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Nichols, N.Y. -- Harness racing reigning Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit ($2.60) proved too much for his ten 4-year-old pacing rivals in Sunday (June 12) afternoon's $75,000 Graduate preliminary at Tioga Downs, drawing clear authoritatively after setting a strong pace.   The 4-year-old Mr Wiggles gelding not only endured early pressure from Rockin Ron (Yannick Gingras) through a :25.4 first quarter, but also a broken buxton in the initial stages of the race. Nonetheless, he dictate all the terms, rating a :55.3 middle half before edging clear of first-over challenger In the Arsenal (Brett Miller) on the far turn. Now a 30-time winner, Wiggle It Jiggleit amassed 5-1/2 lengths clearance over the others in the end, and his 1:48.1 mile equaled Rockeyed Optimist's track record for 4-year-old pacing geldings.   In the Arsenal held second, Rockin in Heaven (David Miller) rallied mildly to save third off a tracking trip, and Rockin Ron faded to fourth after forcing the early pace.   Clyde Francis trains Wiggle It Jiggleit for owners George Teague, Jr. and the Teague Racing Partnership.   Wiggle It Jiggleit     In the $75,000 Graduate Trot, Maestro Blue Chip ($13.40) lasted on the lead, parrying a stern first-over threat from Musical Rhythm (John Campbell) through the middle half and just holding sway from a surging Whataworkout (Scott Zeron) for a 1:53.4 victory. Tim Tetrick drove the 4-year-old Credit Winner entire for owner Richard Poillucci and trainer JoAnn Looney-King. Pinkman (Gingras), the 2015 Hambletonian winner, could not escape the pocket, narrowly beaten for third by Crazshana (David Miller) while lacking for racing room the entirety of the stretch.   Maestro Blue Chip     The afternoon's two $62,400 New York Sire Stakes events for 3-year-old pacing fillies saw Angels Rockn Pink ($15.20) and Time on My Hands ($4.10) work to the fore early and never look back. Angels Rockin Pink, a daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven and Miss Liz, turned aside a first-over push from Dime a Dance for a 1:52.1 win under Mark MacDonald for trainer Chris Oakes.   Time on My Hands also repelled a third-quarter challenge, but later would have to outlast a late push from American Ivy (Andy Miller), who vacated the pocket in upper stretch. Jason Bartlett drove the daughter of American Ideal and Bewitching Jewell to a 1:53.2 victory for trainer Chris Ryder.   The annual Tioga Downs Scholarship Race, a non-wagering exhibition sponsored by the Harness Horse Breeders of New York State and the Southern Tier Harness Horsemen's Association, went to the Tompkins Cortland Community College-bound Alexis Eaton, teaming up with trainer Mike Deters in a two-seated jog cart behind Prairie Jaguar in the 5/8-mile race.   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Friday (June 17) evening, with post time slated for 6:30 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

Wiggle It Jiggleit has traveled to Northfield Park's Flying Turns on two occasions and has two harness racing track records to prove it. Winner of the 2015 Carl Milstein Memorial in 1:49.3, the fasted mile paced at Northfield Park by a three year-old gelding, Wiggle It Jiggleit is now also the fastest four year-old gelding on the half-mile oval by virtue of his easy victory in Saturday's (May 21) $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie. Wiggle It Jiggleit (Mr Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover-Jenna's Beach Boy) is owned by the partnership of George Teague Jr. Inc. and Teague Racing Partnership. He is trained by Clyde Francis. Montrell Teague had the winning drive. Entering the Battle off two runner-up finishes, many analysts were not eyeing Wiggle It Jiggleit, but rather (#5) Freaky Feet Pete as their selection. Freaky Feet Pete entered the event off a nine-race win streak. "Almost every print I looked in has us picked for second, some even for third," said owner George Teague. "I wondered if I was looking at the same program as them, but it even had me doubting our chances in here." As the gate pulled away from the stellar Battle field, Wiggle It Jiggle left no doubt who would reign supreme. He led his rivals from start to finish. Wiggle It Jiggleit started from the rail and led his competition every step of the way through fractions of :28, :55.4, 1:23 and 1:49.4, besting his rivals by 4-1/4 lengths. Pacing an initial quarter in a leisurely :28, and sprinting his final quarter in :26.4, there was no catching Wiggle It Jiggleit. "My horse was unbelievably grabby and ready to roll," explained Montrell Teague. "Although we went slow early, no one would have had a chance to get the lead anyway." Saturday's win marks the 28th score for Wiggle It Jiggleit in 35 career races and increases his bankroll to $2,478,260. Ayers Ratliff

Wiggle It Jiggleit kicked- off his four-year-old season breezing to an easy 1:51.4 victory in the $60,000 Invitational Handicap on a windy Monday, March 28. Atta Boy Dan won the $36,000 Open Preferred while Bad Boy Matt took the $33,000 Delaware Special on a powerful 15-race harness racing card at Dover Downs. Tony Morgan, who drove four winners, piloted both ends of the DSBF sophomore trots. The 2015 Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit was driven to the early lead by Montrell Teague and cut out all the fractions in the mile. Tim Tetrick got away second with Rockeyed Optimist and stayed there ending a four-race win streak. Buckwacker and Corey Callahan rolled out of fourth and got up for third. After the race, driver Teague said, "I really didn't have a plan of what to do, which is normal for me driving Wiggle It, but I made the front easily and had it my own way.' George Teague, Montrell's father who manages the brilliant young gelding remarked, "We'll see how he comes out of the race, and I'll drop him in to race on Saturday in the Levy (at Yonkers). Wiggle It Jiggleit, an altered son of Mr. Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover, is trained by Clyde Francis for George Teague Jr. and Teague Racing Partnership. He won for the 24th time in his 28-race career and now has earned $2,248,495 lifetime. Driver Tony Morgan and trainer-lessee Syl King teamed to win both ends of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 3-Year-Old Male Trot first of two preliminary divisions. Chippofftheway, the freshman champion, an altered son of Master Levac-Off The Wall won the 1st race in 1:59.2, his seventh lifetime win in 12 races and upped his earnings to $111,440. Mondello (Art Stafford Jr.) broke stride early and rallied to finish second in front of Samuel J (Vic Kirby). In the 2nd DSBF prelim, Outside The Line, a CR Commando-Bonfire Hanover gelding, was the Morgan-King winner again with a 2:02.3 upset victory. Boston Malibu (Allan Davis) and Elton J (Carlo Poliseno) were second and third respectively. On a standout undercard, Andrew McCarthy guided Atta Boy Dan to his second win in three weeks at the track winning the $36,000 Open Preferred Handicap in 1:51.4 for Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing stable, his third win of the year in eight outings banking $72,600. The Western Terror-Dropitlikeitshot gelding won for the 40th time and now has earned $538,792 in purses. Jeneral Patton (Callahan) was second ending a four-race victory skein. Smart Rokker (Tony Morgan) also saw a three race win streak end, finishing third. Allan Davis steered Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing's Bad Boy Matt to a 1:51.1 triumph in the $33,000 Delaware Special. It was his third win in his last four and fourth win of the year for the Badlands Hanover-Mattercycle gelding now a $75,395 winner this year. Mustang Art (Sean Bier) finished second for the second-time in-a-row. Sparky Mark (Jonathan Roberts) closed well for third. In an $18,000 4&5-Year-Old Male pace, Tony Morgan, who won the first three races on the card, made it four wins driving New Patrol home in 1:53.1 to give owner Frank Chick and trainer Kevin Lare a double. The Armbro Deuce-Triple Flip gelding held off Apollo Seelster (Tetrick), second, and front pacing Skyway Gladiator (Mike Rossi) for his fourth win of the year in nine races. Janet Hudson's Just A Jolt and Tim Tetrick took the lead from Four Staces (Callahan) and was never headed in a 1:52 performance to take the $17,500 Male Winners Over pace. Four Staces proved second best with Itrustyou (McCarty) the show horse. Jim King conditions the Village Jolt-Just Wait Kate six-year-old gelding, who won for the second time this year and 32nd time in his career while earning $$479,577 lifetime. The $24,000 Mares Open and two $20,000 DSBF Soph filly pace top a strong Tuesday program. Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Dover Downs is dark on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. When at the track, watch live races and enjoy dining in the Winners Circle Restaurant's acclaimed Harness Racing Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs where there is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

If Clyde Francis got a little teary eyed during Sunday night's harness racing Dan Patch Awards banquet, it was understandable. It also was not unexpected. Francis, who celebrated his 59th birthday Saturday, on Sunday watched as Wiggle It Jiggleit was honored as harness racing's 2015 Horse of the Year during the U.S. Harness Writers Association's Dan Patch Awards banquet at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six hotel. Wiggle It Jiggleit, trained by Francis for owner and longtime friend George Teague Jr., won 22 of 26 races last season and earned $2.18 million in purses. "With him, it doesn't take much for me to get emotional about it," Francis said. "I'll go back and look at races, I'll look at them over and over again, and I get teary eyed. It's just a sentimental thing. "I'm around him every day. He's like a pet. Everybody doesn't get to enjoy a horse like him every day. I'm just lucky enough to be around one like him. I never thought I'd be. Just to be affiliated with a horse like him is great." Wiggle It Jiggleit's Horse of the Year Award topped the night, but there were numerous other horses --- not to mention horsemen and horsewomen --- recognized during the evening's festivities. Other horses honored were trotters Pinkman (Trotter of the Year and best 3-year-old male), Southwind Frank (2-year-old male), Broadway Donna (2-year-old female), Mission Brief (3-year-old female), JL Cruze (older male) and Bee A Magician (older female) and pacers Boston Red Rocks (2-year-old male), Pure Country (2-year-old female), Divine Caroline (3-year-old female), State Treasurer (older male) and Venus Delight (older female). Francis has worked with Teague for nearly two decades. Teague co-owned and trained 2004 Horse of the Year Rainbow Blue, and while Francis was somewhat involved with Rainbow Blue it was nothing like his connection with Wiggle It Jiggleit. Francis liked Wiggle It Jiggleit from his earliest days and Teague decided it was time for Francis to get more recognition and named him the trainer for the horse. "With Rainbow Blue, I was around for a little bit but not as much hands on as with (Wiggle It Jiggleit)," Francis said. "With him, I was hands on from day one; from the time we started breaking him. Me and Mike (caretaker Mike Taylor) had him on our side of the barn and we were the only ones to fool with him. It's been a fun ride." It's been a ride that has seen Francis become better known throughout the harness racing industry, even though he was previously recognized by many trainers and caretakers in racetrack paddocks on the East Coast through his association with the Teague Stable. "Now, I'm more so known worldwide in the horse industry as the trainer of Wiggle It Jiggleit," Francis said. "That's a great feeling. It's great to go through the paddock and have all eyes on you. "You're not going to find a better person than George. He would do anything for anybody in the world. He doesn't even have to know you for him to help. He just likes to help people. I can't praise him enough." Wiggle It Jiggleit, who is getting ready for a return to action this season, also received 2015 Dan Patch honors as Pacer of the Year and best 3-year-old male pacer. His victories included the Meadowlands Pace, Little Brown Jug, Battle of the Brandywine, Max C. Hempt Memorial, Carl Milstein Memorial, Hap Hansen Progress Pace, and Matron Stakes. He won the Little Brown Jug in a memorable stretch duel with Lost For Words, rallying in deep stretch after racing on the outside for much of the mile to get to the wire first by a nose. "The Jug, I don't know if you'll ever see another horserace like that again," Francis said. "I look at that race as one of the greatest races I've ever seen a horse go. "Even the races he lost, I was never disappointed in him. He's one of those horses that gave you what he's got every time he hit the track. You could never get down on him." Team Teague's celebrating went beyond Wiggle It Jiggleit's Horse of the Year honor. Teague was recognized as the 2015 Owner of the Year, his second such trophy in his career; 25-year-old Montrell Teague, who drove Wiggle It Jiggleit in all his races, was recognized as the Rising Star; and Taylor was honored as Caretaker of the Year. Teague's previous Owner of the Year honor was in 2007. "What a fun year it was to have such a great horse," Teague said, referring to Wiggle It Jiggleit. "Words can't explain it. When you've got the mom and you've got the dad and you wind up with one like this, and you don't expect it, it's definitely an extra bonus." Montrell Teague won 160 races last year and set a career high with $3.71 million in purses. In addition to driving Wiggle It Jiggleit, he piloted Ohio Sire Stakes champion Miss Me Yet and Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund winners Apple Bottom Jeans and Remember Me VK. "It's been a very fun ride, and to be honored with such a great award adds to it," he said. "Dad always said greatness comes with opportunity and I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to race one of the greatest horses to ever hit the track. Wiggle It Jiggleit has given me and my family enough thrills to last a lifetime." Jimmy Takter received his fifth trophy --- and second in a row --- for Trainer of the Year. Takter trained Dan Patch Award-winners Pinkman and Pure Country and set a record by winning six Breeders Crown races in 2015. Other top horses for Takter last year included Crown champs Wild Honey, All The Time, Always B Miki, Creatine, and The Bank. "It's nice; we had a fantastic year," Takter said. "I had a great group of horses and I have a great group of people that participate with us. It's not just a one-man show." David Miller was recognized as Driver of the Year. He won a record five Breeders Crown races last year and was the regular driver of Dan Patch Award-winners Divine Caroline and Broadway Donna. He also had stakes wins with State Treasurer and Bee A Magician. Miller also was Driver of the Year in 2003. "It means a lot to me," Miller said. "I think my competition is pretty tough, it's a battle every night, so it's an honor to be named Driver of the Year. It's been an incredible ride. I love it so much." Hanover Shoe Farms President and CEO Jim Simpson received the Stanley Bergstein-Proximity Achievement Award for his contributions to harness racing. He also saw Hanover Shoe Farms recognized as Breeder of the Year. Hanover-bred horses earned a record $30.16 million in 2015. "I would like to emphasize that political activism is one of my new chores in this industry, and I can't say I like it," Simpson said. "But it must be done. The more active you can be politically, the better." Other honorees included trainer Joann Looney-King, with the Good Guy Award; Kentucky Harness Horsemen's Association Executive Director and multiple racetrack announcer Gabe Prewitt, with the Breakthrough Award; and Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame Director of Development Joanne Young, with the Unsung Hero Award. For a complete list of winners, visit the U.S. Harness Writers Association website here. by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA  

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

Triple Bottom Line pulled a 7-1 upset to win the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Two-Year-Old Filly Trot while Wiggle It Jiggleit downed eight rivals for his 21st victory of the season in the Hap Hansen Progress Pace at Dover Downs on Monday, Nov. 23. Veteran trainer-driver Jeff Fout found the passing lane to his liking overtaking dueling leaders Cicada's Song, who cut the mile for Carlo Poliseno from outside post 8, and challenger Epic Smash and Pat Berry who battled on the outside from the backstretch on until the final strides when Triple Bottom Line flew down the lane to post a 2:00.4 victory. It was the second trip to the winner's circle in eight starts for the three-time second -place finisher bred and owned by Winbak Farm. The CR Commando-Current Yield freshman now has won $75,800 this campaign. Cicada's Song and Epic Smash were second and third respectively. While the DSBF $100,000 final was the biggest purse event on the card, one of the biggest crowds of the early meet came to see George Teague Inc.'s Wiggle It Jiggleit. And they were not disappointed. The dark-bay world champion conditioned by Clyde Francis, rolled away from the starting gate to take the lead. Twenty-four-year-old driver Montrell Teague never looked back negotiating a :26 opening quarter, :54.4 half and took his eight foes to the three-quarters in 1:22.1. A :26.4 final panel gave the Mr. Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover offspring a decisive victory. A Delaware-sired 58-1 shot, Remember Me VK sat second the mile and stayed there for driver Eric Goodell with Dealt A Winner and David Miller, who took a shot at the leader on the backstretch holding on for third. Montrell Teague also drove the winner of the $20,000 DSBF Consolation trot steering owner-trainer Kevin Switzer's Jasmine K, a Master Lavec-Visioness K filly home in 2:04.4. Rhythm N Blues (Ross Wolfenden) was second in front of Devlin (Poliseno), third. Marchs Miller piloted Swing City, the only three-year-old in the $15,500 3,4&5-Year-Old Male pace on the undercard. Nick Surick, trains and co-owns the United Ace-Cyber Cities gelding with R.S.Ruffolo and Ervin Miller Stables. Brody (Sean Bier) and B's Weddie (Ross Wolfenden were second and third. Corey Callahan had a triple while Montrell Teague, Tim Ettrick and Allan Davis, each won two races during the card. Trainer Dylan Davis and owner Tom Lazzaro had triples while trainer Wayne Givens had a double. On Tuesday, another $100,000 DSBF title is on the line for colt and gelding trotters. Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are dark live racing days at Dover Downs. There is no live racing on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day. A $5,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 Pool is now featured daily. The Winner's Circle Buffet is back for those watching races and dinning in the Winner's Circle Restaurant. At Dover Downs, there is no charge for parking and admission. Harness and thoroughbred simulcasts is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 23, 2015  - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to a stakes-filled card on Friday, October 23 as Grand Circuit racing action made a stop at Hoosier Park's seven-eighths mile oval for the third time this season. The 13-race harness racing card was highlighted by divisions of the Circle City Stakes for three-year-old trotters and pacers and it was Harness Racing's top ranked horse, Wiggle It Jiggleit who stole the show. After suffering a loss in his last Hoosier Park start, Wiggle It Jiggleit not only made amends but made a statement in his $45,300 split of the Circle City Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings as he coasted to the wire in 1:49.4. Driven by regular pilot Montrell Teague, Wiggle It Jiggle used a gate to wire victory to finish four and a half lengths in front Mohawk Warrior and John DeLong. Teague sent the overwhelming favorite away from the gate firing and he grabbed the first call through an opening panel in :26.4 while the rest of the field sorted out early positions. Wiggle It Jiggleit remained uncontested through splits of :55.3 and 1:22.4 before he began to put his talent on display. As the field turned for home, it was all over but the shouting as Wiggle It Jiggleit's lead was ever-increasing. Using a :27 final quarter, the World Champion son of Mr Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover coasted to the wire under a hand-drive to notch his 19th seasonal victory. "Looking at the program it looked it like I had the best horse so I knew I wanted to be on the front," Teague noted after the win. "They didn't press me too hard and I just let him do it all on his own to the wire. Horses like him don't come around very often; I'm having the time of my life with him. This has all been so rewarding for me." Trained by Clyde Francis, Wiggle It Jiggleit pushed his career earnings to $1,842,170 with the victory. Wiggle It Jiggleit's next engagement will be the $275,000 Monument Circle Pace for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings slated for Friday, October 30 at Hoosier Park. On the trotting side of the stakes action, Homicide Hunter put together his own impressive performance as he took home top honors in the second division of the $43,000 Circle City Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings to remain undefeated in 16 starts this season. Staging a big rally late in the long Hoosier Park lane, Homicide Hunter and John DeLong used a :27.3 final quarter to surge past Muscle Up The Goal and Aaron Merriman and stop the timer in 1:54.1. DeLong rated Homicide Hunter off the early pace while Classic Venture and Trace Tetrick dictated early fractions of :27 and :57. Homicide Hunter moved to the outer flow down the backside but would have his work cut out for home turning for home. DeLong tipped his mount to outside of tiring cover and Homicide Hunter found another gear late in the lane to get the victory and kept his winning streak in-tact. "He's