East Rutherford, NJ — Monte Miki, the Dan Patch Award winner as the top 2-year-old male pacer of 2021, has been retired, according to his trainer, Mark Evers.
“He’s got a tear on the side of his tendon and is going to stud,” said Evers. “We were devastated. He had a little bump on the side of his tendon and he had a 20 percent tear after we worked him the Friday before last.”
Evers was looking forward to a big 3-year-old campaign for the son of Always B Miki-Montenegro, who won six-of-seven starts a year ago, good for earnings of $665,276, by far tops in his division.
“It’s disappointing, that’s for sure,” said Evers. “He had a lot of talent, but there are a couple of breeding farms interested in him and we are currently in negotiations.”
Monte Miki took home divisional honors on the strength of two major stakes wins — the $650,960 Metro at Woodbine Mohawk Park in 1:52.2 and $600,000 Breeders Crown at The Meadowlands in 1:53.2. After being driven in his first three starts (all wins) by Josh Sutton, Scott Zeron was in the bike for the remainder of the season.
Owned by Velocity Standardbreds, Monte Miki took his lifetime mark of 1:50.4 in a Breeders Crown elimination at The Big M.