Always A Miki too good in Governor’s Cup
First season pacing sire Always B Miki has produced yet another North American Grand Circuit winner from his first crop, with the Nancy Takter trained Always A Miki taking out the last of the year’s juvenile features, the $371,900 Governor’s Cup at the Meadowlands on Saturday.
Away quickly from gate six, Always A Miki settled in second spot before making a play for the lead and quickly handing up to the Breeders Crown dead heat winner Summa Cum Laude.
Reaching the three-quarter mile pole in a torrid 1:21 4/5 (A fifth of a second faster than Bettor’s Wish in the TVG Open Pace) Always A Miki launched off the leader’s back in the straight and comfortably held out the late closing Exploit to win by half a length in a career best 1:50 2/5. Watch replay.
It was Always A Miki’s fifth win of the season and took his earnings to $331,261.
A $40,000 Lexington Select Yearling Sale purchase, Always A Miki is out of the $500,000 earning Somebeachsomewhere mare Beach Gal.
A full brother to Always A Miki, Maximus Miki sold for $200,000 at this year’s Lexington Select Sale.
In a phenomenal debut season Always B Miki’s progeny have won over $2.3 million in stakes and he has produced five $200,000 plus earners, including the unbeaten Breeders Crown winner Perfect Sting and the richest 2-year-old male pacer of the year Southwind Gendry.