Always B Miki

NZ $9,500 + GST

(AU $9,350 incl GST^)

2, 1:53.2; 3, 1:47.8; 1:46 $2,826,176

Always A Virgin - Artstopper by Artsplace

  • The 2016 US Horse of the Year and one of the fastest horses of all time
  • Won an incredible four races in 1:47 or faster 
  • From the Western Ideal sire line, out of US Pacing Broodmare of the Year, Artstopper 
  • The Leading North American First Season Sire in 2020 and the Leading 3YO Sire in 2021
  • Sire of five US Breeders Crown winners from his first three crops
  • Sire of four Dan Patch Award winners (Perfect Sting, Niki Hill, Monte Miki & Sylvia Hanover)
  • Already the sire of 29 stakes performers from his first three Southern Hemisphere crops, including the Group 1 winners Franco Indie, The Miki Taker, Tricky Miki, Taking The Miki and Joyful

*Standing in Victoria, Australia at Alabar 
^Includes HRA stallion tax

Always A Virgin
Western Ideal
Neverhaveneverwill
Western Hanover
Leah Almahurst
No Nukes
Wendymae Hanover
Abercrombie
Liberated Angel
Big Towner
Keystone Wallis
Gene Abbe
Tiny Wave
Albatross
Steel Wool
Artstopper
Artsplace
Ain't No Stopn Me
Abercrombie
Miss Elvira
Silent Majority
Bergdorf
Albatross
Ladalia Hanover
Big Towner
Suave Almahurst
Gene Abbe
Tiny Wave
Bret Hanover
Savilla Song
Maternal Family
AB

Sire Line

Always A Virgin by Western Ideal from Neverhaveneverwill

Always A Virgin p3, 1:48.8 - $1,135,559.

An outstanding 3-year-old pacer Always A Virgin won over $1 million in stakes that year and numerous Grand Circuit features including the Cane Pace, Messenger Stakes, NJSS Final, Oliver Wendell Holmes, a division of the Bluegrass Stakes and a heat of the Little Brown Jug.

To date he is the sire of 244 winners of over $22 million, 60 $100,000 earners and 11 in sub 1:50.

His best progeny include:

Always B Miki 1:46 $2,826,176. World ChampionFastest Standardbred in history
Color's A Virgin (f) 1:49.4 $1,113,120. Dan Patch 3YO Pacing Filly of the Year.
Always About Katey (f) 1:51.6 $849,787
Always At My Place 1:47.4 $610,522
Sweet Talkin Satin 1:49.2 $501,469
Seventimesavirgin (f) 1:50.4 $491,640

Dam Line

Artstopper by Artsplace from Ain't No Stopn Me 

The 2016 US Pacing Broodmare of the Year

Unraced, Artstopper has proven a broodmare gem in the breeding barn, leaving two millionaires from just six foals of racing age to date:

Dam of four winners – all 4 in sub 1:54 and 2 in 1:50 or better, incl:
Always B Miki 1:46 - $2,826,176. 30 wins. (Always A Virgin)
Yagonnakissmeornot (f) 1:49.6 - $1,517,507. 41 wins. (The Panderosa)
One Stop Deal 1:50.8
 - $115,075. 11 wins. (Western Ideal)

2nd Dam:

Ain't No Stopn Me p3 1:55.2 $300,747 by Big Towner from Suave Almahurst.

A stakes winner at both two and three, Ain't No Stopn Me won the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Final as a juvenile and the Helen Dancer Memorial as a 3-year-old.

