10/02/2015 10:48PM

Dayton: David Miller beats traffic, sweeps Friday stakes

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Il Sogno Dream came uncovered and pulled away from Shake It Cerry in deep stretch to win the Trotting Derby.

David Miller left The Meadows earlier than Aaron Merriman did on Friday afternoon and that made Friday night twice as nice for the Hall of Fame driver. Miller swept the Derbys at Dayton, scoring with 14-1 shot Il Sogno Dream in the $135,750 Trotting Derby and then came back with favorite State Treasurer to capture the $138,500 Pacing Derby in the very next race.

"I left after the 11th race and Aaron left after the 15th," said Miller. "We both were in heavy traffic."

Merriman had been slated to drive Il Sogno Dream for trainer Chris Beaver but in his absence Miller got the call and made the most of it, rolling by favored Shake It Cerry in the stretch and crossing the wire in 1:53 2/5.

"They were pretty confident about this horse," MIller said referring to his connections. "They told me he was boxed in last time and this was his second start with lasix."

Shake It Cerry and Yannick Gingras controlled the pace from before the quarter with fractions of 27, 56 2/5 and 1:25 but Miller moved passing the stands the first time and applied constant pressure until finally wearing down the mare in the homestretch. Shake It Cerry held down the place spot with Southwind Pepino finishing third.

Let's Drink On It blasted out of the gate in the Pacing Derby with Travis Seekman changing up the tactics to the tune of a 25 4/5 opening quarter. That move crushed the early chances of both Foiled Again and Doo Wop Hanover. That pair attempted to leave from posts seven and nine respectively and had to take back. Miller with State Treasurer measured his response, waiting until the field passed the quarter to put State Treasurer on the top. The pace was hot but it was more taxing for those trailing than it was for the leader. As the clock hit 53 1/5 for the half and 1:21 1/5 for three quarters, All Bets Off was jamming up the outer tier.

State Treasurer sprinted home in 1:48 4/5 eclipsing the track record by a fifth of a second on a cold night. Shamballa rallied for second with Let's Drink On It third.

"He's been sharp for a long time," said Miller, who admitted he was just trying to win the contest and not break any records. It was the ninth win this year for the Ian Moore-trained son of Real Desire.

Foiled Again was out and wide during the entire mile and gamely held on to fifth well off the top ones.