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'Miller Time' Begins With Bettors Western

Published: September 26, 2016 1:26 am ET

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David Miller kicked off a five-win performance on Sunday afternoon (September 25) at Harrah's Philadelphia driving Bettors Western to a 1:53.2 victory in the Liberty Bell Series for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings.

After getting away third, Miller sent the Bettors Delight-Western Moonlight colt to the lead past the :28.1 first quarter. He then rated middle splits of :56.4 and 1:25.4 before Bettors Western kicked home in :27.3 to seal the deal. Ozone Blue Chip (Yannick Gingras) advanced from mid-pack down the backstretch and finished second over the early leaver and 3-2 favourite Summer Side (Tim Tetrick).

Bettors Western was purchased for $33,000 at the Harrisburg Sale as a yearling by Synerco Ventures Inc. of Toronto. The Chris Oakes trainee has earned three wins and two seconds in eight starts so far in his career while banking nearly $70,000.

Sent postward as the 9-5 second choice, Bettors Western paid $5.80 to win.

Yannick Gingras had a driving double in the series with the Chris Choate-trained Western Joe and the Ron Burke stable's maiden-breaker Eddard Hanover, both winning their respective divisions in 1:53.2. The other Liberty Bell division was won by Point Somewherelse and Andrew McCarthy in 1:54 for trainer Noel Daley.

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