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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              

Wellsville, PA --- Diamond Creek Farm is pleased to continue their strong partnership with Oakwood Stud by offering Always B Miki's frozen semen in Ireland in 2019. "We formed a relationship with Oakwood Stud and the Delaneys through our sponsorship of the Vincent Delaney Memorial racing weekend," said Diamond Creek's Adam Bowden. "That continued with the expansion of opportunities for Irish and UK breeders by providing access to world champion and first year success Sweet Lou; it only makes sense for us to continue this venture with the introduction of Always B Miki." Always B Miki, the 2016 Horse of the Year, still holds the world record of 1:46. His other accomplishments include wins in the Ben Franklin, Haughton Memorial and being a two-time Breeders Crown champion. "We're very grateful to Adam Bowden of Diamond Creek Farm for all he has done for us to date here in Ireland and the UK," said Derek Delaney of Oakwood Stud. "Always B Miki joining our frozen semen roster in 2019 will improve the overall quality of the breed and with these types of bloodlines now available to both the Irish and UK breeder, we are very excited about the future of the racing in both Ireland and the UK." Always B Miki served a full book of mares in his second year at stud with exceptional pregnancy rates once again. His first crop of foals have had many compliments from top breeders. He is currently in quarantine while he waits to head to Alabar, Australia, for their upcoming breeding season. From Diamond Creek Farm

Saturday, June 2 was a perfect day to pay a visit to the Diamond Creek Farm Open House and get up close and personal with the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono 2016 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial Trot winner Southwind Frank; 2016 Ben Franklin Winner Always B Miki; and 2014 Ben Franklin Winner Sweet Lou, along with numerous Mares and a few adorable foals. Children of all ages experienced the farm's amenities, including tours of the stallion barns; hay rides; demonstrations and exhibits from the Harness Horse Youth Foundation (hhyf.org), including a special meet and greet with ambassador Sweet Karen; and a menu of delicious grilled food and ice cream. It has been reported that 1,500 people attended the special Open House. Notable attendees from the State Horse Racing Commission included Standardbred Bureau Director Brett Revington; Commissioners Ed Rodgers and Darryl Breniser; and Marketing Director Ashley Eisenbeil. Also attending were Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association president Sam Beegle and Executive Director Mike Harant as well as Bob Boni, a notable bloodstock agent and co-owner of Always B Miki. To learn more about Diamond Creek Farm, visit https://www.diamondcreekfarm.com/about/ From Diamond Creek Farm

Always B Miki, the reigning harness racing 'Horse of The Year', is now booked full for 2018.  Once again, his book contains a list of the top pacing mares in the industry. “We are not surprised by the attention Miki has received, in both the Northern Hemisphere and now the Southern Hemisphere,” says Diamond Creek’s Adam Bowden.  “Besides being a champion on the track, Miki is a beautiful, big horse that leaves an impression on you.” The 2017 Older Pacer of the year is best known for setting the world record 1:46 during the Allerage Pace, but also chalked up victories that included the Ben Franklin, Haughton Memorial, and was a two time Breeders Crown Champion.  "We have had great support from both breeders and the owners of the horse, "says Bowden, "having that backing behind a stallion is an important component to their success."  Always B Miki’s first foals are set to hit the ground this season, with great anticipation from breeders and racing fans alike.   Always B Miki Retirement 2016      

