by john manzi for NAADA
Hannah Miller and Rev It Now teamed-up again this time winning the $14,000 Final of the North American Amateur Drivers Association’s Trotting Series at Yonkers Raceway on Thursday, May 14.
Once again Miler sat cool and collective while trailing the leaders until the final turn where she revved-up Rev It Now and the veteran Revenue S gelding rallied for a 2:01.3 victory winning by a head over Wygant Prince and driver Paul Minore. One-half farther length back in third place was Tony Verusso with Flirting Duezy.
It marked the sixth time that Miller had reined Rev It Now to victory in the NAADA Series and for the hot-handed lady she now has 11 wins, 6 seconds and one third in 28 seasonal starts which equates to a .524 UDR.
As he has done in the majority of his races lately Rev It Now started slowly from post four and was next to last at the quarter where pace-setter Tagmaster (Bob Hechkoff) tripped the timer in :29.4 despite being challenged from command by Starsaboveallerage (Steve Oldford).
But Oldford wasn’t alone on the limb. Trailing him was Bad I Am (Alan Schwartz) while Minore was snuggled in along the pylons in second position behind the leader, Tagmaster.
When the field headed toward the first quarter Miller moved Rev It Now out third-over and sat comfortably following those in front of her.
“With two tiers of horses in front of me I decided that I better move out third-over so not to get boxed in later in the mile,” Miller said.
Up the backside Schwartz moved three-deep and the field bunched-up heading into the final turn. It was there that Miller got after her trotter and she moved him to the far outside on the turn and when they straightened for home Rev It Up was ‘flying’ on the far outside.
Still some three lengths behind at the top of the lane Miller hustled Rev It Now and they passed the leaders and rallied for a neck victory over Wygant Prince, who never saw daylight until mid-stretch.
“He’s a grinder and we went a long mile but we had cover all the way,” Miller said referring to her journey with Rev It Now. “On the final turn I got him fired up and he was the strong horse in the deep stretch. He’s a classy ole guy who knows when he's heading for home. We really get along good together.”
The winner is co-owned by her driver, her dad Erv Miller and her proud boyfriend, Nick Surick, who doubles as the horse’s trainer.
Although he didn’t have a mount in the series finale NAADA president Joe Faraldo was on hand overseeing the final event and was pleased with the outcome and complementary of Hannah Miller. “It was a real good race and an exciting one, too, with just 2/5ths of a second separating the first five finishers. All in all it was a good series.
“And ‘Hurricane Hannah’ stuck it to the boys again. She comes from a family of horse people and she certainly knows her way around the race track. We’re really going to need her when we host the amateurs from Spain in an international competition in early June”
The North American Amateur Drivers Association makes it their business to donate money to worthwhile charities. Recently they made substantial donations to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation in 2013 and to the Susan B Komen Breast Cancer Foundation last season.