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Delaware, Ohio--She's back...and winning again. "Hurricane Hannah" Miller, the two-time National Amateur Driver of the Year today displayed the harness racing talent that propelled her to the top of the amateur driving ranks when she guided Inukchuk Chuck to a solid three-length triumph in the Hall of Fame & Museum Series Trot at the home of the Little Brown Jug. Competing in a field of gentlemen and lady drivers, most of whom are members of the Billings Series, Miller sat chilly on the limb and when the 8-horse field headed for paydirt she rallied her veteran trotter to a 1:56.1 victory holding off the betting favorite, Utopia, and driver Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford. After starting from the 3-hole Miller had her sights on the front-end but "Dandy Daniele" Orsini, with Mega Moss, had different ideas and refused to let the lady take command. So being parked Miller kept charging and the two raced side by side all the way to the three quarters before she took command at the top of the lane. And when "Hurricane Hannah" and Inukchuk Chuck headed down the lane it was obvious that no one was going to catch them, not even Steve Oldford's Utopia, who ended up with second money. Mega Moss held on for the show dough. It was the second consecutive victory at the Delaware County Fair for Inukchuk Chuck and Hannah Miller, after having won a Billings Trot just four days previous. And for the trotter it was his sixth seasonal triumph. The 6-year old altered son of Muscles Yankee is owned by Cliff Grundy and trained by Nick Surick. He paid $5.60. by John Manzi  

Freehold, NJ-- "Hurricane Hannah" Miller is back where she the head of the harness racing class. The talented miss and two-time National Amateur Driver of the Year (2015 & 2016) notched her 101st career driving victory this afternoon at Freehold Raceway when she guided Fiji to a stunning 2:00.3 come from behind triumph in a $9,000 Eastern Region Billings Trot. Subbing for usual driver, and owner, Dave "the Rave" Offenberg, Ms Miller fit her mount like a glove and got him to respond to victory, the horse's third of the season. "We left swiftly from the six hole and settled-in third along the pylons," she said. "When I moved him first-up at the half he marched forward toward the leader--Joe Faraldo with Tough Get Going-- and slowly Fiji began closing the gap." .On the final turn Fiji was just a short length behind Faraldo's trotter. "We didn't collar Tough Get Going until we straightened for home but when we did Fiji was strong and in the lane and we went on to a length victory, "Hannah added. "He was a real pleasure to drive" Broadway Bruiser finished third for "Mighty Matt" Zuccarello. Trained by Eric Abbatiello Fiji paid $13.00 for win. During the 2015 season Hannah won 32 races and the following year she also won 32 races. She had 22 winners in 2017, the last year she participated regularly in amateur racing. Now primarily a sales person for equine medications her chances to jump up behind a spirited steed are limited. But when time permits Hannah gets back to what she loves-- driving harness horses. by John Manz,i for the Billings Series  

Freehold, NJ--It didn't take long for "Hurricane Hannah" Miller to get back in the winners circle. Today (May 11) the former two-time National Amateur Driver of the Year scored her first seasonal harness racing triumph when she guided Jacks to Open to a four-length victory in an Eastern Region leg of the CKG Billings Harness Driving Series at Freehold Raceway. Now a sales rep for an equine pharmaceutical company it was only her third time in the sulky this year. "It felt good to be back in the winners circle again. I miss driving and as time allows I hope to do more of it again this season," she said. Sent off as the favorite from the six-hole in the eight horse contest Ms Miller settled in the two-hole when the field rounded the first turn as Annie "Get Your Gun" Stoebe showed the way with Uriel to the first stanza in :29.1. The ladies were one-two past the half in :59.3 but when they straightened up the backside the second time around "Hurricane Hannah" decided it was time to move. "My horse felt strong but I waited to move and when I did "ole Jack" put it in another gear and we had command as we passed the three quarters," Ms Miller said. "He was really super today." "Yankee Joe" Lee was aping Hannah's moves after the half and followed her up the backside with Talkaholic but after they both cleared Uriel it was apparent that Jacks To Open was the stronger horse. The veteran 9-year-old Conway Hall gelding opened daylight in the lane and cruised home an easy winner. Bob "the Headhunter" Hechkoff got up for the show dough on the $9000 contest. " I've been pursuing a professional career and it felt good to be back driving," the talented miss said after her victory which was her 98th from only 341 trips behind the starting gate. Co-owned by her driver and Nick Surick, Jacks To Open notched his 42nd career victory and returned a $3.00 win payoff, On Monday, May 13, a Billings trot in the Midwest region will contested at Northfield Park.   by John Manzi for the Billings Series

