Derby Winning Trainer Mack Miller Dead at 89

Lexington, KY – Mack Miller was working for Paul Mellon's Rokeby Stable in 1993 when Sea Hero overcame 12 to 1 odds to win the derby. He started working for Calumet Farm in the late 1940's where he offered to work for free. The farm hired him at $125 a month. After his retirement, Miller was interviewed by the UK Libraries Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History about his life and career.

"I never considered myself a great horse trainer. But I did work hard, and I wanted to treat my owners regardless who they were, all the same way; because they were feeding my family. And, I wish I could do it all one more time."

You can hear more of Mack Miller's oral history interview during a segment of Saving Stories, tomorrow morning at 9:30 as part of NPR's Weekend Edition here on WUKY.

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