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Retirement Ceremony For Always B Miki

Published: November 16, 2016 5:04 pm ET

Last Comment: November 22, 2016 9:24 pm ET | 4 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

Always B Miki will make one final trip to the winner’s circle before he goes off to his second career as a stallion. The world’s all-time fastest Standardbred will officially be retired in a ceremony at the Meadowlands on Friday, November 18.

The five-year-old son of Always A Virgin capped off his brilliant career last Saturday at the Meadowlands by winning the $400,000 TVG Free-For-All Final by four lengths in 1:48.2. He retires with 30 wins, 13 seconds, and three third-place finishes in 53 lifetime starts for earnings of $2,826,176. Always B Miki set the all-time speed record of 1:46 when winning the Allerage Farms Open Pace in October at Lexington. He is the likely favourite to be voted the sport’s Horse of the Year in the U.S.

“I think it’s really poetic to end his career where it started,” said co-owner Bob Boni. “My partner Mitchel Skolnick and I made the deal to buy half of the horse after his third baby race at the Meadowlands. It’s all of our home track, from myself and Mitchel, to Jimmy Takter, and David Miller. It all comes full circle. I’ve been at the Meadowlands since day one so it’s nice to have this happen here.”

The retirement ceremony will take place after the fourth race of the evening. Always B Miki will jog from the back paddock to the winner’s circle while a highlight video of his career plays throughout the building. He will be presented with a commemorative blanket and pose for photos while his connections are interviewed on the Meadowlands TV broadcast.

“It is our honour to send this tremendous racehorse out with a ceremony that honours his legendary career,” said Meadowlands GM Jason Settlemoir. “All of us have watched with such excitement the battles that Miki waged with his rival Wiggle It Jiggleit this season and I don’t think anyone that was here at the Meadowlands for the Breeders Crown will ever forget Miki prevailing after that epic stretch duel.”

Always B Miki will begin his stallion career at Diamond Creek Farm in Pennsylvania. He will stand for a $12,500 stud fee.

(with files from The Meadowlands)

November 22, 2016 - 9:24 pmgood comparison Mr

john thomas SAID...

good comparison Mr Carter...
Down goes Frazier......or did I mean WIJI?
Now that Miki has disposed of WIJI officially you just don't see the usual protagonstic WIJI fans who could just never say
Yes, Miki won in the end and was the better horse.
Miki fans always tipped their hats to one of this years greats.
It comes with being mature I guess.

November 22, 2016 - 6:00 amEvery great athlete needs a

John Carter SAID...

Every great athlete needs a worthy opponent to define them. Wiji was to Miki what
Joe Frazier was to Ali. Both WIJI and Frazier were good but they clearly took a back seat to one of the greatest of all time.

November 17, 2016 - 7:27 pmThanks also to WIJI for

john thomas SAID...

Thanks also to WIJI for pushing Miki. Without WIJI we would not have known just how great Miki is.

November 17, 2016 - 7:25 pmfrom all the Miki fans.

john thomas SAID...

from all the Miki fans. Wow...
What an unbelievable monster of a horse.
Poetry in motion.
This may be the one that can't be topped.
He had that long striding freekish speed.
The only way to stop him from winning is to steal the entry box before he gets entered.
Thank you so much for an unbelievable year.
can hardly wait for his offspring.
Always in my heart
Forever Miki
Miki your so fine


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