On Friday night America’s leading harness racing amateur driver Hannah Miller will take on the likes of Kerryn Manning (World’s leading female driver with more than 3730 winners), Rebecca Bartley (298 winners and driver of 2017 Inter Dominion heat winner and subsequent grand finalist San Carlo) and Lauren Tritton (798 winners) in the Retravision Lady Drivers Challenge at Gloucester Park. A supporting event on the mammoth 11 race programmed highlighted by the $1.1 million TABtouch Inter Dominion Grand Final and three other Group One races, the Retravision Lady Drivers Challenge is a new event on Inter Dominion Grand Final night. While she may not be well-known in Australia, Hannah Miller has done something very few Australian drivers have managed to do – driven against a field of American drivers who are all Inductees into the USTA Hall of Fame. The race was held at Goshen Historic Track in July 2016 and is an annual tribute race for the late Mr and Mrs Elbridge Gerry whose dedication and leadership and dedication to both Historic Track and adjacent Harness Racing Museum and Hall Of Fame helped those venues endure and thrive. The 2016 race featured all Hall of Fame drivers and Hannah Miller was the replacement driver for  Dave Palone who was unable to drive due to other commitments. Hannah Miller was honoured in 2016 as the Harness Racing Museum's and Hall of Fame's top amateur driver by virtue of being the top contributor to the Museum, waiving her driving fees to maintain her amateur status. "It's an honour just to be asked. It was absolutely not expected and it's a great feeling," said the 24-year-old graduate of the University of Central Florida at the time. The daughter of former Trainer of the Year Erv Miller and sister of top driver Marcus Miller, Hannah has been watching the drivers she'll be competing against for a very long time and also hopes to meet some horse crazy girls who may have visions of driving racehorses. "I've been watching them all compete since I was born and now to be able to go out there and compete against them is just an honour," she said. For the record the other drivers in last year’s Hall Of Fame Invitational Trot were  John Campbell, David Miller, Jimmy Takter, Bill O’Donnell, Wally Hennessey and Ron Waples. While Hannah didn’t manage to beat John Campbell home she did finish fifth with a couple of Hall Of Famers in her wake. The race was won by the Jimmy Takter driven Linda Marie which was trained by Jim Doherty Jnr whose father Jim Doherty drove at Gloucester Park on 11th December 1981. The race was an International Drivers Championship staged as a supporting race on the opening night of that year’s WA Pacing Cup carnival. Three American drivers in John Campbell, Jim Doherty and Eddie Lohmeyer took part against five Australasian legends in New Zealand’s Peter Wolfenden, Sydney’s Brian Hancock and Western Australians Fred Kersley, Phil Coulson and Chris Lewis. The three heats were won by Brian Hancock, Phil Coulson and Chris Lewis and Hancock headed the points tally across the three races. Of the eight drivers only Chris Lewis is still driving following the retirement of John Campbell earlier this year. Alan Parker

