Always B Miki to stand at Diamond Creek in '17
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Diamond Creek Farm's Adam Bowden said he had been working on a deal to stand the stallion at stud for quite some time.
"I'm really excited. I've been working on this all summer and hoping and praying it would happen," said Bowden. "It's just great to add him to our stallion roster."
A stud fee will be announced at a later date.
Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter has trained Always B Miki during the horse's 4-year-old and 5-year-old campaigns, which included victories in the Breeders Crown last year at age four and this season the Mohawk Gold Cup, W.R. Haughton Memorial, Ben Franklin, Jim Ewart Memorial and Hoosier Park Pacing Derby. His 1:47 victories in the Franklin elimination and final and Ewart equaled the world record for a five-eighths mile track.
"He is a very special horse, a great horse. I'm sure he's going to be a successful sire," said Takter. "I also think he's going to be an interesting horse for the breed."
Bred by Joe Hurley's Roll The Dice Stable, Always B Miki is a son of Always A Virgin and the Artsplace mare Artstopper. Trained at ages two and three by Joe Holloway and Roger Welch, Always B Miki won back-to-back races at The Red Mile Grand Circuit week, including the Tattersalls, and in the Meadowlands Pace he famously finished a hard-fought second in world record time after starting from post nine and being parked two wide the entire race.
Always B Miki's start in the Allerage at The Red Mile Sunday afternoon will be his 50th career start. Going into the Allerage he has 26 career wins and 42 on-the-board finishes.