As what often happens when several horses charge for the lead when the gate springs on a double oval undoubtedly there will be some who never see the pylons.
And although that scenario occurred tonight in a Billings Trot at Northfield Park, “Tiny Tim” Miller and Dominus Hanover overcame the overland route and rallied to a 1:58.3 victory despite being parked the entire mile.
Perhaps it was because Miller never rushed his charge away from the gate and was content to keep Dominus Hanover near the back of the pack as William “Dusty” Rhoades cut swift fractions of :28.3, :57.4 and 1:28 with Romeo and led the competition all the way to the top of the stretch.
While Rhoades was showing the way up front Miller was back in seventh position getting cover from United Bi (Alesha “the Lethal Lady” Binkley). As the field neared the three quarters Miller sent Dominus Hanover around United Bi and took aim at the leader (Romeo).
Picking up horses on the way Miller unleashed his charge and rallied to a three-quarter length victory over Better Call Saul (“Chicago George” Bonomo) who had enjoyed a covered journey from the half. Romeo held on for the show dough.
Dominus Hanover, a six-year-old Muscle Massive gelding owned by his driver, paid $6.20.
For Miller, it was his first seasonal driving victory and 46th of his amateur career.
(CKG Billings Series)