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Always B Miki makes it five straight winning Breeders Crown elimination
Saturday, November 15, 2014 - from Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications

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East Rutherford, NJ---Always B Miki and driver David Miller made it five in a row and nine of the last 10 as he won his $25,000 Breeders Crown elimination race on Saturday at The Meadowlands in 1:50 earning him a chance to win back his $62,500 supplement fee next Saturday in the $531,250 final.

As the race started, JK Endofanera was first to the lead with driver Ron Pierce in :27 before Miller and Always B Miki came up in a rush and cleared to the before the :55 half. He’s Watching (Tim Tetrick) made a move for the lead but could not wrest it from Miller and Miki who hit the three quarters in 1:23.1.

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The 1:50 elimination victory was the fifth straight win for Always B Miki.

In mid stretch, the field fanned out to try to catch Always B Miki, but the effort was for naught as he reached the wire a length and a quarter ahead of second place finisher JK Endofanera (Ron Pierce) and Let's Drink On It (Tyler Smith), who was third. The final two spots went to fourth place finisher Somesizesomestyle (Matt Kakaly) and Luck Be Withyou (Brian Sears).

Always B Miki is trained by Joe Holloway for breeder Joe Hurley, who co-owns the colt as Roll The Dice Stable with Bluewood Stable and Val D’Or Farms.

“He raced great again tonight,” said winning driver David Miller. “That was probably the biggest mile I ever saw a horse go,” Miller said of Always B Miki’s second place finish ibn the Meadowlands Pace. “Just unbelievable. He seems to be still sharp.”

“It is unbelievably unexpressable, that’s all I can say,” said Joe Hurley of Roll The Dice Stable. “Except he’s got ringworm on his face and he looks like hell tonight, but other than that, he’s fantastic. He is very fractious (in the winner's circle) and he’s got to get in and get out, because he’s shy.”

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Limelight Beach led from start to finish, and rebuffed a tough first over bid from McWicked.

Limelight Beach and Yannick Gingras were first to the finish line in 1:49.3 in the second $25,000 elimination race for the $531,250 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old pacing males to be held next Saturday at the Meadowlands.

Gingras got Limelight Beach to the lead before the :26.2 quarter with Capital Account (Brett Miller) at his back. They stayed in that order at the :54.3 half before McWicked (Brian Sears) was out and moving down the backstretch. By the three quarters, McWicked was on Limelight Beach’s wheel when they hit that mark in 1:23.

McWicked and Sears gave futile chase down the homestretch, as Limelight Beach reached the wire a half length in front. Doo Wop Hanover (Ron Pierce) was third, Somestarsomewhere (Matt Kakaly) was fourth and Capital Account got the last spot available for the final.

Limelight Beach is trained by Ron Burke for owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, M1 Stable and Wingfield Stables.

“He certainly is (getting hot at the right time),” noted driver Yannick Gingras. “Just before he won the Jug he had some seconds and thirds and kept getting better and better and since then, really the only hiccup has been in Chicago (in the American National), he jumped something or he’d have been right there that night, too. He (McWicked) sure did give me a good run in the stretch. I was really confident my horse had a good quarter left in him but he definitely gave me a little scare. “

Asked about Always B Miki, who he will face in the final, “He’s a scary fast horse, he ran in a little, it seemed to me, in the last turn, but that’s how he is. He’s got big lungs, he can go forever. That will be the game plan (secure the top) we are going to be up close, there’s no doubt about it. I’d love to sit behind Always B Miki, if anything, but he's going to have to go some big fractions to get around me.”

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