What a difference a year makes.
Last year, Cash Asset was besieged with problems, never got a racing break and, as a result, was just another talented 2-year-old.
But after winning the $213,914 William E. Miller Memorial at Rosecroft late Saturday night, Cash Asset has established himself as one of the best colts now racing.
Cash Asset is owned by the Wall Street Stable II, in which Bob Boni is a partner. Through numerous stables, Boni owns some of harness racing's best pacers, including 1985 horse of the year, Nihilator.
Boni described Cash Asset as "somewhat erratic; he's a tough-luck horse."
As a 2-year-old, the colt got sick after being brought up from Florida by van and lost a month of training. Then, Boni said, "he hurt himself in a training accident on the race track one day. Just a freak accident. He stepped through the wheel on a horse he was training with. That really stopped him timewise. Before you knew it, it's the end of the season."
Still, Cash Asset won two of eight starts last year and finished second in a Breeders Crown elimination race at Rosecroft in November.
So far this year Cash Asset has had nothing but success. The Miller victory was the colt's sixth without a defeat at 3. His time of 1:55 3/5 was a Rosecroft mile track record for 3-year-old pacing colts and a Miller Memorial stakes record.
Driven by Tommy Haughton, whom Boni said has driven his colt "brilliantly in every race this year," Cash Asset won the Miller by a half-length over Freight Saver. Smartest Remark, who also is owned in part by Boni, was a nose back in third. All are sons of Niatross.