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Always B Miki sprints off in career curtain call
Saturday, November 12, 2016 - by James Witherite, Meadowlands media relations

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East Rutherford, NJ --- Always B Miki ($2.10) will always be remembered as a 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 evening (Nov. 12) evening at The Meadowlands.

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Always B Miki caps an illustrious career with a resounding win in the $400,000 TVG Free For All Pace on Saturday night 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 stallion 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," he 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.

Total handle for the 12-race card was $2,695,344.

Live racing returns to The Meadowlands on Friday evening (Nov. 18), with the last-race Jackpot High-5 carryover mounting to $27,303.63. First post is slated for 7:15 p.m.

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