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f="">Devious Man pulled off a 15-1 upset victory in the $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial for three-year-old trotters as he shot through along the pylons to win by one and a quarter lengths in 1:52.4 over favourites Long Tom and the filly Ariana G.

Campaigned by the husband and wife, driving and training team of Andy and Julie Miller, the Credit Winner-Miss Garland colt brushed to command during the :27.1 first quarter then ceded the lead to elimination winner Long Tom (Tim Tetrick).

The Empire Breeders Classic champion followed in the pocket through middle panels of :56.1 and 1:24.1 while Ariana G (Yannick Gingras), the first filly to contest the Beal in the race's seven-year history, took her shot and advanced from fifth.

With the pressure mounting turning for home, Long Tom trotted on pulling clear of Ariana G, but Devious Man ultimately persevered inside by one and a quarter lengths. Long Tom held second and Ariana G finished third.

"I worked out the trip I wanted; I left the gate a little and he crossed over to the front and then Timmy moved and I got to let him go just before the half and sat on his back until the open stretch," said Miller. "He's really fast off of cover and he enjoyed the trip I gave him.

"He raced good a couple weeks ago in the Empire Breeders and he's just a super nice horse."

Devious Man is now four-for-five on the year with his only loss a head defeat in his Beal elimination last week behind double-digit upsetter Perfect Spirit, who finished fourth in the final. He now boasts 11 career wins in 17 starts and earnings totalling $911,643 for his New Jersey connections, Stroy Inc. and Andy Miller Stable Inc.