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WILKES-BARRE, PA - A pair of Always B Miki sophomore harness racing pacing fillies, So Irresistible and Incaseyoudidntknow, came right back to run their Bobby Weiss Series records to 2-for-2 with tallies in their respective $17,500 second preliminary legs Monday afternoon at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. So Irresistible came with an uncovered sweep on the second turn to grab command early in the backstretch, pacing out her own back half in :54.3 to stop the timer at 1:53, a length ahead of 35-1 shot Beach Crazy. Scott Zeron was again behind the Bruce Saunders trainee as she remained perfect in three seasonal starts for owners Charles and Julie Nash. SO IRRESISTIBLE REPLAY   Incaseyoudidntknow became the fifth nose winner within a span of nine races at Pocono when she outdueled 28-1 shot Carrington after that one had gotten to equal terms with her in the Pocono Pike, with another first-week winner, Milieu Hanover, settling for third in the 1:53.1 mile. Marcus Miller, a three-time winner on the day, kept the career winner of 6-of-7 starts alive late to win for trainer Les Givens and owners James Magno and Joseph Fonte. INCASEYOUDIDNTKNOW REPLAY   The Weiss subtheme of "chalk defeats longshot" also played out in the other series cut, as the Roll With Joe filly Roll On Mama made a successful debut for owner/trainer Gilbert Garcia-Herrera. The 8-5 chalk defeated 15-1 shot Baci Baci by 1½ lengths in taking a new mark of 1:53.1 under the guidance of George Napolitano Jr. ROLL ON MAMA REPLAY   Also deserving mention is Toronto, another Always B Miki offspring, a sophomore colt out of double champion See You At Peelers. Toronto sped his individual back half in :54.2 brushing to the lead heading to the three-quarters for driver Tyler Buter and then breaking his maiden in 1:52.2 in just his second lifetime start. Robert Cleary conditions this talented individual for Royal Wire Products Inc. Anthony Napolitano was star driver of the day with four visits to Pocono's Victory Lane. Tuesday's 12:30 card will feature the second Weiss prelim round for sophomore trotting fillies, going in three $17,500 divisions. The only one of the first week's three winners coming back on Tuesday, the Chapter Seven miss Trip Sevens, could be very tough to deny in her tenth race cut. Program pages will be available at https://www.phha.org/downsmsppps.html. For full race results, click here. From the PHHA/The Downs    

For a horse to succeed in Australasia, it must be as tough as it is fast. For a harness racing stallion to be highly successful he must be able to produce offspring with both these attributes. He must also arrive at a time when his pedigree complements the majority of the broodmare population. Bettors Delight was a blazingly quick racehorse, but his timely injection of toughness into our breed is most likely what has made him a game changing sire. The outstanding success of the Bettors Delight - Christian Cullen cross is largely a result of the toughness of Bettors Delight combining with the high speed of Christian Cullen. Fake Left is another dominant sire in Australasia who provided a well-timed injection of toughness. Fake Left was a very good racehorse but not as dominant on the track as the sires of today. However, Fake Left did win the Little Brown Jug, the toughest race in North America requiring the horse to race in two separate mile races in one day. Always B Miki, with both speed and toughness and no Cam Fella or Direct Scooter blood in his pedigree, looks to be the perfect stallion prospect at the perfect time. As well as being the equal fastest horse of all time, Always B Miki showed extreme toughness on the track. His toughness is best showcased in his many battles against Wiggleitjiggleit. This next video is an amazing run by Always B Miki sitting parked out the trip and beating Wiggleitjiggleit 1:47.2 ($4,091,164) Always B Miki has had an outstanding start to his siring career with his first two-year-olds in North America, finishing third in money winnings behind only Somebeachsomewhere and Captaintreacherous. His progeny have already shown the shown the pedigree crosses, versatility, speed and toughness to indicate they will be ideal for our racing. Early Indications are also positive with the first crop of Always B Miki in the Southern Hemisphere with impressive trial and workout winners in both countries. Most notably, The Miki Taker (Always B Miki – Topless Beach Girl) was very impressive winning a mid-January Pinjarra trial in 1:58.8. Two colts selling in the 2021 National Standardbred Yearling Sale appear to have pedigrees that enhance that magical combination of speed and toughness. Lot 82 is Luka Doncic, an Always B Miki colt out of Cougar Bromac (Art Major). Cougar Bromac was a quality racemare winning 9 races and placing in 11 for career earnings of over $50,000. As tough as she was talented, Cougar Bromac raced 13 times as a two-year-old and over 50 times in her three seasons of racing. Cougar Bromac is out of Congo Breeze (1:52.8 USA), a warhorse in her own right who raced over 58 times predominantly in North America. The family toughness appears to have been passed down to this colt who carries a very powerful frame. Well-proportioned and an excellent mover, look for this colt to have the smooth action synonymous with Always B Miki and observed with his outstanding first two-year-old crop who raced in North America. Always B Miki has already sired the top two-year-old filly JK Alwaysbalady when crossed with a daughter of Art Major. Luka Doncic is named after the NBA Basketballer from Slovenia universally regarded as the best young player in the game.   Lot 54 is Miki Rourke, an athletic Always B Miki colt out of Yankee Dream (Dream Away). Yankee Dream was an outstanding racemare earning over $250,000 racing in both New Zealand and Australia. The highlight of her career came as a two-year-old when she defeated a strong field to win the Group 1 NZ Sires Stakes Fillies Championship. Yankee Dream continued to be a factor in group level mares racing through the age groups including finishing 2nd in the Harness Jewels 4yo Diamond behind Lancome. As a producer, Yankee Dream has left the talented Bettorstartdreaming who has won 6 races in a career best of 1:54.8. Included in these wins is a heat of the NZ Sires Stakes 3yo Championship and victories against open class company at Alexandra Park. Lot 54 is Miki Rourke Yankee Dream is also a half-sister to the ill-fated Detroit Lily who won 7 races from 18 starts in Australia, including finishing 2nd in the WA Oaks. Dream Away, the sire of Yankee Dream has proven himself to be a prolific broodmare sire in Australasia, with the great Dream About Me, Christen Me and Tiger Tara all out of Dream Away mares. Both Luka Doncic and Miki Rourke are part of the quality Alabar yearling consignment featuring four colts by Always B Miki and one colt by Vincent. Harnesslink Media

