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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Always B Miki, fastest harness racing horse of all time, easily won the $25,000 Open Pace at The Meadowlands on Oct. 21, a prep for the older division of male pacers' final next week.   David Miller drove the champion again, winning in 1:48 for trainer Jimmy Takter and owners Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable and Christine Takter.   Leaving from the 10 post (the 9 spot with the scratch of Art History), Miller took Always B Miki three wide around the first turn as Bushwacker, Luck Be Withyou, Bettors Edge and Americanprimetime fired hard to a :26.1 first quarter. As the shuffling continued among the four leavers, Always B Miki found a smooth path behind them as the half went in :53.4.   By three-quarters in 1:21.1, Always B Miki was coasting down the stretch and easily won. Dealt A Winner was second and Artistic Major was third. By Frank Cotolo

A total of 174 horses on Tuesday were entered for the $6.2 million Breeders Crown championships at New Jersey's Meadowlands Racetrack, with harness racing's top-ranked stars Wiggle It Jiggleit and Always B Miki leading the list as the battle for Horse of the Year hits the homestretch. It is the largest number of entries in five years. Breeders Crown finals for older pacers and trotters will be held Oct. 28 at the Meadowlands and the championships for 2- and 3-year-old pacers and trotters will follow on Oct. 29. Eliminations are unnecessary for the Breeders Crown Open Pace, Open Trot and Mare Trot, so those horses will advance directly to their respective finals. Eliminations for the Mare Pace and 2-year-old filly trotters will be Friday, Oct. 21, and eliminations for the remaining 2- and 3-year-old trotters and pacers will be Saturday, Oct. 22, all at the Meadowlands. The top five finishers from each elimination advance to their respective finals. Post positions for the Open finals will be drawn live Friday, Oct. 21, and posts for the 2- and 3-year-old finals will be drawn Saturday, Oct. 22. Elimination winners draw for posts one through five for the finals. All finals for 2-year-olds go for $600,000, the richest purses offered for the age group in North America, and the 3-year-old championships go for $500,000. Wiggle It Jiggleit, who was the 2015 Horse of the Year and is the No. 1-ranked horse in the current Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, was supplemented to the Breeders Crown Open Pace for $50,000. The 4-year-old gelding will meet nine foes in the race, including archrival Always B Miki, who is ranked No. 2 in the sport's Top 10. Owned by George Teague Jr. Inc. and the Teague Racing Partnership, Wiggle It Jiggleit has won 38 of 50 career races and earned $3.81 million. His earnings are a record for any North American pacer prior to the age of 5 and with a win in the $421,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace he would join Foiled Again, Gallo Blue Chip, and Mister Big as the only North American pacers with at least $4 million in purses. Always B Miki, who won the Breeders Crown Open Pace in 2015 at Woodbine, is the fastest horse in harness racing history thanks to his 1:46 win in the Allerage on Oct. 9 at Lexington's Red Mile. A 5-year-old stallion, Always B Miki is owned by Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable, and Christina Takter. He has won 27 of 50 career races and earned $2.29 million in purses. Wiggle It Jiggleit, a son of Mr Wiggles trained by Clyde Francis, and Always B Miki, a son of Always A Virgin trained by Breeders Crown-winningest trainer Jimmy Takter, have met seven times this year with each winning on three occasions. The only other horse to win a race featuring both Wiggle It Jiggleit and Always B Miki is Shamballa, who bested that duo in the U.S. Pacing Championship on Aug. 6 at the Meadowlands. Shamballa also is entered in the Open Pace. Rounding out the 10-horse field in alphabetical order are All Bets Off, Americanprimetime, Dealt A Winner, Luck Be Withyou, Mach It So, Melmerby Beach, and Split The House. Always B Miki, Americanprimetime, Dealt A Winner, Luck Be Withyou, Mach It So, and Split The House will compete Friday in an open at the Meadowlands. Following is a look at the remainder of the Breeders Crown fields, starting with the rest of the Open divisions. $250,000 MARE PACE: The only Open division with eliminations, the