In honor of David Miller’s first Pepsi North America Cup victory last Saturday (with Betting Line), here is the book on the Hall of Fame driver.
• Miller’s first drive came at age 12 at the Mansfield Ohio County Fair in 1977. He finished fourth with Hasty Beat
• A graduate of Reynoldsburg High School, Miller’s first win came while still in high school with Ellens Tar Baby in 1981.
• Miller’s first eight-winner day came at The Meadows on Nov. 13, 1993.
• His first nine-winner day was at Northfield Park on Jan. 10, 1998.
• His first 10-winner day on one card came in the 2003 Jug Day card highlighted by No Pan Intended capturing the Little Brown Jug.
• His first Horse of the Year was No Pan Intended in 2003.
• Miller’s first Driver Championship win was at Freehold in 1996 where he won four of the six races contested.
• His first winner at the Meadowlands was Falcons Future.
• His first drive in the Meadowlands Pace was in 1995 when he was fifth, at 12-1 with Cinder Lane Sam.
• Miller’s first million-dollar winner was Falcons Future, who earned $1,057,761.
• In Miller’s first full season at the Meadowlands (1999), he won his biggest ever race with Magician in the Nat Ray (now called the Cashman) for $424,000. He also won the $125,000 Oliver Wendell Holmes with Space Shuttle.
• His first $10 million season came in 2001. Miller holds the record for the most $10 million seasons with 13.
One and only
Miller is the only driver to…
• win five Breeders Crowns in one night or a single season (2015).
• win with a female racehorse in 1:47 (Shebestingin in 2013).
• have driven a Breeders Crown and Triple Crown winner (No Pan Intended, 2003). No other horse has won both.
• win a Triple Crown race in as fast as 1:47.3 (Dealt A Winner in 2015). This marked the first time the Cane Pace was contested at the Meadowlands.
• reach $175 million in earnings in the 21st century.
• win in 1:47 three times in the last four seasons. He also posted the fastest time this year on NA Cup night with a 1:47.1 scorcher with Always B Miki.
• win a million-dollar race 16 years apart (Magician in the 2000 Breeders Crown open trot and Betting Line in the 2016 North America Cup).
• have the North America Cup favorite 21 years apart. In 1995, Cinder Lane Sam was 2.10-1 and finished third. Betting Line was 1.10-1.
• win the first seven-figure event in the history of the Breeders Crown when Magician defeated Moni Maker in the 2000 open trot at the Meadowlands.
• record 14 straight driver titles at Scioto Downs (1990s).
• post the fastest mile for any three-year-old (1:47.3, Dealt A Winner) and the fastest mile for any horse (1:47 for State Treasurer) in the same year.