Four divisions of the Acorn Stakes, which is for 2-year-old filly trotters, will be contested Wednesday. Miller's A Perfect Gem faces seven rivals in the second group, which goes for a purse of $25,206, while his Ruby takes on six foes in the fourth division, which goes for $24,706. A Perfect Gem is the 2-1 morning line favorite in her race while Ruby is 5-1.
A Perfect Gem ( -Asixpakfromperfect) is a full-sister to Aperfectyankee, who won last year's Peter Haughton Memorial and finished fourth in the Hambletonian Stakes on Aug. 3 at the Meadowlands. She was purchased as a yearling for $87,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and is owned by Paymaq Racing, Louis Willinger and Daniel Plouffe.
"She's a super nice filly," Miller said. "We're very high on her. She's been push-button all along and she's got manners that are out of this world. We thought we got a real nice deal on her. I thought she would bring at least $125,000, especially with what trotting fillies were going for (at the sale)."
A Perfect Gem has won two of five starts and earned $67,881. She won her debut in June at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and most recently captured a division of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes in 1:57 from post seven at The Meadows on Aug. 6.
She was second in a division of the Pennsylvania All Stars and third in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes in races both won by undefeated Shake It Cerry.
"She got a little bit sick on us, I think from all the shipping and racing, but she bounced back real nice in her last start," Miller said. "She's not a real mature filly and I haven't leaned on her hard to push her. We're just letting her race her way into it. She's just not a real strong filly yet."
A Perfect Gem was not eligible to the Merrie Annabelle Stakes, which was won by Shake It Cerry on Aug. 3 at the Meadowlands, but has the Breeders Crown, Goldsmith Maid, Matron and Bluegrass on her schedule.
Ruby ( -Giza) has won two of three races, including a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stallion Series in July at The Meadows. She was purchased for $29,000 under the name Cleopatra Lindy at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Patrick Quaid and James Bafia.
"She's a nice little filly that puts in a good effort every time out," Miller said. "She hasn't disappointed us and she keeps getting better all the time, so who knows where she'll go."
's Chocolate Crisp is the 5-2 morning line favorite in the opening Acorn division, which boasts an eight-horse field and $25,206 purse. Chocolate Crisp ( -Yankee Valentine) is coming off a one-length win over Ravine in a division of the Kindergarten Series on Aug. 2 at the Meadowlands.
Tweet Me, from the stable of , is the 7-5 choice in the third division, which features seven horses and a purse of $24,706. Tweet Me ( -Wishful Me) won a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stallion Series on July 16 at The Meadows.
by Ken Weingartner