Erv Miller's trotters ready for Kindergarten
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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.
"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