Mare Pace attracted a group of 14 horses. Lady Shadow, who leads all older female pacers in earnings this season with $618,481, won the Golden Girls and Lady Liberty at the Meadowlands earlier this year. Her nine victories this season also include the Milton and Roses Are Red. Solar Sister, who has hit the board in 12 of 14 races this year, won the Artiscape and finished second in the Golden Girls and Lady Liberty. Divine Caroline was the 2015 Breeders Crown 3-year-old filly champ. Elimination One: 1. Katie Said, 2. Solar Sister, 3. Imagine Dragon, 4. Sassa Hanover, 5. Divine Caroline, 6. Yagonnakissmeornot, 7. Frost Damage Blues. Elimination Two: 1. Venus Delight, 2. Bedroomconfessions, 3. Devil Child, 4. Lady Shadow, 5. Regil Elektra, 6. Bettor Be Steppin, 7. Skippin By. $500,000 OPEN TROT: Five-year-old stallion Resolve tops a group of nine horses that will advance directly to the final. He heads to the event off back-to-back wins in the Maple Leaf Trot and Yonkers International Trot. The Ake Svanstedt-trained son of Muscle Hill has won five of 11 races this year and finished second in the Elitlopp. He has earned $1.19 million this season. He finished second to Creatine in last year's Open Trot. The full field for the Open Trot in alphabetical order is Centurion ATM, Crazy Wow, Crescent Fashion, Flanagan Memory, Il Sogno Dream, JL Cruze, Lookslikeachpndale, Resolve, and Windsun Revenge. $250,000 MARE TROT: There are three Breeders Crown champions among the eight older female trotters that will advance directly to the Mare Trot final. Two-time Breeders Crown winners Bee A Magician and Shake It Cerry are joined by last year's Mare Trot champ D'One in the accomplished group. The Nifty Norman-trained Bee A Magician, a 6-year-old daughter of Kadabra, returned from an injury layoff to win last Saturday's Yonkers Invitational and improve to 4-for-4 this year. She was a Breeders Crown winner at ages 3 and 4 and Horse of the Year in 2013. Shake It Cerry, a 5-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover from the stable of trainer Jimmy Takter, was a Breeders Crown winner at ages 2 and 3 and Trotter of the Year in 2014. Sweden's D'One, a 6-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover trained by Roger Walmann, spent the year overseas before returning to the U.S. to defend her Mare Trot title. Also entered in the Mare Trot is Hannelore Hanover, a 4-year-old daughter of Swan For All who has won 15 of 18 races this season and earned $896,111 for trainer Ron Burke. Her triumphs include the Hambletonian Maturity and Fresh Yankee at the Meadowlands plus the Centaur Trotting Classic, Armbro Flight, and Muscle Hill Stakes. Completing the Mare Trot field are Barn Doll, Charmed Life, Classical Annie, and I'm So Fancy. 3-YEAR-OLD COLT/GELDING TROT: Marion Marauder, harness racing's ninth Trotting Triple Crown winner, and 2015 Breeders Crown winner Southwind Frank lead a group of 16 horses. Bar Hopping was the winner of the Canadian Trotting Classic. Elimination One: 1. Blenheim, 2. Marion Marauder, 3. Southwind Frank, 4. Iron Mine Bucky, 5. Double L Lindy, 6. Lagerfeld, 7. Desert Runner, 8. Sutton. Elimination Two: 1. Southern Cross, 2. Love Matters, 3. Dominion Beach, 4. Muscle Hustle, 5. Winter Harbor, 6. Bar Hopping, 7. Dante, 8. Waitlifter K. 3-YEAR-OLD COLT/GELDING PACE: Seasonal millionaires Betting Line and Racing Hill are among the 16-horses entered here, along with Boston Red Rocks, who won last year's Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male pacers. Betting Line has won 14 consecutive starts since a second-place finish in his seasonal debut. Elimination One: 1. Racing Hill, 2. Lindy Beach, 3. Dr J Hanover, 4. Big Top Hanover, 5. Boston Red Rocks, 6. Fine Diamond, 7. Check Six, 8. Lyons Snyder. Elimination Two: 1. Betting Line, 2. Manhattan Beach, 3. American Passport, 4. Stolen Glimpse, 5. Western Fame, 6. Katies Rocker, 7. JJ Flynn, 8. Fernando Hanover. 3-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT: All The Time, who won last year's Breeders Crown for 2-year-old female trotters and this year's Hambletonian Oaks, returns from colic surgery that sidelined her for two months. Also among the 19 fillies are Kentucky Filly Futurity winner Broadway Donna, newly minted Ontario Sire Stakes champion Emoticon Hanover, and Oaks runner-up Caprice Hill. Elimination One: 1. Fad Finance, 2. All The Time, 3. Side Bet Hanover, 4. Spicedbourbongirl, 5. Caprice Hill, 6. Dewdle All Day, 7. Worldclass Hanover, 8. Non Stick, 9. Gin And Lindy. Elimination Two: 1. Celebrity Eventsy, 2. Royal Charm, 3. Windowshopper, 4. Emoticon Hanover, 5. Dancing In Thehall, 6. Double Exposure, 7. Lookin Sharp, 8. Flowers N Song, 9. Earn Your Wings, 10. Broadway Donna. 