10/18/2014 10:19PM

Hoosier: Freaky Feet Pete, Always B Miki shine in Super Finals

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Freaky Feet Pete has only lost once in 10 career races.

These aren’t your Indiana-bred Standardbreds from years ago. That was evident after watching some huge miles from Freaky Feet Pete and Always B Miki as part of an octet of $200,000-plus Super Finals at Hoosier Park on Saturday Night.

Freaky Feet Pete was arguably the star of the show as the 2-year-old pacing colt blitzed his competition by a country mile in a sizzling 1:50 4/5 over a track that was rated good.

Freaky Feet Pete had to wait patiently in the early going due to his second-tier starting slot. With Camturo Rock posting an opening quarter in 26 4/5, Skim The Top began to march for the front and supply an escort for Freaky Feet Pete.

Once clear sailing presented itself, Freaky Feet Pete charged to the top and left the field in his dust. The timer read 55 2/5, 1:23 3/5 and ultimately 1:50 4/5 as driver Trace Tetrick cruised across the wire 11 1/4 lengths clear of The Big Year in second.

“He’s been a nice horse ever since we broke him. We’ve always had high hopes,” said trainer Larry Rheinheimer, who added that Freaky Feet Pete would likely be staked outside of Indiana in 2015.

Freaky Feet Pete is owned by Mary Jo Rheinheimer and Larry Rheinheimer. The son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori has only lost once in 10 career starts and sports earnings of $261,950.

Always B Miki was a powerhouse in his own right, overcoming some early trouble to obliterate his competition in the Super Final for 3-year-old colts and geldings. After getting looped while leaving, Always B Miki would need to move wide briefly to get around a tired horse as they blazed a 25 3/5 first quarter.

As the field approached the half, driver Peter Wrenn asked Always B Miki for speed and he quickly responded with a bull rush to make the front at the half in 53 3/5. From there the race was over. The Joe Holloway trainee opened up on the field and put up a 27 1/5 final quarter to win by open lengths in 1:49 1/5 over Always The Sun.

“You don’t have any idea how fast you are going,” said Wrenn about Always B Miki. “Anything slower than top speed feels like you are walking.”

Always B Miki, one of the top sophomore colts in North America, is owned by Bluewood Stable, Val D’Or Farms, and Roll The Dice Stable. The Always A Virgin colt has earned $641,482 in 2014 via 10 wins in 17 starts.

Hardly outdone on the card where a pair of young ladies named Color’s A Virgin and Churita.

In the 3-year-old filly pace, Jugette winner Color’s A Virgin made an uncharacteristic early move to the front en route to a 1:52 4/5 victory for driver Trace Tetrick and trainer Brian Brown. Also by sire Always A Virgin, the filly has won 11 of 14 starts this year for Emerald Highlands Farm.

Churita improved her stellar record to eight for 10 career with a scintillating 11 1/4 length win in the rookie filly trot. The Matt Rheinheimer-trained youngster was driven by Trace Tetrick for owner Jackie Porter.

Rose Run Parker also turned in a stellar mile by capturing his final for sophomore trotting colts and geldings by nearly nine lengths in 1:54 2/5. Owned and trained by Ron Burke for co-owner Weaver Bruscemi and W.Hass, Jr., Rose Run Parker has won 21 of 25 career races.

Other Super Final winners on the card included: Hudson Jesse (3-year-old filly trot); Quiet Hall (2-year-old colt trot); Rockin Good (2-year-old filly pace).

Top older trotter Natural Herbie also scored a 1:53 3/5 win on the 14-race Hoosier card for owner/driver/trainer Verlin Yoder.

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