Hammer & Miller partner up on Up Up And Out

04:13 PM 18 Oct 2012 NZDT
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Up Up And Out has a unique pedigree.
Up Up And Out has a unique pedigree.
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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

eason.”

Up Up And Out has a unique pedigree being from the Cambest-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

up.

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

oodbine.

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

4-Captaintreacherous-Tim Tetrick

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

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