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  • Hoof Beats Bio
    by Kate Jones on July 1, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    Attraction of Opposites Differences, similarities between Geoff Stein and David Reid make for one of racing’s leading partnerships THE GREEK MYTH IS WELL KNOWN, OF THE KING NAMED MIDAS. For Midas’ hospitality, Dionysus, god of wine, offered to grant the king anything he wished. The king’s request was simple: that everything he touch turn to

  • Canadian Sportsman Bio
    by Kate Jones on July 1, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    The Perfect Mix by Dave Briggs Take one part low-key, charismatic deal-maker, add a workhorse and detail-fanatic and the result is the profoundly-successful Preferred Equine Marketing partnership of Geoff Stein and David Reid. he burning question is this – how did two guys as different as January and July create the most successful horse agenting

  • New formula used for Meadowlands Pace final post position draw
    on July 12, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    The brainchild of SBOANJ first vice-president Bob Boni — 15 years in the making Lexington, KY — Moments after his trainee Night Hawk finished second in the second of two Meadowlands Pace eliminations last Saturday night (July 9) at The Meadowlands, trainer Brian Brown thought to himself that now he will need to hold his breath awaiting the post position draw for the $600,000 final this Saturday (July 16), hoping his colt didn’t draw post 10 in the open draw among the non-winners. At the time Brown wasn’t aware that a format change had been made for this year’s Pace final draw and that Night Hawk was guaranteed a spot on the starting gate no farther out than post seven. …. read the complete story

  • Bob Boni Talks with Dave Brower
    on January 20, 2022 at 9:41 pm

    Bob Boni Talks with Dave Brower abou t the Winter Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands On Jan. 17 2022

  • Whichwaytothebeach topped the Tattersalls Winter Mixed Sale with a bid of $390,000
    on January 18, 2022 at 2:25 pm

    Toscani nabs Whichwaytothebeach for $390,000  It was the second highest-priced hors e sold in sale history and it came during an auction that set new records for average ($47,259) and median ($29,500). With one significant purchase, Gino Toscani of Mount Hope, ON led the buyers at the Tattersalls Winter Mixed Sale held Monday (Jan. 17) in the paddock at the Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey. Bidding online via ProxiBid, Toscani spent $390,000 to collar the sale topper,  Hip 77 Whichwaytothebeach , a 4-year-old gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere out of Swinging Beauty consigned by Bob Boni’s Northwood Bloodstock. “He seems like a nice horse,” Toscani told the USTA’s Ken Weingartner. “I hope he can come through. He’s just going to be 4. His brother, Captain Barbossa, was good as a 4-year-old and hopefully he’s going to be the same for us and we can get our money back.” Whichwaytothebeach will be trained by Desiree Jones. It was the second highest sale-topper since at least 2014. The record was set in 2020 when Lindy The Great sold for $450,000. Previously trained by Brett Pelling, Whichwaytothebeach earned $546,425 with a record of 12-6-6 in 27 starts and a mark of 1:49.2. “He’s a legit horse and he was younger than the others. I think that was a big edge,” Boni said. In all, 90 racehorses, stallion shares and breedings collectively sold for $4,253,300 to produce an average of $47,259 and a median of $29,500. The sale set new records for average and median. This year’s auction also set a record for the fewest offerings sold. “(The record average is) partly a reflection of the number of horses sold, but, on the other hand, it is a fair representation of what we did offer. I was very happy with that,” said sale manager David Reid. “It’s always exciting to have a live sale, for sure.” This year’s gross was up 14 per cent from last year’s total of $3,741,400. The average was up 50 per cent from $41,244 in 2021 and the median was up 55 per cent from $19,000 last year. The record for gross was set in 2018 when 221 horses/stal- lion shares — 131 more offerings than this year — grossed $6,694,000. Northwood also sold  Hip 83 Belmont Major N  to Amanda Kelly of Greenfield Center, NY for $200,000 — “A very strong price. The half-mile track miles he showed earlier really helped him a lot,” Boni said — and  Hip 67 Ethan T Hanover  for $115,000 to Matthew Medeirra of Big Z Farm. Reid’s Preferred Equine consigned both the second- and third- highest-priced horses sold —  Hip 56  mare  Swift Swanda  for $240,000 to Josh Green, agent, of Milford, DE and  Hip 85  2020 Little Brown Jug winner  Captain Barbossa  for $210,000 to Robert DiNozzi of Ossining, NY. “If he’s anything like he’s been all his career, he’ll make money,” DiNozzi told Weingartner. “We’ll race him at Yonkers a little bit, put him in the Borgata Series, but he’s also good on a mile (track) so if he’s racing well, we will put him in everything. He’s raced with the best and either been competitive or beaten them. There is nothing not to like about the horse.” Preferred Equine sold 51 offerings, grossing $2,479,200 for an average of $48,612. Northwood Bloodstock had 28 sales, grossing $1,284,600 for an average of $45,879. Diamond Creek sold eight for a total of $428,000, an average of $53,500. Reid said he was “very happy with the pre-sale traffic and the at-sale traffic. I was very happy with the attendance. I thought the auctioneers, once again, they are a very talented crew that kept a very good pace to the sale and we continued to offer the online bidding as a convenience to owners that can’t make it and it’s working out very well. “I think there were 10 horses sold online today with another 14 (online bidders) ending up the underbidder. Obviously, as a result of the pandemic, we’ve offered other services and tools. I think the results played in today. “The other thing I thought was interesting is that on the stream- ing through  there was a point in time today where we had more than 1,000 viewers watching the live stream. For the industry, I think it’s great to see the energy and the participation level and it kind of goes off 2021’s sale season, which was favorable.” For historical reference, in 2020, the Winter Mixed Sale sold 128 horses/stallion shares for $5,279,200 to produce an average of $41,244 and a median of $26,500.  In 2019, 150 horses/stallion shares grossed $4,395,300 for an average of $29,302 and a median of $20,000. In 2018, 221 horses/stallion shares grossed $6,694,000 for an average of $30,290 and a median of $20,000. In 2017, 233 horses/stallion shares grossed $6,288,400 for an average of $26,989 and a median of $15,000. In 2016, 258 horses/stallion shares grossed $5,849,400 for an average of $22,672 and a median of $16,500. In 2015, 269 horses/stallion shares and breedings grossed $5,971,500, for an average of $23,291 and a median of $14,000. In 2014, the gross of $5,971,500 for 234 horses/stallion shares produced an average of $25,519 and median of $14,000. In 2013, 206 horses and stallion shares grossed $4,549,600, an average of $22,085.

