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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Always B Miki Fends Off Foes in Tattersalls

By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY— The hallmark event of the penultimate day of the Grand Circuit meeting, the $436,600 Tattersalls Pace, featured two divisions of sophomore colt pacers on the Saturday, October 4 afternoon card at The Red Mile.

Always B Miki displayed resilience, guts, and determination as he blazed around the Lexington oval as the 1/5 favorite and held off his late challengers, winning the first division of the Tattersalls in 1:49.3.

Capital Account attempted to set the pace, soon losing control to He’s Watching. He set an opening quarter of :27.4. Always B Miki was patient in third, and was sent after the lead before the half. Under slight whip taps, he displayed a freaky amount of agility through a :54.3 (:26.4) half.

He’s Watching soon backed out of competition, coming to a halt as Always B Miki grew a monumental lead. Capital Account took second as Always B Miki set a 1:21.4 (:27.1) third quarter.
Capital Account drew closer to Always B Miki in the stretch. Driver David Miller applied left-handed urging to keep Always B Miki to task, which proved successful as Capital Account could do no better than second in a 1:49.3 (:27.4) mile. Caviart Luca finished third.

The son of Always A Virgin-Artstopper-Artsplace is owned by Bluewood Stable, Val D’or Farms and Roll The Dice Stable, trained by Joe Holloway, and driven by David Miller. He has earned $676,866 in his career, and returned $2.40 to win.

“He [He’s Watching] looked fine leaving the gate, and he got to the lead,” driver David Miller said. “The quarter, I thought, was pretty soft: :27.4. It didn’t feel like we were picking up [in speed] that much before I moved. I was thinking I couldn’t let him [He’s Watching] get a half in :56-and-something. I took a shot and moved him [Always B Miki], and I got around him [He’s Watching]. My horse did the rest.”

Jk Endofanera paced the faster of the two divisions, winning over Winds Of Change, a 76-1 shot, in 1:49.1.

Melmerby Beach set the early tempo, pacing an opening fraction of :26.4. Stevensville sat in second, with Jk Endofanera, beginning a brush to the top, pacing third. Favored Jk Endofanera gained the lead approaching the half, soon progressing to that station in :54.2 (:27.3).

Let’s Drink On It applied pressure approaching the three-quarter station, carrying Winds Of Change and Somesizesomestyle into the mix. Jk Endofanera led by three-quarters in 1:22.2 (:28).

Let’s Drink On It soon abandoned the mission, while Winds Of Change fanned off cover and attempted to blow by Jk Endofanera. Somesizesomestyle also tipped off cover, but drifted severely in his closing bid. Jk Endofanera, implored to the finish, managed to hold off Winds Of Change, as well as Somesizesomestyle, traveling eight wide, to win in 1:49.1 (:26.4).

Bankrolling $1,188,575 in his career, the son of Art Major-Presidential Lady-Presidential Ball is owned by 3 Brothers Stables, trained by Ron Burke, and driven by Yannick Gingras. He paid $3.20 to win, with the $2 exacta returning $108.

“He’s [Jk Endofanera] probably not at his best on the front,” driver Yannick Gingras said. “I thought it was, on paper, a two-horse race. Brian [Sears on Let’s Drink On It] got away on my back, and I didn’t want to give him the trip. I figured, if my horse was good, he’d overcome being on the front, and he did.”

Live racing resumes on Sunday, October 5 with the $89,000 Allerage Filly and Mare Trot, $90,000 Allerage Filly and Mare Pace, $173,000 Allerage Open Trot, $160,500 Allerage Open Pace, $224,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity, and the $435,000 Kentucky Futurity. Post time for closing day of The Red Mile’s meeting is set for 1:00pmEDT.

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