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By Tom Ferrall
Staff Writer 

Miller enjoys four-win afternoon at Del Mar


Last updated 11/30/2018 at 8:56am

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Jockey Flavien Prat eases up Gray Magician nearing the finish of the second race at Del Mar, Nov. 24. The 2-year-old colt scored a 9 1/2-length victory in a one-mile maiden allowance race and was the first of four winners saddled by Bonsall-based trainer Peter Miller that afternoon.

Bonsall-based Peter Miller saddled four winners at Del Mar Nov. 24 and the big day was a key factor in him owning a 12-8 lead over Jerry Hollendorfer in the trainer standings after 12 days of competition at the seaside racetrack's 16-day Fall Festival of Racing, which concludes Dec. 2.

Miller won three races in a row – the second, third and fourth – and then completed his four-bagger with a victory in the ninth and final event.

Miller scored with his first starter of the day when the 2-year-old colt Gray Magician rolled to a 9 1/2-length victory in the second race, a one-mile maiden allowance contest. Ridden by Flavien Prat, Gray Magician was a heavy 1-2 favorite and paid $3.00 after breaking his maiden in 1:38.55.

The 4-year-old gelding Acker provided Miller with another no-sweat win when he posted a four-length victory under jockey Rafael Bejarano in the third race, a 1 1/16-mile turf test. Dismissed at 7-1 in the allowance/optional claiming race, Acker paid $17.00 after crossing the wire in 1:41.15.

The 2-year-old colt Damiano, making his second career start, zipped to a 3 1/4-length win in the fourth race. Damiano took the six-furlong maiden-claiming race in 1:11.94 and returned $3.20 as a big 3-5 favorite. Drayden Van Dyke rode Damiano.

The 3-year-old filly Suspicious Spouse sent Miller home with yet another victory when she came from just off the pace to win the ninth race, a five-furlong turf sprint, by a head over Helen's Tiger in :56.77. Prat rode Suspicious Spouse, who paid $7.60 as the 5-2 favorite in a field of 11.

Miller won a total of seven races during Del Mar's third week of action (Nov. 22-25), including the first race of the week with El Huerfano, who took the Thanksgiving Day opener under Prat. A 6-year-old gelding, El Huerfano paid $2.80 after capturing the 1 1/8-mile contest by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:50.20.

Miller won the fifth race Nov. 23 with C. C. Zipp, a 5-year-old mare that he had claimed our of her previous race for $16,000. Miller entered C. C. Zipp right back for the same $16,000 claiming price in a 5 1/2-furlong dash and she prevailed by three-quarters of length under apprentice jockey Heriberto Figueroa in 1:04.58. C. C. Zipp was timed in 1:04.58, paid $4.20 as the even-money favorite and was claimed by trainer Tim Yakteen.

The 6-year-old gelding Perfectly Majestic provided Miller with his final win of the week when he took the second race Nov. 25. Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke in the one-mile turf contest, Perfectly Majestic ended a long losing streak with a neck decision over Blackout. Perfectly Majestic won the allowance/optional claiming race in 1:34.60 and paid $5.20.

Trainer Doug O'Neill won three races during Thanksgiving week with horses he had conditioned at the San Luis Rey Training Center in Bonsall.

The 2-year-old colt Damiano and jockey Drayden Van Dyke record a smart win at Del Mar.

O'Neill won the third race Nov. 23 with South Boot Shirley, who took a 5 1/2-furlong maiden-claiming race by 1 3/4 lengths under Prat. A 3-year-old filly, South Boot Shirley broke her maiden in her seventh career start and paid $6.60 after stopping the timer in 1:05.59.

O'Neill had a training double Nov. 25 when his 5-year-old mare Sweet Treat won the first race and his 2-year-old colt Weekly Call took the fourth race.

Sweet Treat, with Figueroa in the irons, won a one-mile starter allowance race in 1:40.31 and paid $8.40 after collecting her third win in 12 outings. Weekly Call, ridden by Geovanni Franco, rallied from seventh in a field of eight to win a one-mile maiden-claiming race on the turf by a neck. Weekly Call was timed in 1:38.28 and returned $9.00 after breaking his maiden in his fourth attempt.


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