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"Miki" and "Pete" impress in Am-Nat victories

November 07, 2015

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Always B Miki (pictured) used a bold power move just past the :26.4 opening panel and never looked back, drawing off to win the $136,500 American National Open Pace in 1:49.1 Saturday night at Balmoral Park.
Driven by David Miller for trainer Jimmy Takter, the son of Always A Virgin paced confidently to win his fourth victory this season in as many tries. The triumph gave Miller and Takter their third American-National wins of the night.
The half was a little tough on him, but the third quarter was a little softer,” Miller said. "He's a very sensible horse and you can do almost anything with him. He's got incredible athletic ability and has handled that ability quite well.”

Always B Miki now has $1,328,076 in his career coffers for co-owners Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable and Christina Takter, and has four wins in four starts this season. Bred by Roll The Dice Stable of Delaware, Always B Miki bested rivals Luck Be Withyou (Tim Tetrick) and Bettor's Edge (Joe Bongiorno), who was third.

Freaky Feet Pete left no doubt he's one of the best 3-year-old pacing colts in North America as he paced to a stakes-tying 1:48.4 triumph in the $150,000 American-National for sophomore pacing colts and geldings.

Given a perfect steer by Trace Tetrick, the Indiana homebred son by Rockin Image took the lead away from the hard-trying Lost For Words (David Miller) just past the :26.3 quarter and never looked back, snapping off fractions of :53.4 and 1:21 before sprinting home all alone. Lost For Words held on for second, while Mohawk Warrior (Tim Tetrick) got up for show honors.

"The fractions weren't cheap tonight,” Tetrick noted. "Balmoral is a fast track, but this horse is so much fun to drive and always puts forth a 200-percent effort.”

Trained by Larry Rheinheimer for Mary Jo and Marty R Rheinheimer of LaGrange and Howe, Ind., Freaky Feet Pete added the $75,000 winner's share to his already bulging bankroll of $1,037,724.

"This ride has been awesome,” said trainer Larry Rheinheimer. "He hasn't shown any signs of getting tired and every time he goes to the track, it's another good effort. He's done for the year now and he's going home to get turned out. We plan on staking him to a lot more things next year for his 4-year-old season.”

Devil Child led from pillar to post, drawing off by more than 15 lengths in the lane to prevail as the 1-9 favorite for driver Tim Tetrick in the $120,000 American-National for 3-year-old pacing fillies.

Clocked in 1:50.3—the second fastest mile ever in the history of this stakes—the daughter of American Ideal won for seventh time this season in 21 starts for trainer Chris Oakes and owners Susan Oakes of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and the Crawford Farms of Syracuse, N.Y.

Bred by Maryland's Winbak Farm, Devil Child upped her career earnings to $354,851. She was virtually unchallenged throughout the mile, with her nearest rival, Triple V Hanover (David Miller) finishing second, while Daut Full (Scott Zeron) was further back in third. (Balmoral Park)

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