She is the dam of four winners with all four winning over $100,000 in stakes:

Cheyenne Rei 1:51.2 - $729,933. 15 wins. (Western Hanover)
Cant Stop Me Now 1:51.2 - $191,839. 16 wins. (Western Ideal)
Aint No Stopn Us 1:52.8 - $129,889. 21 wins. (Western Hanover)
Cheyenne Tony Abbs 1:52 - $102,937. 12 wins. (Western Hanover)

RaceRecord

 

Age Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Money Won Record Time
2 12 2 4 3 $135,384 1:53.2S
3 19 12 4 - $794,707 1:47.8M
4 4 4 - - $365,915 Q1:48.4M
5 18 12 5 - $1,530,170 1:46M   WR
TOTAL 53 30 13 3 $2,826,176 1:46M   WR

A stakes race performer and winner of over $135,000 at two, Always B Miki developed into one of North America's best 3-year-olds the following season, in what was a very competitive crop that included the likes of McWicked, JK Endofanera and He's Watching.

In addition to dominating his local Indiana Sires Stakes racing Always B Miki claimed divisions of the Tattersalls Pace, Bluegrass Stakes, Somebeachsomewhere Pace, Reynolds Memorial and his Breeders Crown elim. He also finished a phenomenal second in He's Watching world record run Meadowlands Pace after sitting three wide the entire way.

Going into the Breeders Crown Final on the back of a five race win streak, including a Crown elimination win over JK Endofanera and He's Watching, Always B Miki was one of the favourites to take out the end of year feature but was unfortunately scratched lame minutes before post time with what subsequently proved to be a fractured hind pastern.

Off the scene for almost a year and now with multiple screws inserted in both hind pasterns, Always B Miki returned in October of his 4-year-old year to win all four starts including the elim and Final of the Breeders Crown Open Pace and the American National Aged Pace - defeating the likes of battle hardened free-for-allers Foiled Again, State Treasurer, All Bets Off, Bettors Edge etc...

As a 5-year-old Always B Miki became a cult hero and etched his name in the record books as the fastest standardbred in history. His epic battles with the 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit captivated North American audiences with huge raceday crowds and intense interest whenever the pair lined up in the same event.

Always B Miki's victories included an elim and Final of the Ben Franklin Pace, elim and Final of the Breeders Crown Open Pace, the William Haughton Memorial, the Final of the TVG Pace, Mohawk Gold Cup, Jim Ewart Memorial, Hoosier Park Pacing Derby and of course his stunning world record 1:46 performance in the Allerage Farm Pace at the Red Mile on October 9 2016.

He also finished second in the Canadian Pacing Derby and the Dan Patch Invitational.

He became the first horse in history to record four wins in 1:47 or faster and in addition to his fastest mile ever title, shares the world record for a five-eighths track and holds the Canadian mile record.

His sensational 2016 season saw him voted not only the US Pacer of the Year but also the overall Horse of the Year.

Progeny

Always B Miki's oldest down-under progeny are 4-year-olds in 2023.

As at October 2023, he is the sire of 137 Southern Hemisphere winners including:

TRICKY MIKI 
p2, 1:56.9; 3, 1:55.8 - $352,942. 9 wins to date. At 2, won Golden Slipper (Gr.1); 3rd 2YO Westbred Classic (Gr.1). At 3, won WA Derby (Gr.1), Westbred Classic (Gr.1), Western Gateway (Gr.2). At 4, 2nd Preux Chevalier 4YO Classic (Gr.3)(Modern Art)
TAKING THE MIKI
(f) p2, 1:54.2 - $335,061. 11 wins to date. At 2, won APG Gold Bullion Final (Gr.2); 2nd 2YO Diamond Classic (Gr.1), Westbred  Classic (Gr.1). At 3, won WA Oaks (Gr.1); 2nd WA 3YO Fillies Sales Classic (Gr.2); 3rd WA Derby (Gr.1). At 4, won WASBA Breeders Stakes (Gr.3), The Schrader (Gr.3). (Bettor's Delight)
FRANCO INDIE
 p2, 1:51.9 - $210,760. 8 wins to date. At 2, won Sires Stakes Final (Gr.1), 2x Sires Stakes Heats; 2nd Diamond Creek Farm Classic (Gr.2). At 3, 3rd Alabar Classic (Gr.2).(Christian Cullen)
FUTURE ASSURED 
p2, 1:55.3; 3 1:53.1; 4, 1:50.9 - $208,119. 14 wins to date. At 3, won QLD Yearling Sale 3YO C&G Classic(Gr.3). At 4, won Be Good Johnny Sprint (L); 2nd QBRED Triad Final (L). (Art Major)
JOYFUL
(f) p2, 1:55.8; p3, 1:54.6 - $203,665. 9 wins. At 2, won Vicbred Super Series 2YO Fillies Final (Gr.1); 3rd Vicbred Home Grown Classic (Gr.2). At 3, 2nd Breeders Crown 3YO Pacing Fillies Final (Gr.1); 3rd Vicbred Super Series Final (Gr.1). (Mach Three)
AARDIE'S EXPRESS
(f) p4, 1:52.6 - $190,689. 13 wins to date. At 3, won Southland Oaks (Gr.2), Sires Stakes Harness 7000(L), Heat Nevele R Fillies Series. At 4, won Hannon Memorial (Gr.3), Northern Breeders Stakes (Gr.3). (Rocknroll Hanover)
YOU'RE SO FINE
p2, 1:54.9 - $160,378. 10 wins to date. At 2, won Diamond Creek Farm 2YO Classic (Gr.2); 3rd WA Golden Slipper (Gr.1), Kindergarten Stakes (Gr.3). At 4, won WA Marathon Handicap (L). (Falcon Seelster)
COLD CHISEL
p2, 1:56.2 - $159,490. 4 wins to date. At 2, won Young Guns Cardigan Bay Stakes (Gr.2); NZB Harness Million 2YO C&G Final (L). (Presidential Ball)
THE MIKI TAKER
p2, 1:55.7; 3, 1:55.6 - $157,978. 9 wins to date. At 2, won 2YO Pearl Classic (Gr.1). At 3, 2nd WA Caduceus Club Classic (Gr.3). (Art Major)
EVER HOPING p2, 1:56.4; p, 1:54.6 - $140,886. 12 wins to date. At 2, won Southern Cross Series Final (Gr.2). (Bettor's Delight)
CHEER LEADER
(f) p2, 1:53.4 - $138,582. 8 wins to date. At 2, won QBred for Life Final (Gr.3). At 3, won Redcliffe Oaks (Gr.3). (Mach Three)
MIKI MONTANA
(f) p3, 1:54.6; 4, 1:54.1 - $137,598. 6 wins to date. At 3, 2nd Harness Million 3YO Fillies Final (Listed); 3rd Caduceus Club Stks (Gr.2). At 3, 2nd Nevele R Fillies Series Final (Gr.1). (Mach Three)
AARDIES FLASH p3, 1:51.7 - $124,104. 8 wins to date. At 3, 2nd Redcliffe Derby (Gr.3).(Rocknroll Hanover)
PAUL EDWARD p, 1:54.2 - $123,033. 9 wins to date. At 3, 2nd WA Pearl Classic (Gr.2). (Golden Greek)
STAR CELEBRITY
(f) p4, 1:53.2 - $99,980. 10 wins to date. (Mach Three)
CHAP DADDY
p2, 1:57.6; 4, 1:52.8 - $95,592. 9 wins to date. (Grinfromeartoear)
ALWAYSBME
