In a older pacing class that will boast the likes of Foiled Again, Freaky Feet Pete, Wakizashi Hanover and Wiggle It Jiggleit in 2016, one driver sat behind two of the horses that these pacers will look to knock off the divisional podium: Always B Miki and State Treasurer.
In an interview with Meadowlands' Bob Heyden, David Miller reflected on the campaigns of Canada's Horse of the Year State Treasurer and Breeders Crown winner Always B Miki.
"'Treasurer' there last year definitely hit a gear he had not had, and for about two months he was unbeatable," said Miller. "He ripped through a lot of races and did very well. Talking to Doc [Moore], he's coming back better than ever."
The now seven-year-old son of Real Desire, State Treasurer banked more than $986,000 during his 2015 campaign with track records at Hollywood Dayton and Tioga Downs plus a stakes record with third victory in the Molson Pace at The Raceway at Western Fair District. He was named Horse of the Year at the 2015 O'Brien Awards in February.
Miller, who was just the second catch driver to sit behind State Treasurer as a two-year-old in 2011, credits the pacer for consistently getting better with age.
"He's got wicked speed, he's very quick, very fast and he's just learned to carry it a lot further."
The horse that spoiled State Treasurer's chances to end 2015 on a high note was Always B Miki, who returned from injury with a vengeance. The four-year-old son of Always A Virgin rattled off four wins in four starts, the most impressive coming in the Breeders Crown at Woodbine Racetrack.
"He made the lead past the half and he just drew off from an unbelievable group of horses. He's just an amazing horse," noted the recipient of Driver of the Year in the U.S. for 2015. "I'm very aware of how special he is; he gives me a lot of thrills just to sit behind him."
Miller, who is on the cusp of harness racing history with earnings just shy of $200 million, also discusses Always B Miki's best race -- a race he lost, defeating Wiggle It Jiggleit with Dealt A Winner in the Cane Pace, and two-year-old trotting filly Broadway Donna. To watch the full interview, click the play button below.