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Erv Miller's trotters ready for Kindergarten

October 31, 2017
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Trainer Erv Miller hopes for a strong 1-2 punch in Saturday's (Nov. 4) $214,900 Kindergarten Series championship for 2-year-old male trotters, especially now that Tito seems to have reached better form after battling sickness.
 
Miller sends out Tito and series-points-leader Farsetti Hanover in Saturday's 10-horse final at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, N.J. Tito and driver Andy McCarthy will start from post five while Farsetti Hanover and driver Marcus Miller will leave from post one.
 
Stakes-winner Seven Iron, from the stable of trainer Linda Toscano, will start from post nine. Among finalists, Seven Iron was second in points while Tito was fourth.
 
Saturday's card at The Big M, which begins at 7:15 p.m. (EDT), also includes Kindergarten finals for 2-year-old female trotters, 2-year-old male pacers and 2-year-old female pacers.
 
Tito, a son of Muscle Mass out of Stonebridge Encore, has won three of 12 races this year and earned $100,173 for owners Anthony Lombardi, George Golemes and Andy Willinger. His family includes multiple O'Brien and Dan Patch Award-winner Peaceful Way.

He heads to the Kindergarten championship off a win in the fifth-and-final preliminary round of the series, a 1:55.2 score Oct. 26 at Vernon Downs.

"I've liked him all along," Miller said. "He got sick on us early and didn't do what he was supposed to do. We kind of lost the middle of the summer there. He's just kind of rebounded here the last couple of starts."

Tito was winless in his first six starts, but won three of his next six races. He was a two-time winner on the New York Sire Stakes circuit and finished fourth in the New York Sire Stakes championship. He is eligible to the Valley Victory Stakes in late November at the Meadowlands.

Farsetti Hanover, who was entered in next week's Standardbred Horse Sale, has won two of 12 races and earned $98,999 for owners Ervin Miller Stable, Golemes and David Prushnok. His wins came in divisions of the Kindergarten and Reynolds Memorial Stakes.
 
A son of Donato Hanover out of the mare Finesse Hanover, Farsetti Hanover heads to the Kindergarten championship off a miscue in the Oct. 26 Kindergarten leg at Vernon. The colt, who was second in a division of the International Stallion Stakes and third in a division of the Bluegrass, went off stride behind the gate. It was the first time he made a break in a race.

"It was pretty uncharacteristic for him," Marcus Miller said. "He's been super handy. I think I relaxed on him a little too much. They're still 2-year-old trotters. I'm not really concerned about it. I like him. Hopefully he can come back. I think he fits with that group, especially at this time of year."

Added Erv Miller, "He's been solid all year. He's a big, strong colt, so hopefully he'll come back here."

Miller also will start Aldine Hanover in the $140,550 Kindergarten championship for 2-year-old female pacers. She was third in points in the series, behind finalists I'm Trigger Happy and Reign On Me.

Aldine Hanover has won four of 14 races and earned $35,420 for owners Ervin Miller Stable, Glenn Bechtel and Willinger. She is a daughter of A Rocknroll Dance out of O'Brien Award-winning mare Armbro Amoretto.

"She's the same as Tito," Erv Miller said. "She got sick on us and we're just getting her going good. She'll race right through the end of the year; she's got the Matron and Three Diamonds."

The $150,000 Kindergarten for 2-year-old male pacers features five of the top six horses in the standings, including leader Points North as well as Rockapelo, I'm A Big Deal, Fashiononthebeach and Born To Be Bad. The $198,000 Kindergarten for 2-year-old female trotters includes the top six fillies in points: Dab Hanover, Megadolce, Basquiat, Mooshka Stride, Hey Blondie and Piranha Fury.--By Ken Weingartner/Harness Racing Communications

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