Evident Beauty strong in Del Miller Memorial
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Heavy public choice Evident Beauty marched to the front for driver David Miller and never looked back, scoring in the first of two $124,000 divisions of the Del Miller Memorial for 3-year-old trotting fillies at The Meadowlands on Saturday night (July 13).
The New Jersey-bred daughter of Trixton stopped the timer in 1:52.3, equaling her lifetime best.
Evident Beauty, trained by Richard "Nifty" Norman for owners Melvin Hartman, Little E LLC and RAW Equine, displaced Beautiful Sin from the lead at the :28.3 opening quarter. From there a soft :57.3 half gave the 1-5 favorite the confidence she would need. Cloud Nine Fashion and Tim Tetrick made a strong coverless challenge at the half and looked on the verge of going by the favorite through three-quarters timed in 1:25.3.
But once into the homestretch, Evident Beauty was driven by Miller and found her best stride to turn back Cloud Nine Fashion with a :27 final quarter.
Miss Trixton finished third behind the winner, who returned $2.40 as the prohibitive favorite.
"I felt pretty confident," Miller said after the second-half duel. "My mare held strong."