The impact of the first crop of Always B Miki harness racing two-year-olds in North America is highlighted by the recent 2020 US Horse of the Year voting. In the two-year-old male pacers’ division, only three colts received votes – all three were sons of Always B Miki. The title of US Two-Year-Old Male Pacer of the Year went to the unbeaten Perfect Sting, runner up was North America’s richest two-year-old colt in Southwind Gendry and the only other colt to receive votes was the $379,000 Governors Cup winner Always A Miki. A clean sweep for progeny of Always B Miki. The Always B Miki yearlings are sure to be sought after at the upcoming 2021 National Standardbred Sales in Auckland and Christchurch. One great example is Miki Bennett, Lot 114, an Always B Miki colt out of Lady Dancer (Christian Cullen). Miki Bennett, Lot 114 Lady Dancer was a class racemare winning 7 races from only 21 starts, including two victories in Nevele R 3yo Fillies heats. Lady Dancer has already left Come Dance With Me (12 wins, $110,299, 1:54.4), in addition to two other winners. Lady Dancer is out of Jodi Vance (Group 3 winner), making her a half-sister to the almighty Surprise Package (1:52.4 USA, $848,679), Great Western (1:51.6 USA) and Group 2 Cardigan Bay Stakes winner Ivecomealongway. Interestingly Always B Miki contains no Direct Scooter or Cam Fella in his pedigree, meaning he is able to be out-crossed with a huge amount of mares in the southern hemisphere. The Cam Fella outcross is successful in North America, with the Always B Miki sensations Perfect Sting and Southwind Gendry from Bettors Delight and Cams Card Shark mares respectively. The Direct Scooter outcross is also very successful with the Governors Cup winner Always A Miki from a Somebeachsomewhere mare. The Direct Scooter cross is observed in Miki Bennett as he is out of a Christian Cullen mare. A beautiful bodied colt with excellent angles and muscular definition, these impressive looks have translated into a very easy mover.  Miki Bennett is part of the quality Alabar yearling consignment featuring four colts by Always B Miki and one colt by Vincent. Harnesslink Media

The Southern Hemisphere's largest standardbred stud farm, Alabar, are standing some of the finest harness racing stallions in the world but one of those stallions, Always B Miki seems to have hit the jackpot. Always B Miki has a total of 112 two-year-olds with 53 starters and 23 race winners with just on $2 million in earnings to date. His service fee in the USA was at $12,500 in 2020 and has been announced at the same price for 2021. Down Under his service fee is just $7,000 this season and appears to be a real bargain. His first crop to the races has produced to date an outstanding group of top two-year-olds including five $100,000 plus winners, three colts and two fillies. The amazing thing about Always B Miki is that he has shown he can leave champion horses with his first crop, something all breeders pray and hope for. Always B Miki has the two richest pacing two-year-olds in North America, Southwind Gendry $583,069 (13 starts 10 wins) and the unbeaten Perfect Sting $534,300 (10 starts 10 wins). His other $100,000 plus winners are the colt Always A Miki $147,708 (11 starts 3 wins) and the two fillies JK Alwaysbalady $214,407 (9 starts 2 wins) and Grace Hill $210,947 (7 starts 4 wins). It is interesting to note what dam-sires these Always B Miki five two-year-olds were out of; Southwind Gendry is out of a Cams Card Shark mare Gamblers Passion p3, 1:50.4 ($123,100) Perfect Sting is out of a Bettors Delight mare Shebestingin p3, 1:47 ($760,038) JK Alwaysbalady is out of a Art Major mare JK Shesalady p2, 1:50.1 ($972,730) Grace Hill is out of a Western Terror mare Western Silk p3, 1:50.1 ($1,729,708) Always A Miki is out of a Somebeachsomewhere mare Beach Gal p3, 1:49.3 ($506,170) Southwind Gendry There is no doubt that Always B Miki is having a sensational first crop to the races. It remains to be seen just how much of an impact he is going to make on the breeding scene long term! Harnesslink Media

