David Miller earns 13,000th career win

Chester, PA — Hall of Fame horseman David Miller became the fifth driver to reach 13,000 career victories when he won with Mr Censi on Friday afternoon (Aug. 21) at Harrah’s Philadelphia.

David Miller earned his 13,000th career driving win on Friday at Harrah’s Philadelphia, doing so with 27-1 outsider Mr Censi (#2). James Witherite/Harrah’s Philadelphia photo.

Miller and Mr Censi got away third in the $10,000 conditioned pace as The Wall laid down hot early fractions of :25.4 and :54.1 to the half. On the backstretch, Mr Censi advanced uncovered, with Lifeonthebeach A on his back by three-quarters in 1:21.3. The late battle came down to those two horses, with Mr Censi holding sway narrowly in 1:51.

Miller, a 55-year-old Ohio native who entered the sport’s Hall of Fame in 2013, now trails only Dave Palone, Tony Morgan, Hervé Filion and Cat Manzi in lifetime driving victories. He is second to the retired John Campbell in lifetime purse earnings, having bankrolled $244.5 million for the connections of the horses he has driven. Miller is currently tied for third in the Harrah’s Philadelphia driver standings.

The most impressive equine performer of the day was 2-year-old trotting filly Wet My Whistle, who was sent to the lead early and broke maiden by 12 lengths in 1:55.2. George Napolitano Jr. drove the Muscle Hill-Slightly Tipsy filly for trainer Åke Svanstedt and the ownership of Åke Svanstedt Inc., Little E LLC and Triple Play Trotters LLC.

Napolitano and Tim Tetrick piloted three winners each on the Friday card.

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