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Ervin Miller wins award

December 15, 2004

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Trainer Ervin Miller has been named the recipient of the second annual Brian Pinske Memorial Award. Named in honor of the late Illinois-based trainer, it honors the success of trainers in open stakes events in the Prairie State. Last year's inaugural award went to Brian's father, Tim.

A cumulative point system, which rewards a horse with 50 points for finishing first, 25 for second, 12 for third, 8 for fourth and 5 for fifth in open stakes, determines the winner of the award.

Miller, 38, has trained the winners of $12,923,845 in a career that began in 1991. This year his stable, which is based at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, has bankrolled more than $3.8 million. Among his notable performers are world champion Loyal Opposition p, 4,1:48.4 ($1,848,863); Breeders Crown winner Restive Hanover p, 2,1:52 ($590,607), who won the American National at Balmoral; and Sweetheart winner Fox Valley Shaker p, 2,1:53.3 $424,973.
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