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Millers hope to win this year's Hambletonian

10:19 AM 03 Aug 2017 NZST
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Devious Man
Devious Man, a son of Credit Winner out of the mare Miss Garland, has won 11 of 18 lifetime races and earned $750,200. He is a half-brother to 2005 Hambletonian winner Vivid Photo.
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Harness racing driver Andy Miller knows how it feels to come within a neck of winning the Hambletonian Stakes. This year, he hopes to experience victory.

Miller drives Devious Man in Saturday's $1.2 million Hambletonian for 3-year-old trotters at the Meadowlands. The colt, trained by Miller's wife, Julie, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the second of two $100,000 eliminations. The top-five finishers from each elimination return later in the day for the $1 million final.

Devious Man will start his elimination from post nine in a 10-horse field.

"I think the horse is really sharp and really good," Miller said. "I'm not thrilled about the draw, but hopefully we can advance from there and get to the final. Hopefully we can win [the elimination] and secure an inside spot for the final. If not, then hopefully we draw good in the final."

Last year, Miller and his horse Sutton finished behind winner Marion Marauder and Southwind Frank in a three-horse photo. Sutton made up nearly four lengths in the stretch, but ran out of time to catch the leaders before the wire.

"I needed a couple more steps, I think," Miller said. "But I was thrilled to be third and I would have been very thrilled to win it. Hopefully this is our year."

Miller and his wife are no strangers to the Hambletonian. Last year, Julie Miller had two horses in the final, with Milligan's School finishing sixth. Julie Miller has trained a total of five Hambletonian finalists.

Devious Man has won four of six races this year and finished no worse than second in his remaining starts. His victories include the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on July 1 and the Empire Breeders Championship at Vernon Downs in a career-best 1:52.2 on June 18.

The colt, owned by the Andy Miller Stable and Stroy Inc., heads to the Hambletonian off a second-place finish to Walner in a division of the Stanley Dancer Memorial. Walner, last year's Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male trotter, will miss the Hambletonian because of a minor injury.

Devious Man, a son of Credit Winner out of the mare Miss Garland, has won 11 of 18 lifetime races and earned $750,200. He is a half-brother to 2005 Hambletonian winner Vivid Photo.

"He lets me drive him however I want," Miller said about Devious Man. "I can leave, I can come from behind, he just has great manners.

"He's just such a classy horse."

International Moni is the 5-2 favorite in the first of the two eliminations. The Hambletonian final is 5:11 p.m. and will air on CBS Sports Network. The $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old female trotters and $224,400 Sam McKee Memorial for older male pacers also will be part of the 90-minute broadcast, which begins at 4.

Following are the Hambletonian elimination fields.

Hambletonian Elimination (race eight)

PP-Horse-Sire-Dam Sire-Driver-Trainer-Line

1 - Southwind Woody by Muscle Hill from a Pine Chip mare - Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke - 12/1

2 - Bill’s Man by Credit Winner from a Yankee Glide mare - Corey Callahan - John Butenschoen - 5/1

3 - Guardian Angel AS by Archangel from an Allstar Hall mare - Jason Bartlett - Anette Lorentzon - 10/1

4 - Giveitgasandgo by Yankee Glide from an Andover Hall mare - Corey Callahan - John Butenschoen - 8/1

5 - International Moni by Love You from a Speedy Crown mare - Scott Zeron - Frank Antonacci - 5/2

6 -Stealth Hanover by Andover Hall from a Credit Winner mare - Francisco Del Cid - Francisco Del Cid - 30/1

7 - Victor Gio It by Ready Cash from a Pine Chip mare - Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter - 6/1

8 - Long Tom by Muscle Hill from a Windsong’s Legacy mare - Tim Tetrick - Marcus Melander - 3/1

9 - Jake by Muscle Hill from an Andover Hall mare - Dan Dube - Luc Blais - 8/1

 

Hambletonian Elimination (race nine)

PP-Horse-Sire-Dam Sire-Driver-Trainer-Line

1 - What The Hill by Muscle Hill from an Angus Hall mare - David Miller - Ron Burke - 3/1

2 - Seven And Seven by Chapter Seven from a Kadabra mare - David Miller - Tom Durand - 8/1

3 - Sortie by Explosive Matter from a Tagliabue mare - Andy McCarthy - Noel Daley - 10/1

4 -Shake it Off Lindy by Crazed from a Love You mare - Brett Miller - Frank Antonacci - 20/1

5 - Dover Dan by Andover Hall from a Royal Troubador mare - Brian Sears - John Butenschoen - 8/1

6 - Enterprise by Chapter Seven from a SJ’s Caviar mare - Tim Tetrick - Marcus Melander - 9/2

7 - Southwind Cobra by Muscle Hill from a Broadway Hall mare - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke - 15/1

8 - Achille Duharas by Andover Hall from a Pine Chip mare - Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter - 20/1

9 - Devious Man by Credit Winner from a Garland Lobell mare - Andy Miller - Julie Miller-5/2

10 - Perfect Spirit by Andover Hall from a Kadabra mare - Ake Svanstedt - Ake Svanstedt - 12/1

Ken Weingartner

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