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For a guy who started the year with his barn blowing down, Peter Miller has done okay. Randy Johnson Jersey .Early last January, on a quiet weekday afternoon, Millers main barn at the San Luis Rey Downs Training Center was hit with what meteorologists termed a microburst that razed half the roof, dismantled stalls, and sent the stable crew scrambling to soothe the jangled nerves of the four-legged residents. Its easier to say the place was trashed by a tornado, so lets go with that.Thankfully, no horses were harmed, but the barn was awash, including Millers freshly decorated office. The operation moved to the barn next door, with auxiliary stalls provided just up the road, and like all racetrackers faced with adversity, they coped.As one of a handful of trainers who appreciates irony, Miller decided the twister attack was natures way of acknowledging his best year ever in 2015, when his stable earnings of more than $5.8 million were good for 14th in the national standings. Miller was conservative in the wake of the big blow, concerned there might be lingering effects from the trauma, but by the time Del Mar came around in July, the barn was hitting on all cylinders.After finishing second to Phil DAmato during the summer meet, Miller took the fall title at Santa Anita and then went nuts at the short Del Mar fall session, winning with 16 of 46 starters, doubling the next name on the list. He knows the odds of that happening again anytime soon are somewhere between slim and zip.That was fun, Miller said. But lets be honest, it was ridiculous.If there is any of the Del Mar fall magic left over, Miller would like to deploy it on Saturday in the $300,000 Los Alamitos CashCall Futurity. He will be running the recent maiden winner Bobby Abu Dhabi, a son of Macho Uno purchased last April in Ocala, Fla., for Gary Hartunians Rockingham Ranch. The price was $335,000.Millers colt is surrounded in the Futurity by two from the Doug ONeill stable, led by Oak Tree Juvenile winner Dangerfield, and two from Bob Baffert, including the favored Mastery, the winner of the Bob Hope Stakes at Del Mar. Baffert is going for his third straight running of the race since it was rescued from the debris of the Hollywood Park closing, while Miller sports a Futurity win from 2010, when Comma to the Top braved a bad track.Conditions should be benign on Saturday, when the Los Alamitos program also features the $300,000 Starlet Stakes for 2-year-old fillies, matching Del Mar Debutante winner Union Strike and Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies third-place finisher American Gal. For those who still can handle a doubleheader, that same evening the track will present the $600,000 Champion of Champions for the cream of the Quarter Horse sport.As far as running the inexperienced Bobby Abu Dhabi, Miller sees no reason to be intimidated by a Futurity history that includes such winners as Roving Boy, Point Given, A.P. Indy, Snow Chief, Lookin At Lucky, and Shared Belief.Certainly for a Grade 1 and $300,000, its a very modest field, basically a non-winners- other-than except for Mastery, Miller said. It looks like all but one of the runners ran on Nov. 19, so Im sure everyone would like more than three weeks between races.Bobby Abu Dhabi -- named for an acquaintance of Hartunians from a trip to the United Arab Emirates -- won a 6-1/2-furlong maiden race the same day Mastery took the seven-furlong Bob Hope, while Dangerfield was running third in the Delta Downs Jackpot and Irap was finishing fourth in a maiden event on the Del Mar turf. For those who care, Masterys speed figures from his two races dominate the others in the field.I was a little concerned he might have run a little too fast the first time out, Miller said of Bobby Abu Dhabi. I was glad to see he got a nice mid-range 75 Beyer. Of course, thats the million-dollar question -- are they doing it right and running within themselves, or are they already at their top? Weve loved our colt from the beginning, so Im going to believe theres a lot more ahead for him.Miller shipped Bobby Abu Dhabi from San Luis Rey to Los Alamitos last Sunday for a five-furlong work in 59 seconds flat. None of the others in the field shows a work or a race over the track.Its a different configuration with a long stretch, Miller noted. We figured why not get him up there and get the lay of the land? And he worked beautifully. He came right back to San Luis Rey after the work.Thats no big deal. Training at San Luis Rey, Millers runners are always on the van going somewhere. Even during the meets at nearby Del Mar, the trainer prefers the calm and quiet of the training center to the hustle and bustle of a host track.For my horses, theyre all away games, he said.In the meantime, Miller is still waiting for San Luis Rey management to rebuild his old barn. He kind of misses it, and it is -- or was -- the first barn anyone saw when visiting the training center.For now, its kind of a reminder, Miller said. In this game, you better be able to survive anything. Chase Headley Jersey . Its sharpness matched my mind. This was no night to go to sleep. Jacoby Ellsbury Jersey . JOHNS, N. http:///...ivera-womens-jersey/ . Most important, perhaps, it went off without a hitch. Organizers poked a little fun at the now-infamous opening ceremony gaffe that saw only four out of five snowflakes open up into rings, leaving the Olympics logo one ring short.Rory McIlroy believes he is still in with a chance of defending his Dubai Desert Classic title after a strong finish to his second round. The world No 2 looked in danger of an early exit when three bogeys in a four-hole stretch around the turn left him below the projected cut line, before he finished strongly with a hat-trick of birdies to close with a level-par 72.McIlroy heads into the weekend six strokes adrift of midway pacesetter Rafa Cabrera-Bello and the Northern Irishman admitted he had to dig deep to stay in contention. Rory McIlroy was three over for the day when he reached the turn I didnt have my best stuff with me, McIlroy told Sky Sports. I struggled at the start of the round and around the middle, so needed something first and foremost just to be here for the weekend.I felt like I played some decent golf out there. A couple of tentative putts, couple of loose shots, but all in all a decent finish and if I can get off to a better start tomorrow then you never know.Having recovered from a slow start on Thursday to post a decent first round, McIlroy carded an opening-hole blemish for the second day running after finding the bunker with his approach to the par-four. McIlroy the Dubai king? A look back at McIlroys Dubai wins McIlroy bounced back from a three-putt bogey at the fourth to sink aa 15-footer at the next, but lost further ground when he failed to get up and down from just off the eighth green. Mickey Mantle Jersey. A missed par save from seven feet completed a front-nine 38, before McIlroy dropped back to level par for the week with another three-putt at the 11th.After saving par from five feet at the next, the 26-year-old found the par-five 13th green in two and two-putted for the first of four birdies along the closing holes. McIlroy claimed a three-shot win at the Emirates GC last year The four-time major champion followed a close-range birdie at the 16th by nearly reaching the green off the tee at the par-four next to move another stroke closer to the lead, before finishing his round in style by holing a 20-footer at the last.I missed a few short putts and wasnt really committing to the lines that I was picking, McIlroy added. Birdieing the last three holes definitely gives me a little bit of momentum heading into the weekend. In a way Im thankful that Im not out as one of the last pairings tomorrow, because I feel that Ill get some of the better conditions and the course will be a little more receptive.Watch the Dubai Desert Classic throughout the weekend live on Sky Sports 4 - your home of golf. Third round coverage gets underway live on Saturday from 9am.  Also See: WATCH: McIlroys future win? First round highlights Desert Classic leaderboard Golf live on Sky Sports 4 Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '