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Delaware legislature honors Wiggleitjiggleit

06:57 AM 28 Jan 2016 NZDT
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In the Governor’s Office On the House floor from left to right: Rep. Dan Short, Clyde Francis, Rep. Bobby Outten, George Teague, Montrell Teague and Mike Taylor George Teague speaking on the House floor
In the Governor’s Office from left to right: House Rep. Bobby Outten, Governor Jack Markell, George Teague, Senator Gary Simpson, Clyde Francis, Mike Taylor and Montrell Teague
On the House floor from left to right: Rep. Dan Short, Clyde Francis, Rep. Bobby Outten, George Teague, Montrell Teague and Mike Taylor
George Teague speaking on the House floor

DOVER, Del. - The Delaware legislature paid tribute to 2015 standardbred horse of the year Wiggleitjiggleit Tuesday afternoon with ceremonies in the House of Representatives and Senate.

Wiggleitjiggleit's owner, George Teague Jr., of Harrington, trainer Clyde Francis of Houston, were joined by the horse's driver, Montrell Teague (Harrington) and groom Mike Taylor (Harrington). The festivities started on a capacity-filled Senate floor where legislators and visitors watched a replay of the 2015 Little Brown Jug from Delaware, Ohio, which is widely recognized as one of the most memorable races of all-time, that resulted in a victory for local star Wiggleitjiggleit. Many of the legislators were awe-stricken by the remarkable race and vocalized their congratulations and pride in having a Delaware horse gain national acclaim and subsequent attention and exposure across North America.

A tribute was read and presented by Senators Gary Simpson and Patricia Blevins, noting the many accomplishments of Wiggleitjiggleit, that included 22 victories and more than $2 million earned in a historic season.

The Teague crew then immediately went to the House chamber and were introduced by Representative Bobby Outten and Dan Short, who honored the connections of Wiggleitjiggleit. Owner George Teague expressed his gratitude at the podium on the House floor.

"This is truly an honor," said Teague, who also trained 2004 horse of the year Rainbow Blue. "We got extremely lucky to have a horse like this and it's been a fun ride. We appreciate the recognition."

Teague and crew then visited the Honorable Governor Jack Markell's office and were met with congratulations by the Governor.

Wiggleitjiggleit is expected to return to racing in the spring of 2016 and will receive his horse of the year honors at the United States Harness Writers Association's Dan Patch awards banquet on March 6 in Orlando, Fl. Delaware will be well represented as there will be four awards given to residents of The First State. In addition to the horse of the year feat, owner George Teague was voted 2015 owner of the year, driver Montrell Teague was named Rising Star, and Jo Ann Looney-King, of Harrington will receive the William Haughton Memorial Good Guy Award.

Matthew Sparacino

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