She's only been harness racing full time for the past four years but one thing is for sure about "Hurricane Hannah" Miller and that is she doesn't need to take her racetrack around with her because everywhere she goes-and even in Europe, she wins. On Sunday afternoon, September 17 the talented miss guided Pine Tab to an easy 1:59.4 victory over seven others in a Billings Trot at the home of the Little Brown Jug, Delaware, Ohio. Sent off as the 7-5 favorite Hannah sent Pine Tab to the lead and they had command on the first turn as her competitors filed in along the pylons behind her which allowed the talented miss to get away with a soft :30 first quarter. Bob "Lumberman" Troyer and Oneeyedmomma were the first to move followed closely by Kelly "Sky" Walker and Rush N Supreme as the field headed to the halfway point. However, Ms Miller got them by that stanza still a length in front as the timer flashed 1:01. When Pine Tab straightened in the backstretch he had company in the presence of Oneeyedmomma. But that challenge faded as Miller's charge rounded the final turn. And when they headed for home Pine Tab opened daylight on the field as Gregg "Fast Greggy" Keidel and Kween Mightus took over second place. In the deep stretch it was all Pine Tab who went on to a three-length 1:59.4 victory over Keidel's trotter. Rush N Supreme out-footed Oneeyedmomma to garner the show dough. Owned by the JL Benson Stable and trained by Nick Surick Pine Tab paid $4.40 for win . And if that wasn't enough "Hurricane Hannah" won the Tim Fouts Memorial Driving Championship with odds-on favorite Banging The Drum in a swift 1:57.1 a little later on the Sunday card. It was her 21st amateur victory thus far this year. Ned Hodkinson's Badger Quinn finished second with third place going to Picasso Forever handled by Kelly Walker. Banging The Drum is owned by Robert Brooks and trained by Jimmy Lupton. He paid $3.40 for win. A very happy Hannah Miller was contacted after her victory in the Fouts Memorial and she said. "This was my second time driving here at Delaware and I couldn't be any more happy with how the day went! "Pine Tab was able to leave out of the gate well here and get the lead pretty easy and he was in hand at the wire. That was my first win here at the Delaware County Fair and I had another win in the Tim Fouts Memorial later on the card. I'll drive here again on Thursday." An annual event, the Fouts Memorial pits drivers---one from each--who are members of the industry's various amateur clubs By John Manzi for the Billings Series

Berlin, MD....... In the inaugural running of the "Powder Puff Derby at Ocean Downs Sunday night, Hannah Miller and the five year old trotting mare, Bella's Punkett, prove the best in a race that featured all harness racing women drivers.   The drivers initially dined before the races in the track's clubhouse restaurant and followed up the dinner with a meet and greet session with the fans on the track's apron prior to the races.   After a late scratch of Jarming Lady knocked down the field down to seven horses, the race, a conditioned trot carrying a purse of $4200, carded as the sixth of twelve races on the night, went off without a hitch.   Karen Moore and Joeyscash quarter pole moved and opened up on the field with quarters of 30.1, 59.2 and 1:30.1 before Miller, patiently waited for clearance and fired Bella's Punkett on a first over mission from fifth position.   Advancing smartly on the far turn, Bella's Punkett came along side the pace setter finishing the mile in 2:01.3, winning by five lengths. Linda Mac Donald and Let It Go rallied for the place edging Joeys cash.   "I was happy to be asked to participate", said Miller, "since it was a very worthwhile cause. All the ladies were glad to be part of this race."   Also participating were Miriam Toland aboard Rocketpedia, Lorie Davis and Tiger's Too Good, Stacy Chiodo and Whitesville Liz and Doreen Dailey and HS Deroy.   The late scratch cost Janet Haigh- Bivona a seat at the dance floor.   All the ladies donated their five percent winnings to the children's cancer foundation " Believe In Tomorrow" with the total amount being donated to the fund at $720.00 for the night's festivities.   by Ocean Downs Staff  

Guess what? Hannah Miller won again today. This time she copped the final leg of the harness racing NAADA summer trotting series which was presented at Monticello Raceway on a muggy Thursday afternoon (July 27). She guided the veteran Pine Tab to a gate to wire victory in a 1:58.4 clocking and with that triumph she finished with the highest points total in the eight race event where races were presented at both Monticello and Yonkers Raceways. And she'll undoubtedly be the one to beat in the upcoming $15,000 series finale which is slated to go to post at the Westchester(NY) oval on August 4. In today's $5000 contest Hannah made easy work of it after sending Pine Tab to the lead from the six-hole and taking command on the first turn. From there the talented miss and her trusty steed cruised past the first stanza in:29.3 and they were three lengths to the good as they journeyed by the halfway point in 1:00 flat. However, as Pine Tab approached the three quarters he had company. As Hannah explained: "When the gate sprung my horse (Pine Tab) left strong and we crossed over on the first turn. From there we were on cruise control until the three quarters when Paul Minore's trotter (Wygant Prince) joined us but my guy dug in and he held tough all the way through the lane." At the wire Pine Tab was a 1-1/2 length victor over Wygant Prince. Eight lengths in the rears in third place was Zorgwijk Impact in rein to Joe Pennacchio. Trained by Nick Surick, Pine Tab paid just $3.00 for win. It was the trotter's fourth seasonal triumph and for Ms Miller her 16th driving victory of the season to go along with 11 seconds and five thirds for a whopping .466 UDR. Meanwhile in Italy, a four-man NAADA team, led by president Joe Faraldo and joined by Alan Schwartz, Tony Verruso and Tony Ciuffettelli were competing in the USA-Italy Friendship Competition and as of this writing the American team is on the short end of the points totals. By John Manzi for NAADA

