12/28/2012 4:41PM

Hawthorne: Assistant GM Miller leaving to work for Midwest Thoroughbreds

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STICKNEY, Ill. – Hawthorne assistant general manager Jim Miller has resigned his position at the track to take a job with the Midwest Thoroughbreds Inc. stable of Richard and Karen Papiese, Miller said Friday.

Miller said his role with the biggest racing operation in North America hasn’t yet been entirely defined.

“I’m not really going to have a title,” he said. “I want to learn as much as I can about the operation. I hope to help improve the quality of what they already have going.”

Midwest is by far the leading North American owner in 2012. Their operation, which includes several strings, has won 539 races from 1,841 starters. The stable’s 2012 earnings of $10,107,920 is nearly double the second-highest total among North American owners. Papiese operates a custom store-fixture business in University Park, Ill., and has a breeding and training farm in Florida.

Miller, 37, has worked at Hawthorne since 1997, and has served as assistant general manager at the Chicago-area track since 2000. Miller said that while he starts work for Midwest on Jan. 1, he plans to help Hawthorne adjust to his departure during the next couple weeks. Miller, in addition to various administrative duties, makes the track’s morning line and anchors Hawthorne’s televised broadcast.

Hawthorne president Tim Carey said no decision had yet been made whether to replace Miller or utilize existing staff to take on his duties.