(f) p3, 1:56.9; 4, 1:53.5 - $89,997. 7 wins to date. At 3, 2nd Redcliffe Yearling Sales Series Final (Gr.2). (Mach Three)
NOT TO BE DENIED 
(f) p3, 1:50.1 - $87,754. 9 wins to date. At 2, 2nd NSWBC Western Region Final (Gr.3). At 3, won Golden Easter Egg. (Gr.3); 2nd South East Oaks (Gr.3). (Art Major)
WHEELS OF FORTUNE
p3, 1:58.4 - $86,333. 6 wins to date. At 4, 2nd Country Championship Final (L). (Mach Three)
MY SWEET SABRINA (f) p, 1:51.3 - $86,314. 10 wins to date. (Live Or Die)
UNCLE MIKI 
p3, 1:56.7; 4, 1:55.3 - $80,872. 11 wins to date. At 2, 3rd Sapling Stakes (Gr.2). (Village Jasper)
NONPARREIL(f) p, 1:55.4 - $77,720. 7 wins to date. At 3, 2nd Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic Final (Gr.2). (Elsu)
COS I CAN
p3, 1:56.3 - $71,950. 7 wins to date. (Bettor's Delight)
MISTER SMARTEE p2, 1:53.1 - $70,367. 5 wins to date. At 3, won Western Gateway (Gr.3). (Stonebridge Regal)
RICH BEAUTY 
(f) p2, 1:57.3; 3, 1:54.7 - $69,810. 6 wins to date. At 2, 2nd Platinum Home Grown Classic (Gr.2) (Armbro Operative)
MONTANA GLORY (f) p2, 1:55.5 - $69,262. 3 wins to date. At 2, won Heat NZ Sires Stakes; 2nd Harness Jewels Diamond (Gr.1), Caduceus Club Fillies Classic (Gr.1); 3rd Sires Stakes Fillies Championship (Gr.1). (Mach Three)
I'LLAVABUBBLES
(f) p2, 1:56.5 - $66,869. 6 wins to date. (Bettor's Delight)
JUNGLE BABY (f) p3, 1:54.9 - $63,970. 7 wins to date. At 3, 2nd NSWBC Western Region Final (Gr.3). (Die Laughing)
ALWAYS BE CHLOE (f) p, 1:56.4 - $63,675. 9 wins to date. (Village Jasper)
HES APPLES 
p2, 1:58.3 - $55,491. 5 wins to date. At 2, 2nd Dandy Patch Final (Gr.2). (Art Major)
THE MIGHTY MIKI
p, 1:56.9 - $53,179. 6 wins to date. (Washington VC)
HONEYBUN
(f) p3, 1:57.7 - $52,560. 10 wins to date. At 3, 3rd SA Oaks (L). (Art Major)
CHIRRIPO (f) p2, 1:56.5 - $51,800. 4 wins to date. (McArdle)
SPEEDWAGON
p, 1:56.7 - $49,851. 4 wins to date. At 2, 3rd WA APG Colts & Geldings Sales Classic Final (Gr.1). (Rocknroll Hanover)
MIKI MAGIC
p3, 1:56 - $49,344. 7 wins to date. (Perfect Art)
MIKI NOEL
p3, 1:57.9 - $47,689. 4 wins to date. (Washington VC)
MIKI SHAN
p2, 1:57.5 - $47,786. 2 wins to date. (Dream Away)
MIKI MAHONEY p3, 1:55.6 - $43,473. 5 wins to date. (Art Major)
KISS (f) p2, 1:57 - $42,928. 2 wins to date. At 2, 2nd Delightful Lady Classic (Gr.2). (Art Major)
ALWAYSBEALADY
p3, 2:00.6 - $42,290. 4 wins to date. At 3, 3rd Tasmanian Oaks (Gr.3). (Art Major)
PETER ROMEO
p, 1:58.6 - $38,328. 2 wins to date. At 3, 3rd WA Pearl Classic (Gr.2). (Beach Towel)
ITS DOWN TO DIGGER
p2, 1:54.6 - $37,881. 5 wins to date. At 2, 3rd NSWBC Eastern Region Final (Gr.3). (Badlands Hanover)
DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER (
f) p2, 1:58.7 - $37,413. 2 wins to date. At 3, 2nd Northern Oaks (Gr.1). (Mach Three)
ALWAYS TICKING
(f) p2, 1:59.3 - $21,050. At 2, won Leonard Memorial (Gr.3); 2nd Caduceus Club of Southland/Alabar Classic (Gr.3) (Bettor's Delight)

