Always B Miki wins $500,000 Ben Franklin Stakes

July 3, 2016 GMT

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Always B Miki won Saturday’s $500,000 Ben Franklin Stakes for older pacers, defeating Freaky Feet Pete by three-quarters of a length in 1:47 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.

Wiggle It Jiggleit finished third.

Always B Miki’s time equaled the fastest mile in harness racing history on a five-eighths-mile racetrack. Always B Miki, who also won in 1:47 last week at Pocono, shares the record with Sweet Lou.

Trained by Jimmy Takter and driven by David Miller, the 5-year-old Always B Miki has won five of seven races this year and nine of 11 since returning from injury last October. He is owned by Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable, and Christina Takter. He has earned $1.56 million.

Sent off as the 8-5 second choice behind favorite Wiggle It Jiggleit, Always B Miki paid $5.20, $3.00 and $2.20.