Love A Good Story poised for finishing big NYSS season
September 10, 2020
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This year’s racing season has been hard on so many but not so much for Love A Good Story (Chapter Seven), the sophomore trotting filly trained by Julie Miller. Dominating a small but fierce division, she’s swept all five legs in convincing fashion and now boasts over a half million dollars in career earnings.
Miller, who is currently second in the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) trainer standings, has her eyes set beyond this weekend’s $1.8 million New York Sire Stakes Night of Champions at Yonkers Raceway.
“We have the option to go onto Lexington as long as she maintains being happy and healthy,” said Miller. “We hope to bring her back next year.”
Andy Miller pilots the 3-year-old for his wife and owners Daniel Plouffe, Pinske Stables and Kentuckiana Racing Stable.
“She and Andy have a great connection you just dream about,” said Miller. “Real fortunate, she's dominating that level of competition and things have really worked out for her.”
In 2019, Love A Good Story, demonstrated her promise, winning six legs and finishing fifth in the NYSS Final on her way to more than $230,000 in seasonal earnings. Miller’s plan for the 2-year-old at the time seemed to pay off.
“We gave her a lot of time, raced at Lexington and then we elected to put her away and give her green grass, some vacation time and then picked up training back in Florida,” said Miller. “When back in Jersey, she matured. She filled out and she knows her job and what she is supposed to do.”
Miller will look to finish the season with a perfect NYSS record. With so many changes to this year’s schedule due to COVID-19, Miller reflected on her preparation for this weekend’s finals. “There was a little bit of time in between the races – a longer time frame. I was able to train her easy last week – I’ll train her up,” said Miller. “New York Sire Stakes is the toughest spot to race in. To be a part of the race and be successful, it's all you want.”
Love A Good Story heads into the Night of Champions as the top overall earner in NYSS purses this season and will look to boost her already impressive $226,850 bankroll in the final for 3-year-old filly trotters, which goes off as race two. She drew post five in the seven-horse field, but will have to contend with top filly Hypnotic AM, who drew inside her in post three.
New York's richest night of harness racing returns to Yonkers Raceway this Saturday. Eight final events featuring the best state-bred 2- and 3-year-olds will be contested for $225,000 purses each. Post time is 7:12 p.m. A full list of entries can be found here.--By Eliza Bianco for NY Sires Stakes