Freehold, NJ --- Keystone Wallis, the paternal great-granddam of 2016 Horse of the Year Always B Miki, died over the weekend at her home of eight years with equine surgeon Dr. Patty Hogan, and her husband Ed Lohmeyer, in New Jersey. She was 31. "We found her in the paddock at feeding this morning (Sunday, June 4) with her faithful friend, (Hall of Fame broodmare) Flat Foot Fluzy standing guard over her," said Hogan. "Looks like it was peaceful -- no signs of trauma or any struggle in the ground around her." She was the dam of 14 foals, including Neverhaveneverwill, dam of Always A Virgin, the sire of Always B Miki. Keystone Wallis had lived with Hogan since 2009, long before her great-grandson became a patient of Hogan's for two different orthopedic surgeries. Keystone Wallis won 18 races in 62 starts, including a heat of the Jugette, along with $618,256; she took a mark of 1:55.3f as a 2-year-old. She was trained by the late Jack Kopas for owners Trent Valley Stables. She changed hands for the last time in the fall of 2009, at age 23, when she sold for $150 at public auction to Kate Miller, who'd seen her race in the Adioo Volo at The Meadows when Keystone Wallis was a 3-year-old and Miller was 6. Not yet in first grade at the time, Miller couldn't read a program, but she remembered the mare for her grey color and her post position -- one. Two decades later, she recognized her name in a sales catalog and went for the specific purpose of buying her to ensure a safe home. Miller was 26 then, but in no position to provide care for an older broodmare. Hogan read of their story and volunteered to care for Keystone Wallis at her home for the rest of her life. The mare forged a strong friendship with Lohmeyer's mare Flat Foot Fluzy, now 30, and the two spent every day together until the end of Keystone Wallis' life. by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications

Alabar and Nevele R are thrilled to announce that they have joined forces to secure the lifetime rights to the reigning US Horse of the Year, Always B Miki – the fastest horse in the history of harness racing. He will stand at Alabar’s Victorian farm with his fresh semen available throughout Australia and New Zealand. Always B Miki is undoubtedly a modern day cult hero in North America. He won the crowds over with his incredible will to win. The battles in the free-for-all ranks were epic – but Miki proved again and again that he had the heart of a champion. And he put an exclamation mark on his career when he won in 1:46 at The Red Mile on October the 9th 2016 - the fastest mile ever. With Miki being such an imposing equine athlete, the world record is something that many harness racing followers felt was an inevitable achievement for him. At the end of 2016, Miki was rewarded not only with the Pacer of the Year title but also the overall Horse of the Year title.  The voting for which he dominated 102-32 He retired at the end of his all-conquering 2016 season to stand at Diamond Creek Farm in Pennsylvania where he commands a fee of US$12,500. He is currently serving a full book of mares which includes the virtual who’s who of North American broodmares.   The Always B Miki phenomenon is best put into perspective by his Hall of Fame trainer, Jimmy Takter. After all, Takter has been six times the US Trainer of the Year - including the last three years straight. He’s trained as many great horses as anyone ever has. Many people would say he’s the greatest trainer in harness racing – and it’s not hard to make that case. When Jimmy Takter talks horses you tend to listen – and Always B Miki is a horse he knows better than anyone else. He knows Miki is not only a champion – but maybe, just maybe he’s the best there’s ever been. The Jimmy Takter quotes on Always B Miki are captivating. After winning the William Haughton Memorial in what was his third straight world record performance, Takter was moved to say “I think this could be the greatest horse that ever lived.” And then, through the tears after Miki’s world record performance at Lexington, Takter stated: “I get very attached to my horses. He’s just a wonderful horse. He’s the greatest horse I’ve ever been around in my life, and I’ve been around the best horses in the world, like Moni Maker and those horses. This horse is my number one horse that I’ve been around … He’s a big horse but you’re not going to see everything inside. He has probably the best lungs ever, the biggest heart ever and the smartest horse ever.” And later: “He’s my all-time favourite. He is the greatest. He has such charisma, it’s unbelievable.” Miki was a talented two-year-old and a tremendous three-year-old finishing an astonishing second in the Meadowlands Pace (where He’s Watching set his world record) after being three wide the entire trip. Tragically, later as a three-year-old and as the Breeders’ Crown favourite, he suffered a serious injury and raced the rest of his career with multiple screws in his hind pasterns - making what he achieved as a four and five-year-old even more incredible. Jimmy Takter said after his world record at Lexington, had it not been for these problems: “He would have smacked at least another second off the record” All told, Miki won 30 races and banked $2,826,176 in a career highlighted by back-to-back Breeders’ Crown victories. You cannot help but be moved by his final surge to win the 2016 Crown after his fierce battle with Wiggle It Jiggleit. He’s the only horse in history to win 4 races in 1:47 or faster. Remarkable, given no other horse has done it more than once. He shares the world record for a five-eighths track and holds the Canadian mile record to sit alongside his fastest-mile-ever title. Miki is by Always A Virgin - a son of the sire of sires Western Ideal and the sire of the winners of over $22 million with 150 in 1:55. He’s out of the Artsplace mare, Artstopper. The US Pacing Broodmare of the Year in 2016, Artstopper is also the dam of the tremendous racemare Yagonnakissmeornot (41 wins, $1,458,850). She ranks a half-sister to Cheyenne Rei ($729,933). Of great significance to the breeders of Australia and New Zealand, Always B Miki has no Cam Fella blood in his pedigree whatsoever so is an ideal option for daughters of Bettor’s Delight. In a wonderful show of respect for our breeding industry, Always B Miki’s stud fee will be A$7,000 (incl GST) in Australia and NZ$7,000 (plus GST) in New Zealand. This is a tremendous opportunity. Just listen to Jimmy Takter. Always B Miki Retirement Ceremony at The Meadowlands Always B Miki - World Record Allerage Farms Championship Series Open Pacers Always B Miki - Breeders Crown Open H&G Pace Always B Miki - World reacord Ben Franklin Elimination

History's fastest pacer, Always B Miki, and once-beaten Betting Line were among six pacers named Dan Patch Award winners Friday by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Huntsville, Idyllic Beach, Lady Shadow, and Pure Country also were named divisional champs by the harness racing organization. A total of 155 Dan Patch Award ballots were returned by USHWA's membership. All of the winners were named on at least 74 percent, with Lady Shadow's 93 percent leading the way. Pure Country, who received 89 percent of the vote among 3-year-old female pacers, is a repeat winner. She is one of three champions from the stable of trainer Jimmy Takter, who also conditioned Always B Miki and Idyllic Beach. Divisional trotting champions were announced Thursday. Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year, and Horse of the Year will be announced at noon Monday in a live show streamed over the Facebook pages of USHWA, Hoosier Park, and the Harness Racing FanZone. The presentation will be hosted by Emily Gaskin, Hoosier Park's race marketing manager. Five-year-old Always B Miki, who paced the fastest mile in harness racing history on Oct. 9 at Lexington's Red Mile when he won the Allerage Open Pace in 1:46, was named the sport's best older male pacer. His time eclipsed Cambest's 1:46.1 mark, which was established in a time trial and stood as the record for 23 years, and lowered the race record, shared by multiple horses, by four-fifths of a second. In addition to becoming the fastest horse in history, Always B Miki shares the world record of 1:47 for the fastest mile by a horse on a five-eighths-mile track. Always B Miki paced 1:47 on a five-eighths oval on three occasions, an unprecedented feat. He also holds the record of 1:47.1 for