Perfect Sting can do what's never been done in Friday's $600,000 Breeders Crown final for 2-year-old male harness racing pacers. With a win, the Joe Holloway-trained colt will finish his campaign 10-for-10. In the history of the event, none of the 36 male pacers to win a trophy at age 2 ever finished his rookie season undefeated. Holloway said the Breeders Crown start at Harrah's Hoosier Park will be Perfect Sting's last race of 2020. The colt heads to the final off a 1:50.4 score in his elimination last week. He defeated Summa Cum Laude by 3-3/4 lengths and his time over a sloppy surface was just a tick off the track record. Perfect Sting will start Friday from post two with David Miller in the sulky. He is the 7-5 morning-line favorite. "He just keeps feeling better and better, so that's a good thing," said Holloway, a seven-time Breeders Crown winner. "I hope he gets the job done. I think he deserves it because I truly think he's a great horse. Hopefully, he can show it on Friday." Perfect Sting is a son of Always B Miki out of Shebestingin. Always B Miki, a two-time Breeders Crown Open Pace winner trained by Holloway at ages 2 and 3, shares the record for history's fastest mile, 1:46. Shebestingin, trained by Holloway throughout her career, was the all-time fastest female pacer until 2019, when Shartin N's 1:46.4 mile bettered her mark by one-fifth of a second. In his three starts prior to the Breeders Crown, Perfect Sting won the Kentucky Sire Stakes championship before picking up his first Grand Circuit scores in divisions of the Bluegrass and International Stallion stakes. He rallied from third in the stretch to win the International Stallion by a head. In his Crown elim, he led in the stretch and extended his advantage by an additional two lengths. "There is something every time," Holloway said, referring to Perfect Sting's improvement. "Two starts prior, he ran that horse down; I thought he had an insurmountable lead. His last start, when he was on the front, when David called on him, he was out there going. "I think he's learned how to be a racehorse now. He knows what he's doing now, so I think he'll do what he has to." Perfect Sting's path to perfection will not be easy. Southwind Gendry won the other Breeders Crown elimination by three lengths over Caviart Lotus in 1:51. He has captured nine of 11 starts, including the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship and divisions of the Bluegrass and International Stallion. He brings a seven-race win streak to the final. Southwind Gendry, a son of Always B Miki-Gambler's Passion, is the 8-5 second choice on the morning line, leaving from post three with Yannick Gingras driving for trainer Ron Burke. The final will be the first meeting between Southwind Gendry and Perfect Sting. "I know he's been racing well and he's tough," Holloway said about Southwind Gendry. "But I think my horse is better. I'm supposed to think that way. They're supposed to think that way. We'll find out come Friday." Harrah's Hoosier Park hosts the four $600,000 Breeders Crown finals for 2-year-olds on Friday. The remaining eight finals, for 3-year-olds and older horses, are Saturday. Racing begins at 6 p.m. (EDT) both nights. The 2020 Breeders Crown, presented by the Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, is the 37th edition of the $6 million event. Harrah's Hoosier Park will provide a free live high-definition streaming of the races on YouTube. Following is the field for Friday's Breeders Crown 2-year-old colt-and-gelding pace final. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-ML 1-JK Going West-LeWayne Miller-LeWayne Miller-12/1 2-Perfect Sting-David Miller-Joe Holloway-7/5 3-Southwind Gendry-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-8/5 4-Always A Miki-Dexter Dunn-Nancy Takter-12/1 5-Bayfield Beach-Trace Tetrick-Brian Brown-20/1 6-Summa Cum Laude-Brian Sears-Ron Burke-10/1 7-Abuckabett Hanover-Andrew McCarthy-Tony Alagna-20/1 8-Caviart Lotus-Tim Tetrick-Nancy Takter-15/1 9-Captains Place-Tyler Smith-John Ackley-30/1 10-Literl Lad Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-20/1 Literl Lad Hanover starts from the second tier. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA    

The progeny of Always B Miki dominated Breeders Crown eliminations for harness racing two year old pacers held last Friday night at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. There were four eliminations and members of Always B Miki’s debut crop won three of them. Perfect Sting and Southwind Gendry swept the colt eliminations. Both pacers used similar tactics – moving to the front in the middle stages and running away to win by open lengths. Perfect Sting remains perfect in nine starts and Southwind Gendry sits a top of the two year old pacing male earnings list with $421,769 in prizemoney. A win in the Breeders Crown Final this week would likely lock in end of season honours for either horse. Perfect Sting While in the second elimination for the fillies, JK Alwaysbalady flew home in the long Hoosier Park home straight to get up in the shadows of the post and win. This was her second win of the season and she will begin from barrier two in the final. As the leading first crop stallion in North America, Always B Miki has made an excellent start to his stud career. A Breeders Crown winner or two would be the icing on the cake!   Harnesslink Media

LEXINGTON, KY -- Shifting tactics to race off the speed, Perfect Sting culled an anxious moment at headstretch with a powerful stretch rally to keep his perfect record while winning the second of three harness racing divisions for the $299,100 Betting Line International Stallion Stake Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace--sponsored by the Betting Line Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farm--on Saturday (Oct. 10) at The Red Mile. Summa Cum Laude left for the lead but yielded command to Literl Lad Hanover by a :27.2 opening quarter. Summa Cum Laude soon popped pocket into the backstretch and retook the lead by a :55 half. Meanwhile driver David Miller had Perfect Sting positioned sixth, and angled the Always B Miki-Shebestingin colt first over into the far turn. He grabbed cover from Bayfield Beach to three-quarters in 1:22.4 but Summa Cum Laude had scooted away to a near-three-length lead. Taking to the center of the track, Miller uncorked Perfect Sting straightening for the finish. The Joe Holloway trainee accelerated towards Summa Cum Laude with an eighth to go and reeled the leader in within the final strides, scoring the head decision at the beam of a 1:49.4 mile. Caviart Lotus closed for third with early breaker Abuckabett Hanover rallying for fourth. "He makes me work," David Miller said of his colt after the race. "He wanted it today--I was real proud of him; he wanted to put his head in front. When I got him off Dexter's back [driving Bayfield Beach] and got him going it looked like Yannick had about four [lengths] on me--and I know how good that horse raced last week. I wasn't sure I was going to track him down. So far he's been racing really hard and getting the job done." Undefeated in eight starts, Perfect Sting has banked $304,300 for owner-breeders Brittany Farms LLC and Val D'Or Farms. He paid $3.40 to win. Highlandbeachsbest grabbed the front early and never looked back in progress to a 1:50.2 score in the opening division of the Betting Line. Pirate Hanover pushed for the lead to a :28.1 opening quarter with Highlandbeachsbest positioned second, but driver Tim Tetrick promptly vacated pocket with the Nancy Takter trainee to take the helm heading up the backstretch. By the half in :56.1, Highlandbeachsbest faced mild first-over pressure from Almanac circling the final turn and clipped three-quarters in 1:24. Almanac began to falter into the stretch while Pirate Hanover gave pursuit out of the pocket, making only a slight gain on Highlandbeachsbest to secure second well ahead of Emblaze Hanover in third. Beach Party took fourth. A homebred for Highland Thoroughbred Farm, Highlandbeachsbest won his third race from 11 starts, earning $124,002. The Somebeachsomewhere colt paid $3.40 to win. Highlandbeachsbest Odds-on choice Southwind Gendry stormed uncovered for the lead and kept all late challengers at bay to take the final division of the Betting Line in a 1:50 mile. Positioned fifth to a :27.2 opening quarter, Southwind Gendry stayed put in midpack while Commanding Officer overtook early leader Always A Miki heading to a :54.4 half. Driver Yannick Gingras gave Southwind Gendry his cue moving into the far turn and rolled by a tiring leader after three-quarters in 1:22.3. Southwind Petyr, tracking the favorite's cover, swung off a helmet into the stretch and dug into Southwind Gendry while Always A Miki rallied off a pocket trip up the pylons late. Southwind Gendry kept a neck in front of Southwind Petyr to the finish while Always A Miki settled for third and Lou's Pearlman leapt from last for fourth. "You can do whatever you want with the horse--he's perfect to drive," Gingras said after the race. "I was hoping to get a covered trip for sure, it's always tough coming first up a long, long way. But he's a game horse; when they come to him, that's when he goes." Collecting his eighth victory from 10 starts, Southwind Gendry has banked $409,269 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Phil Collura, Knox Services and J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby. Ron Burke trains the Southwind Farms-bred Always B Miki gelding who paid $2.60 to win. Southwind Gendry Grand Circuit action concludes at The Red Mile on Sunday (Oct. 11) with a 12-race card headlined by the $444,000 125th Kentucky Futurity and the $255,000 55th Kentucky Filly Futurity. First-race post time is slated for 1:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

