Ms Miller Earns Second OSS Trophy
Aug 11

Amanda and Tommy Riley earned their second Ontario Sires Stakes victory at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening as two-year-old trotting filly Ms Miller captured her $19,850 Grassroots division.

The Rileys with Ms Miller in the winner’s circle. (New Image Media)

“We actually just had our first one (OSS win) two weeks ago at Grand River with our three-year-old trotting filly. We call them the Miller sisters, because we have Millers Song, which is our three-year-old, and then we have Ms Miller,” said Tommy, who trains the fillies, while Amanda is their owner.

“All winter I was telling my wife I thought that they had some talent, and so far they both actually have done us well.”

Starting from post nine in the last of three Grassroots divisions Thursday Louis-Philippe Roy fired Ms Miller off the gate with confidence and sat in the outer lane through a :29.1 quarter and :58.3 half before taking control of the lead before the 1:28.4 three-quarters.

Although Precieuse CC mounted a challenge in the stretch, Ms Miller trotted home to a three-quarter length victory in 1:58.2. Precieuse CC settled for second and Kant Afford It was third.

The win was the first in six starts for Ms Miller, who started her season at the Gold Series level, finishing fifth and eighth in the first two events before Riley decided a change of scenery was in order for the daughter of Southwind Lustre and Zorgwijk Diamond.

“She showed promise right from the get go. She’s had the attitude of wanting to do it,” said Riley, noting that an absence of racing luck was the filly’s biggest problem through her first five starts.

“I know she’s a decent filly, it’s just she hasn’t had the opportunity to kind of flaunt herself yet. Tonight she did, being parked to the half and hanging on and still winning in 1:58.2, for a two-year-old that’s pretty impressive.”

The Roseneath, Ontario residents purchased Ms Miller out of last fall’s Canadian Yearling Sale for $5,000 and the filly boosted her lifetime earnings to $16,905 with Thursday’s victory.

The first OSS division went to P L Layla with Randy Waples up. The Glidemaster miss used a three wide move to earn the 1:59.2 victory over Stand For Justice and Gradabra.

Prince Lee Acres owns the winner trained by Matt Dupuis.

The other split went to Allerage Stargazer with Doug McNair at the lines in 1:59.1. The Angus Hall filly defeated Ladys Intuition and Bonnie Breeze.

(files, OSS)


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