by Bob Heyden
It has been 19 years since No Pan Intended won the 2003 Triple Crown and the Breeders’ Crown at the end of his racing career. Not a single horse before or since has won both the Triple Crown and the Breeders’ Crown.
David Miller drove for Ivan Sugg and Peter Pan Stable. A son of Pacific Fella, grandson of Cam Fella, No Pan Intended did not race in the North American Cup and was fourth at Meadowlands Pace the only time all year he missed the board.
No other active driver not named David Miller has won a Pacing Triple Crown.
Dave Landry No Pan Intended (1, David Miller) winning the 2003 Little Brown Jug.
Twelve times No Pan Intended was the odds favorite in 2003. He was 21 17-3-0 for the year, but interestingly, in those three losses, none came close:
5 1/4 lengths to Whatanartist in Meadowlands Pace elimination (1:49 to winner)
4 1/4 lengths to Iced Yankee in a NW2
3 3/4 lengths to All American Captor at the Windy City Pace
No Pan Intended actually came in second at the Art Rooney ($273,983).
He was the son of Classic Wish, a Hall of Fame broodmare. His career mark of 1:50.3 came the last time he was on the Escape The Wind track. His highest odds in any race was 8.20-1 at Meadowlands Pace. When he won the Jug, that was one of 10 wins on that memorable day for David Miller in his home state.
A HAMBLETONIAN BREAKTHROUGH?
Will 2022 be the year of a David Miller Hambletonian breakthrough? He will be 57 on Hambletonian Day, but, he recalls, Billy Haughton didn’t start the Hambletonian ball until he was 50 and then he couldn’t be stopped. He won in 1974 with Christopher T, 1976 with Steve Lobell, 1977 with Green Speed and 1980 with Burgomeister.
UPDATES ON RETURNING STARS AND ENTREPRENEURS
Brett Pelling on his Horse of the Year Test of Faith: “She never seems to have a bad day. Her first start is at the Graduate the first week of May.”
Never has a female pacemaker been consecutively named TODAY.
Jack Darling on Bulldog Hanover: “He is doing very well. He trains very hard again and goes to the breeding shed every Monday-Wednesday-Friday. He is a happy horse.”
lucas wallin he had a great season in 2021. A former assistant at Svanstedt Stable, he said he is looking forward to this year’s classics season. “I really like Rebuff and BA Superhero,” Wallin said.
Will be Lyon Sentinel make history in 2022? Now that she is 5 years old, she is on her way to becoming the first woman to win under 1:50 miles in 2, 3, 4 and 5, four in a row.
EARLY 2022 TODAY FAVORITES
Here are my Horse of the Year picks for 2022:
niki hill (Chris Ryder) – 2-1
jujube (Greg Wright, Jr.) – 3-1
CAREFUL WITH THIS
Seaside Hanover did not compete in 2. He debuted at Hoosier Park with a fourth place finish on March 31. It may not be possible to be fourth in a race and be more impressive than it was that night. She then followed up with owners David McDuffee and Lee DeVisser. Melanie Wrenn trains and Peter Wrenn drives. Remember this name.
NOTHING AVERAGE IN THESE TWO
What a difference a decade (or less) can make. 1975 was a special year for the first crop of yearlings from the dynamic duo of Super Bowl and Albatross. His stud fees were $5,000 for the 1971-1972 TODAY Albatross and $3,000 for the 1972 Triple Crown-winning Super Bowl. Average Albatross yearlings sold in 1975 for $24,422 and Super Bowl yearlings averaged $24,359. Fast forward seven or eight years and this amazing pair, both at Hanover Shoe Farms, had stud fees of $75,000 and $30,000, respectively.
- Who was the first driver to win with a mile under 1:50 three times (counting races and time trials)?
- Clint Galbraith with Niatross and Call For Rain twice.
What happened to the New Jersey fairs? It was only 40 years ago that 1,746 horses were eligible for the New Jersey Sires Stakes fair races:
- Showplace Farms—June 1-3
- Large Z-Farms: June 15-17
- Scenic View Farms: June 22-24
- Willowbrook Farms Tinton Falls — June 29-July 1
- Egyptian Acres: July 12-14
- Capitol Hill Farms: July 27-29
- Cowtown: August 8-10
- Johnson Park Piscataway August 24-26
- Gaitway Farms September 6-8
- East Lynne Farms Millstone Township September 21-23
- Showplace Farms Finals October 14
CAN YOU OVERCOME THIS?
Redskin set the all-time 2-year earnings mark of $1,407,263 in 1986 which has now stood 36 years. However, he had 10 different drivers and six made it to the Hall of Fame: Chris Boring, Bill O’Donnell, Mike Lachance, John Campbell, Ron Waples and George Sholty.
The other four were Lucien Fontaine, Ricard Wojcio, Mickey McNichol, and Lavern Hochstetler.
$200 MILLION NEXT FOR GEORGE BRENNAN
George Brennan will turn 55 on April 20. He is next in the $200 million club, either very late this year or in 2023.
It’s a far cry from the veteran Indianapolis trotter who helped get Brennan’s name known in the winter of 1994 at the Meadowlands. It wasn’t long before Brennan proved he could handle the high stakes scene by taking the 1995 Woodrow Wilson with A Stud Named Sue and then the 1996 Meadowlands Pace with Hot Lead. It was Brennan’s debut in both races.
HUGH GRANT REMEMBERED
Now, here’s a guy you probably wanted to follow in the mid-20th century: Hugh Grant. He once said, “The best investment I ever made was in Del Miller.”
The Grants, of Bradford PA, sold the family oil business in 1948 to Pennzoil, although Hugh was still in business with oil properties and leases in Oklahoma, Texas and Florida. Son Andy Grant followed him into Georgetown.
Hugh also played with Thoroughbreds. His best early buy was Adios Betty, the first 2-year-old filly to be timed at 2:00.
He loved the end of the breeding and in 1975 he said: “Now I take more pride in what I breed than when I win.”
In 1963, he sold Meadow Skipper to Norman Woolworth for $150,000 when he was 3 years old. He never regretted the sale and was more than happy for all the success Meadow Skipper achieved. Meadow Skipper is one of the bulls in which Hugh had shares. He also had shares in Albatross, Super Bowl, Nevele Pride and Most Happy Fella.