In North America his oldest crop are 5 in 2023. As at October 2023 he is the sire of 239 winners of over $29,900,000, including:

GRACE HILL (f) p, 1:47.8 - $1,889,906. 29 wins to date. At 2, won 3x divisions Pennsylvania Sires Stakes, Liberty Bell; 2nd PASS Final. At 3, won James M Lynch Memorial, Shady Daisy, PASS Final, div PASS, elim Breeders Crown; 2nd Nadia Lobell; 3rd Glen Garnsey. At 4, won Breeders Crown elim & Final, TVG Mares Open. Aged, won elim and Final Roses Are Red, Dayton Distaff Derby, Milton Stakes, Cleopatra Stakes, Allerage Farms Mares Open. (Western Terror)
PERFECT STING p2, 1:49.4; p3, 1:48.2 - $1,861,447. 10 wins from 10 starts at two. 17 wins. At 2, won 2x divs and Final KYSS, div Bluegrass Stks, div International Stallion Stks, elim and Final Breeders Crown. 2020 US 2YO Pacing Colt of the Year.  At 3, won Breeders Crown, elim North America Cup, heat Little Brown Jug, elim Breeders Crown, div PASS; 2nd Final Meadowlands Pace, North America Cup, Little Brown Jug, Tattersalls Pace, Max C Hempt Memorial; 3rd elim Meadowlands Pace. 2021 US 3YO Pacing Colt of the Year. (Bettor's Delight)
SYLVIA HANOVER (f) p2, 1:50.4; p3, 1:48.2 - $1,742,675. 18 wins to date. At 2, won elim and Final Shes A Great Lady, Champlain Stakes, Eternal Camnation, elim & Final Breeders Crown. At 3, won Breeders Crown Final, elim and Final Fan Hanover Stakes, Mistletoe Shalee, Shady Daisy, Bluegrass Stakes, Glen Garnsey Memorial, Tompkins Geers, Simcoe Stakes. US & Canadian 2YO Pacing Filly of the Year. (Artiscape)
NIKI HILL 
(f) p3, 1:48.8 - $1,444,879. 14 wins to date. At 2, won elim and Final Shes A Great Lady, Breeders Crown, Final Kindergarten Classic, Three Diamonds, div International Stallion Stakes, div PASS, 2x legs Kindergarten Classic Series; 2nd elim Breeders Crown. At 3, won Bluegrass Stakes, Glen Garnsey Memorial, Matron Stakes; 2nd Breeders Crown Final, TVG Mares Open. 2021 US 2YO Pacing Filly of the Year. (Bettor's Delight)
SOUTHWIND GENDRY 
p2, 1:50; p3 1:49.1; p, 1:47.8 - $1,188,859. 21 wins to date. At 2, won PASS Final, div Bluegrass Stks, div International Stallion Stks, elim Breeders Crown, Matron Stakes, div Arden Downs, div Keystone Classic, The Elevation, div PASS; 3rd Final Breeders Crown. At 3, won elim Meadowlands Pace, 2x div PASS; 2nd elim Breeders Crown, div PASS; 3rd Final Meadowlands Pace, Tattersalls Pace, elim Adios. (Cams Card Shark)
STRONG POISON (f) p2, 1:49.6; p3, 1:48 - $856,342. 9 wins to date. At 2, won div Bluegrass Stakes, 3 legs Kentucky Championship Series; 2nd Kentucky Championship Final, elim Breeders Crown; 3rd Breeders Crown Final. At 3, won Nadia Lobell, The USS Indianapolis Memorial, leg KY Championship Series, elim Breeders Crown; 2nd KYSS Championship Final, Glen Garnsey Memorial; 3rd Bluegrass Stakes.(Rocknroll Hanover)
MONTE MIKI
 p2, 1:50.8 - $751,796. 7 wins to date. At 2, won Metro Pace Final, elim and Final Breeders Crown; 3rd div International Stallion Stakes. 2021 US 2YO Pacing Colt of the Year.(Camluck)
MAD MAX HANOVER p3, 1:47.8 - $731,685. 8 wins to date. At 2, 2nd Governor's Cup. At 3, won Tompkins-Geers Stakes; 2nd Meadowlands Pace Final, Cane Pace, Jennas Beach Boy. (Mach Three)
ALWAYS A MIKI 
p2, 1:50.4 - $586,012. 18 wins to date. At 2, won Governor's Cup, 2x div Pennsylvania Sires Stakes, div PA All Stars; 3rd div International Stallion Stks, elim Breeders Crown. (Somebeachsomewhere)
MIKALA (f) p3, 1:50.2; p4, 1:48.6; p, 1:47.8 - $534,904. 13 wins to date. At 3, won 2x div PASS. Aged, won Dorothy Haughton, Clara Barton; 2nd Milton Final, Lady Liberty.(Somebeachsomewhere)
TRUE BLUE LINDY 
p3, 1:50.2 $433,348. 9 wins to date. At 2, won PASS Final, div PASS, Dream Maker Final. (Yankee Cruiser)
ALWAYS B NAUGHTY
(f) p3, 1:48.4 - $404,844. 9 wins to date. At 3, won Adioo Volo, leg KYSS, leg PASS; 2nd PASS Championship; 3rd Breeders Crown Final. (Badlands Hanover)
INCASEYOUDIDNTKNOW (f) p4, 1:51h - $392,903. 24 wins to date. At 3, won 3 legs Weiss Series; 3rd Bobby Weiss Series Final. (Ponder)
STRIKING IMPACT
p4, 1:51.2h - $356,759. 15 wins to date. (Somebeachsomewhere)
BILLY CLYDE
p4, 1:47.6 - $345,671. 16 wins to date. At 3, 2nd PASS Final; 3rd div PASS. (Badlands Hanover)
GRAND CAYMAN
p4, 1:50.8- $328,019. 20 wins to date. (Bettor's Delight)

