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‘Strictly A Personal Decision’: Peter Miller Taking Temporary Hiatus From Training

Peter Miller

Leading Southern California-based trainer Peter Miller issued a statement on Thursday evening saying he would be going on a “temporary hiatus” and turning his stable over to longtime assistant Ruben Alvarado.

Miller, 55, has won multiple training titles in Southern California since taking out his trainer's license in 1988 and ranks 14th nationally in 2021 by both money and races won. But five horses from his stable have died this year, more than any other California trainer, drawing increased scrutiny. He's also been sanctioned three times in 2021 for Class 4 medication violations in California, two of them for phenylbutazone overages after timed workouts. He denied in a statement that his hiatus has been prompted by actions by or agreements with regulators or racetracks.

Following is the statement issued on behalf of Miller:

Five-time Breeders' Cup champion and multiple graded stakes-winning trainer Peter Miller will be taking a temporary hiatus from the rigors of daily training beginning Monday, Nov. 29, to spend more time with his family, focus on overall health and wellness, and pursue other interests. In his own words, the trainer details how he arrived at this decision:

“I have been working virtually every day on the backstretch of a racetrack since the day after I graduated from high school in 1984,” said Miller. “On that day, I was lucky enough to be hired by the great Hall of Fame trainer Charlie Whittingham.  I am and forever will be grateful for all that he taught me.

“Throughout my career I have derived great joy in the pursuit of my passion as a trainer. Managing a large stable is a 24-hour, 365-day a year endeavor. The effort to compete at the highest level of my profession has taken its toll on my family and my health and I believe this decision is best for me, my family and our future.

“I know that there may be some speculation related to this decision; however, I want to make it very clear that it is not a result of any regulatory action, secret agreement or hidden agenda of any kind. This is strictly a personal decision.

“So as of Nov. 29 I will be taking a step back. I am grateful to all of my clients and my talented hard-working team.  I am completely indebted to them for the successes we have shared. My extremely capable and long-time assistant Ruben Alvarado will be taking the reins and I will continue to act as an advisor/racing manager to my owners and my assistants as well as staying involved as an owner myself.

“My love for horses lured me to the racetrack as a teenager and held me there for the next 38 years. I trust that it will bring me back after this hiatus.”   

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