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  Always B Miki Equals World Record
The 2016 edition of the $500,000 Ben Franklin lived up to its hype with a stellar cast of Free-For-All pacers producing a world record equalling performance on Sun Stakes Saturday (July 2) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Always B Miki ultimately held off Freaky Feet Pete and Wiggle It Jiggleit in a battle of the elimination winners....read on
             
                 
   Ben Franklin - Final
 3&UP OPEN PACE   1.609 m auto   Purse: $500 000
   
 
RACE 11 - The Downs At Mohegan Sun Pocono - PA - July 2, 2016
Conditions: Ben Franklin E.C. No. 4 - Final Free-For-All
Gait: Pace     Purse: $500,000     Class: Franklin F     Distance: 1 Mile    Track Cond: FAST  
   
       
 
HN  Horse  PP  1/4  1/2  3/4  Str  Finish Actual LQ Odds  Driver  Trainer
   
7  Always B Miki  7  4°/2H  1/1Q  1/HD  1/1Q  1/T 1:47.0  27.3 1.60   David Miller  Jimmy Takter
   
   
6  Freaky Feet Pete  6  1/1Q  2/1Q  3/1Q  2/1Q  2/T 1:47.1  27.3 4.10   Trace Tetrick  Larry Rheinheimer
   
   
3  Wiggle It Jiggleit  3  2/1Q  3°/1Q  2°/HD  3/2Q  3/2 1:47.2  28.0 *0.90   Montrell Teague  Clyde Francis
   
   
1  Mel Mara  1  3/2H  5/3  4/2H  4/3H  4/2 1:47.2  27.3 13.90   Corey Callahan  Dylan Davis
   
   
9  Rock N` Roll World  9  10/9Q  9/6H  8/5  5/4  5/3Q 1:47.3  27.1 264.00   Jim Morrill Jr  Ron Burke
   
   
5  Sunfire Blue Chip  5  8/7H  7/5  6/3T  6/5  6/4 1:47.4  27.3 130.40   Brett Miller  Jimmy Takter
   
   
4  State Treasurer  4  7/6Q  8°/5Q  9°/5Q  8/12  7/10Q 1:49.0  28.3 27.60   Tim Tetrick  Dr. Ian Moore
   
   
2  Shamballa  2  6/5  6°/4  7°°/4  9/12Q  8/10T 1:49.1  29.0 38.60   Scott Zeron  Rick Zeron
   
   
8  All Bets Off  8  9°/7T  10°/6T  10/6Q  7/12  9/11 1:49.1  28.3 74.10   Matt Kakaley  Ron Burke
   
   
10  Always At My Place  10  5/3T  4°/2H  5°/2H  10/13H  10/12T 1:49.3  29.4 137.20   Yannick Gingras  Ron Burke
   
       
 
1st Always B Miki  (5, H   Always A Virgin - Artstopper - Artsplace)
    Registered Owner(s)/Lessee(s):  Bluewood Stable - NJ, Roll The Dice Stable - DE, Christina Takter - NJ
    Breeder(s):  Roll The Dice Stable - DE 
2nd Freaky Feet Pete  (4, H   Rockin Image - Skyway Lori - Pilgrims Punch)
    Registered Owner(s):  Mary Rheinheimer - IN, Marty Rheinheimer - IN
    Breeder(s):  Larry Rheinheimer - IN 
3rd Wiggle It Jiggleit  (4, G   Mr Wiggles - Mozzi Hanover - Jenna`s Beach Boy)
    Registered Owner(s):  George Teague Jr Inc. - DE, Teague Racing Partnership LLC - FL
    Breeder(s):  James Bernstein - FL, Theresa Bantle - NY, Eric Felter - NY, Vincent Tancredi - NY 
   
     
 
   
   Ben Franklin - Consolation
 3&UP OPEN PACE   1.609 m auto   Purse: $75 000
   
 
RACE 7 - The Downs At Mohegan Sun Pocono - PA - July 2, 2016
Conditions: Ben Franklin E.C. No. 4 - Consolation Free-For-All
Gait: Pace     Purse: $75,000     Class: Franklin C     Distance: 1 Mile    Track Cond: FAST 
   
       
 