On Sunday evening,( July 2nd,) at the Hall of Fame Banquet on the lawn of the Harness Racing Museum "Hurricane Hannah" Miller was presented with the Hall of Fame Amateur Driver's Award for the second consecutive season. Then the next day, she went out and won two amateur driving contests over the famed double oval at Historic Track. "Both horses were very good today," Hannah said via email. "I didn't really get the trip I wanted with Pine Tab in race seven but it ended up working out. "When we rounded the first turn in that one I was able to get a hole (along the pylons) but I didn't want to get locked in so I chose to move him early. We didn't clear Joe Pennacchio and Current Crisis until midway up the backstretch but once Pine Tab made the front he felt strong and went on to a two-length victory." After finishing back in Hidden Identity's last two starts Hannah decided to change her strategy and send the veteran trotter to the lead where he seems to race his best. On June 1st ,in a Billings Trot at Monticello Raceway, she put the grand old campaigner on the front-end and he went wire to wire to and scored an easy victory. "In Hidden's race today I was able to get him out of the gate good and get him to the front where he does his best work. We had a late challenge around the final turn but when I pulled the (ear) plugs we trotted away from LandonFitz (Dave Yarock) and were an easy three-length winner," Miller said, and then added "It was a great day overall and I was lucky to have my family with me." In the first Billings Trotting division Bobby "Hot Rod Chevie" Ciavardini won his first race since 1990 when he guided Baltimor AS to a 2:02.1 victory over Pocket Passer and driver Tony "the Capo" Verruso. After starting from the pole position Ciavardini took early command and then yielded to Pocket Passer and allowed him to cut the fractions. After rebuffing challenges, Verruso and his charge led the way until the top of the stretch where Ciavardini, who traveled along in the catbirds seat moved Baltimor AS out for the stretch run and they trotted away to a three-length triumph over Pocket Passer. Ciavadini had been a racing participant back in the 1980's but switched careers and returned to the racing venues recently after retiring from the construction business. "I didn't drive for 27 years, but about a month ago I got my first drive. I think this my fifth. Right now, I'm having a ball even though my wife thinks I'm crazy,"Ciavardini said with a chuckle. by John Manzi

There's an old adage that states 'you can't keep a good man down.' but in recent amateur harness racing history it could more accurately read "you can't keep a good woman down". That maxim can easily be equated to Hannah Miller, the hottest driver in the amateur ranks today. In the NAADA Trot at Yonkers Raceway tonight (June 16) the 25 year old miss, affectionately known as 'Hurricane Hannah', scored yet another victory when she guided Rev It Now to a gate to wire triumph over seven others in a 1:59.3 clocking. For the two-time National Amateur Driver of the Year it marked her 10th driving victory this season and her 83rd in just 289 career starts and the first-ever race contested over the newly refurbished Westchester County (NY) double oval Taking advantage of starting from the pylon position Miller sent her trotter to the lead as Alan Schwartz and Ladys Big Stormont found a position in behind Rev It Now as they rounded the first turn. They then raced one-two by the half way point where Joe Pennacchio was the first to move off the pylons with Zorgwijk Impact. As the field headed up the backside Pennacchio's trotter circled Ladys Big Stormont and then ranged alongside Rev it Now as the leaders trotted by the third stanza in 1:30.1. Unfortunately for Pennacchio, Ms Miller's charge still had plenty in the tank as they headed for home. In the stretch Zorgwijk Impact faded and Ladys Big Stormont was fresh and Schwartz rallied his charge as they headed for paydirt. But Ladys Big Stormont ran out of racetrack and finished a head behind Rev It Now in second place Although tiring, Zorgwijk Impact held on for the show dough. Reached via email after the race trainer Nick Surick responded: "Hannah said Rev was very sharp tonight and got off the gate good and had no intentions on letting anyone go. "She won the first race with the new finish line and she thinks it will make racing more exciting for the Yonkers Raceway fans." Surick then added:"We just rushed over to the Meadowlands where Hannah is driving the favorite in 5th race there tonight. Hopefully she can make it a driving double on both sides of the Hudson River." Ms Miller also owns the veteran 11 year old altered son of Revenue S who didn't race last year However, in his illustrious career Rev It Now has now won 37 races and purses of nearly 280,000. He's trained by Nick Surick by John Manzi for NAADA