LEXINGTON, KY—The Always B Miki-Shebestingin colt Perfect Sting strides the Saturday (Oct. 10) Grand Circuit competition at The Red Mile with a perfect record to keep intact. Unbeaten in seven starts, the Joe Holloway prodigy fought gamely to win in Bluegrass action last week, holding off Summa Cum Laude by a half length in a 1:50 mile. The pair meets again in the second of three divisions for the $299,100 Betting Line International Stallion Stake Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace—sponsored by the Betting Line Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farm. David Miller will drive Perfect Sting from post 7 while Summa Cum Laude starts from post 5. Also joining the match up are Abuckabett Hanover, looking to rebound after finishing sixth as the 1-5 favorite in the $540,000 Metro Pace, and Bayfield Beach, who finished second in the Metro Pace. Metro Pace elimination winner Highlandbeachsbest competes in the opening division of the Betting Line following a second-place finish in the Bluegrass. The Nancy Takter-trained Somebeachsomewhere colt starts from post 3 with Tim Tetrick in the bike against Almanac, who scored a victory in the $50,000 Kentucky Commonwealth Final three weeks ago. Todd McCarthy drives that Brian Brown-trained A Rocknroll Dance colt from post 5. A pair of Bluegrass victors converge in the final Betting Line split. Southwind Gendry—an Always B Miki gelding—starts from post 6 as the 9-5 morning-line choice off a five-race win streak including a 1:50.2 victory over the Lexington oval last week. His stablemate, the Sweet Lou colt Lou’s Pearlman, draws post 8 following a 1:49.1 swoop with Matt Kakaley in the bike. Between the two starts the Somebeachsomewhere colt Exploit, the 35-1 winner in the Metro Pace, for trainer Tony Alagna and driver Andrew McCarthy. Freshmen trotting fillies share the spotlight with four divisions of the $304,000 International Moni International Stallion Stake—sponsored by the International Moni Syndicate & Hanover Shoe Farm. Insta Glam exits the Mohawk Million with a fourth-place finish and now starts from post 6 in the opening division of the International Moni. The Nancy Tatker-trained Father Patrick filly caught many eyes earlier in the year leading into the Jim Doherty Memorial, but a break as the 2-5 favorite in the elimination struck her out of the final. Yannick Gingras has the reins of the filly regaining her stride against Hello I Love You, the Tony Alagna-trained Trixton filly who won in Bluegrass action last week. Beautiful Game finished second to Hello I Love You as the 6-5 favorite and will try to hit the finish first in the second split of the International Moni. The Richard “Nifty” Norman trainee has held the honor of bridesmaid in six of her last nine starts with her lone homerun coming in a prelim of the Kentucky Sires Stakes in August. David Miller drives the Muscle Hill filly from post 3 as the 3-1 second choice on the morning line, with Lucas Wallin trainee May Karp earning morning-line favoritism with an 8-5 listing from post 4. Anoka Hanover will aim to parlay her Bluegrass victory into the third division of the International Moni. The Noel Daley-trained Donato Hanover filly rolled off cover in the stretch to land on the line first in a 1:54 mile and now starts as the 7-5 morning-line choice. Todd McCarthy has the reins from post 3, directly outside of Julie Miller trainee Gotta Believe—a three-time starter with Andy Miller in the bike as she leaps into the Grand Circuit off a 1:53.1 win last week. Presto pounced on You Ato Dream to win the Bluegrass last week, but the Jeff Gregory-trained Donato Hanover filly will get a shot at redemption in the final division of the International Moni. Gregory rolled You Ato Dream to the lead last week but grew leg weary off quick fractions, giving way by a head in the stretch as Presto capitalized off a pocket trip. Presto will start inside of You Ato Dream from post 2 with trainer Ake Svanstedt in control of the Trixton filly. Bluegrass winner and Bar Hopping filly Pub Crawl also competes in the final division, drawing post 6 for trainer Julie Miller and driver Andy Miller. The Saturday card features a total 11 races, seven of which being Grand Circuit contests. Racing gets underway with first-race post slated for 1:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

Perfect Sting remains undefeated after winning the $250,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes Final for two year old pacing colts and geldings at the Red Mile today. After settling fourth, the son of Always B Miki made a move to the front during the 26.6 second quarter. He was challenged at the top of the home straight, but he responded to win going away by two and a half lengths. Perfect Sting is now a perfect six for six and has earnings of $194,400. His time today was 1:49.8 – his second sub 1:50 mile of the season. Perfect Sting is the third foal of the fast Bettors Delight mare Shebestingin 1:47. Interestingly there is a New Zealand connection with Mark and Pauline O’Connor owning Wantapieceofme, a half sister to Shebestingin. Always B Miki is the current leading first season sire in the US. While his book is full in Australia he is still available in New Zealand at a fee of $7,000 plus GST.

