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Always B Miki is much the best in Tattersalls Pace

09:03 AM 05 Oct 2014 NZDT
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JK Endofanera holds off Winds Of Change
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Always B Miki and driver David Miller
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Always B Miki

Always B Miki and driver David Miller brushed first-over at the half mile marker and blew away the field in capturing the $218,300 first division of the Tattersalls Pace for three-year-old pacing colts at the Red Mile Saturday.

It was He’s Watching and driver Tim Tetrick who took the early lead away from Capital Account (Brett Miller) at the opening quarter mile in :27.4. Then David Miller came charging on the outside with Always B Miki and rolled on by He’s Watching and opened up to the five length lead on the field.

He’s Watching then spit out the bit and began to fade badly as the rest of the field raced around him and tried to catch up to Always B Miki.

Past the three-quarters in 1:22.3, Always B Miki still held the field at bay and did so down the stretch to win in 1:49.3 by two open lengths. Capital Account held for second place with Caviart Luca (Brian Sears).

“He (He’s Watching) looked fine leaving to take the lead,” said David Miller, “The quarter I thought was pretty soft at :27.4. It really did not feel like we were picking up any speed when I made my move. I knew I could not let them get a half in :56.4 and then have to try and run him down.

“I went and took a shot and moved him (Always B Miki) around him (He’s Watching),” Miller said, “and my horse did the rest. When I come at them (He’s Watching) he (Tim Tetrick) was just starting his horse up and he wasn’t going to park me, he was going to cut me loose. I don’t know what happened to them after that. My horse finished up good. He seemed good gaited. He does get on a line now and then.”

Always B Miki is sired by Always A Virgin and trained by Joe Holloway for the Bluewood Stable, Val D’Or Farms and the Roll The Dice Stable. It was his ninth win in 16 starts this year. He paid $2.40 to win.

He’s Watching did finish the race but was in last place.

Always B Miki

In the second $218,300 division of the Tattersalls Pace, JK Endofanera and driver Yannick Gingras were able to get to the front and just held on at the wire for a 1:49.1 triumph.

It was Melmerby Beach (Paul MacDonell) shooting to the early lead with Stevensville (Mark MacDonald) getting the two-hole trip to the opening quarter in :26.4 but the lead was short lived as Gringras send JK Endofanera first-over and they cleared by the half mile marker in :54.2.

Let’s Drink On It with Brian Sears then came first-over and they gave outside cover to Winds Of Change (Brett Miller) as they sped by the three-quarters in 1:22.2.

Then the action really heated up for JK Endofanera as Sears was coming on with Let’s Drink On It and Winds Of Change was also on the move on the outside and he closed fastest of all and nearly caught JK Endofanera, who held on for the win by a neck. Somesizesomestyle (Matt Kakaley) closed well to be third.

“He (JK Endofanera) is probably not at this best on the front,” Gingras said. “I didn’t want to give Brian (Let’s Drink On It) the good cover so we went to the lead. I figured my horse is good enough to win it on the front.”

It was win number seven on the season for JK Endofanera, who is sired by Art Major. He is trained by Ron Burke and owned and bred by the 3 Brothers Stables of New York. JK Endofanera paid $3.20 to win.

JK Endofanera

By Steven Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

 

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