HN  Horse  PP  1/4  1/2  3/4  Str  Finish Actual LQ Odds  Driver  Trainer
   
1  Luck Be Withyou  1  1/1Q  1/Q  1/1Q  1/1H  1/1T 1:47.4  28.0 2.30   Geo. Napolitano Jr  Chris Oakes
   
   
2  Cooperstown  2  3/2H  5/3  3/2H  3/1H  2/1T 1:48.1  28.0 37.60   Scott Zeron  Daniel Renaud
   
   
3  Rockin Ron  3  2/1Q  3/1Q  2/1Q  2/1H  3/2 1:48.1  28.1 *0.80   Yannick Gingras  Ron Burke
   
   
5  Alexa`s Jackpot  5  7/6Q  7/5Q  5/3T  4/3H  4/3H 1:48.2  27.4 36.90   Brett Miller  Marty Fine
   
   
6  Take It Back Terry  6  8/7H  8/6T  7°/5  7/5Q  5/4T 1:48.4  28.0 36.40   Matt Kakaley  Ron Burke
   
   
9  Bushwacker  9  9/8T  9/8Q  8/6  5/4T  6/5Q 1:48.4  27.4 39.20   Tim Tetrick  Chris Ryder
   
   
7  Ideal Cowboy  7  6/5  6°/4  6°/3T  6/5  7/5H 1:48.4  28.1 14.60   David Miller  Jeffrey Bamond Jr.
   
   
4  Melmerby Beach  4  5/3T  4°/1T  4°/2H  8/9Q  8/12T 1:50.2  30.1 4.00   Corey Callahan  Ettore Annunziata
   
   
8  Limelight Beach  8  4°/2H  2°/Q  9°/6H  9/10Q  9/14Q 1:50.3  29.3 29.00   Jim Morrill Jr  Ron Burke
   
       
 
1st Luck Be Withyou  (5, H   Western Ideal - Trim Hanover - Camluck)
    Registered Owner(s)/Lessee(s):  John Craig - ON
    Breeder(s):  Brittany Farms - KY 
2nd Cooperstown  (4, H   Four Starzzz Shark - American Charm - American Ideal)
    Registered Owner(s):  Brian Wallach - NJ, Ira Wallach - NJ
    Breeder(s):  Brittany Farms - KY 
3rd Rockin Ron  (4, G   Real Desire - Im All A Roan - Sportsmaster)
    Registered Owner(s):  Burke Racing Stable LLC - PA, Weaver Bruscemi LLC - PA, Rtc Stables Inc - PA
    Breeder(s):  Ronald Phillips - IL, John Carver - IA, Louis Leinberger - IL 
   
 
   
       
 
Curtis Salonick photo
Always B Miki and driver Dave Miller.
Always B Miki Equals World Record
The 2016 edition of the $500,000 Ben Franklin lived up to its hype with a stellar cast of Free-For-All pacers producing a world record equalling performance on Sun Stakes Saturday (July 2) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Always B Miki ultimately held off Freaky Feet Pete and Wiggle It Jiggleit in a battle of the elimination winners.

Always B Miki ($5.20) completed a sweep of his elimination and the final with back-to-back 1:47 world record miles for a five-eighth-mile track. The time matches Sweet Lou’s record that was set in the Ben Franklin final two years ago.

The anticipation for this year's Ben Franklin stemmed from Always B Miki and Freaky Feet Pete producing world records in last week's eliminations and fellow top-ranked elim winner Wiggle It Jiggleit joining them to face off for the first time in a race. Not to mention, the field of 10 consisted of seven horses that have won in 1:48 or faster.

Wiggle It Jiggleit (Montrell Teague) was the first of the heavyweights to fire in the final from post three with Freaky Feet Pete (Trace Tetrick), who won his elimination in a 1:47.1 world record for a four-year-old pacing horse on a five-eighth-mile track, sprinting out from post six to take command after the first eighth of a mile. Meanwhile, David Miller also had Always B Miki advancing outside from post seven and they cleared to command past the :25.4 first quarter mark.

As Always B Miki raced to the half in :53, Wiggle It Jiggleit tipped out and moved up alongside the leader. They battled head-to-head past three-quarters in 1:19.2 and turned for home with Freaky Feet Pete shooting through the passing lane and Mel Mara (Corey Callahan) rallying wide outside from fourth after second over Always At My Place (Yannick Gingras) gapped cover. Down the stretch, Always B Miki ultimately held off Freaky Feet Pete to win by three-quarters of a length while Wiggle It Jiggleit finished two lengths behind in third over Mel Mara.

"I didn't think that I would be on the lead by the half," said David Miller after the race. "I definitely wanted to be close to them other two, for sure, so I did score him [down before the race] and got him a little wound up. I thought there would be a few more inside of me pushing off pretty hard, but I didn't figure on lining up and cutting it.

"We were pacing pretty hard up the backstretch there and both of us looked like we were pretty comfortable. Around the last turn, I asked my horse and he went on and finished it off.

"I expected Wiggle It Jiggleit to come back, but 'Miki' raced very well, he raced very tough, as we were hoping he would."

Jimmy Takter trains the five-year-old son of Always A Virgin and Artstopper for his wife Christina and co-owners Bluewood Stable and Roll The Dice Stable.

Luck Be Withyou ($6.60) put on a show of his own in the $75,000 Franklin Consolation. With the inside post position, driver George Napolitano Jr. fired last year's Ben Franklin champion off the gate forcing favourite Rockin Ron (Yannick Gingras) into the two-hole and repelling outsider Limelight Beach (Jim Morrill Jr.) through opening panels of :25.4 and :52.4. The five-year-old son of Western Ideal out of Trim Hanover then raced past three-quarters in 1:19.4 and held clear on top down the lane en route to a 1:47.4 career-best victory for trainer Chris Oakes and owner John Craig of North York, Ont. Cooperstown (Scott Zeron) followed one and three-quarter length behind in second along the pylons while Rockin Ron finished third after pulling the pocket in the stretch.
       
   
   
         
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