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WEAVER & MILLER INDUCTED INTO THE HALL OF FAME

MANALAPAN, NJ – July 7, 2014 – New Jersey-based William B. Weaver III and David Miller were inducted into harness racing’s Hall of Fame in Goshen, NY on Sunday, July 6, 2014.

In ceremonies on the lawn of the Harness Racing Hall of Fame and Museum, they were saluted by the industry for Weaver’s contributions as an owner-breeder and Miller’s skill as a driver.


Bill Weaver & David Miller [Mark Hall, USTA Photo]


“I’m humbled, happy and surprised to be here today,” said Weaver, the master of Valley High Stable of Freehold, NJ. “The last two years of my life there have been some setbacks. I figured this was just someone throwing the screws in.”

Weaver thanked the Dancer and Duer families for training his horses over the years and acknowledged the big horse who got him to the Hall of Fame.

“One of the main reasons that I’m here tonight is because I was the breeder of Valley Victory,” added the 78-year-old Weaver, who was introduced by Valley Victory’s driver, Hall of Famer Bill O’Donnell.

“I think Roger said everything that I was going to say,” noted Miller, who was introduced by the Meadows announcer Roger Huston. “I love horses, and I love what I do. It’s more than I ever dreamed of. I definitely didn’t get here by myself. I have the best family. I have to thank my wife Misty who does everything but drive the races.”

Ohio-born Miller, who turns 50 in December, has driven more than 11,000 winners for $180 million in purse money, and he lives in Cream Ridge, NJ

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“It means a lot to me,” Miller said. “The biggest honor you can receive in your profession, I think, is for people to think of you that way. To be put in the Hall of Fame with people that I looked up to, it’s very special. I feel privileged. I’m sure it will hit me more once I’m there. I haven’t been too focused on it yet.”

Miller was voted Driver of the Year in 2003 when he led North America in purses and guided No Pan Intended to the Pacing Triple Crown. He has won a total of 11 Triple Crown races (combined pacing and trotting) and 14 Breeders Crown trophies.

He is a three-time winner of the Little Brown Jug and one of only two drivers to capture the Little Brown Jug and its filly companion race, the Jugette, in the same year. He has won at least $10 million in purses 12 times, the most of any driver in history, and trails only Hall of Famers John Campbell, Ron Pierce and Mike Lachance in career earnings.

Miller was already a star in his native Ohio when he headed to the East Coast in the late 1990s. He captured multiple driving titles at the Meadowlands Racetrack in the early 2000s and has been a force on the Grand Circuit ever since he made the move.

“I came out at a time when things kind of clicked for me,” Miller said. “I was driving a lot of good horses. I didn’t plan on it. You can’t. I was very fortunate to hook up with as many good trainers that I have over the years.

“Hopefully it’s not over yet.”

Miller, who was enshrined in the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2010, shows no signs of slowing down. Last weekend, he won the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial with McWicked in a world-record performance and two weeks earlier captured the $420,900 Fan Hanover Stakes with Uffizi Hanover.

“I've gotten to drive a lot of great horses,” Miller said. “It’s more than I thought I would do. The sport has been good to me, that’s for sure.”




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