‘The Ultimate Team Sport’: Miller Reflects On Near-Record Season At Del Mar

The question, frequently asked of horsemen and Del Mar Thoroughbred Club personnel at this time of year, was put to trainer Peter Miller.

Are you glad or sad to see the summer season coming to an end?

“A little of both,” Miller said Monday morning. “From one aspect, when you’re winning and doing well, you’d kind of like it to continue. But even then, it takes its toll, physically, mentally, socially, every way you can think of, and there comes a time when you need a break.”

Miller will send out representatives in two races on Monday’s final card of the 79th summer season. He’ll draw the curtain on what he’s described as a “dream” season and the best meeting of his 30 years as a trainer.

He enters the final day with 31 wins 16 seconds and 13 third-place finishes from 113 starters, a 27 percent win rate and 53 percent in-the-money figure. Miller, 51 and an Encinitas resident, long ago secured his third summer season training title – Doug O’Neill trails by 10 entering the final day. Miller will be seeking a third straight title at the Bing Crosby Fall meeting when racing returns to Del Mar on Friday, November 9.

“It has been incredible,” Miller said. “It’s not something I would have anticipated happening. I didn’t come into the meeting thinking I could be leading trainer, I was just hoping to have a solid meeting and win some races. But things just fell into place, the horses ran well and we had some luck, too.”

Miller’s 31 wins is one shy of the most in the 2000s (Bob Baffert, 2000) and tied for second with the victory totals of O’Neill in 2010 and John Sadler in 2008-09.

“It’s a team effort,” Miller said. “It’s my name on the program, but there are 40 people behind me that do the work. I have a great team of grooms, hot walkers, exercise riders at the stables. And I have great owners who let me put their horses in spots where I think they have the best chance to win.

“Racing is the ultimate team sport.”

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