an amazing animal," trainer Curt Grummel noted in the winner's circle. "I thought they would probably get him tonight after we were so far back at the half but he really impressed me tonight. He's just an amazing horse." Homicide Hunter sent his seasonal earnings to $385,737 with the victory. Owned by Dr. Patrick Graham, the son of Mr. Cantab-Evening Prayer has now won 19 of 26 lifetime starts. The connections of Homicide Hunter said he will most likely be supplemented to the $250,000 Carl Erskine Trot for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings at Hoosier Park on October 30. Other stakes winners on the evening included Roland N Rock scoring in 1:51.4 in the first division of the stakes action for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings for driver Aaron Merriman and trainer Rob Harmon. Chips Starr and Hugh Beatty pulled a $52.60 upset in their division of three-year-old trotting colts and geldings and stopped the timer 1:55.2. Bright Baby Blues delivered as the heavy betting favorite in the first division of the Circle City Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies in 1:54.4 to give Aaron Merriman his second win of the night. Muscle Baby Doll and John DeLong took the second division for three-year-old trotting fillies using a near gate to wire victory to score in 1:53.1. Rockin Good and Triple V Hanover took home top honors in their respective divisions of the Circle City Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies. Rockin Good and trainer, driver Jared Finn wired the field in 1:51.2 to score their sixth win of the season. Trace Tetrick used the same front-running tactics to get Triple V Hanover home a winner in the final division scoring in 1:52 for trainer Brian Brown. The stakes action will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, October 24 as the 14-race card will feature the Madison County Stakes for two-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. The first race will line-up behind the gate at 5:45 p.m. Photos: 1) Wiggle It Jiggleit was a decisive winner in his split of the Circle City Stakes at Hoosier Park. 2) Homicide Hunter remains undefeated in 16 starts this season with Circle City Stakes victory. Photos courtesy of Linscott Photography. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 20, 2015 - Wiggle It Jiggleit, the No. 1-ranked horse in harness racing, will headline the list of entrants set to go postward during the stakes filled card on Friday, October 23 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The Circle City Stakes for the three-year-old competitors will highlight Friday's 13-race card while the Madison County Stakes for the two-year-old competitors will be featured on Saturday, October 24 at Hoosier Park. On Friday, a total of six Circle City Stakes will be featured on the live racing card that is set to begin at 5:45 p.m. with each division for the three-year-old trotters and pacers of both genders being contested through two divisions. A total of 21 horses entered the Circle City Stakes for the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings and will be sent postward in two divisions, a ten and an eleven horse field, respectively. Wiggle It Jiggleit has drawn post three and has been installed as the 2-5 morning line favorite in his split of the $43,500 Circle City Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Slated as the eleventh race on the program, regular pilot Montrell Teague will be in the bike for trainer Clyde Francis. The connections of the leading Horse of the Year candidate opted out of paying the $62,500 supplemental payment to make him eligible to the lucrative Breeders Crown events at Woodbine Racetrack to keep their stable standout in his home state of Indiana for a series of Grand Circuit races. Wiggle It Jiggleit's engagements in the Hoosier state include Friday's Circle City Stakes and the $275,000 Monument Circle Pace slated for October 30 at Hoosier Park. Wiggle It Jiggleit will be looking to rebound after a second place finish in his last appearance at Hoosier Park in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final on Saturday, October 10. The second place finish snapped a five race winning streak for the World Champion son of Mr Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover and marked just his third loss from 21 starts this season. Wiggle It Jiggleit dictated fractions of :27.2, :56, and 1:24 before being overtaken in the long Hoosier