When the 36th season of racing in the C.K.G Billings Series kicked off at Yonkers Raceway on Thursday, March 30 two precedents were set. It was the first time in a Billings Series opener that a horse got placed first because of a racing infraction; and it was also the first time in her career that "Hurricane Hannah" Miller won a race by default. "I guess a win is a win no matter how it happens," said the talented miss, who is no stranger to the winners circle. "My horse (Winwood Scout) had a second-over cover trip but when David Glasser's horse (Celebrity Stimulus) was cited for a change of direction the stretch and despite being the first under the wire the judges disqualified him and placed him fourth." It was the second consecutive victory for Miller and Winwood Scout having won a NAADA trot at Yonkers last week when they teamed-up for a 2:00.1 victory. However, Celebrity Stimulus' driver, David "Poppa" Glasser, was philosophical about the whole ordeal. "I learned a good lesson tonight, and a rather costly one at that. It was a $2200 pain in my wallet," he said with a laugh. "I was on the front-end from the start but in the deep stretch I was so concerned about beating the outside horse (Wygant Prince) that I let my trotter drift down into the passing lane which was a violation. I'll be careful to never let that happen again." The 6-horse field went to post prior to the first race on the betting card. When the starting judge said 'go' Glasser sent Celebrity Stimulus to the lead from the pole position. They cut fractions of :28.4; :58.3 and they were still fairly comfortable as they passed the third stanza in 1:29.1 But in the lane they had company. At the wire Winwood Scout was a neck behind the winner and was placed first. Third under the wire was "Coach Paul" Minore's Wygant Prince who ended-up it the place money and The Franchise and driver Bob "the Headhunter" Hechkoff ,was placed third. The race winner, Winwood Scout notched his third consecutive victory. He is trained by Chris Marino for Howard Jacobs. And for "Hurricane Hannah" Mille, two time National Amateur Driver of the Year, it was her third seasonal victory. by John Manzi for the CKG Billings Series

She's known to her fans as "Hurricane Hannah" Miller because again this year she has taken harness racing amateur racing by storm. For the dedicated 24-year-old miss it marks the second consecutive season that she has earned the honor of being named the National Amateur Driver of the Year. And it's no surprise that Hannah has the right to claim the title again. Just look at her accomplishments this past season; from 109 trips to post she won 31 races, had 20 seconds and 11 thirds for a whopping .420 UDR. Along the way Hannah danced every dance as a member of multiple amateur organizations witnessed by her 109 trips to post, far and away more than any of her counterparts. She won the combined points title for the second consecutive season in the granddaddy of them all, the CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series, and she won the points title in the Catskill Amateur Drivers Club Series last summer. She's traveled and won two races in two starts at Mohawk Raceway in Canada and recently romped home a winner in the $25,000 Billings Series Final at Harrah's Chester on November 20. And when you factor in that she finished a very close second in the World Cup of Amateur racing last fall in Budapest, Hungary losing top honors by just one point against some of the world's best amateur drivers it speaks volumes in itself, especially since hers was the best performance ever by a U.S. representative in the prestigious international event. "I am thrilled to be named the National Amateur Driver of the Year and there are a lot of people that have helped me earn this award and I can't thank them enough," Hannah said via email. "They include Nick, who has put so much time and effort into helping me with all my amateur endeavors, and all of the trainers and owners that have given me the opportunity to drive for them. And of course my family, who continuously provides support for me on and off the track." For the record Hannah's dad is the outstanding trainer Erv Miller, who is fourth all-time in training victories, and her brother Marcus is a rising star in the sport. Hannah's spectacular performance this past fall in the prestigious World Cup of Amateur Racing was an unexpected pleasure for the USA. She battled respected international amateurs from 12 different countries in Budapest, Hungary and produced the best results ever by an American participant. "The World Cup was a trip of a lifetime and although I would have liked to have won it, I was honored just to be able to go and represent our country," she said. A rather innocuous comment for someone who won two races and was the point leader until the final contest where the Italian representative finished just one point better than Hannah's total. "Still I'm proud that I did well, although I would have loved to won it," Hannah explained. Miller has put a degree in business from the University of Central Florida on hold for now while she drives in the amateur races. "I'm going to use the degree eventually, but right now I'm just having fun driving," she says. By John Manzi for USHWA