3-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE: Six of the seven richest 3-year-old female pacers this season --- Pure Country, Darlinonthebeach, L A Delight, Call Me Queen Be, Blue Moon Stride, and Newborn Sassy --- are among the 14 fillies entered. Division leader Pure Country won last season's Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly pacers. Elimination One: 1. Dime A Dance, 2. Kiss Me Onthebeach, 3. Right Stuff, 4. Call Me Queen Be, 5. Darlinonthebeach, 6. Pure Country, 7. L A Delight. Elimination Two: 1. Lindwood Beachgirl, 2. Wishy Washy Girl, 3. Penpal, 4. Blue Moon Stride, 5. Rock Me Baby, 6. Skinny Dipper, 7. Newborn Sassy. 2-YEAR-OLD COLT/GELDING TROT: Peter Haughton Memorial and New Jersey Sire Stakes champion What The Hill, New York Sire Stakes champion Devious Man, Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Giveitgasandgo, and world-record-setting Walner are among 20 horses entered. Elimination One: 1. Devious Man, 2. Dover Dan, 3. What The Hill, 4. Mountain Of Love, 5. Walner, 6. Giveitgasandgo, 7. New Jersey Viking, 8. Sir John F, 9. Long Tom, 10. Southwind Cobra. Elimination Two: 1. Another Chapter, 2. Bill's Man, 3. Sortie, 4. Fly On, 5. Jake, 6. Southwind Woody, 7. Snowstorm Hanover, 8. Moonshiner Hanover, 9. Ebury Street, 10. Quadrangle. 2-YEAR-OLD COLT/GELDING PACE: Multiple-stakes-winners Huntsville and Downbytheseaside, who on Oct. 8 both equaled the world record of 1:49 for a 2-year-old pacer in capturing divisions of the International Stallion Stakes, are among 17 horses hoping to reach this Breeders Crown final. Huntsville brings a four-race win streak to the eliminations and has been no worse than second in eight career starts. Downbytheseaside, who finished second to Huntsville in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, has won three in a row. Elimination One: 1. Miso Fast, 2. Ocean Colony, 3. Odds On Delray, 4. Ozone Blue Chip, 5. McThriller, 6. Mac's Jackpot, 7. Photobombr Hanover, 8. Huntsville. Elimination Two: 1. Pointomygranson, 2. Blood Line, 3. Boogie Shuffle, 4. Filibuster Hanover, 5. Western Hill, 6. Downbytheseaside, 7. Summer Side, 8. Normandy Beach, 9. Rock The Boat. 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT: Once-beaten Ariana G, who leads all 2-year-old trotters in purses with $438,967, will try to follow in the hoof prints of full sister All The Time as a Breeders Crown champion. Ariana G's only setback in nine starts came when she went off stride. Elimination One: 1. Ariana G, 2. Broadway Idole, 3. Magic Presto, 4. Voxy, 5. Temple Ruins, 6. Chezatter, 7. Princess Aurora, 8. Sunshine Delight. Elimination Two: 1. Treviso, 2. Evelyn, 3. Ice Attraction, 4. Feed Your Head, 5. Hillarmbro, 6. Thats All Moni, 7. Cameron Hill. 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE: Multiple-stakes-winner Idyllic Beach, who has won seven of 10 races and never been worse than second, leads a group of 16. Two of the fillies to hand her setbacks, Agent Q in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship and Roaring To Go in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes, also are entered. Elimination One: 1. Brazuca, 2. Agent Q, 3. That's The Ticket, 4. Everyones Watching, 5. Happy Hannah, 6. Awash, 7. Roaring To Go, 8. Idyllic Beach. Elimination Two: 1. Gemma's Beach Girl, 2. Misqued, 3. V String, 4. Rockette, 5. Tori Hanover, 6. Blameitonthenight, 7. Someomensomewhere, 8. Jaye's A Lady. For Friday's complete card, click here. For Saturday's complete card, click here. For more information go to or Follow Breeders Crown news and updates on Twitter @Breeders_Crown, using #BCrown16 and on Facebook at Fans can also go to, the Place for Harness Racing Fans to See, Share, Connect and Play. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager

Cranbury, NJ --- Defending Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit is supplemented to the $421,000 Breeders Crown Pace, setting up another epic showdown with harness racing arch-rival Always B Miki, winner of last year's Crown title for older pacers at Woodbine Racetrack. Wiggle It Jiggleit, owned by George Teague Jr. Inc., and Teague Racing Partnerships LLC, is the richest harness horse this year with seasonal earnings of $1,624,337, and will meet up once again with the fastest Standardbred of all-time, Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable and Christina Takter's Always B Miki, who lowered the world pacing mark to 1:46 on Oct. 9 at Lexington's Red Mile. The two have electrified the sport battling in the open ranks this year and the adage "In harness racing, it all comes down to the Breeders Crown" may never hold truer. The pair has met seven times in open stakes competition with each horse winning three - Shamballa beat them both in the US Pacing Championship, though Wiggle It Jiggleit finished second and Always B Miki fourth in that match-up. One of four Breeders Crown events slated for the Meadowlands on Friday, Oct. 28, the Crown Pace will be featured in a one-hour live broadcast on SNY (Sports Net New York) from 9-10:00 p.m. [EDT]. Though owner George Teague and trainer Clyde Francis had not been inclined to supplement their extraordinary 4-year-old gelded son of Mr Wiggles, the ease with which he racked up his 38th career win in 50 starts a $250,000 Invitational at Yonkers last Saturday changed their minds. "Wiggle" was the lone supplement to any Crown event by the noon deadline of Monday, Oct. 17. "The main reason I wanted to do it was because it's good for the business," said Teague from his home base of Harrington, Delaware. "People like to see him race and these two together, they may meet another time, but for him to be in the Breeders Crown it's really good for the business more than anything." "This horse just gets stronger and sharper as the year goes on," marveled Teague. "When he trained before the Yonkers race I thought he was sharper than he was in April and May. He's never taken a week off all year and never had a bad race either." Regular entries for eligible trotters and pacers are due by 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, at the Meadowlands race office. The contestants for the 12 Breeders Crown Finals will be determined through elimination races this Friday and Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Eliminations for all open events will be raced on Friday [post time 7:15 p.m.] and eliminations for all 2-year-old and 3-year-olds will be Saturday [post time 7:15 p.m.]. Elimination winners draw for inside post positions 1-5 for the finals. For more information go to or Follow Breeders Crown news and updates on Twitter @Breeders_Crown, using #BCrown16 and on Facebook at Fans can also go to, the Place for Harness Racing Fans to See, Share, Connect and Play.  

Cranbury, NJ - The world's fastest pacer, Always B Miki, who recently reset the time standard in harness racing to 1:46, leads a group of 39 eligible harness racing pacers for the $400,000 Breeders Crown Pace slated for Friday, Oct. 28, at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Always B Miki, the defending Breeders Crown Pace champion, is one of a record six Breeders Crown champions among the eligible pacers: the 5-year-old son of Always A Virgin is joined by Freaky Feet Pete (2015 sophomore pacing champ); Foiled Again (2013 Open Pace); Luck Be Withyou (2013 freshman champ); McWicked (2014 sophomore champ); and Traceur Hanover (2014 2-year-old-colt pace champ). Both Freaky Feet Pete and McWicked have called it quits this season. Also eligible is the sensational Shamballa, who was just 1-1/4 lengths back of Always B Miki in that historic 1:46 mile, and also defeated both divisional leaders Always B Miki and Wiggle It Jiggleit in a 1:47.1 score in the U.S. Pacing Championship at the Meadowlands on Hambletonian Day, Aug. 6. Shamballa is driven by the red-hot Scott Zeron, who is having a career year at age 27, having just won the Triple Crown of Trotting with Marion Marauder. Zeron has more than $800,000 in Crown earnings though he is still seeking his first title. One of four Breeders Crown events slated for the Meadowlands on Friday, Oct. 28, the Crown Pace will be featured in a one-hour live broadcast on SNY (SportsNet New York) from 9-10 p.m. (EDT). The battle for division supremacy may very well come down to the Breeders Crown, as 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit is not eligible to the program which has stallion eligibility as its cornerstone. The $400,000 Breeders Crown Pace carries a supplemental tag of $50,000, and supplements are due Monday, Oct. 17, at the Meadowlands race office. The starting fee is included in the supplemental amount, and at least 50 percent of the supplemental money, minus the normal starting fee, is added to the purse of the individual events. Horses eligible to the Breeders Crown events must enter by 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 18, also at the Meadowlands race office. Elimination events, if necessary, will be raced on Friday, Oct. 21. A complete listing of all eligibles to the 12 events and more information on the conditions of the race can be found at  

