by Frank Cotolo, for the Breeders Crown
Always B Miki, fastest harness horse of all time, easily won the $25,000 Open Pace at The Meadowlands on Friday (Oct. 21), a prep for the older division of male pacers’ final next week. David Miller drove the champion again, winning in 1:48 for trainer Jimmy Takter and owners Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable and Christina Takter.
Leaving from the 10 post (the nine spot with the scratch of Art History), Miller took Always B Miki three-wide around the first turn as Bushwacker, Luck Be Withyou, Bettors Edge and Americanprimetime fired hard to a :26.1 first quarter. As the shuffling continued among the four leavers, Always B Miki found a smooth path behind them as the half-mile went in :53.4.
By three-quarters in 1:21.1, Always B Miki was coasting down the stretch and easily won. Dealt A Winner was second and Artistic Major was third.
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