HYPOTHETICAL MATING

Mating Hints

From the Western Ideal sire line and out of the reigning US Broodmare of the Year, who is by Artsplace, the fastest standardbred of all time, Always B Miki has a terrific pedigree that should suit most Southern Hemisphere broodmares - particularly as it has an absence of Cam Fella blood lines.

With no Cam Fella blood in his pedigree whatsoever Always B Miki offers a fantastic outcross for mares from this sire line, with daughters of Bettors Delight, Fake Left, Armbro Operative, Presidential Ball, Washington VC, Precious Bunny, Four Starzzz Shark, Blissfull Hall, Pacific Fella, Camtastic, Cameleon all good options for the 1:46 pacer.

Abercrombie line mares have also crossed well with sons of Western Ideal and with Always B Miki's dam by Artsplace this should be reinforced even more so.

Abercrombie line stallions inlcude Art Major, Grinfromeartoear, Artiscape, Astreos, Modern Art, Albert Albert, Sportswriter, Life Sign, Dream Away, Pacific Rocket, Panorama, etc.

Art Major and Sportswriter mares are a particularly interesting match given the presence of Big Towner in their pedigrees.

The Western Ideal sire line (Rocknroll Hanover, American Ideal, Rock N Roll Heaven etc...) has crossed well to date with mares by Direct Scooter line stallions - so mares by the likes of In The Pocket, Christian Cullen, Mach Three, Courage Under Fire, Somebeachsomewhere, Captaintreacherous, Changeover and OK Bye are all good choices for the 2016 US Horse of the Year.

In recent years duplicating No Nukes on both sides of the pedigree has produced some outstanding pacers (Terror To Love, Bling It On) so mares by No Nukes line stallions like Live Or Die, Badlands Hanover, Western Terror, P-Forty Seven, Safely Kept, Jereme's Jet, Village Jasper etc... are more than suitable.

Always B Miki contains multiple crosses of Big Towner and it is worth noting that duplicating Big Towner through a sire and a dam has produced very good results - so mares containing Big Towner could very well be a great option for Always B Miki.