Park stretch by Freaky Feet Pete and Trace Tetrick. "One of the best things about this horse that I've seen so far is his ability to bounce back after he gets beat," driver Montrell Teague said of the colt. "He's gone some big miles this year but he always gives 110% every start. He drew well so that will make it easier for him to be up close and in the hunt. He should be good to go." Wiggle It Jiggleit has won 18 of 21 races this year and has amassed $1.81 million in seasonal earnings. The world-record holding son of Mr. Wiggles is owned and bred by George Teague Jr. His resume includes wins in the Meadowlands Pace, Hempt Memorial, Battle of the Brandywine, and the Little Brown Jug. Wiggle It Jiggleit was also victorious in Indiana Sires Stakes action at Hoosier Park earlier in the season. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., the live racing season will be conducted through November 14. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 8, 2015 - It will be a bit of a homecoming when harness racing's latest superstar, Wiggle It Jiggleit, returns to his native state of Indiana at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, October 10. Wiggle It Jiggleit, the No. 1-ranked horse in harness racing, will headline the list of entrants set to go postward during the 14-race card on Saturday that features the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals. With purses in excess of $1.6 million, the Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals night will be one of the richest nights offered in the history of the Indiana Sires Stakes program featuring eight $200,000 finals. The star-studded 14-race card will showcase the best trotters and pacers in the state of Indiana and provide an exciting conclusion to the 2015 sires stakes season. Wiggle It Jiggleit will be making his first start since capturing the 2015 edition of the Little Brown Jug in most impressive fashion. The 70th edition of the Little Brown Jug - the sport's premier half-mile-track event for three-year-old male pacers, saw Wiggle It Jiggleit victorious in his elimination and then go on to deliver a 1:49.3 mile in the $324,960 second and final heat. "If I had to put that race into words, well, it made a grown man cry," trainer Clyde Francis noted of his Little Brown Jug Victory. "I really thought he was beat but to come back and do what he did, that was all heart and guts." Wiggle It Jiggleit has won 18 of 20 races this year and has amassed $1.79 million in seasonal earnings. The world-record holding son of Mr. Wiggles is owned and bred by George Teague Jr. His resume includes wins in the Meadowlands Pace, Hempt Memorial, Battle of the Brandywine, and Milstein Memorial. Wiggle It Jiggleit was also victorious in Indiana Sires Stakes action at Hoosier Park earlier in the season. "No matter what size track you put him on, he just does it," Francis continued. "He's versatile and no matter the circumstances he always goes out there and gives 110%. I've never seen a horse with as much heart and guts as him." With regular driver Montrell Teague in the sulky, Wiggle It Jiggle will look to continue his winning ways in the thirteenth race on the program from post three. Installed as the 2-5 morning line choice, Wiggle It Jiggleit will face a field of nine other three-year-old pacing colts and geldings including Indiana Sires Stakes champion, Freaky Feet Pete. Starting from the trailing post position ten, Freaky Feet Pete has been tabbed the morning line second choice at odds of 5-2 for driver Trace Tetrick. Trained by Larry Rheinheimer, Freaky Feet Pete has been no worse than second in 12 starts this season and won 19 of 22 lifetime outings. The first race will line-up behind the starting gate at 5:45 p.m. Along with the live racing action, the evening will be complimented by giveaways, dining specials and live entertainment at the conclusion of the live racing card. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . Emily Gaskin