CHESTER PA - On a day when the wind howled down the Delaware River and caused a 25mph+ stretch obstacle at Harrah's Philadelphia, it seems only appropriate that "Hurricane" Hannah Miller blew into town, and the 2015 harness racing  Amateur Driver of the Year won the 2016 $25,000 C.K.G. Billings Amateur Driving Series Gold Cup with Jacks To Open by 8½ lengths in 1:58.2.   One of the few disappointments of Hannah's 2015 racing year was racing Jacks To Open as the favorite in the Gold Cup, sitting in with the horse early, and the trotter unfortunately making a break. This year, with Jacks To Open again the favorite, Miller made sure there would be no missed opportunity, leaving and tucking third, then pulling before the 29 quarter to challenge frontstepping Keystone Thomas.   "Thomas" and driver Bob Hechkoff were not willing to surrender the lead easily, though, and Jacks To Open and Miller were left out in the chilly air, blowing into their faces to the 59.1 half and then aiding them as they grinded on and made the lead by the 1:28.1 3/4s. Through the last quarter there was no question who was going to the winners circle, as Jacks To Open drew off to win with daylight behind her, with pocketsitting Celebrity Stimulus (David Glasser, winner of the Billings Eastern Final at Pocono a week ago) just getting up for second, a half-length ahead of Celebrity Stimulus.   "He trained well this week, and he was pulling a bit, and I was not sitting in," Hurricane Hannah noted, the relief visible that last year's race was finally exorcized. "The other horse and driver didn't want to let me go, but I thought my horse could overcome being parked, so we went up to challenge," and the last quarter told its own story.   Miller co-owns the winner of over $250,000 with the horse's trainer and Hannah's friend Nick Surick. She is matching her sterling statistics of 2015 again this year, having achieved 32 wins and a .418 UDR last year, and 30 wins and a .415 batting average this season - and she has added getting a trainer's license to her resume this year.   "Yankee" Joe Lee, who works in clubhouse management for the Bronx baseball dynasty, worked out a perfect pocket trip with the 12-year-old gelding Captain Primeau, and the pair came up the inside to pass frontstepping Star Studded Cast and win by a length in the $15,000 Billings Silver Cup. The "Captain" left well enough to sit in the pocket behind the "Star" and a parked Rocket Master as the latter two dueled through fractions of 28.3, 59, and 1:27.3, with the threesome leaving the rest of the field far behind. Captain Primeau then trotted through the wind, took over in midstretch, and finished the mile in 1:59.1, with Star Studded Cast (Tony Ciuffetelli) holding very gamely for second and Rocket Master (2004-2005 Amateur Driver of the Year Dein Spriggs) showing his grittiness in holding for third despite the overland route.   Lee, who has the familiar intertwined "N" and "Y" of the Yankees on his driving helmet, wasn't sure his veteran diamondgaiter, who had raced and won just two days ago at Freehold, could leave enough for top position, "but he did, and it was a great trip behind the two up front. I knew I had horse turning for home, and he was able to go past" for trainer Connie Svensson, co-owner with Anneli Svensson. Lee won't have time to rest on his laurels, though - as he and Spriggs have horses in an amateur race at Pompano tonight.   (Final bit of perspective: Lee now has 20 career driving victories, half of them coming during his best year, the current one, and his horses have earned over $133,000; Captain Primeau posted his 41st lifetime triumph with the Silver Cup win, and now has a bankroll nearing $375,000 - the perfect blend of youth and experience.)   C.K.G. Billings Amateur Driving Series Publicity Office  

