Always B Miki to be trained by Jimmy Takter
February 07, 2015
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Jimmy Takter will be training 2014 Tattersalls Pace winner Always B Miki for the upcoming 2015 racing season. Always B Miki was the betting favorite for the 2014 Breeders Crown 3-Year-Old Colt Pace when he showed lameness in the post parade and was scratched. He was diagnosed with a P-1 (long pastern) fracture and underwent surgery.
"Dr. Patty Hogan cleared him to go back to the track about a week ago and we were considering several trainers, but when you consider that Jimmy brought American Jewel back after she suffered a P-1 fracture, he seemed like a perfect choice," said Mitchel Skolnick, who shares ownership of the 4-year-old son of Always A Virgin as Bluewood Stable. Joe Hurley's Roll The Dice Stable also owns the colt. Val d'Or Farm sold its interest in the colt last fall.
Bluewood Stable member Bob Boni talked with Taker about taking Always B Miki. "When I asked Jimmy if he had room for a horse, he asked me if it was a good one," shared Boni. "He'll go to Takter's a week from Sunday or Monday, and I told Jimmy that he has no particular schedule and we'll make him eligible to the top races. If he's healthy, he'll have a very good year."
Always B Miki has been recovering from the surgery at Skolnick's Bluestone Farm in New Jersey. "He's about a month ahead of schedule. The x-rays are so good that Dr. Hogan thought he was fine to return to the track for jogging on Feb. 1. Originally, she had said to expect him to be ready around March 1. He's feeling so good you can see that he needs to be back," said Skolnick.
Trained by Joe Holloway as a 2 and 3 year old, Always B Miki took a mark of 1:53.1 as a 2 year old and 1:47.4 last year at age 3. He's earned $926,866, with his 2014 season including two victories during the Grand Circuit stand in Lexington (Tattersalls and Bluegrass) and the Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final and Monument Circle at Hoosier Park. He finished second in the Meadowlands Pace after starting from post 9.--harnessracing.com