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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).

East Rutherford, N.J. - Always B Miki ($2.10) will always be remembered as a harness racing champion. The fastest pacer in the history of harness racing capped his career in triumphant fashion, using a sustained first-over bid to overpower All Bets Off and sprint off to a 1:48.2 victory in the $400,000 TVG Free-For-All Pace on Saturday (November 12) evening at The Meadowlands. David Miller moved Always B Miki first-over out of midfield after patiently stalking sizzling fractions of :25.4 and :54.1, making gradual gains into pacesetter All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley) through the far turn. The 5-year-old Always a Virgin entire pushed to the fore in upper stretch, leaving All Bets Off well in his wake and evading eventual runner-up Mach It So (Tim Tetrick) by 4-1/4 lengths. Melmerby Beach (Marcus Miller) benefitted from the outer flow and saved third with a mild stand-side push over the tiring All Bets Off. Miller and trainer Jimmy Takter had nothing but glowing reports of Always B Miki's curtain call. "When I asked him, he took right off," said Miller. "Jimmy [Takter] has done a great job keeping him good all year, and I tell you what, he's good today as he's been all year. He's an incredible horse; he's a true champion." "It's a wonderful feeling standing here at our home track," said Takter. "He's just a wonderful horse to be around. He's so personable, anybody working with this horse just would love him." "It's nice to quit on the top, too," Takter concluded. "This horse has a future ahead of him, and it's going to be very, very exciting to train his offspring." Always B Miki wraps up his racing career with 30 wins in 53 starts--12 of those wins coming this year--as well as $2,719,368 in earnings for the Bluewood Stable, the Roll the Dice Stable, and Christina Takter. by James Witherite, Meadowlands    

Joe Hurley's run with Always B Miki is coming to an end. On Saturday night, Hurley, who at trackside ran down the final portion of the stretch at Lexington as Always B Miki made harness racing history with his 1:46 all-time record mile a month ago, will watch the 5-year-old pacing stallion he bred and co-owns compete for the final time in his career. Always B Miki, the No. 1-ranked horse in harness racing's Top 10 poll, is the 1-5 morning line favorite in Saturday's $400,000 TVG Free For All Series championship at the Meadowlands Racetrack, where regular driver David Miller will be at the lines for trainer Jimmy Takter. The only other horse in single digit odds in the seven-horse field is Shamballa, at 6-1, for the driver-trainer combo of Scott Zeron and Rick Zeron. The TVG was expected to be the final meeting between Always B Miki and No. 2-ranked Wiggle It Jiggleit, but Wiggle It Jiggleit was not entered because of a minor foot bruise and bout of sickness. Always B Miki and Wiggle It Jiggleit met eight times this season, with Always B Miki winning four times and Wiggle It Jiggleit winning three. Shamballa was an upset winner in the remaining race. For the year, Always B Miki has won 11 of 17 races, finished worse than second only once, and earned $1.29 million for Hurley's Roll The Dice Stable, Bluewood Stable, and Christina Takter. For his career, Always B Miki has won 29 of 52 starts, hit the board a total of 45 times, and banked $2.51 million. 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. "I have mixed emotions, for sure," said the 73-year-old Hurley, who is a prominent defense attorney from Delaware. "It's the ride of a lifetime that you can't possibly fathom unless you've been there. A magic carpet ride type thing and you don't want it to end. "When you see the end coming, you push it out of your mind. The highs that you get where you cry, you run, you scream, you yell, you jump --- things that you never thought you would do --- that are all in the past and you know there will never be another one like him. "Even though there are horses in the future, the way I am, I measure everything against the best experience, so it's going to be quite a fall off a cliff. But it's been fantastic." Always B Miki won 12 of 19 races as a 3-year-old, including the Indiana Sire Stakes championship, before being twice sidelined by injuries that required surgeries and forced him to miss nearly a year of action. He returned in October 2015 and won all four of his races, including the Breeders Crown Open Pace, the remainder of the season. He heads to the TVG championship off a second Breeders Crown Open Pace victory, Oct. 28 at the Meadowlands. Always B Miki's other wins this year include the Ben Franklin Pace, William Haughton Memorial, Jim Ewart Memorial, and Hoosier Pacing Derby. But for Hurley, Always B Miki's 1:46 mile in the Allerage Farms Open Pace at Lexington's Red Mile on Oct. 9 was the pacer's most magical moment. The time eclipsed Cambest's mark of 1:46.1, which was set in a time trial at Springfield, Ill., in 1993. No horse had ever paced faster than 1:46.4 in a race. "What I do is stand by myself, because I get so caught up in things, probably about the sixteenth pole and then literally run with him," Hurley said about his race day ritual with Always B Miki. "I can't keep up, but I begin running toward the finish line. "And in Lexington there was this buzz and it got louder and louder. I couldn't see because of the people in between and they were shouting and shouting. I'm running and I still don't know what's going on. And then I hear somebody say 'world record' and I hear somebody else say '1:46' and then it's just --- well, there's no feeling to describe it. I have a pretty wide vocabulary, but there is no word in the vocabulary to describe the feeling." Always B Miki is a son of Hurley's million-dollar-winning Always A Virgin out of the mare Artstopper. Hurley also bred both of Always B Miki's parents. "I don't know that much about breeding; I got lucky," Hurley said. "I'm an unlucky person, I think, so I was blessed. And now I'm cursed. That's the thing, you've never thought in your wildest dreams about something like this. If I won a sire stakes in all these years, you're happy. But not this elation where your body just goes out of control and you find yourself shouting and screaming at the top of your lungs and jumping up and down. "It's like you're not even in control of yourself. It's like somebody is puppeteering you." Hurley added, referring to his wife who named Always B Miki after her nickname, "She's usually not expressive, but she just goes into another dimension. The smile on her face is ear-to-ear. She jumps up and down. There's nothing like it. I can see the joy and happiness in her face." Always B Miki will be retired to stud duty at Diamond Creek Farm in Pennsylvania following Saturday's TVG final. The run will be completed, but the memories will remain. "The bond between me and him is like it's your child," Hurley said. "I don't get any big pleasure from standing in the winner's circle, but the idea of Miki --- there is a word that you attribute to animals, human emotions --- and I have this irrational sense that he knows that he beat Wiggle It Jiggleit and he's a star. "If someone said I could win Powerball for some ridiculous amount of money or have Miki, it wouldn't even be a question. It would be Miki," Hurley said. "This is like Powerball on steroids." TVG Series finals for male and female trotters plus female pacers are also on Saturday's Meadowlands card. Breeders Crown Mare Trot winner Hannelore Hanover is the 7-5 morning line favorite in the $200,000 TVG for trotting mares while defending series champion Resolve is the 7-5 choice in the TVG for male trotters. Breeders Crown Mare Pace winner Lady Shadow gets the 4-5 nod in the $200,000 TVG for female pacers. Complete entries for the Saturday Meadowlands card may be found at this link. Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications

Freehold, NJ --- There were no changes to the order of the Top 10 in this week's harness racing Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, but leader Always B Miki added an additional first place vote and extended his lead over runner-up Wiggle It Jiggleit from 26 points to 34. The only horse in the Top 10 that raced this past week was 2-year-old male trotter Walner, who captured the Kindergarten Series final at Meadowlands Racetrack. He remains in the No. 9 spot in the poll. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 25 – 11/8/2016 Rank Name (First Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Always B Miki (26) 5ph 17-11-5-0 $1,291,292 340 1 2 Wiggle It Jiggleit (9) 4pg 24-15-7-2 $1,719,062 306 2 3 Hannelore Hanover 4tm 19-16-2-0 $1,021,111 240 3 4 Betting Line 3pc 15-14-1-0 $1,467,386 178 4 5 Marion Marauder  3tc 15-10-3-0 $1,484,532 176 5 6 Ariana G 2tf 11-9-1-0 $743,967 123 6 7 Racing Hill 3pc 15-7-5-2 $1,581,550 118 7 8 Resolve 5th 12-5-4-1 $1,310,513 116 8 9 Walner 2tc 8-7-0-0 $484,037 86 9 10 Lady Shadow 5pm 19-11-2-1 $755,981 77 10 Bar Hopping (42); Broadway Donna (39); Huntsville (32); Pure Country (14); Southwind Frank (12); Bee A Magician (9); Check Six (6); Someomensomewhere (4); Flanagan Memory (3); Intimidate (2); Krispy Apple, Obrigado (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

Freehold, NJ --- Five-year-old male pacer Always B Miki ended Wiggle It Jiggleit’s 12-week hold on the No.1 harness racing spot in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll thanks to his three-quarter length victory over his rival in last weekend’s Breeders Crown Open Pace. Always B Miki previously led the poll for weeks seven through 12. Wiggle It Jiggleit dropped to No. 2. Hannelore Hanover moved from sixth to third in the rankings after her victory in the Breeders Crown Mare Trot. Also getting a boost from Breeders Crown triumphs were 2-year-old filly trot champion Ariana G, 3-year-old male pace winner Racing Hill, and 2-year-old male trot victor Walner, who joined the Top 10 at No. 9. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 24 – 11/1/2016  Rank Name (First Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Always B Miki (25) 5ph 17-11-5-0 $1,291,292 338 2 2 Wiggle It Jiggleit (10) 4pg 24-15-7-2 $1,719,062 312 1 3 Hannelore Hanover 4tm 19-16-2-0 $1,021,111 245 6 4 Betting Line 3pc 15-14-1-0 $1,467,386 199 4 5 Marion Marauder  3tc 15-10-3-0 $1,484,532 167 3 6 Ariana G 2tf 11-9-1-0 $743,967 117 8 7 Racing Hill 3pc 15-7-5-2 $1,581,550 111 9 8 Resolve 5th 12-5-4-1 $1,310,513 108 5 9 Walner 2tc 7-6-0-0 $388,750 82 -- 10 Lady Shadow 5pm 19-11-2-1 $755,981 80 10     Broadway Donna (44); Huntsville (42); Bar Hopping (39); Pure Country (17); Bee A Magician (9); Flanagan Memory (8); Southwind Frank (4); Darlinonthebeach, Obrigado, Someomensomewhere (1).   Always B Miki - Breeders Crown     Always B Miki - world record     by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

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