding pocketsitter Flemsteen by three-quarters of a length in 1:56.2. The Julie Miller trainee, a colt by Father Patrick - Moonlight In Miami, now has six wins in eleven trips to the gate and a bankroll of $110,229 for Willow Oak Ranch and Andy Miller Stable Inc. Marcus Miller's win on the pace was behind the fastest of the three winners, the Somebeachsomewhere - Swinging Beauty gelding Whichwaytothebeach, who got command at the quarter and stayed strong to the finish, coming his back half in :54.4 to complete a 1:51.2 package. Bettor Of The West, who made the winner work for the early lead, came back at him from the pocket but fell three-quarters of a length shy as Whichwaytothebeach, a heavy favorite, is now 4-for-8 with $117,708 in earnings for trainer Roland Mallar and owners Alan Johnston and John Craig. A second siring credit came to Somebeachsomewhere as his altered son out of History Repeats, His Beats Hanover, continued his development for trainer Tom and owner John Cancelliere by breaking his maiden in 1:53. A sharp closer in his last two races, today he raced from the pocket for George Napolitano Jr. and went by favored Cyrus Peak by a half length. The Captaintreacherous - Fancy Filly colt Captain Fancy posted his third straight victory despite having to pace his last half raw in :55, drawing off to a 2½ length victory over Mysweetboymax while earning a new speed badge of 1:52.2. Daniel Dube had the sulky duty for trainer Bill MacKenzie and owners Vincent Ali Jr., Alma Iafelice, and Ted Gewertz. Marcus Miller, Todd McCarthy, and George Napolitano Jr. all had driving triples on the Friday Philly card. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia  

Trenton, NJ — For the time being, Tyler Angus plans on majoring in engineering while wrestling in college, and hopefully become a part-time harness racing Standardbred driver if he can squeeze it in. There is, however, a disclaimer to that thought process. “If I become the next David Miller or something, I’ll make a career out of it,” the 18-year-old Ohio resident said with a laugh. “But I’ve got a very long road ahead of me before I’m there.” His road was well paved at the start, as Angus drove his first official race Aug. 24 and guided Ruffy’s Desire to victory at the Canfield Fair. After driving four qualifiers at Northfield Park, where his dad Ryan trains, Tyler got his chance thanks to trainer Billy Rhoades. “Him and my dad are pretty good friends,” Angus said. “Billy just saw my dad one day and said, ‘Hey ask your kid if he wants to go up to the fair and drive Ruffy’s Desire; he’s two fingers, he’s safe.’ Dad asked me, Billy and I talked and went to the fair and did what we did.” He did it well, thanks to receiving the sagest advice a trainer can give to a first-time driver. “One thing that really helped is Billy told me there’s no pressure,” Angus said. “He said ‘If you get beat, you get beat, just take it like a man.’ It was actually a lot of pressure off my back.” But a driver wouldn’t be human if they didn’t feel some type of anxiety in their maiden voyage. “I was a little bit nervous,” he said. “You want to look good, show people you’re safe and you can handle a horse.” Angus displayed all of that by getting out quick from post two and never yielding the lead. “The horse didn’t have that much gate speed; so Billy told me to put him right on the front and enjoy the ride and that’s what I did and got the dub (W),” Angus said. As his victory became apparent, Angus began to happily check an item off his bucket list. “I just couldn’t believe it,” he said. “Coming around the last turn, I kept looking back and I opened up and it was just a dream come true, something I’ve been wanting to do my whole life. I got the opportunity and got the job done.” Since then, Angus has driven in some qualifiers and one other race in which he said of himself and the horse, “We both had a rough day.” Since beginning his senior year at Nordonia High School, Angus has been focusing on his studies and playing linebacker for the football team. He will concentrate on his main sport in the winter when they roll out the wrestling mats. Apparently, colliding with other bodies on the gridiron is his way to relax. “Honestly, I just use football to get a break from wrestling,” he said. “I love football; I enjoy it, but I don’t take it as serious as wrestling. It’s just a break for me.” Angus wrestles year-round except for football season; and has been a state and national place-winner in club wrestling. At the prestigious Virginia Beach Dual Meet Tournament, he went 5-1 and beat several state champions. “It was a good experience for me,” said Angus, who will look to wrestle at 152 pounds this year. “I’m hoping to wrestle in college. I’ve got a bunch of Division Two offers and a couple of small D-One schools, but I’m not going to decide until the end of wrestling season.” While sports make it tough for Angus to drive, it doesn’t keep him away from the horses. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, he only attends classes at school two days a week, giving him five days to help his dad. “Working with animals is something I enjoy,” he said. “Just helping them; getting them better, watching them win a race.” Angus caught the bug when he started helping his dad as a pre-teen. When he turned 10, Ryan let him jog his first horse. “I liked it and started jogging more,” Angus said. “He got me into training, I didn’t do so hot training at first. Then I started doing it more; got the hang of it, started cutting miles and babies and all that.” Soon, the undeniable urge to climb in the sulky surfaced. “I asked him, ‘Hey what are the chances you would let me drive?’” Angus said. “He wasn’t all for it at first. He just didn’t want to see me take a chance and get hurt. I understood. I was only 15 at the time. “We started getting more babies, training more miles, training off the gate. I asked him again when I was 16 or 17. He said, ‘If that’s what you want to do, I’m going to support you.’ I got my fair license, passed the test and that’s pretty much it.” Angus hopes to resume driving next spring, after high school wrestling concludes. He has managed to use some grappling experiences to help with driving. “When you’re in the race bike, you just lay back, it feels comfortable to you,” Angus said. “It kind of feels like a position in wrestling, when a kid is on your leg or something. And wrestling helped with my nerves and confidence level in driving.” Whether he is on the mat or in the bike, Angus gets the same rush. “I love competing, that’s just me,” he said. “I think racing and competing in wrestling or football are two of the same things. It’s fun going fast, it’s fun going against another guy in wrestling.” And if he ever gets as good as David Miller, that would be fun too. by Rich Fisher, for the USTA

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Harness racing fans of The Meadowlands' multi-leg wagers will no doubt be betting with both hands Saturday (Sept. 12) night, as after Friday night's Early 20-cent Pick-5 and 20-cent Pick-6 failed to result in winning tickets, each will offer big guaranteed pools. Thirty-two to one longshot Lear Seelster won the first race at the mile oval Friday night, leading to an Early 20-cent Pick-5 that did not have a ticket with five winners. Those with four correct cashed in for $108.22. Those who play the wager Saturday evening will have a shot at a huge score, as a carryover of $37,158 led Big M management to guarantee the pool at $100,000. Bettors can expect a final pool much larger than that as the last time a Pick-5 had a carryover on July 31, a total of $382,726 was pushed through the windows. The Pick-6's payoff leg was taken by 9-1 chance Stonebridge Reef, resulting in a carryover of $6,810. The track has guaranteed that pool at $20,000 for Saturday's card. Those who had five winners Friday walked away with $71.94. The last Pick-6 carryover (also on July 31) resulted in a total pool of $74,489. Free past performances for both Saturday's Early 20-cent Pick-5 (Races 1 through 5) and 20-cent Pick-6 (Races 3 through 8) are available at The Big M's website, playmeadowlands.com. FOUR SCORES FOR MILLER: Driver David Miller had the hot hand on the Friday program, visiting the winner's circle four times. Before the betting card began, Miller guided Reign Of Honor to victory lane in the New Jersey Breeders Maturity for trotting 4-year-old horses and geldings in 1:55.1. Then it was Miller time for the bettors. "The Buckeye", who is fifth on the all-time driver dash-win list with 13,037 victories, got his night started with the classy Dayson ($2.60 to win), who scored in 1:54 in a mid-range conditioned trot in race seven. He then scored one race later with 9-1 shot Stonebridge Reef ($21.00) in 1:54 in a 2-year-old non-winners of two pace before capping his night with a natural hat trick in the ninth behind The Last Chapter ($15.20), who took an upper mid-range conditioned trot in 1:53.4. A LITTLE MORE: The new 10-cent Pentafecta is worth a long look for players. Despite even-money favorite Lifetime Royalty scoring in the 13th race, the bet requiring one to correctly select the top five finishers paid $371.33. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,359,729. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 29, 2020 -- Chase H Hanover and Southwind Gendry each captured a division of Saturday's Pennsylvania Sires Stakes at The Meadows, giving David Miller a sweep of the $213,858 event for freshman colt and gelding pacers. Miller's big day didn't end there, as he also won two PA Stallion Series splits and an overnight race to give him five harness racing victories on the 15-race card. The winners had vastly different paths to victory in the PASS known as the Tyler B. Chase H Hanover quarter-poled to the top and simply was the best from there, scoring in a career-fastest 1:51.1. Crunch Hanover was 1/2 length back in second while Lou's Pearlman rallied for show.   "We made a couple changes -- we opened him up and put cups on him," said winning trainer Scott Cox, who owns the $30,000 yearling purchase with Jason Ash. "I hope he still had something at the wire; it looked like he was getting a little lackadaisical. He's kind of easy on himself." The Captaintreacherous-Calgary Hanover gelding soared over $100,000 in earnings. Southwind Gendry faced perhaps a sterner challenge, trailing favorite Always A Miki by 6 at the half -- and with no cover in sight. When Miller sent the Always B Miki-Gambler's Passion gelding first up, he responded and proved the more determined horse in the lane, defeating Always A Miki by 1/2 length in 1:51.3. Whichwaytothebeach completed the ticket.   "I actually liked the trip because he wasn't going to have to be three wide," said winning trainer Ron Burke. "I knew once he got wheel to wheel with the other horse, he would make that colt race. This horse doesn't get tired, and he tries." Southwind Gendry races for Burke Racing Stable, Phillip Collura, Knox Services and J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby. While both Chase H Hanover and Southwind Gendry apparently have qualified for the $260,000 PASS championship Sept. 5 at Harrah's Pocono, that won't be confirmed until the points are officially tallied. $60,000 PA Stallion Series -- 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers Miller powered to the point from the rail with Bettor Not Talk and refused to release the two other horses vying for the front. The Hall of Famer knew what he was doing, as Bettor Not Talk never did surrender the lead, blazing to a stake record 1:51.2. Sweet Angel Boy was second, beaten 3 lengths, with Amazing Bet third. The time shaved two ticks from Biggie's previous stake mark. "I would've turned somebody loose, but there were two of them out there, and I didn't want to get away third," Miller said. "He did it pretty easily. I've thought all along he was a pretty nice horse." Robert Cleary trains the Betting Line-Talk Time gelding for Allen Wenc. Somewhereinverona and Twin B Edge took the other stallion series splits. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the 15-race program features a pair of stakes for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters -- a $188,732 PASS and a $60,000 stallion series event -- as well as a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Early Pick 4 (race 3) and a $3,058.87 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

CHESTER PA - Hall of Fame horseman David Miller became only the fifth harness racing driver to reach 13,000 career sulky victories when he won with Mr Censi in the twelfth race on Friday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia. Miller got away third with the winner as the favorite The Wall laid down hot numbers of :25.4 and :54.1 to the half, then moved uncovered late in the backstretch, with Lifeonthebeach A on his back by the 1:21.3 three-quarters. The late battle came down to these two horses on the outside, with Mr Censi just proving more photogenic than his rival in 1:51, returning $56.00 to win to his scattered backers. David Miller, a 55-year-old native Ohioan who entered the sport's Hall of Fame in 2013, now trails only Dave Palone, Tony Morgan (who was third in Miller's milestone race), Herve Filion, and Cat Manzi in lifetime driving victories. He is second to the retired John Campbell, thus the active leader, in lifetime earnings of horses driven with $244.5 million bankrolled. Miller is currently tied for third in the Harrah's Philly driver standings. 13,000 career victories for David Miller On the equine side, the most impressive performer of the day was the Muscle Hill - Slightly Tipsy two-year-old trotting filly Wet My Whistle, who was sent to the lead, had a length advantage at the :28.1 quarter, a 1¾ length lead at the :58.3 half, a 5½ length lead at the 1:26.4 three-quarters, a nine length lead with an eighth remaining, and won by twelve lengths while taking a maiden mark of 1:55.2. George Napolitano Jr. drove the fast freshman filly for trainer Ãke Svanstedt and the ownership of Ãke Svanstedt Inc., Little E LLC, and Triple Play Trotters LLC. Drivers Napolitano and Tim Tetrick, currently 1-2 in the Philly driver standings, each piloted three winners on the Friday card. PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

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