  • Northwood Bloodstock sells Empressive Hill for $410,000
    on November 11, 2021 at 1:24 pm

    Kentucky Championship winner  Empressive Hill  brought the second-richest tag of the Harrisburg Mixed session Selling as Hip 1391, KYSS champ  Empressive Hill  was purchased by Jean-Pierre Barjon of Paris, France for $410,000. Consigned to the sale by Northwood Bloodstock, Empressive Hill (Muscle Hill – Slice Slice Baby) sports a record of 1:51.2 taken at The Red Mile as a sophomore, with a 10-2-1 from 19 career starts and $273,775 in earnings.

  • Adios winner HELLABALOU sold by Northwood Bloodstock Agency!
    on August 2, 2021 at 7:16 pm

    Adios winner HELLABALOU sold by Northwood Bloodstock Agency! Congratulations to owner Eric Good and trainer Eddie Dennis and driver Tim Tetrick on their exciting new record 1:58.4f winning the $375,000 “Adios” at the Meadows on July 31.. Congratulations as well to breeders Andray Farm and Sergent Stables . HELLABALOU was sold for $42,000 by Northwood Bloodstock Agency at the 2019 Harrisburg Sale. Please visit our Harrisburg and Lexington yearling consignments this fall and look for your next stakes winner. We are now accepting entries for the November 11 & 12 Harrisburg Mixed Sale…the premier mixed sale for racing and breeding stock. If you have any entries or any questions or for further information please contact us via Facebook or email   or call 201 863-2082.

  • Standardbred Horse Sale Mixed Entries
    on May 10, 2021 at 2:47 pm

    Now Accepting  Entries for the Black Book Mixed Sale NORTHWOOD BLOODSTOCK AGENCY is accepting entries for the Standardbred Horse Sale on November 11-12 . The entry deadline for the SUPPLEMENT is scheduled for Sept. 1 . If you have any entries or any questions or for further information please contact us via Facebook or email or call 201 863-2082. Click here to enter online.

  • Boni’s Trifecta
    on November 7, 2020 at 9:08 pm

    Boni’s Trifecta Nihilator, Camtastic, Always B Miki Many have won more Breeders Crown races, but only a couple of owners have won Crowns 30 years apart. One of them is Bob Boni, who in 1985 owned an interest in Nihilator , who captured the Crown for 3-year-old colt pacers. Last year Boni was standing in the winner’s circle at Woodbine after Always B Miki , who he co-owns as a member of Bluewood Stable, won the Crown Older Pace. In between, Boni shared ownership of Camtastic , a Crown winner in 1987 and ’88. If you enjoy talking horses, Boni’s your guy. By taking a job right out of high school with Pine Hollow Stud, Boni is almost a 50-year veteran of the sport. Raised in Queens, N.Y., his parents took him to Yonkers Raceway and he became a fan of harness racing. After working at Pine Hollow, Boni operated International Standardbred Agency, beginning work as a bloodstock agent, which he continues today as Northwood Bloodstock. In between the tenures of those agencies he managed racing partnerships (such as Nihilator’s ownership group, Wall Street Stable) and the combined racing-breeding venture of Dreamaire. He also served as president and general manager of the North American Sale at Garden State Park, with that experience now putto work managing the Goshen Yearling Sale. In addition to his bloodstock and sales company work, and in 2016 following Always B Miki around from track to track—he didn’t miss a race—Boni also serves as a director of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey and is a trustee of the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame. From top: (from left) Boni, Lou Guida, Billy  Haughton, Albert Adams and Jack Baugh  welcomed Nihilator to Almahurst Farms,  where he began his stallion career in 1986.  Bill O’Donnell and Camtastic on the track for the 1988 Adios final. Nihilator and catchdriver O’Donnell at the Meadowlands in 1985.  Boni holds Camtastic’s Adios trophy, joined  by Delvin Miller, O’Donnell, St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer Stan Musial, Bob Bencal,   What do you remember most about your start in racing? One of the things that I’m most proud of is winning Breeders Crowns 30 years apart. Nihilator (winner of the 1985 Breeders Crown 3-Year-Old Colt Pace) we purchased as a yearling early; Camtastic (winner of the 1987 Crown 2-Year-Old Colt Pace and ‘88 Crown 3-Year-Old Colt Pace) was a homebred; and Always B Miki (winner of the 2015 and 2016 Crown Older Pace) was purchased in training. My first brush with great horses came when I went to work for Pine Hollow Stud in 1969. It was a great education because we boarded 600 head of horses during some periods of time. And the horses weren’t numbers to me. I knew Tiffy Time, and Noreen Napoleon, and Speedy Rodney and Romeo Hanover. Then in 1982-83 I was a part of Dreamaire Stable and we raced Tanzy Lobell, Time O Nic, Lushkara, Madam Madusa those mares were world champions. Dreamaire owned 20 mares and five of them had records of 1:55 or faster. The significance of that is there were only 20 mares in existence with marks of 1:55 or faster, and no one else owned more than two. And we had another three mares in 1:55.1.  I always liked mares that performed. The mission was to breed, and when you’re trying to breed, if you can have that one more extra quality of good performance, it seems to carry on. That’s what motivated us to buy those mares. You could buy lots of yearlings and never come up with the mares we bought. Lushkara was the crown jewel of that group of mares because she produced Camtastic. How did you become an owner of Nihilator? I had been very active trying to buy mares in foal to Niatross. Through Lou’s (Guida) assistance, I had any info I wanted about Niatross. In those days, there was no Pathway. I was trying to buy Margie’s Melody so I developed a relationship with Bob Gangloff, the owner of the mare and the breeder of Nihilator. Unbeknownst to most people, Hempt came very close to buying Margie’s Melody in foal, carrying Nihilator. And she carried 12 months for him! I always remember something Delvin (Miller) said about Niatross, that it was like the horse skipped a generation. Remember, when he went 1:49.1, the record was still 1:52. And I felt the same way. I don’t think we’ve seen a jump in generations like this again. Maybe the closest to it is Muscle Hill. When the Niatross foals were born, I asked Lou to get me a list. His first crop was about 148-150 and it was pretty much split 50-50 colts and fillies. I noticed a lot of the foals were owned by small breeders. I’m starting to get an idea that if you could own 10 percent of Niatross’ colts, it might be big. I remember exactly when and where I was when I came up with this. It was a dreary Saturday morning, I was in the city (New York) and walking to Bloomingdale’s when it dawned on me. I can tell you exactly where the pay phone was, and I called Lou. Lou was a great idea guy. He loved anything new. He said, ‘Great! Let’s do it.’ Since Niatross stood his first season at Castleton, Castleton owned a fair number of colts, but I didn’t like the mares. So I traveled around to look at the colts. I went to Blue Chip because they had three colts there and I liked Pershing Square. He was a nice, plain, correct bay colt with a good pedigree. The only surprise with him came later when we found out he was ridgling. When we first bought the colts, we didn’t have a plan. We thought of putting them in a sale. But that quickly changed to ‘Let’s race them.’ And so we put together Wall Street Stable and we got the financing because Lou had a very friendly banker. We paid $825,000 for seven colts. In addition to Nihilator the group included Pershing Square, Flight Of Fire, Cruncher and Port Stanley. Nihilator was the last one of the group that we bought, and the cheapest. I said we’d pay $100,000, and he (Gangloff) said $105,000. So I flew out to Indiana and Gangloff picked me up at the airport and we drove out to his farm. There was snow on the ground. It’s February or March and Nihilator is an early yearling. I asked him to kick him out in the paddock, but he had cows in the paddock that day, they alternated with the horses, so that didn’t happen. Nihilator was very much like Niatross, but it was like you took a piece of sandpaper and smoothed the rough edges off. Now Gangloff wants $125,000, and I want to pay $100,000. I  flew home and the next day we Federal Expressed him a check for $100,000, with a return Fed Ex envelope if he didn’t want to sell the colt. He called the next day and asked if we could wire the money instead. I later found out he wanted money for his business. Subsequently, when Nihilator won the Woodrow Wilson we bought the dam and granddam of Nihilator for $750,000, plus a breeding to Nihilator. Then we sold Margie’s Melody for $750,000. She had the one we wanted, and she was never going to have another Nihilator. We sold her in foal to John Signorelli’s Saratoga Standardbreds. It turned out she was carrying twins and aborted and became a problem breeder. Nihilator was raised by Schare Adams at Standardbred Pacers & Trotters in Lexington. We decided who would get the horses and Billy Haughton got Nihilator. He went into training with Haughton and the first call I got from Billy, he says, ‘Do you mind if we freeze his splints?’ He had two big splints so I was thinking, here we are freezing splints in December. That was probably the last significant vet work he had until he had quarter cracks as a 2 year old. The quarter cracks were only a problem early in his 2-year-old season. Right away, Billy wanted to try the piano wire, which was a new thing, and he was going to try to do it himself. And Ernie (Gaskin, a Haughton assistant trainer) said, ‘Let’s just send him to the University of Pennsylvania.’ So they sent him over there. He wore a window bar shoe, and where the quarter crack was, there was no shoe. Instead of the patches used today, they literally wove piano wire, like a shoelace, to close up the crack. Then on the night of the (Woodrow) Wilson eliminations, he had a quarter crack on another foot. But by the end of his 2-year-old season, it was never an issue again. After the splints and the quarter cracks, I think his hocks were only injected once. The first time I saw him train I thought he looked like a quality colt. And the faster he went, the better he went. I’m a big believer in fate. The first day they put Nihilator and Pershing Square in to baby race, Billy (Haughton) gave Tommy (Haughton) his choice of who to drive, and Tommy picked Pershing Square. As far as how Billy O’Donnell came to drive Nihilator, first of all, the fact that in 1984 O’Donnell, who was a leading driver at the Meadowlands, would not have a mount in the Woodrow Wilson, that was fate. Billy (Haughton) decided on his own to take himself off of Nihilator. It was 100 percent his decision. I remember getting a panicked call from Lou. He wanted to know what to say to Haughton. I said to tell him thank you, and he would still get his five percent (driver commission). What do you consider to be Nihilator’s greatest race? His race as a 2 year old the first week of the Grand Circuit in Lexington. (Ni- hilator beat Niafirst despite starting from post 12, in the second tier, and being parked until he pulled away in the stretch drive, delivering a :27.3 final quarter to win by 2 1⁄2 lengths, with Marauder third.) That race separated him. He wasn’t just fast, he wasn’t just good. He was parked the mile and in the stretch he just drew off. It stunned me. Nihilator was part of one of harness racing’s most sensational races of all time, the Breeders Crown at The Meadows, which was won by Dragon’s Lair, the hometown horse. Why did Nihilator get beat? He didn’t race the second week in Lexington, then he went to The Meadows and won the first heat of the Breeders Crown, but he wasn’t good. He just got beat. Later, Guida went out and bought Dragon’s Lair. But the two horses never met again. As a 3 year old, Nihilator suffered another defeat—while in the midst of an undefeated season—in the Adios at The Meadows. What happened that time? Originally, we were never going to the Adios because the plan was to go from the Meadowlands to Springfield and time trial there. Nihilator won at the Meadowlands on Hambletonian day in 1:49.3 while On The Road Again won the U.S. Pacing Championship in 1:51.4 that same day. After the races we were sitting with Delvin (Miller, who founded The Meadows and created the Adios and maintained close ties with the track). Del Miller is asking us if we’ll bring our horse to the Adios. How can we say no? In the first heat of the Adios, Nihilator had the rail and got away seventh, and 15 years later O’Donnell admitted over lunch, ‘Boy, did I drive bad.’ (Nihilator finished fourth after being parked out by winner Marauder.) He won the second heat and we scratched from the race-off. And the funny part was two years later, when Camtastic won the Adios, we’re standing there with the trophy and O’Donnell says something like, ‘I didn’t know there was a trophy with this race.’ In Springfield it rained. Then DuQuoin came and his feet were bothering him. He was much better gaited, and much faster, with the aluminums, but they took their toll. There were no trackside indicators at Du Quoin, so it’s hysterical to think what happened. Ernie Gaskin was standing at the half, up on a little hill, with a bull-horn, yelling the times. O’Donnell laughs about how all he heard was a blur of noise as he went by. The funniest line of the day was Haughton wrote down all the splits on a piece of white paper—quarter, three-eighths, half, five-eighths, three-quarter pole. And when Nihilator comes up short (he hit the wire in 1:50.4, far short of his sire’s mark of 1:49.1),O’Donnell and Haughton are looking at each other and O’Donnell says, ‘One problem, Bill. You forgot to put down the final time.’ He’s about the only guy who could get away with saying that. After that, the pressure was off. Nihilator went to Garden State Park and won the Dancer—that’s when Freehold was closed because of the fire. In the winner’s circle, Haughton and I asked O’Donnell, ‘You think he’d be OK on a half?’ O’Donnell said he’d have no problems. So I turned to Guida and told him we were going to Delaware. Initially, we weren’t planning to go to Delaware. Leon Caston, who took care of Pershing Square, thought he would have his moment in Delaware, and then the truck pulls in with Nihilator. In order to be comfortable, at 7 a.m. on Monday morning, after Haughton had his Bob Evans breakfast, he buzzed Nihilator, going into the first turn there as fast as he could go. There was a big crowd and most of them left convinced Nihilator wouldn’t have any problems. At the draw, the first pill that came out was Nihilator, then post one. But the Jug was a tough race for him. The only time I’ve seen a horse tired was after the Jug. I went back to the barn afterwards and he almost had his eyes closed. If we needed to race a third heat, I’m not sure he would have won. (Nihilator won the Jug with heat victo ries in 1:53.1 and 1:52.1, and in the second heat he won by a mere head over stable mate Pershing Square, with Dignatarian a neck back in third. O’Donnell and Nihila tor started from post one in the second heat and Nihilator raced with a horse on his flank or at his neck the entire race.) After the Jug, Nihilator went to Lex ington and he raced another two heats, so he raced four heats in two weeks. Part of the Nihilator experience was having a horse with Billy Haughton and being around him. How he related to people, from grooms to his biggest own ers, was unbelievable. He could sit in a track kitchen with a groom to his left, the billionaire Lloyd Lloyds across from him, and some harness racing dignitary and make everyone comfortable. And the big moment didn’t faze him, and he was not afraid to make changes, to do something different.  So two years after Nihilator is retired to stud duty, Camtastic comes along. The thing I’ll always remember about Camtastic is early on, when Bob (Bencal) was jogging him, obviously second to the colt showing talent, Bob said the horse would stay on the track all day and he would be just as happy. The horse was happy being on the track. He always showed he wanted to do it. And for a guy who was labeled a conservative trainer, Camtastic didn’t get to Florida until mid December—because he was in partner ship we were selling out and the attorneys advised us not to do anything until it was done—and still the colt made his first start on May 29 in a baby race. He was ready in 3 ½ months!  Camtastic won a lot of races relatively easily. As for his best race, the one that comes to mind is when he set the two-heat world record (in Lexington). In both races he was dead game. He did all the work and was dead game and unbelievably tough. He hung on by a nose. The rest of the year he was untouchable. Before Lexington, he didn’t win the Woodrow Wilson at the Meadowlands. He won an elim, but that year there was a week off between the eliminations and the final. O’Donnell wanted to qualify him, maybe Monday. But before that, I went to the barn late after the races, and he wasn’t throwing his head. He would not have been a good horse in detention barns because he would always throw his head. So I saw he wasn’t throwing his head and all I said to Bencal was, ‘What’s wrong?’ The colt had a temperature. Camtastic was owned by a limited partnership and I had made 170 reservations in the dining room. Some people thought we scratched so our other horse Threefold would have a better chance to win, but we scratched early enough to let another horse in the race. Even Odds ended up winning. (Camtastic finished off his freshman season by capturing the Breeders Crown by 5 3⁄4 lengths—his 13th victory in 14 starts—and was voted the 1987 Two-Year-Old Colt Pacer of the Year and Pacer of the Year.) So as a 3 year old Camtastic earned $1.1 million and won 16 of 22 starts, but it wasn’t a smooth season. O’Donnell trained him in Florida during the winter and didn’t like how he trained, and when the season got started he didn’t have confidence in the horse. He didn’t do any good in the North America Cup, but he won his Meadowlands Pace elim (by 6 1⁄2 lengths). He won the first heat of the Jug. He won races in Lexington. At the Breeders Crown, O’Donnell was insistent after the elim that the horse’s hocks needed done. Bencal says the horse is fine. So I get to the track the next week for the final and I see Cindy Mikita (the colt’s caretaker) and I tell her that if O’Donnell asks if we did his hocks, tell him yes, even though we didn’t. O’Donnell goes the last trip and brings him back and says, ‘He’s good. But he was running out a little bit in the stretch; he’s probably just needle sore from where they did his hocks.’ The horse won the final and he dominated. Then he had a good 4-year-old season. He beat everyone he faced, but he had to race Matt’s Scooter, who was a great horse. Twenty-five years after you raced Camtastic, you buy an interest in Always B Miki. What has this experience been like? Like my other top horses, so many people were wrapped up with this horse, and that makes it special. Always B Miki became the sport’s fastest horse, what was his best race? The Ewart first, and then the Breeders Crown. The Ewart because first-over to Wiggle It Jiggle It. To go :26 up the backside, and you’re parked by Wiggle It Jiggleit, as he was, you’ve got to give the edge to the Ewart. Then the Breeders Crown. When horses win races that they’re not supposed to win, that makes it more remarkable. Late in the stretch, I had him losing the race. His 3-year-old season was remarkable too. The Meadowlands Pace (when he was parked three wide the entire mile and finished second in1:46.4) was significant, but we saw that he wasn’t a fluke because he went to being the best 3 year old. He won both weeks in Lexington and then went and won the Monument Circle at Hoosier Park. All the big ones were in it and he dominated on a really miserable night. He paced in 1:52 and that same night Bettor’s Edge and Sweet Lou finished on the wire together (a neck apart) in 1:53. That race made me realize he was more than just a very good horse. Miki just never stops. I remember Jimmy (Takter) and his whole crew always commenting on how he never gets tired or stressed. He never knows the end of a mile. With the world record in Lexington, at the top of the stretch I still didn’t know what to expect. Then after he paces in 1:46, to go back and see him at the barn, he was no worse for the mile. He just wanted his dinner. And all that race did was make him better, as we saw with the Breeders Crown and TVG. Miki just did things horses aren’t supposed to do, and to see him in the winner’s circle when he was retired, to see how good he looked, it was a testament to anyone who knows horses.

  • Always B Miki enters the Living Horse Hall of Fame
    on July 18, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    “One of a Kind” Always B Miki enters the Living Horse Hall of Fame story by Anne Doolin A lways B Miki , the co-fastest horse in the history of the sport, has a long string of accomplishments, accolades, and fans. The stallion blazed to his lifetime mark of 1:46 in the Allerage Farms Open Pace at Red Mile in 2016.  He won three Dan Patch Awards that year—Horse of the Year, Pacer of the Year, and Older Pacing Horse of the Year. He retired to stud with earnings of more than $2.71 million and 30 wins from 53 starts.  What makes his accomplishments even more amazing is that he was away from the races with what could have been a career-ending injury not just once, but twice.  “It always starts with extreme talent. Perhaps the difference with Always B Miki was his ability to carry his speed as long as any horse I have seen,” said Bob Boni, one of Always B Miki’s owners. “And he never stopped trying. Many of his most memorable miles saw him parked first-over and he would wear down any horse he could get to. He truly never knew the end of the mile.”  Hall of Fame member David Miller was his regular pilot the last two years of his career and had driven him earlier, as well.  “I only drove him a couple of times at 2, then again at the end of his 3-year-old season,” he said. “Then at 4 and 5.  “[I was impressed] right off the bat. His first baby race he went like [1]:55 and he did it handily. He was so big, but he handled himself very well. He has the biggest heart in a horse that I’ve ever seen in my life. His will and determination—I’ve never seen another horse have it like that. He is a very special horse. That’s all there is to it. He’s very dear to me.”  Always B Miki was bred by Joe Hurley’s Roll The Dice Stable. Boni and Mitchel Skolnick purchased half of the colt for their Bluewood Stable after his third 2-year-old race at The Meadowlands.  Always B Miki is by Always A Virgin, who was also bred by Hurley, as was the horse’s dam, the Artsplace mare Artstopper.  Skolnick and Boni also co-own Always A Virgin with Hurley.  “We bought half of him right before his 3-year-old season started, honestly just hoping to have a nice Jersey sire [stakes] type of horse,” Boni said. “He ended up being much better than that.  “We kind of followed up with Miki the same way. Since we had a relationship with Hurley, I told Mitchel after that first baby race, ‘Maybe you ought to get a hold of Joe and see if he wants to do something.’ Miki was that impressive.”  Several trainers had a hand in making the horse who would go on to make history.  “Rich Ringler broke and trained him down, and Joe Holloway got him right when he was ready to race and trained him as a 2- and 3-year-old,” Boni said. “We also sent him out to Roger Welch to race in Indiana for a while. Miki was making breaks here [in New Jersey.] He was a tall colt and very immature at 2 and he couldn’t put everything together and would make breaks.  “Mitchel and I both credit Roger for teaching him how to be a racehorse. He may have sacrificed some speed, but he taught him to be a racehorse and he finished up the year nicely at 2. We turned him out after that at Elizabeth Caldwell’s Cane Run Farm. He was still tall and lean and a colt that hadn’t really grown into himself. He trained down OK [for his sophomore season], but it wasn’t until right before he was ready to qualify that he trained a couple of times where he really was impressive. That season had its ups and downs, but he went on a hell of a run at the end, and then ended up breaking that bone.”  That bone was his left hind pastern. Always B Miki had won two of 12 outings as a freshman, then 12 of 19 starts at 3 with a mark of 1:47.4 at Red Mile. He was favored in the 2014 Breeders Crown but was scratched right before the race. He kicked the stall wall in the paddock the night of the Breeders Crown final and underwent surgery the following Monday.  Always B Miki was sent to Jimmy Takter to prepare for a return to the races early in 2015.  “Jimmy and Christina asked about buying into him early May, maybe end of April,” Boni said. “What I remember vividly, in the interim of getting our check, he broke another bone. This time it was his right hind pastern. Mitchel and I talked about it and decided if they didn’t want to conclude the deal, we didn’t have a problem with that and weren’t going to push, because here he’s going to have to rehab again.  “They were rather insistent that, ‘No, we made a deal and we’re going to live up to it.’ I think 99 percent of people I know, especially if given the opportunity to back out of the commitment, most would have said, ‘Thank you and we’re going to pass.’ All in all, the stars lined up right, and there you go.”  Boni credits a certain veterinarian in New Jersey for Always B Miki’s recovery.  “Dr. Patty Hogan’s expertise put him back together both times,” he said.  It was almost a year before Always B Miki returned to the races. At 4 he qualified twice in the fall—once at Pocono and once at Red Mile before his first pari-mutuel start on Oct. 3 at Hoosier. A win there tuned him up for wins in his elimination and final of the Breeders Crown at Woodbine and then the American-National at Balmoral. He ended his season going four-for-four.  Takter explained Always B Miki’s injury could have been difficult to overcome.  “[A pastern break] is a nasty break,” Takter said. “It’s quite painful when it happens. With me, he did it with the other leg. It was in May and he was just about ready to race. Then we had that setback. That healed very well, but the first break was much worse than the second.  “Have you seen the movie War Horse? That is Miki. He’s a war horse for sure. One of a kind.”  At 5, Always B Miki tuned up for stakes season in the Open ranks before capturing the Ben Franklin at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, the William Haughton Memorial at The Meadowlands, the Jim Ewart Memorial at Eldorado Scioto Downs and the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby. He ended the season on a dominating four-race win streak beginning with his 1:46 score in the Allerage, followed by a trio of Meadowlands races—an Open, the Breeders Crown, and his career finale, the TVG.  His first crop of foals are 2 this year, and he was the leading first-crop sire in 2019 with his yearlings averaging more than $63,000 at public auctions.  He is now owned by 146 Stable, which includes his original owners, and stands at Diamond Creek Farm in Pennsylvania.  “So far, I have heard good things on his 2-year-olds, and I have very much liked the few that I have seen at Nancy Takter’s and with Per Engblom,” Boni said.  Miller has yet to sit behind one of Always B Miki’s foals but is looking forward to the opportunity.  “I’m pretty excited for them to get going,” he said.  He is not the only one anticipating the stallion’s first crop to hit the track.  “My daughter Nancy has five or six of them,” Takter said. “Reports about them are super. We are very excited. It looks like he’s for real.”  Anne Doolin is a freelance writer living in Kentucky. Photos by Mark Hall Article courtesy of Hoof Beats July 2020

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    Always B Miki to the Hall of Fame Goshen, NY — The Living Horse Hall of Fame nominating committee of the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame has announced the results of recent balloting to determine the 2020 inductees into the Harness Racing Living Horse Hall of Fame.

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Don’t count Alagna out of Saturday’s $350,000 Adios at The Meadows

Washington, PA — Elimination winners Beach Glass and Pebble Beach may appear unbeatable in Saturday’s $350,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at Hollywood Casino at The Meadows, but don’t count out Tony Alagna. Few trainers can match his Adios success in recent years. Alagna won ...
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Seven Hundred, JD win NYSS splits at Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — The “glamour division” of the New York Sire Stakes was well represented on Wednesday night (July 27) at Batavia Downs as 14 top 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings bred in the Empire State lined up in two $59,200 contests. In the first division, Seven Hundred (Huntsville-Exclamation) took ...
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Jewett Leavitt to be honored at Kentucky Horse Park

Lexington, KY — Meg Jewett Leavitt, who owns and operates the well-known Standardbred farm Walnut Hall Limited in Lexington, Ky., in partnership with her husband, Alan Leavitt, will be honored for her dedication to the lives of horses during Hats Off Day, presented by Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, on ...
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Grand Circuit to Meadows, Meadowlands

This Week: Delvin Miller Adios, Adioo Volo, and Arden Downs, The Meadows, Washington, Pa. and Hambletonian, Hambletonian Oaks, Peter Haughton and Jim Doherty eliminations, Tompkins-Geers, and Miss Versatility leg, The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, N.J. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit week kicks off on Friday (July 29) at The Meadows ...
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Hoofbeats De Vie and Anthony’s All In sweep Maryland Sires

Berlin, MD — On Wednesday (July 27), Ocean Downs hosted the sophomore Maryland Sire Stake finals, each going for a purse of $75,000 before a large crowd. Hoofbeats De Vie (Charlie De Vie) and driver Russell Foster remained undefeated in the colt and gelding trot, winning all six races each ...
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Use Yah Blinkah Takes New Mark In Maine Stakes

Use Yah Blinkah turned in a career-best performance on Wednesday (Aug. 3) when the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings met at Bangor in the Maine Standardbred Breeders Stakes (MSBS). In the first $18,227 MSBS division, a non-wagering event, driver Heath Campbell sent Use Yah Blinkah right to the front from ...
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Prospect Series Leg Rescheduled

Leg 3B of the Prospect Series for two-year-old trotting fillies has been rescheduled following Wednesday's cancellation at Grand River Raceway due to severe weather conditions in the region. The single Prospect Series division has been rescheduled as a non-wagering event on Grand River Raceway's Friday, Aug. 5 card, with a post time of ...
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Clearfield Hosts Pennsylvania Fair Stakes

The Pennsylvania fair circuit came to Clearfield for its only four-day stand of the season – two-year-olds on Sunday and Monday, then three-year-olds the last two days, with trotters on the first card of the age group and pacers the second. The freshman baby trotters thus led off on Sunday, ...
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Hottieonthehorizon Strolls To Another Open Win

Hottieonthehorizon picked up her sixth win of the Running Aces season with a dominating stroll-in-the-park style win in the $16,500 Mares Open Handicap Pace on Tuesday night (Aug. 3). Sent off as the overwhelming 1-20 favourite in the five-horse affair, driver Luke Plano wasted no time in getting the impressive ...
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It will be a stakes-filled day at Northside Downs on Saturday, Aug. 6, as a total of five Atlantic Sires Stakes events are slated for the afternoon race card. Two-year-old trotters will go as a non-wagering event at 12:45 p.m. Four trotters will go behind the gate for a purse ...
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  • Boppin’ into the Inter Dominion
    by Amanda Rando on September 24, 2022 at 11:45 am

    In just 24 hours two pacers have put their names forward for the upcoming Inter Dominion. With twist to the series this year, Inter Dominion hosts Harness Racing Victoria have offered a ‘golden ticket’ straight into the heats of the time-honoured series that gets under way on November 26. Rising pacer Rock N Roll Doo The post Boppin’ into the Inter Dominion first appeared on Harnesslink.

  • Grassroots semi-finals complete
    by Nicholas Barnsdale on September 24, 2022 at 11:11 am

    The stage is set for the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Finals after the harness racing three-year-olds clashed in their semi-finals on Friday (Sep. 23) at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Rose Run Xcentric (Kadabra) kicked off proceedings with a pacesetting victory in the first division for trotting fillies. James MacDonald steered the filly in the three-quarter-length win The post Grassroots semi-finals complete first appeared on Harnesslink.

  • Dewe gets his training career off to the perfect start
    by Bevan Greig on September 24, 2022 at 7:43 am

    Tyler Dewe has been around horses since he was a teenager. And although he’s worked for a number of trainers, until three weeks ago he’d never had a harness racing trainer’s licence. Today at Winton with the first horse he’s taken to the races, he got his new career off to the perfect start. “It’s The post Dewe gets his training career off to the perfect start first appeared on Harnesslink.

  • Art Major two year old wins impressively on debut
    by Bevan Greig on September 24, 2022 at 7:23 am

    Backed into favouritism, two year old Deuce Coupe (Art Major) duly rewarded harness racing punters when he held on at Winton today to beat another two year old Captain Blyth, by half a length. The colt was bought by trainer Alister Black and stable client Craig Milne at the 2021 NZB Standardbred Sale in Christchurch for The post Art Major two year old wins impressively on debut first appeared on Harnesslink.

  • Another track record falls to unstoppable Bulldog Hanover
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    ANDERSON, Ind.—September 23, 2022— The crowd gathered at Harrah’s Hoosier Park to witness the historic return of the World’s Fastest Standardbred, Bulldog Hanover (Shadow Play), become the fastest in Hoosier Park harness racing history. Headlining a field of all-star open pacers, Bulldog Hanover didn’t disappoint, scoring in absolutely dominating fashion in the Harrah’s Hoosier Park The post Another track record falls to unstoppable Bulldog Hanover first appeared on Harnesslink.

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  • Detroit Kids Get a Leg Up
    by Amy Harris on September 21, 2022 at 3:50 pm

    We’ve written extensively about the benefits of Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT) for those who suffer from PTSD, eating disorders, and other mental health issues. There is something comforting and calming about being around horses that goes hand-in-hand with healing. Over the years, various studies and research have shown that horse therapy can positively impact mood, The post Detroit Kids Get a Leg Up appeared first on Horse Canada.

  • The Horses at the Queen’s Funeral
    by Amy Harris on September 21, 2022 at 2:56 pm

    The funeral of HRH Queen Elizabeth II on Monday, September 19th was a somber, dignified, and beautiful event. If you tuned in for either the procession to Westminster Abbey and the following service, or the procession to Windsor Castle and the service there (if you’re a true Royal watcher you caught both), you weren’t alone. The post The Horses at the Queen’s Funeral appeared first on Horse Canada.

  • Royal Dressage Reception Returns
    by Amy Harris on September 21, 2022 at 12:57 pm

    Dressage fans can start dusting off their cocktail dresses; the Equestrian Canada Dressage/Para-Dressage Reception at the Royal is back! After a two-year hiatus – that actually feels more like 20 years – due to the pandemic, the annual event is returning and promises to be a fun night to celebrate the sport of dressage with The post Royal Dressage Reception Returns appeared first on Horse Canada.

  • Calls to Investigate NYC Carriage Industry
    by Amy Harris on September 14, 2022 at 5:57 pm

    We’ve been covering the horrific case of Ryder, the New York City carriage horse who collapsed on a Manhattan street on August 10, and who’s story has brought continued attention to the plight of other carriage horses in the city. Now two non-profit animal rights organizations, Animal Wellness Action  and the Center for a Humane The post Calls to Investigate NYC Carriage Industry appeared first on Horse Canada.

  • Secretariat Gets His Own Park
    by Amy Harris on September 14, 2022 at 5:42 pm

    The legendary racehorse, Secretariat, is being honoured with his own park in Paris, Kentucky to mark the 50th anniversary of his storied Triple Crown run. The iconic chestnut stallion was the ninth winner of the Triple Crown, where he set the fastest times in all three races – The Kentucky Derby, The Preakness, and The The post Secretariat Gets His Own Park appeared first on Horse Canada. Horse Racing

  • Golden Rose Stakes 2022 Winner Jacquinot Eyes Caulfield Guineas
    by Lucy Henderson on September 24, 2022 at 7:16 am

    The all-in odds on Jacquinot to win the Group 1 $3 million Caulfield Guineas (1600m) in a fortnight have firmed following the colt’s outstanding win in the 2022 Golden Rose Stakes in Sydney. Third in the Blue Diamond as a two-year-old before his failed Slipper effort on a wet track with blinkers on, the Mick The post Golden Rose Stakes 2022 Winner Jacquinot Eyes Caulfield Guineas appeared first on

  • 2022 Moir Stakes Results: Coolangatta Wins, Bella Nipotina Second
    by Lucy Henderson on September 24, 2022 at 12:26 am

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  • 2022 Underwood Stakes Field & Odds Update: Zaaki Favourite
    by Lucy Henderson on September 23, 2022 at 4:09 am

    The punters are tipping the decision by Annabel Neasham to save her weight-for-age star Zaaki a week to defend his title in the Underwood Stakes to pay off with the reigning champ favourite for Sunday’s $1 million showdown. Neasham withdrew Zaaki from Sydney’s Group 1 George Main Stakes last weekend in favour of a run The post 2022 Underwood Stakes Field & Odds Update: Zaaki Favourite appeared first on

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    by Lucy Henderson on September 23, 2022 at 1:01 am

    The resuming James Cummings-trained Paulele heads markets on the Group 1 $1 million Moir Stakes (1000m) running under the lights at The Valley tonight in Melbourne. The Godolphin-raced four-year-old is narrow favourite to beat home his 11 rivals fresh on the tight Moonee Valley circuit in a class edition of the weight-for-age Moir. Hoop of The post Paulele Heads AJ Moir Stakes 2022 Field & Odds appeared first on

  • Golden Rose Stakes 2022 Field & Betting Update: Godolphin Stars Top Markets
    by Lucy Henderson on September 20, 2022 at 5:47 am

    Trainer James Cummings looks a huge hope of securing his third Group 1 $1 million Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) victory on Saturday saddling-up the two favourites for the Godolphin stable. Run To The Rose winning filly In Secret and star colt Golden Mile headline the markets on this year’s Golden Rose at The team’s The post Golden Rose Stakes 2022 Field & Betting Update: Godolphin Stars Top Markets appeared first on

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  • Surf Dancer waves goodbye to Shannon Stakes rivals
    by RS NewsWire on September 24, 2022 at 9:13 am

    Surf Dancer has given Tulloch Lodge trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott pause for thought with his comprehensive first-up win in the Group 2 Shannon Stakes at Rosehill. As the winner of the South Grafton Cup in July, the six-year-old is qualified for the $2 million Big Dance at Randwick on Melbourne… Read More »

  • Weetwood Handicap results and replay – 2022
    by Michael Nicholls on September 24, 2022 at 7:51 am

    View the results and replay for the 2022 Weetwood Handicap. The Weetwood Handicap was raced at Toowoomba racecourse on Saturday, 24 September 2022. Have Your Say 🗣: What did you think of the race? Comment below 👇 Replay: AXE you beauty 🪓 Axe goes bang in the 2022 Weetwood Handicap… Read More »

  • Jacquinot storms home to win the Golden Rose
    by RS NewsWire on September 24, 2022 at 7:40 am

    Jacquinot has rocketed into contention for a slot in the $15 million Everest after unleashing a withering finish to upstage Sydney’s best three-year-olds in the Group 1 Golden Rose. In doing so, he became the first Victorian-trained horse since Toorak Toff in 2010 to win the coveted race and while the… Read More »

  • Jamie Kah the Queen of Mornington
    by RS NewsWire on September 24, 2022 at 7:23 am

    Jamie Kah was the Queen of Mornington on Saturday landing an almost perfect afternoon with five winners for the day. With bookings in six of the eight races, Kah missed aboard former South African galloper Najem Suhail which finished sixth as the $3 favourite in the Ibuild Group Handicap (1000m). With wins on Wee Nessy, Mrs… Read More »

  • Shannon Stakes results and replay – 2022
    by Michael Nicholls on September 24, 2022 at 7:18 am

    View the results and replay for the 2022 Shannon Stakes. The Shannon Stakes was raced at Rosehill racecourse on Saturday, 24 September 2022. Have Your Say 🗣: What did you think of the race? Comment below 👇 Replay: Surf Dancer kicks off his Big Dance campaign in style with the… Read More »

  • Blue Stripe Wins Hirsch and Ticket to Distaff
    by Staff Writer on August 7, 2022 at 4:20 am

    The South American mare Blue Stripe tracked a pair of leaders early, then went on by at the head of the stretch to register and impressive length and three-quarters triumph in the $400,000 Grade I Clement L. Hirsch Stakes Saturday at Del Mar. The 5-year-old by the Argentinian stallion Equal Stripes out of an Argentinian The post Blue Stripe Wins Hirsch and Ticket to Distaff appeared first on Horse Racing Reports and News – Turfnsport.

  • Breeders’ Cup Classic Future Wager Opens Friday
    by Staff Writer on August 4, 2022 at 2:26 pm

    Undefeated 4-year-old Flightline has been installed as the 3-1 favorite for the first of two future wagers on this year’s $6 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1). The first Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic Future Wager will open on Friday, Aug. 5 at 12 p.m. ETand will close on Sunday, Aug. 7 at 6:30 p.m. ET. The The post Breeders’ Cup Classic Future Wager Opens Friday appeared first on Horse Racing Reports and News – Turfnsport.

  • American Theorem Stamps Ticket to Breeders’ Cup Sprint
    by Staff Writer on August 1, 2022 at 3:25 pm

    Rustin Kretz’s American Theorem swooped widest and fastest of all Saturday in the 77th edition of the Grade I Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar and outran eight rivals to the wire in 1:08.67 for the six-panel headliner. The husky gray son of Triple Crown hero American Pharoah was a length and a half to The post American Theorem Stamps Ticket to Breeders’ Cup Sprint appeared first on Horse Racing Reports and News – Turfnsport.

  • Harness & Horse Racing Heats Up in the Garden State This Summer
    by Staff Writer on August 1, 2022 at 2:36 pm

    New Jersey horse betting is where it’s at for the month of July and August, as thoroughbreds and harness races will be center stage for Garden State bettors over the next handful of weekends. Horse-racing enthusiasts will enjoy the $1 million Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park in Oceanport on July 23. Still, first, harness-racing action The post Harness & Horse Racing Heats Up in the Garden State This Summer appeared first on Horse Racing Reports and News – Turfnsport.

  • Bing Crosby and San Diego Highlight Saturday Card at Del Mar
    by Staff Writer on July 29, 2022 at 2:10 pm

    Topped by a pair of deep and deeply competitive stakes races, Del Mar will present a sparkling 11-race program Saturday on Day 6 of its 83rd summer race meet. First post on the afternoon is 2 p.m. The two stakes – the 77th running of the Grade I, $400,000 Bing Crosby Stakes and the 81st The post Bing Crosby and San Diego Highlight Saturday Card at Del Mar appeared first on Horse Racing Reports and News – Turfnsport.