Perfect Alliance gives Andy Miller Number 8,000

04:40 PM 21 Feb 2014 NZDT
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Andy Miller congratulated with special sign with Meadowland's GM Jason Settlemoir
Photo by Michael Lisa
Perfect Alliance gives Andy Miller his 8,000th career win
Photo by Michael Lisa

The first $15,000 leg of the Charles Singer Memorial was raced in two divisions on a Thursday night card at The Meadowlands and the favorites did not disappoint.

Perfect Alliance came into the Singer off a pair of impressive efforts for the Andy and Julie Miller barn. She continued to excel on this evening, romping to a seven plus length win in a career best equaling 1:53.3 for Andy Ray. The win marked the 8,000th in the driving career of Andy Miller.

Biding her time through fractions of 27.1 and 56.2, Perfect Alliance was launched by Miller into the far turn and she stormed right past Cajole Hanover and quickly opened up a three-length lead. That margin continued to grow, despite Andy Miller not asking his mare for any more effort in the stretch. She was an impressive, wrapped up winner and appears as the clear favorite in the Charles Singer Memorial.

The Credit Winner mare was stakes placed several times in a useful 2013 season but has blossomed into an imposing presence at age four for Jeff Gural's Little E, LLC, Meadowlands GM Jason Settlemoir, Dave Stolz and Artie Geiger.

Not to be out-done was Time To Quit, who is looking to parlay his successful sweep of the Super Bowl series into a successful run at the Charles Singer Memorial. Tonight, Time To Quit extended his win streak to five in a workman-like effort in 1:56.2. Coasting along on the lead virtually throughout for Yannick Gingras, Time To Quit was challenged late by pocket-sitter Clementine Dream but was able to close out the mile by a diminishing head over that foe at the wire.

Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and Phil Collura share ownership of Time To Quit, who has returned over $50,000 on their investment in just two months.

The Charles Singer Memorial continues with the second leg next Thursday, February 27th, with the $52,500 Final taking place Saturday March 8th.

by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowlands

 

 

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