My Sweet Mi Mi kicked off the month of racing Thursday, Feb. 1 at Monticello Raceway with a victory in the $4,900 conditioned trot. Guided by Kyle DiBenedetto, the Indiana sired mare scored the win in 2:01.4.
Starting from post six postponed My Sweet Mi Mi’s bid for the lead. She got away in fourth as Barn Star and McGwire Sowers grabbed the early top spot first and then it was KJ Phillip and Jim Taggart Jr. who took over at the quarter in :30.0. From there, the field sat patiently in single file through the half in 1:01.2 before My Sweet Mi Mi was the first to pull to the outside. She rallied up with a sharp movement by opponents until she got to the wheel of KJ Phillip, who picked up the tempo past the three-quarters in 1:31.2.
My Sweet Mi Mi continued to make multiple bids to get by the leader but was relegated to second on the outside. In the stretch, My Sweet Mi Mi used one more surge and rallied past KJ Phillip to score the win by a comfortable one and one-half lengths. Al’s Spirit and Fern Paquet Jr. moved into second while KJ Phillip held on to third.
My Sweet Mi Mi paid $11.20 for the win. The five-year-old daughter of Muscle Massive is now owned by Howard Jacobs and trained by Robin DiBenedetto. Taylor Racing LLC bred and raised the mare and got her racing start in her in Indiana.
My Sweet Mi Mi started her career off for the Taylor Stable in Indiana Sires Stakes action and earned several top five finishes in that series. She eventually relocated to Northfield before heading to New York. She has been with her current connections for the past year and a half. Overall, she now has 10 career wins and nearly $100,000 on her card. Her career best time of 1:56.4 was taken as a three-year-old for Taylor at Harrah’s Hoosier Park.
My Sweet Mi Mi is out of Taylor’s tough race mare Little Ms Chrissy, who was part of Taylor’s barn in Illinois before he relocated to Indiana. The stakes winning mare raced in all the major Illinois stakes races, winning several of the top events including the Lincoln Land as a two-year-old. Overall, she completed her career with 23 wins and more than $260,000 on her card with her career best time of 1:53.4 taken at the Illinois State Fair as a four-year-old. She has a two-year-old filly by Don’t Let’Em this season currently in training.
The Indiana trend continued in the second race of the day at Monticello as Vel Straight Fun scored the win in 2:00.2 for driver McGwire Sowers. The four-year-old Straight Shooting mare sat patiently along the inside behind the leaders before finding room in the stretch and scoring the win by three-quarters of a length over Brendas Delight and Jim Taggart Jr. Indiana sired Sweet Ginger and Bruce Aldrich Jr. finished third.
Vel Straight Fun, a one-time Indiana Sired Fair Circuit contender, paid $13.80 for the win. She is now owned by Mo Coo Inc. and trained by Sowers. Alvin Schwartz bred the mare, who is now two for two in 2024. Overall, she has five wins and more than $32,000 on her card with her best time of 1:58.0 taken earlier in 2024 at Monticello.