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It was 'Miller time' at Gaitway Farm
Monday, June 23, 2014 - by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

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Manalapan, NJ --- Monday morning was Miller time for trainer Tom Fanning.

Fanning won four qualifiers for 2-year-olds at Gaitway Farm, three with driver Brett Miller at the lines and one with David Miller. Fanning’s four victories were the most of any trainer in the 14 qualifiers for 2-year-olds. Ron Burke and Chris Ryder were the only other conditioners with multiple wins, with two apiece.

Billy Flynn was one of five winners for driver Brett Miller.

Brett Miller captured a total of five races with the 2-year-olds while David Miller had three and Marcus Miller had two. Mike Lachance also notched two triumphs.

Thirteen of the winning horses were making his or her second trip to qualify. The only debut winner was male pacer Major War, trained by Sam DePinto.

Special Package, a female pacer, was the fastest of Fanning’s winners. A daughter of Western Terror-Tootsie J, she won in 1:57 over a track labeled “good.” The filly is a full sister to Shock It To ’Em, who won a division of the Keystone Classic last year and the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Stallion Series final.

Fanning’s other winners were male pacers My Spirit Soars and Betting Exchange and female pacer Mac’s Secure.

Betting Exchange (Bettor's Delight-Cheeky Hanover), a half-brother to 2009 Battle of Waterloo winner Wellthereyougo, won in 1:59. My Spirit Soars (Bettor's Delight-Sealed In My Heart) won in 1:57.2 and Mac’s Secure (McArdle-Secure Hanover) won in 1:59.

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B Well and Marcus Miller scored in a time of 1:58.2.

Ryder won with male pacer B Well and female pacer Amazing Phrasing.

Amazing Phrasing (Art Major-Amazing Marker) won in 1:56.1. Her dam is a full sister to three-time Dan Patch Award-winning female pacer Loyal Opposition. B Well (Well Said-Ms Amanda B) won in 1:58.2.

Burke’s winners were male pacer Old Man Cleary and female pacer Bettor N Better.

Old Man Cleary (Art Major-Ready To Win) won in 1:56. His dam is a stakes-winning half-sister to 2006 Tarport Hap division winner Bikini Bottom. The family also includes millionaire mare Anniecrombie and her millionaire son Nob Hill High. Bettor N Better (Bettor's Delight-Vanite Semalu) won in 1:56.3. She is the first foal out of Vanite Semalu, who was a standout in Quebec in the mid-2000s.

Female trotters Champagne Taste and Tuscanellie were second-time winners at Gaitway.

Tuscanellie (Andover Hall-Ornellaia) won in 1:59.3 for trainer Donna Marshall. Champagne Taste (Striking Sahbra-CR Mimosa) won in 2:01.3 for trainer Richard Johnson. She is a half-sister to multiple Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund champion Windshield.

Female pacer Single Me (Bettor's Delight-Lonesome Day) won in 1:56.2 for trainer Ross Croghan. Lonesome Day was a multiple-stakes-winner and full sister to millionaire mare Cam Swifty. She also is a full sister to 2006 Kentucky Sire Stakes champion Cantor’s Daughter -- the mother of DePinto’s Major War.

Major War (Art Major-Cantor’s Daughter) won in 1:57.2. He is a half-brother to stakes-winner Brownsville Bomber.

Male trotter Billy Flynn (Cantab Hall-Zeta Jones), trained by Staffan Lind, won in 2:00.3. Bettin Bruce (Explosive Matter-Sister Marcy), another male trotter, won in 2:03 for Julie Miller.


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