the fastest mile ever paced in Canada. Always B Miki, driven by David Miller, won 12 of 18 races this year and finished worse than second only once. His victories included the Breeders Crown, Ben Franklin, William Haughton Memorial, and TVG Series championship for male pacers. A son of Always A Virgin out of the mare Artstopper, Always B Miki was bred by Roll The Dice Stable, which owns the stallion with Bluewood Stable and Christina Takter. Lady Shadow, a two-time O'Brien Award winner in Canada, was voted her first Dan Patch Award as best older female pacer. The 5-year-old mare won 12 of 20 races and earned $851,981 this year for trainer Ron Adams and owners David Kryway, Carl Atley, Ed Gold, and BFJ Stable. Her victories included the Breeders Crown Mare Pace, Roses Are Red, Milton, Lady Liberty, Golden Girls, and TVG Series championship for female pacers. She was driven most often by Yannick Gingras, but also scored a stakes triumph with James MacDonald. Lady Shadow, a daughter of Shadow Play out of the mare Lady Camella, was bred by Winbak Farm. After opening his campaign with a second-place finish against older horses, Betting Line never lost again, putting together a 14-race win streak on his way to being named best 3-year-old male pacer. His victories included the North America Cup, Little Brown Jug, Battle of the Brandywine, and Carl Milstein Memorial. His time of 1:47.2 in winning the Battle of the Brandywine at Pocono set the world record for a 3-year-old pacer on a five-eighths-mile track and his 1:49 mile in the Little Brown Jug at Delaware equaled the fastest time ever for a 3-year-old pacer on a half-mile oval. He earned $1.46 million. Betting Line was trained by Casie Coleman and driven by David Miller and Jonathan Drury. He is owned by West Wins Stable, Christine Calhoun, and Mac Nichol. The colt, a son of Bettor's Delight out of Heather's Western, was bred by Fair Winds Farm. Pure Country is the third female pacer this century to receive Dan Patch Award honors at ages 2 and 3. The most recent, See You At Peelers in 2010-11, also was trained by Takter. The other was Worldly Beauty in 2001-02. Owned by Diamond Creek Racing, Pure Country is a homebred daughter of Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Western Montana. She won 10 of 21 races this year and hit the board a total of 17 times on her way to $1.08 million in purses. Her victories included the Fan Hanover Stakes, James Lynch Memorial, Simcoe, Matron, and Miss Pennsylvania. She finished second to Betting Line in the Milstein Memorial. Brett Miller drove her in all but one of her starts, when Yannick Gingras subbed and captured the Simcoe. Huntsville, who was named best 2-year-old male pacer, won seven of 11 races and never finished worse than second as he posted earnings of $689,814. He enjoyed a six-race win streak that included victories in the Breeders Crown, divisions of the Bluegrass and International Stallion Stakes, and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. His 1:49 mile in the International Stallion equaled the world record for a 2-year-old pacer. Huntsville, a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Wild West Show, was bred by trainer Ray Schnittker and Charlie Iannazzo. He is owned by Schnittker, Iannazzo, Ted Gewertz, and Steve Arnold. Tim Tetrick was his driver. Two-year-old female pacing champion Idyllic Beach won eight of 14 races and hit the board in every start. Her wins included the She's A Great Lady and Kentuckiana Stallion Management stakes in addition to a division of the International Stallion. Gingras drove Idyllic Beach for Takter and owners Christina Takter, John Fielding, Brixton Medical Inc., and Marvin Katz. A daughter of Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Idyllic, Idyllic Beach was bred by Steiner Stock Farm. All winners will be honored at the Dan Patch Awards banquet presented by Hoosier Park on Sunday (Feb. 26) at the Planet Hollywood casino in Las Vegas. Information about the Dan Patch Awards banquet presented by Hoosier Park is available at www.ushwa.org. 2-YEAR-OLD MALE PACER Huntsville (118 votes) Somebeachsomewhere---Wild