Freehold, NJ ---Harness racing super stars Always B Miki and Marion Marauder each moved up two spots in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll. Always B Miki, who paced the fastest mile in harness racing history with a 1:46 triumph in Sunday's Allerage Farms Open Pace at Red Mile moved from fourth place to second, while Marion Marauder, who won the Kentucky Futurity at Red Mile and became the ninth horse to capture the Trotting Triple Crown, moved from fifth place to third. Wiggle It Jiggleit continues to lead the poll with 316 points, 13 points better than Always B Miki and 49 points ahead of Marion Marauder. Pure County is the lone newcomer in this week’s rankings, checking in at No. 9. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 21 – 10/11/2016 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Wiggle It Jiggleit (20) 4pg 22-14-6-2 $1,499,337 316 1 2 Always B Miki (10) 5ph 15-9-5-0 $1,068,292 303 4 3 Marion Marauder (1) 3tc 13-10-2-0 $1,473,282 267 5 4 Hannelore Hanover (1) 4tm 17-15-2-0 $896,111 243 2 5 Betting Line (3) 3pc 14-13-1-0 $1,372,386 236 3 6 Racing Hill 3pc 13-6-5-2 $1,329,550 95 7 7 Ariana G 2tf 9-8-0-0 $438,967 86 10 8 Resolve 5th 8-4-1-1 $538,740 68 8 9 Pure Country 3pf 18-8-4-3 $959,730 65 -- 10 Southwind Frank 3tc 12-6-5-0 $1,048,968 46 9 Also: Lady Shadow (38); Darlinonthebeach (34); Broadway Donna (25); Walner (15); L A Delight (10); Huntsville, Obrigado, Shamballa (8); Bar Hopping, Flanagan Memory (7); Prairie Sweetheart (6); Caprice Hill, Flowers N Songs (5); Downbytheseaside (4); All The Time, Control The Moment, Devious Man, Idyllic Beach, Western Fame (3); Freaky Feet Pete (2); Beyond Delight, Foiled Again, Wild Wanda (1). Ken Weingartner

Always Be Miki fastest harness racing horse in history 1:46  26.1  -  52:2  -  1:19.4  -  1:46   LEXINGTON, KY-- Making his move for the top midway down the backstretch, Always B Miki set fast fractions before driver David Miller implored him through the stretch, advancing to win the $138,000 Allerage Farms Open Pace at The Red Mile in an all-time record mile of 1:46.   Always B Miki got away third as Shamballa was sent to the lead through a :26.1 opening quarter. David Miller showed Always B Miki the whip and he rushed first over to claim command to the half, timed in :52.2. He continued his sprint around the far turn, passing three-quarters in 1:19.4 before being chased home by Shamballa and All Bets Off in the stretch.   A five-year-old horse by Always A Virgin out of the Artsplace mare Artstopper, Always B Miki won his 27th race in 50 starts, earning $2,296,368 for owners Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable and Christina Takter. He is trained by Jimmy Takter and paid $2.10 to win.   "It's a moment I'm never going to forget," Jimmy Takter said. "You don't get horses like this for long, and it's definitely emotional to be around him. I can't wait to see him as a stallion. His personality and everything about him will be well-received through the sport. He's not the easiest horse because he had a lot of injuries, but what this horse overcame every single day nobody else did.   "He has the Breeders Crown and TVG Final; those are the only two races left for him."   "I really thought the three-quarters was maybe a little too slow," David Miller said. "But like I've said: he's an incredible horse and does incredible things. I couldn't be happier with him."   Always Be Miki - World Record     Circling by Frost Damage Blues and Lady Shadow as they battled around the far turn, Praire Sweetheart advanced to the front and defeated her older rivals to win the $112,500 Allerage Farms Filly & Mare Pace in 1:49.1.   