It's been about three weeks since "Hurricane Hannah" Miller has graced a winner's circle but today (Sat. Oct. 22) at Freehold Raceway the queen of amateur harness racing did it again, and for the 29th time this season. Hannah won the NAADA trot with Rocket Master in a time of 2:01.2. After starting from the five hole Hannah eased her trotter away cautiously from the mobile starting gate and slid Rocket Master down to the pylons ending up in fifth position some six lengths behind Trotalot and Bob Hechkoff who lead the six-horse field by the quarter in :29.2. When Dave Offenberg heard Hannah moving toward the leaders going to the half he moved Bluebird Kidsqueen out in front of Rocket Master which gave cover to Ms. Miller's mount. Hannah followed Offenberg up the backside and then went three-deep and by the time the field rounded that final turn Rocket Master was in front and trotting away from his competition going on to a 4-1/2 length triumph. Joe Lee, who followed Hannah Miller around the final turn with Lou Lou's Princess, ended-up finishing second. Bluebird Kingsqueen and Offenberg held on for the show dough. The winner, Rocket Master, a veteran 8-yer-old Glidemaster gelding , is owned by her driver along with the Nick Surick Stable and the Erv Miler Stable. Trained by Erv Miller, Rocket Master paid $2.60 for win. Now with 29 seasonal driving victories and still over two months remaining before the curtain comes down on the 2016 racing season Hannah Miller has a chance to extend her record of 32 wins in one season, the most ever by an amateur driver in the modern era. John Manzi

The 2016 World Cup of Amateur Harness Racing kicked off on Friday, September 2 with three races at Kincsem Park in Budapest, Hungary. Besides the three World Cup races there were three greyhound races and three t-bred races. At the end of the first of two days of competitions the United States representative Hannah Miller, on the strength of a win and a second place finish, is the current point leader. Hannah Miller, the USA's leading amateur driver, along her parents Erv and Heidi Miller and Hannah's boyfriend, Nick Surick are joined by NAADA founder and president Joe Faraldo and his wife Yma for the six-race World Cup of Amateur Racing competition. Faraldo is also giving a hands-on account of the racing action in Budapest. Hannah Miller finished second in the first contest which was won by the Italian representative. The following is Faraldo's account of that race. "Hannah weaved from post ten in this 12 horse field behind a six horse gate and as a result, she cut the mile in this 1800-meter race over the 6/8ths mile oval. She rebuffed a challenge from Denmark's Ms. Bitten Jensen half way home and but Hannah got beat a length and a quarter at the wire finishing a solid second to the Italian entrant. Argentina was third. "The latter's driver is also the owner-breeder of Chucaro Acero BC who has raced at Meadowlands and Yonkers this year. Senor Leonardo Antonio Augusti of Argentina has a working relationship with Blue Chip Farms of NY which this year will send mares to Argentina this year we heard. Hannah did very well and just needs to compile points to stay in the hunt." In the second event Hannah drives the winner and the following is Faraldo's hands-on account of the action. "Hannah, driving third choice in the betting, Kincses, fought off being challenged after making the top and cutting the mile from post eight, once again starting from the second tier. "After fighting off early challenges a strong one came from a three- wide move by Alle Loman of the Czech Republic but Hannah and Kincses hung tough for the victory. This time the Italian Mikor Marini was second so the USA and Italy are tied with 24 points at this point." For the second time in the three races held at Budapest's Kincsem Park a woman emerged victorious in the third contest. "Ms. Bitten Jensen of Denmark won the third event adding to her lifetime 56 wins and the ladies stuck it to the boys capturing two of the three first night's events," Faraldo said via email. "Bitten steered Poeta to a three-length victory over my friend Piet van Pollaert of Belgium also besting a rising star in Finland's young driver Termu Keskitalo. "Our Hannah Miller got interfered with early on then taken out to the hot dog stand around the last turn. However, despite that bad racing luck the lead belongs to the USA. But like Yogi said' it ain't over till it's over'. "In spite of that admonition I say we sent our best to race with the best." At the half-way point in the World Cup competition the USA, with 30 points, is the leader. Italy, Belgium and Argentina, each with 25 points are tied for second. They are followed by Denmark (22), Finland (20), New Zealand (16), Austria (15), Czech Republic (15), Spain (9), Hungary (8) and Switzerland (3). "I 'd rather the USA be in this spot then at the opposite end of the standings," Faraldo lamented. "We have been there before. This is preferred for sure." Tomorrow the final three events in this year's World Cup will be contested. Tomorrow's races will be in the afternoon and the track expects to draw 20,000 fans. Tonight the races were contested clockwise while tomorrow's will be counter-clockwise. by John Manzi for NAADA