West Show---Western Hanover Yearling Price: Homebred Breeders: Ray Schnittker, Charlie Iannazzo Owners: Ray Schnittker, Ted Gewertz, Charlie Iannazzo, Steve Arnold Trainer: Ray Schnittker Driver: Tim Tetrick Races: 11-7-4-0 Purses: $689,814 Mark: 1:49 at Red Mile (equals world record) Top wins: $600,000 Breeders Crown; $252,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final; $66,000 Bluegrass division; $65,500 International Stallion division 2-YEAR-OLD FEMALE PACER Idyllic Beach (120 votes) Somebeachsomewhere---Idyllic---American Ideal Yearling Price: $100,000 under name Lima Incredible at Lexington Selected Sale Breeder: Steiner Stock Farm Owners: Christina Takter, John Fielding, Brixton Medical Inc., Marvin Katz Trainer: Jimmy Takter Driver: Yannick Gingras Races: 14-8-4-2 Purses: $647,678 Mark: 1:50.3 at Mohawk Top wins: $328,790 She's A Great Lady; $246,000 Kentuckiana; $65,500 International Stallion division 3-YEAR-OLD MALE PACER Betting Line (123 votes) Bettor's Delight---Heather's Western---Western Hanover Yearling Price: $60,000 at Standardbred Horse Sale Breeder: Fair Winds Farm Owners: West Wins Stable, Christine Calhoun, Mac Nichol Trainer: Casie Coleman Drivers: David Miller, Jonathan Drury Races: 15-14-1-0 Purses: $1.46 million Mark: 1:47.2 at Pocono (world record) Top wins: $780,000 North America Cup; $577,000 Little Brown Jug; $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine 3-YEAR-OLD FEMALE PACER Pure Country (138 votes) Somebeachsomewhere---Western Montana---Western Hanover Yearling Price: Homebred Breeder: Diamond Creek Farm Owner: Diamond Creek Racing Trainer: Jimmy Takter Driver: Brett Miller Races: 21-10-4-3 Purses: $1.08 million Mark: 1:48.2 at Red Mile Top wins: $341,640 Fan Hanover; $313,800 Miss Pennsylvania; $300,000 Lynch Memorial OLDER MALE PACER Always B Miki (115 votes) Always A Virgin---Artstopper---Artsplace Sale Price: Homebred Breeder: Roll The Dice Stable Owners: Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable, Christina Takter Trainer: Jimmy Takter Driver: David Miller Races: 18-12-5-0 Purses: $1.48 million Mark: 1:46 at Red Mile (all-time fastest mile) Top wins: $500,000 Ben Franklin; $471,800 Haughton Memorial; $421,000 Breeders Crown; $400,000 TVG Series final OLDER FEMALE PACER Lady Shadow (145 votes) Shadow Play---Lady Camella---Camluck Yearling Price: $19,000 at Forest City Sale Breeder: Winbak Farm Owners: David Kryway, Carl Atley, Ed Gold, BFJ Stable Trainer: Ron Adams Drivers: Yannick Gingras, James MacDonald Races: 20-12-2-1 Purses: $851,981 Mark: 1:48.1 at Mohawk Top wins: $288,600 Roses Are Red, $250,000 Breeders Crown; $236,360 Milton ................................................................................. Exclusive video highlights from the USTA of the six Dan Patch Award winning pacers announced today by the U.S. Harness Writers Association are now available to watch or download on Dropbox. The winning pacer videos of Always B Miki, Betting Line, Huntsville, Idyllic Beach, Lady Shadow and Pure Country are available by clicking here. For the first time, the U.S. Trotting Association is providing assorted video highlights that can be downloaded for each of the Dan Patch Award divisional winners in conjunction with the announcement of those winners this week. The winning trotter videos for Marion Marauder, Broadway Donna, Hannelore Hanover, Obrigado, Walner and Ariana G are available by clicking here. The video features exclusive footage captured by the USTA of major races won, winner’s circle presentations and b-roll of each winner. Video courtesy for use of the footage should be -- U.S. Trotting Association. Some race replays are also included. The videos will remain available at the same links for the announcement of the Trotter, Pacer and Harness Horse of the Year Awards on Monday (Dec. 19) at noon. According to USHWA, Monday’s Trotter, Pacer and Harness Horse of the Year Awards announcements will be streamed live starting at noon on the Facebook pages of USHWA, Hoosier Park and the Harness Racing FanZone hosted by Emily Gaskin, Hoosier’s race marketing manager and the winner of USHWA’s 2014 Breakthrough Award. Ken Weingartner