Lady Shadow set the pace, going fractions of :26.4 and :54.4 before receiving pressure from Frost Damage Blues, pulling first over from fourth, into the far turn. The two matched strides through a 1:22.2 third-quarter before Frost Damage Blues took the top. Lady Shadow retreated at the pylons while Prairie Sweetheart moved three wide, powering by Frost Damage Blues at the eighth pole. Prairie Sweetheart finished in front of Bedroomconfessions and Venus Delight, who stormed down the center of the track to finish second and third respectively.   Prairie Sweetheart, a three-year-old filly by Royal Millennium out of the Masterman mare Taylors Lady, remained undefeated in 12 starts with her lifetime-best win. She has earned $155,024 for owner Let It Ride Stables Inc. and trainer Ross Croghan. Driven by Matt Kakaley, she paid $14.80 to win.   We recently purchased her," Ross Croghan said. "I got a call from a friend of mine up at Pocono, and he said 'I just saw a filly that looked fantastic.' I watched the replay, and I had to agree with him, so I watched her again the next week, and the next week, and I just thought this filly has something special.   "We actually purchased her the day before I was going to leave for the [Little Brown] Jug. I was going to be away for a month and I didn't want to be away from her for that amount of time, so I brought her with me.   "We gave her a qualifier here last week just to see how she was and Matty [Kakaley] said she was super and that there were two seconds up her sleeve if he ever wanted to use it," Croghan also said. "I spoke to the owners, and they're both here enjoying the week in Lexington, so they opted to pop up with the supplement and watch the race, and it worked out in our favor."   Prairie Sweetheart     Flanagan Memory fanned off cover and trotted down the center of the track to take the $101,000 Allerage Farms Open Trot in 1:51.2.   Jl Cruze was sent to the lead, clearing early race-leader Muscial Rhythm through a :27.2 opening quarter. After a :55 half, Jl Cruze braced the challenge of Obrigado into the far turn. They were stride for stride after a :21.4 third-quarter before Jl Cruze reemerged to the lead. Crazy Wow, tracking Obrigado from second over, edged three wide and trotted by Jl Cruze to take the lead before Flanagan Memory and Brian Sears rushed down the course to grab command. Crazy Wow took second, while Jl Cruze held third.   A six-year-old horse by Kadabra out of the Yankee Glide mare Classy Stacy, Flanagan Memory won his 18th race in 65 tries, compiling $1,163,070 for owners Liette Flanagan and trainer Rene Dion. He paid $5.00 to win.   "I was real happy to be third over," Brian Sears said. "I was just hoping Mark [MacDonald on Obrigado] went out a little bit and didn't wait too long for Ake [Svanstedt on Centurion Atm] to make a decision. This horse loves to finish up in the last quarter, so we were in a good position."   "He has gotten better and better through the years. I was fortunate to drive him a year ago and win the [John] Cashman at the Meadowlands. He was a little disappointing in Canada a couple of weeks ago [in the Maple Leaf Trot], but I'm glad we're going in on a positive note; we have the International Trot coming up."   Flanagan Memory     By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile is reporting that world champion Always B Miki p, 1:47f  ($2,227,368), who holds the distinction of winning three races in 1:47 in a single season -- no other horse has more than one 1:47 or faster mile -- will be retired to stud duty at Diamond Creek Farm in Pennsylvania at the end of his 2016 racing campaign. He is scheduled to compete in the Allerage on Sunday at The Red Mile and then complete his career at the Meadowlands in the Breeders Crown and TVG Free-For-All. The horse’s ownership group, Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable and Christina Takter, issued the following statement in announcing the news: “Diamond Creek Farm has purchased a significant interest in Always B Miki. The entire partnership is elated. This is a natural progression for a great horse, to stand at a great facility where he will receive excellent support.” Diamond Creek Farm’s Adam Bowden said he had been working on a deal to stand the stallion at stud for quite some time. “I’m really excited. I’ve been working on this all summer and hoping and praying it would happen,” said Bowden. “It’s just great to add him to our stallion roster.” A stud fee will be announced at a later date. To read the full article click here.  

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