In 2005 Erv Miller and Roger Hammer were on completely different sides of the harness racing spectrum. Miller sent out the 1-2 Hambletonian favorite that year in Classic Photo and Hammer piloted the upset race winner Vivid Photo to victory in the $1.5 million event one spot ahead of Classic Photo.
Flash forward a few years and the two have partnered on a Breeders Crown
uvenile colt pace contender named Up Up And Out, one of two prime candidates
hat Miller and Hammer have in Crown action this weekend.
“Roger sent me Apogee Hanover last year (2011) to race in Ontario and she
id very well so we decided to go in on a couple of horses,” said Erv
iller in regard to the recent association.
Apogee Hanover, entered in Saturday’s Breeders Crown elimination races for
three-year-old fillies, has earned more than $540,000 racing north of the
order for Miller and sole owner Hammer.
The daughter of 2005 Breeders
rown champ Jereme’s Jet was a $27,000 yearling purchase at the Harrisburg
uction in 2010.
For $40,000 Hammer and Miller took home Up And Out at Harrisburg this past
all and again it was a yearling by Jereme’s Jet. “He was just a good
ooking colt. He had great conformation,” said Miller.
“The Jereme's Jets were well received the first year but didn’t really
lick. I think that’s why this colt went a little unnoticed.”
Actually those watching Up Up And Out for much of this season could have said
he same thing about him, as the colt that was virtually invisible on the
ntario stakes scene until the last four to five weeks.
“He’s needed time to mature,” said Miller about the progress the gelding
as made over the course of the campaign which included just one win (a
ream Maker preliminary) in his first seven starts and three impressive scores
n his last four races.
"The most recent effort, an awesome eighth-to-first
aunch in the $130,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Gold final at Mohawk on
eptember 28, was confirmation that Up And Out was a real player in this division.
is final quarter of :26 2/5 was paced coming wide off the final turn. He
ompleted the mile in a personal best 1:52 3/5.
“I don’t know if he could put four quarters together like that in a race
ust yet, but he has a really high burst of speed,” said Miller.
Up Up And Out drew the pole position for Friday’s first elimination race at
oodbine (race 2) but at the same time landed in the same field with
ivision leader Captaintreacherous.
iller has been quite happy with the way young Doug McNair has handled the
orse thus far.
“Doug’s done a great job with him and he seems to know how to get the
ost out of the horse,” said Miller.
Though this will be the first open test for Up And Out the circumstances
ould be ideal.
“I think he’s heading into this race really sharp,” said Miller alluding
o the fact that some of the others in the field have been through some
ougher races along the way and may have more wear and tear.
“We took it easy on him earlier in the year with an eye towards the late
Up Up And Out has a unique pedigree being from the-sired mare Mellow
ut. She’s a half-sister to one of the toughest Ontario-breds of alltime,
uke Of Abby, a near $1 million winner during his illustrious career that
ncluded a third place finish in the 1996 North America Cup contested at
oodbine. Another close relative to Up And Out is Road Machine, a $900,000-plus
inner primarily in Ontario that finished third in the 1990 North America
With that kind of pedigree it’s easy to see why Miller has his sights set
own the road and is in his words “cautiously optimistic” about his
hances over the next two weekends. Should Up Up And Out remain strong he could go
n the $300,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Super Final slated for November 10 at
With 14 entered in the 2-year-old colt pace two seven horse elims will go
ostward with the first five finishers in each elim advancing to the final.
ll eliminations are US $25,000. Elimination winners may pick their post
osition, drawn on Saturday night at Woodbine
Friday, October 19, 2012 – 7:30 p.m. Post
$600,000 Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Colt Pace
1st $25,000 Elim – Race 2
1- Up And Out-D McNair
2-Vegas Vacation-Scott Zeron
3-Emeritus Maximus-Andy Miller
5-Twilight Bonfire-John Campbell
6-Dress The Part-John Campbell
7-Rockin Amadeus-Yannick Gingras
2nd $25,000 Elim – Race 4
1-Urbanite Hanover Ron Pierce
2-Good Day Mate Dave Palone
3-Wake Up Peter Scott Zeron
4-Fool Me Once Ron Pierce
5-Apprentice Hanover Jody Jamieson
6- Dewey Beach Sylvain Filion
7-Captive Audience Brian Sears
by Jay BERGMAN for Breeders Crown