Always B Miki Awesome In Indiana Sires Stakes Final
Aug 9

Always B Miki posted a track record clocking of 1:48.4 in winning Saturday afternoon's $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for sophomore pacing males at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino.

After tying the existing track record of 1:49 in his elimination last week, Always B Miki was one-fifth better on this day for driver Peter Wrenn. Always B Miki brushed from third to first past the :27.1 opening quarter and after he hit the half in :55 and the three-quarters in 1:22.1, he sprinted home in :26.4 to win by four and a half lengths over Bluehourpower (Sam Widger). Always At My Place (Brad Hanners) checked in third.

Joe Holloway trains the victorious Always A Virgin colt for co-owner/breeder Roll The Dice Stable and co-owners Bluewood Stable and Val D'Or Farms. Always B Miki has won five times from 11 tries this year, and he has seven career victories. He has earned $329,257 in 2014 and $464,641 lifetime.

In the Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old trotting males, Nothinbutanallstar (Mark O'Mara) pulled a 35-1 upset as he got up after a two-hole trip to defeat 1-5 favourite Double A Cash Hall (Trace Tetrick) by three-quarters of a length in a 1:54.3 mile. Chips (Peter Wrenn) grabbed third.

O'Mara also trains the winner, an Allstar Hall gelding, for owner Lester Raber. Nothinbutanallstar is four-for-13 in the win column this season, and this was career win number seven for him. He has banked $87,064 this year and $96,284 in his life.

Public choice Colors A Virgin (Trace Tetrick) took home top honours in the final for three-year-old pacing fillies as she overcame a first-over journey to win by three lengths in 1:51.2. Metro Shopping (Trent Stohler) was next, followed by Pancakes (Peter Wrenn).

Brian Brown trains Colors A Virgin, an Always A Virgin filly, for owner/breeder Emerald Highlands Farm. She has won half of her eight starts this year, and she is a ten-time winner in her career. She has put away $109,750 on the campaign and $321,450 lifetime.

Andis Alana (Lewayne Miller) delivered as the heavy chalk in the three-year-old trotting filly final, flashing :27.3 speed in the final quarter to rally from fifth at three-quarters to a two length victory in 1:55.1. Baby Steps (Tyler Smith) checked in second, ahead of Swan Lady (Ed Hensley).

Erv Miller trains Andis Alana, a daughter of Swan For Fall, for owners Paymaq Racing, Greg Gillis, and Harvey Eisman. Andis Alana is a perfect seven-for-seven in 2014, and she is 15-for-19 in her career. She has earned $149,687 this year and $474,849 in her life.


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