Here is the latest harness racing two-year-old money winning Sires list in North America and at Harnesslink we will keep you up to date every Friday, New Zealand and Australian time with the actual statistics. Again this week we include the list of average earnings of the top 20 stallions that show an interesting comparison. For breeders down under this is an important time for deciding on what stallion they need to breed their mare to this coming season. The new first season sires are well on their way to giving some indication of what chance they have of competing with the established sires. From a breeders point of view they need the facts rather than the bluster from the Stallion Owners as to what they breed to this coming season is going to impact their financial situation in three years time. These statistics are freely available on the Standardbred Canada site daily. Captaintreacherous continues to lead the list with two winners of over $100,000. They are his top filly Marsala Hanover 1:52f at $192,435 and his top gelding Chase H Hanover 1:52f at $109,332. First season sire Always B Miki has increased his standing jumping to 9th on the top twenty list. Champion sire Bettors Delight already has three $100,000 plus winners, all fillies to boot. They are Bet On Becky 1:50.4 ($150,333, Scarlett Hanover ($125,924) and Best Head West ($108,637). There is a lot of money up for grabs this week in North America for the two-year-olds with Sire Stake Finals in both Pennsylvania and Ohio. This coming Saturday at Pocono Downs will feature the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championships that go for $253,000 and the Consolations that go for $50,000 so this week will give these stallions a chance to hit the big time against Captaintreacherous, Somebeachsomewhere and Sweet Lou. In the Fillies Final for $253,000 there are 3 by Captaintreacherous, 3 by Somebeachsomewhere, 1 by Sweet Lou, 1 by Betting Line and 1 by Always B Miki. In the $50,000 Consolation there are 3 by Captaintreacherous, 2 by Somebeachsomewhere and 1 by Sweet Lou and Western Ideal each. Just the 7 starters. In the Colts Final for $253,000 there are 3 by Somebeachsomewhere, 2 by Captaintreacherous, 2 by Always B Miki and 2 by Sweet Lou. In the $50,000 Consolation there are 3 by Sweet Lou, 2 by Somebeachsomewhere and 1 by Captaintreacherous, Artspeak and A Rocknroll Dance. To see the complete program for the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championships click here. On Sunday at Scioto Downs the Ohio Sire Stakes Championships go for $300,000 each with stallions Well Said, Racing Hill and McArdle well represented.. To see the complete program for the Ohio Sire Stakes Championships click here. Leading Money Winning Sires - 2 Year Old Pace (2020) - 4th September 2020 SIRE                                                   Starters      Foals       Winners     Money won CAPTAINTREACHEROUS 64 110 30 $1,121,860 SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE 80 116 36 $1,105,424 AMERICAN IDEAL 60 113 27 $839,093 BETTING LINE 74 119 26 $758,521 SHADOW PLAY 38 91 16 $711,768 BETTORS DELIGHT 47 121 14 $708,524 ART MAJOR 40 69 12 $615,643 WELL SAID 47 71 21 $613,547 ALWAYS B MIKI 46 112 15 $602,511 SWEET LOU 41 84 13 $542,592 RACING HILL 53 93 21 $524,262 SPORTSWRITER 66 137 23 $524,246 SUNSHINE BEACH 49 143 14 $513,387 ROLL WITH JOE 47 71 19 $475,201 JK ENDOFANERA 50 88 21 $409,074 ALWAYS A VIRGIN 54 102 27 $385,083 MCARDLE 29 48 9 $378,788 BETTERTHANCHEDDAR 46 102 9 $368,907 PET ROCK 51 83 24 $352,379 ROCKIN IMAGE 60 96 22 $266,084 It is important to note that five of the stallions listed in bold type stand in the state of Pennsylvania, probably the toughest of all competing states standing stallions in North America. The stallions in italics above are stallions standing in Canada where they have no stallion limits. Leading Sires by Average Earnings - 2 Year Old Pace (2020) 4th September 2018 Starters Average Sire Foals in 2020 Money per Starter ==== ===== ======== ===== =========== SHADOW PLAY 91 38 $711,768 $18,730 CAPTAINTREACHEROUS 110 64 $1,121,860 $17,529 ART MAJOR 69 40 $615,643 $15,391 BETTORS DELIGHT 121 47 $708,524 $15,074 BIG JIM 47 11 $164,094 $14,917 AMERICAN IDEAL 113 60 $839,093 $13,984 SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE 116 80 $1,105,424 $13,817 SWEET LOU 84 41 $542,592 $13,233 ALWAYS B MIKI 112 46 $602,511 $13,098 MCARDLE 48 29 $378,788 $13,061 WELL SAID 71 47 $613,547 $13,054 MR APPLES 19 13 $163,913 $12,608 BRING ON THE BEACH 15 8 $97,751 $12,218 CONTROL THE MOMENT 44 22 $231,604 $10,527 SUNSHINE BEACH 144 49 $513,387 $10,477 BETTING LINE 119 74 $758,521 $10,250 ROLL WITH JOE 71 47 $475,201 $10,110 RACING HILL 93 53 $524,262 $9,891 WESTERN VINTAGE 17 9 $88,107 $9,789 PANTHER HANOVER 23 7 $65,086 $9,298 Harnesslink Media

