Miller Reaches Mega Money Milestone

Erv Miller
Published: November 13, 2022 11:45 am EST

Erv Miller became just the third trainer in harness racing history to reach the $100 million USD mark in career earnings.

Miller reached the mega money milestone when seven-year-old pacer Montana Chief won the $18,000 Open 2 at Hoosier Park on Friday, Nov. 11.  Atlee Bender drove the Art Major gelding to the 1:51.4 victory.

Only two other trainers in the sport -- Ron Burke ($293,971,241 USD) and Jimmy Takter ($130,150,150 USD) -- have more earnings.

This past summer, Miller celebrated another rare accomplishment surpassing 6,000 career wins -- a feat only achieved by three other trainers in the sport (Burke, Virgil Morgan Jr. and Richard Moreau).

The Illinois native, who has campaigned the likes of  Lis Mara, Loyal Opposition, Restive Hanover, Shark Gesture and Manofmanymissions, produced career-best numbers in 2007 when his stable earned more than $7 million in purses and won 434 races.

This year, his stable is among the top three in North America for wins with 280 while his $6,194,427 USD in seasonal earnings rank fourth best.