After a controversial finish in the Hambletonian, Columbus native and Hall of Fame driver David Miller looks to rebound when he drives favorite Fear The Dragon in Saturday's $300,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park.
by David Compa
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- David Miller is returning home to Ohio this weekend. Putting New Jersey, particularly The Meadowlands racetrack, in his rear view mirror, might be a welcomed change of pace. Miller, a native of Columbus and Hall of Fame reinsman, will be at Northfield Park to drive the heavily-favored Fear The Dragon in Saturday night's $300,000 Carl Milstein Memorial. He is hoping this weekend's results are better than last weekend's. Miller made history last Saturday afternoon when he rallied What The Hill to victory in the famed Hambletonian only to have his mount disqualified for interference. It was the first time in the 92-year history of the Hambletonian, the most famous trotting race in North America, that the winner was taken down. Fear The Dragon figures to take Miller's mind off the Hambo. The son of Dragon Again, a winner of nine of 10 starts and $924,453, continues to top the weekly national pool of the top harness horse in training. "He's got a big heart and huge lungs," said Miller. "He tries and tries. He never fails to give his best." Fear The Dragon, who drew the rail and is 3-5 on the Milstein morning line, races for Bruce Trogdon's Emerald Highlands Farm of Mount Vernon, Oh. He is trained by Brian Brown who races his stable out of the Delaware County Fairgrounds. The Milstein is quickly becoming the ultimate prep race for the Little Brown Jug, the middle jewel of the pacing Triple Crown. It has produced the last two winners, Betting Line last year and Wiggle It Jiggleit in 2015. Fear the Dragon has already posted three major victories this year in the $730,000 North American Cup at Mohawk, the $500,000 Hempt at Pocono, and the $400,000 Adios at The Meadows. Downbytheseaside, another Brown trainee, is the Milstein's 9-2 second choice from the No. 7 post. He's won five of nine starts and $536,216 this year and finished third in the first leg of the Triple Crown, last Saturday's Cane Pace at The Meadowlands. 2017 Hambletonian Trotting Stakes Hambo Hullabaloo: What The Hill's first place to last place demotion in the Hambletonian has Miller and colt's owners on the warpath. An appeal over the Meadowlands judges' decision was filed Tuesday