Brett Miller wins 7,000th; LB 3CT splits held
September 19, 2015
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Driver Brett Miller scored the 7,000th win of his career on Friday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, with the 14-race card also highlighted by three $35,000 divisions of the Liberty Bell for 3-year-old male trotters.
Miller, who turned 42 on Aug. 19, notched his milestone win with Spell To Cast in Race 8. A 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal, Spell To Cast was parked the entire mile after getting away eighth at the quarter, taking the lead at the stretch call and holding on by a head over Solid Queen in 1:53.1. Trained by Christopher Temming, Spell To Cast lit the toteboard at odds of 10-1, returning $23 for a $2 win ticket.
Explosive Man took speed-badge honors among the three Liberty Bell splits, with the other two divisions won by Whom Shall I Fear and Jacksons Minion.
Making just his fifth start of the year, Explosive Man was a game winner in 1:54.3, fighting off Suit And Tie in the stretch to score by three-quarters of a length. Tim Tetrick drove the winning son of Explosive Matter for trainer Bob Krivelin and owner Hero Stables. Explosive Man now has four wins and one second in his handful of attempts, with $45,000 in earnings.
Jacksons Minion, who finished fifth in the $1 million Hambletonian final for trainer-driver Tom Jackson, led at every call to capture his Liberty Bell division in 1:55.1. Coming off a break as the favorite in a Pennsylvania Stallion contest, Jacksons Minion was let go at odds of 15-1, returning $33.80 for a $2 win ticket. Also a son of Explosive Matter, Jacksons Minion is owned by Howard Taylor, Judith Taylor, Louis Franscella and Jackson. The win was his fifth of the year in 16 starts to boost his seasonal earnings to $134,663.
Whom Shall I Fear scored his sixth win of the year in 14 starts with a gate-to-wire 1:55.4 effort with driver Yannick Gingras. The son of Cantab Hall, who a few weeks ago captured a Townsend Ackerman division at the Meadowlands, held off Colbert at the wire to score by a neck. Jimmy Takter trains Whom Shall I Fear for owner Whom Shall I Fear Stable.