Freehold, NJ. - Five-year-old pacing stallion Always B Miki is harness racing’s No.1-ranked horse in this year’s final Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll. Always B Miki received 27 first-place votes in the final poll and was second on the remaining eight ballots. Four-year-old pacing gelding Wiggle It Jiggleit received the other eight first-place votes. Always B Miki and Wiggle It Jiggleit were the only horses to be ranked No. 1 during the season. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all Dan Patch Award 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. FINAL Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 27 – 11/22/2016 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Always B Miki (27) 5ph 18-12-5-0 $1,487,292 342 1 2 Wiggle It Jiggleit (8) 4pg 24-15-7-2 $1,719,062 307 2 3 Hannelore Hanover 4tm 20-17-2-0 $1,119,111 264 3 4 Betting Line 3pc 15-14-1-0 $1,467,386 191 4 5 Marion Marauder  3tc 15-10-3-0 $1,484,532 177 5 6 Lady Shadow 5pm 20-12-2-1 $851,981 122 6 7 Ariana G 2tf 11-9-1-0 $743,967 101 7 8 Walner 2tc 8-7-0-0 $484,037 93 8 9 Racing Hill 3pc 16-7-5-2 $1,594,366 81 9 10 Resolve 5th 13-5-4-1 $1,341,553 68 10 Also: Pure Country (40); Huntsville (35); Broadway Donna (34); Bar Hopping (17); Obrigado (16); Manhattan Beach, Southwind Frank (7); Downbytheseaside (6); Snowstorm Hanover (5); Krispy Apple (4); That’s The Ticket (3); Magic Presto (2); Bee A Magician, Someomensomewhere, The Real One (1). Always B Miki Retirement Ceremony at The Meadowlands Always B Miki World Record Allerage Farms by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (November 16, 2016) - Always B Miki will make one final trip to the winner's circle before he goes off to his second career as a harness racing stallion. The world's fastest Standardbred of all-time will officially be retired in a ceremony at the Meadowlands on Friday, November 18. The five-year-old son of Always A Virgin capped off his brilliant career last Saturday at the Meadowlands by winning the $400,000 TVG Free-For-All Final by four lengths in 1:48.2. He retires with 30 wins, 13 seconds, and three third-place finishes in 53 lifetime starts for earnings of $2,715,368. 'Miki set the all-time speed record of 1:46 when winning the Allerage Farms Open Pace in October at Lexington. He is the likely favorite to be voted the sport's Horse of the Year. "I think it's really poetic to end his career where it started," said co-owner Bob Boni. "My partner Mitchel Skolnick and I made the deal to buy half of the horse after his third baby race at the Meadowlands. It's all of our home track, from myself and Mitchel, to Jimmy Takter, and David Miller. It all comes full circle. I've been at the Meadowlands since day one so it's nice to have this happen here." The retirement ceremony will take place after the fourth race of the evening. 'Miki will jog from the back paddock to the winner's circle while a highlight video of his career plays throughout the building. He will be presented with a commemorative blanket and pose for photos while his connections are interviewed on the Meadowlands TV broadcast. "It is our honor to send this tremendous racehorse out with a ceremony that honors his legendary career," said Meadowlands GM Jason Settlemoir. "All of us have watched with such excitement the battles that 'Miki waged with his rival Wiggle It Jiggleit this season and I don't think anyone that was here at the Meadowlands for the Breeders Crown will ever forget 'Miki prevailing after that epic stretch duel." Always B Miki will begin his stallion career at Diamond Creek Farm in Pennsylvania. He will stand for a $12,500 stud fee. For more information, please visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