CHESTER, PA - Trainer Nancy Takter and driver Dexter Dunn combined to win the fastest two of the four divisions of the $218,260 first preliminary round of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, with Red Right Hand, whose 1:52 was the fastest clocking among the babies, salvaging some honor for tote-board favorites, who had taken a PaSS drubbing up until then. Red Right Hand, a Captaintreacherous colt out of the mare Preppy Party Girl, gradually made his way to the front past a :27.2 quarter, went to the half in :56.2, then received a stern challenge from Summa Cum Laude before, through, and after the 1:24 three-quarters. Red Right Hand dug in to keep his game opponent at bay by a neck for the partnership of Christina Takter, Nancy Takter and JAF Racing, Joe Sbrocco, and R A W Equine Inc. The other successful Takter - Dunn teaming was with the Always B Miki - Beach Gal colt Always A Miki, who followed up on a 1:56 morning victory with a well-deserved 1:52.2 mark here. Always A Miki was fifth, some 6½ lengths behind at the half, but the colt just kept eating into the leader Literl Lad Hanover's margin, then left him behind by 1½ lengths with personal back fractions raw of :54.3 - :27.1 for his owners, Christina Takter, Goran Anderberg, Herb Liverman, and the Rojan Stables. The Sweet Lou - Lucy's Pearl colt Lou's Pearlman was let go at 7-1 despite having the best qualifying win time of all the PaSS horses (1:54), and he responded by lowering his tab further to 1:53.3. Another colt having to overcome a difficult first-up journey, Lou's Pearlman showed determination en route to a neck victory over inside rallier Crunch Hanover for driver Matt Kakaley, trainer Ron Burke, and Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC along with Elizabeth Novak. Bayfield Beach dropped five seconds from his first qualifier to his second, and for his pari-mutuel debut he dropped over three more seconds en route to a 1:52.4 in-hand victory. David Miller got the call to guide the Somebeachsomewhere - DB Blue Chip colt for trainer Brian Brown and the ownership of Crossover Racing, Country Club Acres Inc., Rich Lombardo Racing LLC, and Joe Sbrocco (who joined Christina Takter with an ownership double in the Sire Stakes). In the six $20,000 Stallion Series races, driver David Miller and trainer Blake MacIntosh teamed twice with winning shippers from Woodbine Mohawk Park: first with the Somebeachsomewhere - Lady Be Great colt Great Somewhere, an easy 1:55.1 winner for the partnership of the trainer, Reginald Pettipas, Ruth Irving, and Gilles Landry, and then with the Captaintreacherous - Bittorsweet Terror colt Bazooka Hanover, who looked ripe for passing in midstretch but grittily went on to defeat Caviart Skipper by a neck, with Fernet About It just photoed out for the deuce, in 1:56.4 for owner Steve Heimbacker. The cardopening Stallion Series winner, the Sweet Lou - Edra Hanover colt Emblaze Hanover, had several distinctions for driver Matt Kakaley, trainer Ron Burke, and Burke Racing Stable LLC, Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky, Jason Melillo, and J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby - he was the fastest winner in this sector in 1:53.3; he gave Kakaley-Burke the distinction of being the only teaming to win both a Sire Stake and a Stallion Series race; and he was the only StS winner not to be on the lead at the half, using "pocket rocket" tactics en route to the win. In a stretch duel of sons of Betting Line, Andres Hanover (out of Anadarko Hanover) held off the late shot of Rifleman by a neck in 1:54 for driver Andrew McCarthy, trainer Andrew Harris, and the partnership of Michael Goldberg Racing Inc. and A Harris Racing LLC. The other StS credit for Betting Line was also a battle between two of his colts - Batterup Hanover (out of Beachbunny Hanover) withstood favored Caviart Richmond by a half-length in 1:55.4 for driver Dexter Dunn and trainer Chris Ryder, the latter co-owner with William Ezzo and Barry Spak. Finally, Rollbin, a son of A Rocknroll Dance - Binions, sustained late on the front end for a half-length decision over Get Along in 1:55.2. The meet's leading driver, Tim Tetrick, was in the sulky for trainer Jim King Jr. and his wife/owner Jo Ann Looney-King. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia  

Always B Miki has the heart of a harness racing champion. He has proven this time and time again, whether it be setting a world record during the Allerage Pace, or in his fierce showdown in the 2016 Breeders Crown to capture his second consecutive Breeders Crown title. His fierce determination has led to his success on the track, even after suffering a potentially career-ending injury his 3-year-old year, Always B Miki would not be stopped. He recovered and came back even stronger, with wins in the Breeders Crown, the Haughton Memorial, the Gold Cup, and the Ben Franklin, among many others, landing on the board an impressive 45 times. His grit and speed are second to none, and he will surely be a force to be reckoned with in the stud barn. Always B Miki  Click here for Always B Miki on Wikipedia 2011 Bay Stallion by Always A Virgin out of Artstopper Earnings of $2,715,368 2016 Horse of The Year Always B Miki set the WORLD RECORD during the Allerage Pace, winning in an outstanding 1:46 Two time Breeders Crown champion, winning both in 2015 and then again the consecutive year in 2016, in a thrilling battle against Wiggle It Jiggleit Only horse to win 4 races in 1:47 or faster Multiple other victories in prestigious races such as the Ben Franklin, Haughton Memorial and the Ewart Memorial Always B Miki record Year Age Starts Win Place Show Earnings Speed Record Ref 2013 2 12 2 4 3 $135,384 1:53.1 [8] 2014 3 19 12 4 – $791,482 1:47.4 [29] 2015 4 4 4 – – $301,210 1:48.1 [30] 2016 5 18 12 5 – $1,487,292 1:46.0[a] [31] Overall 53 30 13 3 $2,719,368 1:46.0   ^ World record[28] Always B Miki is featured with 26 yearlings at the 2020 National Standardbred Yearling Sale, New Zealand this coming week. He has 12 yearlings in the Northern Sale at Karaka on Monday and he has 14 in the Southern Sale on Tuesday and Wednesday. Breckon Farms have six yearlings entered by Always B Miki in the Northern Sale at Karaka.  One of those yearlings is Lot 9 Money Motives,out of the race winning Bettor's Delight mare Moving Money selling on behalf of Breckon Farms.. Moving Money's dam is the very good race mare Angela's Dream winner of $118,244. Lot 9 - Money Motives Other yearlings by Always B Miki from the Breckon Farms draft are Lot 43, Lot 76, Lot 93, Lot 103 and Lot 106 Harnesslink Media.

The progeny of Always B Miki broke records at the harness racing Brisbane APG sale! Three of his progeny sold for an average of $53,833 with a top price of $77,500. Congratulations to Lindsay and Mary Vagg who sold the top lot and to Goodtime Lodge for making the purchase. Victree Bette colt - $77,500 (record QLD price). Vendor: LJ Vagg & ME Vagg. Oh So Hippie colt - $60,000. Vendor: Wayne Comerford. Rockin Riches colt - $24,000. Vendor: Pinaroo Park. Victree Bette is by Bettors Delight and has already produced the Group 1 winner Pinup Boy. It is tremendous to see such results for a stallion we have a huge amount of faith in. Be sure to check out the Always B Miki yearlings at the upcoming sales across Australia and New Zealand in the coming weeks - don't miss out on securing one! ALWAYS B MIKI'S SALE HIGHLIGHTS Leading first season sire at the 2019 US yearling sales (third overall behind only Somebeachsomewhere and Captaintreacherous) Leading sire at the 2020 Brisbane APG yearling sale Second leading sire at the 2019 NZB Auckland All Age Sale behind Art Major (3+ weanlings)   The sale topper!