When the North American Amateur Drivers Association (NAADA) joined FEGAT in the early 1980's that earned the organization an opportunity to name the American entrant in the FEGAT World Championship for Amateur Drivers (the World Cup). Although this harness racing competition started as an event every four years it has melded into an international competition every two years. Hannah Miller, the USA's National Amateur Driver of 2015, will carry America's colors when she competes in six races against her counterparts from 13 other international countries in Budapest, Hungary beginning August 31 and continuing until September 4. "I'm proud and overwhelmed in being the American representative to the World Cup," Ms. Miller said. "It will be challenging for me to compete mostly against men who, for the most part, are seasoned veterans, but I look forward to the challenge and I hope I do well." Miller is the daughter of trainer Erv Miller, the 2005 Trainer of the Year and number three ranked trainer in terms of wins with more than 4800, and is the sister of professional driver Marcus Miller. "Hurricane Hannah" Miller, 24, is a member of many amateur driving clubs including among others, the Billings Series, NAADA, and the Catskill Amateur Drivers Club, and not surprisingly she is the current leader in each series. Last year when she won the National Amateur Drivers Award she had driven 32 winners, the most ever by an amateur in one season. She already has 27 wins and is on target to eclipse last season's stats. According to NAADA president Joe Faraldo, "Hannah is the best and we're sending our best to Budapest to race in the World Cup." Hannah is no stranger to racing abroad having anchored the American Team when they traveled to Majorca last fall to race against the Spanish amateurs. And earlier she was on the American team which traveled to greater Naples, Italy to race against their veteran amateurs. Slated to leave for Budapest on August 29 Hannah will be joined by her parents Erv and Heidi Miller, her boyfriend Nick Surick and NAADA founder and president, Joe Faraldo along with his wife Yma. John Manzi

Early on, Hannah Miller was given the apropos nickname "Hurricane Hannah" because she has taken amateur harness racing by storm; and nothing could be more accurate. Not only did the 24-year-old lady cop the Yonkers Raceway leg of the Italy-USA Friendship Competition (sponsored by NAADA) on Thursday evening August 18, earlier in the day she won two amateur races at Monticello Raceway. "This is my best day so far," Ms. Miller admitted. "Three races and three wins, it doesn't get much better than that." At Yonkers Raceway, up behind PC's Wildcard owned by fellow amateur Joe Pennacchio, Hannah caught a break when the pacer drew the pole position after having started from outside positions in his recent races. Sent off as the betting favorite in the race, Hannah set sails right from the get-go and guided her pacer to the front. "I caught a break when Mr. (Raphael) Ruffato (with second choice Home Turf) pulled the two-hole as we headed toward the (first) quarter," Hannah said. "I was lucky to get away with soft early fractions but when Mr. Ruffato came at me strong at the half I left my horse go with him and we went a steppy third quarter. But with him parked the whole way his horse tired and those in the rears had to first go around him to get at me." At the three quarters PC's Wildcard had two lengths on the field which was opened to three at the top of the stretch. In the lane Miller's charge cruised home an easy 4-1/4 length winner. Second place went to Sugar Queen Gabby driven by Giancarlo Moretti, who, by the way, won a Friendship Competition race yesterday at Monticello Raceway. NAADA president Joe Faraldo finished third with Whatnblazes. PC's Wildcard, owned by Joe P Racing and trained by Dan Altman, paid $4.20 for win. It was the third seasonal victory for the 7-year-old pacer. And for Hannah Miller, she now has 27 driving victories thus far this year. On August 29 "Hurricane Hannah" will head to Budapest, Hungary to represent the United States in this year's World Cup of Amateur Racing. (more on that to following in upcoming days) On the prowess of the American team finishing first, third, fourth and fifth here at Yonkers Raceway they will take a fairly substantial lead (71-55) into the final events of the Friendship Competition at Tioga Downs on Friday (August 19) where four different drivers will represent the USA. by John Manzi, for NAADA

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