Freehold, NJ --- Five-year-old pacing stallion Always B Miki finished his harness racing career in style with a 4-1/4 length win in the TVG Free For All Series championship for male pacers Saturday at the Meadowlands and extended his lead over idle Wiggle It Jiggleit for the top spot in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll. No. 1 Always B Miki holds a 48-point advantage over No. 2 Wiggle It Jiggleit, an increase of 14 points from a week ago. Other TVG Series winners included No. 3-ranked Hannelore Hanover, who won among older female trotters, and No. 6 Lady Shadow, who moved up four places in the rankings off her triumph in the pacing mare division. Next week will be the final Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll of the year. The poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all Dan Patch Award 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 26 – 11/15/2016  Rank Name (First Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Always B Miki (29) 5ph 18-12-5-0 $1,487,292 344 1 2 Wiggle It Jiggleit (6) 4pg 24-15-7-2 $1,719,062 296 2 3 Hannelore Hanover 4tm 20-17-2-0 $1,119,111 265 3 4 Betting Line 3pc 15-14-1-0 $1,467,386 181 4 5 Marion Marauder  3tc 15-10-3-0 $1,484,532 163 5 6 Lady Shadow 5pm 20-12-2-1 $851,981 122 10 7 Ariana G 2tf 11-9-1-0 $743,967 96 6 8 Walner 2tc 8-7-0-0 $484,037 87 9 9 Racing Hill 3pc 16-7-5-2 $1,594,366 81 7 10 Resolve 5th 13-5-4-1 $1,341,553 79 8 Also: Pure Country (52); Huntsville (44); Broadway Donna (37); Obrigado (27); Bar Hopping (19); Caprice Hill (9); Southwind Frank (7); Dayson (6); Boston Red Rocks (5); Bee A Magician (3); Hemi Seelster, Someomensomewhere (1) by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications  

Hopewell, NJ --- The ownership group for world champion Always B Miki continues to grow as several major harness racing breeders have joined the stallion’s ownership group. Always B Miki's breeding career will begin next year at Diamond Creek Farm in Pennsylvania. Always B Miki is the sport’s fastest Standardbred ever, pacing to a world record 1:46 victory in the Allerage at Red Mile this fall. He is also the only horse to ever pace four miles in 1:47 or faster, and he recently defeated Wiggle It Jiggleit in the Breeders Crown, giving him a 4-3 edge over his rival in eight match-ups this season. He made his final career start last Saturday night at the Meadowlands, winning the $400,000 TVG Free-For-All Open Pace by a powerful 4-1/4 lengths. The victory brought his career earnings to $2,715,368. The latest breeders to buy an ownership interest in Always B Miki are Steve Jones of Cameo Hills Farm, Lindy Farms, Hunterton Farm, Fair Winds Farm, Dr. Steve Dey and Anthony Perretti. All American Harnessbreds jumped into the ownership group prior to the Breeders Crown. “The plan was to bring in the sport’s breeders and that has come to fruition,” said Diamond Creek’s Adam Bowden. “These are very active breeders so we’re thrilled to have them aboard,” added Bob Boni, a partner in Always B Miki through Bluewood Stable. “I own a few nice mares and I plan to support him with my better ones and I wanted to be part of the ownership group. In my mind, he’s one of the most exciting stallion prospects to come along, and I wanted to be part of the syndicate,” said Jones. Lindy Farms has 12-13 pacing broodmares and will be retiring several fillies and mares, among them Imagine Dragon p,4,1:49.3, who hails from the same maternal family as this year’s sensational filly Darlinonthebeach. “We’ve got young mares with fast records and great pedigrees and we’re going to support him big league,” said Frank M. Antonacci, who has trained the Lindy fillies/mares who will be heading to the breeding shed. Hunterton Farm’s Steve Stewart said he saw buying an ownership interest in Always B Miki as a “logical” business decision. “The horse has a really good group of breeders behind him and that’s key for stallions,” noted Stewart. “With our partners, we’ve bought a lot of pacing mares the last few years and we’ve been breeding them to Captaintreacherous, Somebeachsomewhere and Sweet Lou and it’s time to move some of them around.” Fair Winds Farm has 25 top producing pacing broodmares. “I haven’t made my mating selections just yet, but I’m excited to join the Always B Miki team,” said Fair Winds’ Mark Mullen. Always B Miki will be officially retired from racing in trackside ceremonies at the Meadowlands Friday night (Nov. 18).

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