07/01/2017 10:05PM

Pocono: Devious Man does it in Beal Memorial

Nikki Sherman
The decision to put Devious Man in the Beal after his Empire Breeders Classic win paid off handsomely

Driver Andy Miller didn't look at the $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial as a match-race between favorite Long Tom and close second choice Ariana G. Miller made the trip work to his advantage, and in the process, 15-1 longshot Devious Man took home top honors in the final Sun Stakes event Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.

"That's the trip I was looking for," said Miller following the 1:52 4/5 victory.

And who could blame him?

What Miller set up was the perfect view of the match race as Long Tom sat off the 27 1/5 opening quarter cut by Devious Man, and then moved past him passing the stands for the first time. With Long Tom secure on the lead, Yannick Gingras and Ariana G, well-spotted after an early leave, began their assault on the pacemaker. The half of 56 1/5 gave Long Tom the energy he needed to keep the filly parked, and he carefully carved out a 28 flat third quarter with Ariana G within a half-length but none closer.

With the two favorites battling, Miller sat chilly with Devious Man and waited for the passing lane to begin his assault.

"That's the kind of trip he likes and he responded," said Miller.

Indeed, Devious Man took the measure of Long Tom and Ariana G, who tired some in third.

The victory was the fourth in five starts this year and gave Miller all the confidence he needed.

"We're looking for the big one," Miller said, referring to the Hambletonian of course.  "I think he's as good as anyone out there."

Devious Man, a son of Credit Winner, did most of his racing in New York last year, but Miller believes he has the talent to go with any sophomore in North America.  Stroy Inc. and Andy Miller Stable own Devious Man, who is trained by Julie Miller.  Julie missed the big victory as she was at home in Iowa with family.