Leading Michigan breeder/owner/trainer Robert Miller, who died this summer, will be remembered by the local racing community during a memorial service Sept. 23 at Great Lakes Downs in western Michigan.Miller died Aug. 8 following a short bout with cancer. Miller and his wife, Delphine, owned Del-Rob Farm near Clarkston, Mich. Miller was 76.A memorial service will be held after the evening's seventh race, the Sickle's Image Stakes for Michigan-bred 2-year-old fillies. This year, the race will be called the Robert M. Miller running of the Sickle's Image Stakes. First post for the program is 6:30 p.m. EDT.A blanket will be presented, and a lawn jockey will be painted in the Millers' colors. Delphine Miller will be on hand for the memorial service. The Millers best horse was homebred Monetary Gift, who not only won seven stakes over four years, but developed into a leading Michigan stallion. They also stood another successful stallion, Banderilla, at Del-Rob.Prior to his days in racing, Miller played defensive tackle for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League from 1952-58. Quarterbacked by future Hall of Famer Bobby Layne, the Lions won titles in 1952-53 and 1957.
Michigan&#8217;s horseracing industry, already reeling from decreases in revenue and the possible closure of Great Lakes Downs after this season, is facing an Oct. 1 shutdown should the state legislature fail to approve a budget.