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Father like daughter - the Devan Miller story

11:57 AM 25 Nov 2011 NZDT
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She might only be 23 but it comes as no surprise that Devan Miller is making a name for herself in harness racing. She had to really - her father David has driven an untold number of stakes winners including three Little Brown Jugs - while Cousin Brett has saluted the judge almost 6,000 times.

Her mother Carol Winters is also an astute horsewoman, while Uncle Delvin has driven 2,216 winners. Then of course her grandfathers’ – R. J Brown and the late Donald Miller were also mighty horsemen.

“You see I had no option really did I?” joked (Devan) Miller. “I was always destined for a career in racing. I’ve been around horses for as long as I can remember,” the Columbus (Ohio) native said.

Now based in Troy (Ohio), Miller said her hero was undoubtedly her father, David.

“I look up to him so much and marvel at what he has achieved. He’s won so many great races; I just get prouder and prouder of him every day. Most drivers would love to win just one Little Brown Jug but Dad has won three with No Pan Intended, Shadow Play and Big Bad John this year.

“Actually the year No Pan Intended won Dad also won the Triple Crown.

“My father is incredible and he has taught me so much both inside and outside of racing,” Miller said.

Miller Jr started driving when she was 12. Since then she has strived to make a name for herself like her father - who incidentally has won a whopping 10,028 races and more than $155 million in purses.

“I don’t know if anyone could ever be that good but I’m certainly going to give it my best shot,” she said.

Miller started training a few horses when she was at school and now boasts a team of between eight and 15 depending on the time of the racing season.

“I have a few owners and a couple of my own. I race mainly at Lebanon, but some of my team do line up at Northfield Park, Lancaster, Upper Sandusky, the Delaware County Fair, and Scioto Downs.”

From 2007-2010 Miller has trained four, six, six, and 18 winners. But 2011 has so far been her best year with 27 victories and $51,119 in purses.

All up she’s trained 61 winners from 461 starters. She’s also placed 125 times for $190,587 in stakes.

She’s equally proficient in the sulky as well. From 2005-2010, she’s won one, nine, 16, 23, 16, and 17 races.

In 2011 Miller has saluted the judge 16 times and won just under $30,000. Her career driving record stands at 98 wins from 1,000 starts. She’s also placed 254 times for $340,418 in purses.

“I really enjoy training and driving. I used to ride but standardbreds are my life now. In fact I don’t have a life outside of harness racing. It consumes all of my times. Seriously I don’t do much outside of the sport,” Miller said.

She rated her Virginia Breeders win behind then 2-year-old trotting colt Blue Ridge Tornado as her most memorable victory to date. She trained and drove that Softys Smart gelding to victory in that 2009 event which was worth $38,500.

“He’s the best I’ve had so far. I’m still waiting for my champion. I’ve had a couple of Sire Stakes horses. I raced Look Logan when I was 17 and when I was 21 I had Look Yankee,” Miller said.

“Ive also driven a winner at the Meadowlands. That was a highlight and something I want to repeat,” she added.

By Duane RANGER (editor)

 

                               

                            

                           

                       

                

                  

                      

                  

                       

                               

                     

                     

                              

                       

                       

                                  

                                

                                   

                       

                                                                                                        

(1) Devan Miller’s father David winning this year’s Little Brown Jug behind Big Bad John:

(2) Devan Miller lives in Troy, Ohio:

(3) Devan miller’s hometown of Columbus, Ohio:

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