The Living Horse Hall of Fame nominating committee of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame announces the results of recent balloting to determine the 2020 inductees into the Harness Racing Living Horse Hall of Fame. Museum members voted for the three horses they felt best exemplified greatness. Their choices are racehorses Always B Miki and Sweet Lou, and racemare Bee A Magician. The other nominees were Chapter Seven, Father Patrick and Peaceful Way. Always B Miki, Bee A Magician and Sweet Lou will be inducted on Hall of Fame Day, Sunday, July 5th, 2020. The ceremonies honoring these extraordinary Standardbred horses will take place during the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame's annual dinner. For information on the Hall of Fame weekend and other festivities surrounding this important occasion visit www.harnessmuseum.com from April 2020 onward or call or write the Museum at 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924. Phone: 845-294-6330. Standardbreds are eligible for nomination to harness racing's highest accolade only if they comply with the following strict criteria: AS A RACEHORSE: Must be retired from racing for two years. Must have been the winner of $2.5 million lifetime WITH two Dan Patch Awards OR Been the winner of $3 million lifetime OR Been named Dan Patch Harness Horse of the Year. Horses over the age of 12 that are still racing and meet the criteria are also eligible. AS A RACEMARE: Must be retired from racing for two years. Must have been the winner of $1.5 million lifetime WITH two Dan Patch Awards OR Been the winner of $2.5 million lifetime OR Been named Dan Patch Harness Horse of the Year. Mares over the age of 12 that are still racing and meet the criteria are also eligible. AS A STALLION: Must rank among the 10 all-time leading moneywinning sires at his gait OR Have sired at least 100 $200,000 winners OR Been the leading moneywinning sire at his gait in three or more seasons. ALWAYS B MIKI (Nominated as Racehorse) p,5,1:46 ($2,715,368) Bay Horse, 2011 (Always A Virgin - Artstopper - Artsplace) Foaled on May 10, 2011 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, two-time Breeders Crown winner and world champion pacer Always B Miki has a lifetime race record of 53-30-13-3. In 2013, freshman Always B Miki finished on the board in 9 of his 12 starts. In his 2014 sophomore year, Always B Miki won 12 of 19 starts with 4 seconds, earning $791,482. Major wins included the Monument Circle Pace, Indiana Sires Stakes final and the Tattersalls Pace. Due to a cracked pastern suffered in the spring, four-year-old Always B Miki had only four starts in 2015 but won them all, including the Breeders Crown and American-National. It was as a five-year-old that Always B Miki would make harness racing history. On October 9, 2016, he became the fastest Standardbred ever, winning the Allerage at The Red Mile in 1:46, shattering the one-mile race standard of 1:46.4, and shaving one fifth off the 23-year-old record of Cambest set in a 1993 time trial. Always B Miki is the only harness horse in history with four 1:47 or faster victories. Other wins that year included the Breeders Crown, Ben Franklin, William Haughton Memorial, TVG Free-For-All, Jim Ewart Memorial, and Hoosier Park Pacing Derby. Always B Miki was voted 2016 Dan Patch Horse of the Year, 2016 Dan Patch Pacer of the Year and 2016 Dan Patch Older Pacing Horse of the Year. BEE A MAGICIAN (Nominated as Racemare) 3,1:51 ($4,055,865) Bay Mare, 2010 (Kadabra - Beehive - Balanced Image) Foaled on February 1, 2010 in Allentown, New Jersey, world champion trotting mare Bee A Magician has a lifetime race record of 72-45-14-3. Bee A Magician was the leading moneywinning two-year-old trotter of 2012 with $766,652 in earnings and a 13-10-1-1 record, including wins in the Peaceful Way and Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Super Final. She was voted 2012 O'Brien Two-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year. Three-year-old Bee A Magician was undefeated in 17 starts. She set the world record 1:51 mile for three-year-old fillies and was the year's leading moneywinning trotter with $1,547,304 in earnings, a single-season record for Standardbred mares. Major victories included the Breeders Crown, Hambletonian Oaks, Elegant Image, Delvin Miller Memorial, Moni Maker and Simcoe Stakes. Bee A Magician was voted 2013 Dan Patch and O'Brien Horse of the Year, Dan Patch Trotter of the Year, and Dan Patch and O'Brien Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year. As a four-year-old, Bee A Magician earned $421,314 while finishing on the board in 12 of 17 starts, including a victory in the 2014 Breeders Crown Open Mare Trot. In 2015 Bee A Magician would claim the title of top moneywinning aged Standardbred of the year, garnering $980,845. With 10 wins and 5 seconds in 18 starts, including victories in the Maple Leaf Trot and Armbro Flight, Bee A Magician was voted 2015 Dan Patch and O'Brien Older Trotting Mare of the Year. Bee A Magician ended her racing career in 2016, earning $339,750 with 4 wins, including the Yonkers Invitational Trot and the Mack Lobell Elitlopp Playoff. SWEET LOU (Nominated as Racehorse) p,5,1:47f ($3,478,894) Bay Horse, 2009 (Yankee Cruiser - Sweet Future - Falcons Future) Foaled on March 4, 2009 in Milton, Pennsylvania, two-time world champion pacer Sweet Lou has a lifetime race record of 74-33-11-10. He ranks as the 8th-leading moneywinning pacer of all time. In 2011, two-year-old Sweet Lou won 10 of his 12 starts with 2 seconds, earning $686,647. Victories included the Breeders Crown in a still-standing world record 1:49 for two-year-old colt pacers on a mile track, Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship and the Elevation. He was voted 2011 Dan Patch Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year. Three-year-old Sweet Lou earned $1,082,176 in 2012, finishing on the board in 15 of 20 starts. His major win was the Tattersalls Pace. In the following year, four-year-old Sweet Lou earned $348,638 in 23 starts, including a victory in the Meadowlands Maturity. In 2014, five-year-old Sweet Lou won 11 of 19 starts including a 10-win streak with 6 consecutive sub-1:48 times. Victories included the Ben Franklin in a world record 1:47f he shares with 2016 Horse of the Year Always B Miki and which still stands as the fastest Standardbred mile on a five-eighths mile track, William Haughton Memorial, U.S. Pacing Championship, Dan Patch Invitational and the Roll With Joe. Sweet Lou wrapped up his racing career by winning the $500,000 TVG Pace. In addition to earning $1,361,433, Sweet Lou was voted 2014 Dan Patch Pacer of the Year and Dan Patch Older Pacing Horse of the Year. From the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame

Darlinonthebeach, a 6-year-old harness racing pacing mare who earned $1.06 million on the racetrack and is in foal to Always B Miki, sold for $450,000 to Diamond Creek Farm on Thursday as part of the White Birch Farm broodmare dispersal at the Standardbred Horse Sale's mixed sale. New Jersey's White Birch Farm sold 30 broodmares at the sale, going for a total of $3.51 million. Darlinonthebeach led the group, followed by trotter Celebrity Ruth at $400,000. Rounding out White Birch's top five were pacer My Little Dragon and trotter Please Beehave, both for $230,000, and pacer Dragon's Tale for $200,000. All the White Birch horses were consigned by Preferred Equine Marketing. Darlinonthebeach, by Somebeachsomewhere, is carrying her first foal after a multiple Grand Circuit stakes-winning career. Her dam, Darlin's Delight, was a Dan Patch and O'Brien Award winner. Celebrity Ruth, by Archangel out of Celebrity Obsesion, also enjoyed a stakes-winning career and is in foal to Muscle Hill with her first foal. The 5-year-old, signed for by Megan Velardo as agent, is from the family of Dan Patch Award-winner Housethatruthbuilt. My Little Dragon, a 16-year-old by Dragon Again out of My Little Pretty, was a two-time Dan Patch Award winner and three-time Breeders Crown champion. She is the dam of O'Brien Award-winner Stay Hungry and in foal to Captaintreacherous. She sold to Steve Stewart. Five-year-old Please Beehave (Muscle Hill-Beehive) is a half-sister to 2013 Horse of the Year Bee A Magician. She sold in foal to Chapter Seven to Ola Yoder. Dragon's Tale (Dragon Again-Born Storyteller) is the dam of stakes-winner Workin Ona Mystery. The 9-year-old sold in foal to Captaintreacherous, also to Yoder. Also selling in excess of $200,000 were trotting broodmares Secret Passion and Anikadabra. Secret Passion (Yankee Glide-Secret Magic) sold for $425,000 to Hanover Shoe Farms. The 5-year-old is from the family of Dan Patch Award-winner and world-record-holder Manchego and in foal to Kadabra with her first foal. She was consigned by Walnridge Farm and owned by Harbor Racing Stable. Five-year-old Anikadabra (Kadabra-Anikawiesahalee) sold in foal to Walner for $235,000 to Linda Stewart. She is from the family of O'Brien Award-winner Resolve. She was consigned by Concord Stud Farm and owned by Michael Pozefsky and Edward Wilson. The Standardbred Horse Sale concludes Friday with its final mixed session beginning at 10 a.m. (EST). For complete results, visit The Black Book. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

MILTON, ON - August 23, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment and Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership are pleased to announce a harness racing breeding auction for Wednesday, October 4 in Lexington, Kentucky to raise funds for the Breeders Crown Charity Challenge. The auction will take place prior to the second session of the 2019 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion and features the opportunity to acquire a 2020 breeding to one of harness racing's most-notable stallions. A group of prominent owners and breeders have graciously donated the breedings to raise funds for the Breeders Crown Charity Challenge. A single 2020 breeding to the following stallions will be available: Always B Miki Captaintreacherous Chapter Seven Father Patrick Muscle Hill Sweet Lou Tactical Landing The Breeders Crown Charity Challenge features four teams consisting of a celebrity, a charity of their choosing and an award-winning three-year-old Standardbred. Each charity is receiving one per cent of their horse's earnings from June 1, 2019 through October 26, 2019. The challenge portion of this initiative features the teams competing to garner the most votes in a Facebook poll. The poll closes on October 26, 2019 and the team with the most votes will receive a significant donation from the funds raised by the breeding auction. The funds raised for the Breeders Crown Charity Challenge are expected to exceed $100,000, which will mark the single largest donation by Woodbine Cares. The four-teams for the Charity Challenge are listed below: Michael 'Pinball' Clemons - Warrawee Ubeaut - Pinball Clemons Foundation Kim MacDonald - Woodside Charm - Breast Cancer Society of Canada Eddie Olczyk - Gimpanzee - Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation Dan Pleasac - Captain Crunch - Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society Each charity is guaranteed to receive a minimum of $5,000. Fans can submit one vote per day for the Breeders Crown Charity Challenge by visiting www.BCCharityChallenge.com. The Breeders Crown Charity Challenge would not be possible without the support and generosity of the following individuals and groups: Marvin Katz, Libfeld/Katz Breeding Partnership Blue Chip Farm, Tom Grossman: Chapter Seven Burke Racing Stable LLC: Warrawee Ubeaut Hanover Shoe Farm, Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky: Captaintreacherous & The Captaintreacherous Syndicate Diamond Creek Farm, Adam Bowden: Father Patrick, Always B Miki & Sweet Lou Southwind Farm, Kevin Greenfield: Tactical Landing Southwind Farm, Michael Klau: Muscle Hill Trainer, Verlin Yoder: Woodside Charm Trainer, Nancy Johansson: Captain Crunch Trainer, Marcus Melander: Gimpanzee The 2019 Breeders Crown, presented by Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, will take place Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. For more information, visit www.WoodbineMohawkPark.com. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment              

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