World champion Always B Miki made one final visit to the Big M winner's enclosure on Nov. 18 for a special retirement ceremony after he capped his career with a resounding win in the $400,000 TVG Free-For-All Pace the prior weekend. The fastest Standardbred to ever set foot on a racetrack concluded his career with 30 wins in 53 career starts, over $2.7 million in earnings, and a career mark of 1:46 taken at the Red Mile in October.
Always B Miki will transition from the Jimmy Takter stable to assume stud duty at Diamond Creek Farm in Pennsylvania.
The University of Louisville Equine Industry Program honored Jeffrey Gural, a long-time New York real estate magnate, Standardbred breeder and owner, and, more recently, harness track owner and operator in New Jersey and New York. Gural was the recipient of the John W. Galbreath Award, given each year since 1990 to a person or persons who have led successful equine enterprises.