East Rutherford, NJ — Heavy public choice Evident Beauty marched to the front for driver David Miller and never looked back, scoring in the $124,000 first division of the Del Miller Memorial for 3-year-old trotting fillies at The Meadowlands on Saturday night (July 13).
The New Jersey-bred daughter of Trixton stopped the timer in 1:52.3, equaling her lifetime best.
Evident Beauty, trained by Richard “Nifty” Norman for owners Melvin Hartman, Little E LLC and R A W Equine, displaced Beautiful Sin from the lead at the :28.3 opening quarter. From there a soft :57.3 half gave the 1-5 favorite the confidence she would need. Cloud Nine Fashion and Tim Tetrick made a strong coverless challenge at the half and looked on the verge of going by the favorite through three-quarters timed in 1:25.3.
But once into the homestretch, Evident Beauty was driven by Miller and found her best stride to turn back Cloud Nine Fashion with a :27 final quarter. Miss Trixton finished third behind the winner, who returned $2.40 as the prohibitive favorite.
“I felt pretty confident,” Miller said after the second-half duel. “My mare held strong.”
The $126,500 Del Miller division saw Millies Possession remain undefeated, capturing her seventh straight career outing in impressive fashion. The Fashion Farms homebred by Possess The Will out of Fashion Athena scored in 1:53.2.
Dexter Dunn rated Millies Possession in the early stages, allowing Starita to cut fractions of :28.1 and :57.3 before taking any interest. Dunn moved up methodically as Brian Sears and Starita hit three-quarters in 1:26 and were in control. But in the homestretch, Millies Possession just kept eating up ground and devoured the leader, eventually drawing clear in a :27.2 final quarter. Queen Of Trixs was airborne in closing late for second, with The Ice Dutchess finishing third.
Also sent off as the public choice, Millies Possession returned $3.00 to win.
“I knew we were going slow, but at the moment she seems to overcome these kind of trips,” said Dunn of Millies Possession, who last week was parked the mile winning the Reynolds and followed it up with another overland journey.
The victory capped a huge night for trainer Jim Campbell and Fashion Farms, who captured the $450,000 Hambletonian Maturity earlier in the night with Crystal Fashion.