Delaware, OH --- There was no denying harness racing's newest super star Wiggle It Jiggleit. Seemingly beaten in mid-stretch, Wiggle It Jiggleit and driver Montrell Teague fought back in the final strides to win Thursday’s (Sept. 24) $677,000 Little Brown Jug for 3-year-old male pacers by a nose over Lost For Words in 1:49.3 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. The closing moments of the Jug capped an epic duel between the event’s first-heat winners. Lost For Words, who got a quick lead and inside position in the decisive second heat, and Wiggle It Jiggleit raced side-by-side for nearly five-eighths of a mile in the one-mile race. Lost For Words appeared to be on his way to victory as the horses came off the final turn, opening up by more than one length on Wiggle It Jiggleit, but Wiggle It Jiggleit dug in and nipped Lost For Words at the wire. My Hero Ron finished third and Arque Hanover was fourth. It was the first Little Brown Jug victory for “Team Teague,” which is owner George Teague Jr., his son Montrell, and trainer Clyde Francis. The 24-year-old Montrell became the second-youngest driver in history to win the Jug. "I'm not nervous anymore, that's for sure," said Montrell Teague. "I don't know how he came back and beat the other horse. He raced so well, but like I said he is a tremendous animal. He's just special and does not want to lose. He just digs down deep within himself and always finds something more." Wiggle It Jiggleit is a son of stallion Mr Wiggles out of the mare Mozzi Hanover. George Teague owns both horses and raced both horses during their careers on the track. Mr Wiggles won the 2009 Hoosier Cup and finished second in the Breeders Crown and Adios. He finished sixth in the 2009 Little Brown Jug. Wiggle It Jiggleit, the No. 1-ranked horse in harness racing’s weekly poll, has won 18 of 20 races this year and pushed his seasonal earnings to $1.76 million with his victory in the Little Brown Jug brought to you by Fazoli’s. Wiggle It Jiggleit's other victories this year include the Meadowlands Pace, Hempt Memorial, Battle of the Brandywine, and Milstein Memorial. He was not staked to the Little Brown Jug, but his victory in the Meadowlands Pace permitted his connections to pay $45,000 to supplement to the event. He became the first of five supplemental entries to win the Little Brown Jug since supplements were introduced in 1999. Earlier in the day, Wiggle It Jiggleit defeated Artspeak with a sustained first-over battle in his first heat, stopping the clock in a track-record 1:49.2 for a 3-year-old gelding pacer. In the second heat, Lost For Words and driver David Miller went to the front and led the field to the quarter in :27. My Hero Ron was second, followed by Wiggle It Jiggleit, but Montrell Teague made his move with Wiggle It Jiggleit as Lost For Words brought the group around the second turn. From there, the race was on. Lost For Words and Wiggle It Jiggleit were matching strides when they hit the half in :54.1 and three-quarters in 1:21.1. The battle continued around the final turn, setting the stage for the dramatic finish." "I thought he was beat," said George Teague. "I even dropped my eyes down because I didn't want to watch anymore, but then I was told he was coming back. I still cannot believe he won today. "I've trained a lot of horses but I have never seen one like him. He is actually much better with a target and why we have always wanted to race him from off the pace. It's like he thrives on it. "We will take him to Hoosier next. They actually wanted us to come there this weekend but this was the one I really wanted to win. He's an Indiana bred and they have been so nice about wanting us to come there. Now that he has done this it's time to go back." Only seven horses participated in the Little Brown Jug second heat after Split The House, who finished fourth in his first-round elimination, was scratched. -- Kimberly French contributed to this report by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Delaware, OH --- Wiggle It Jiggleit and Artspeak went toe-to-toe for much of the final half-mile of Thursday’s second $108,320 opening-round elimination of the Little Brown Jug for harness racing 3-year-old male pacers at the Delaware County Fairgrounds and in the end Wiggle It Jiggleit pulled away for a track-record 1:49.2 victory. Artspeak finished second followed by My Hero Ron and Arque Hanover as the top four finishers advanced to the Jug’s second heat later this afternoon. Lost For Words won the first opening-round elimination and was joined by Yankee Bounty, Rockin In Heaven and Split The House in reaching the second heat. If the winner of one of the first eliminations is also victorious in the second heat, he is the Little Brown Jug champion. If a non-elimination winner captures the second heat, there is a three-horse race-off. Artspeak was able to take advantage of his inside starting spot, post one, to get the lead going into the first turn. Wiggle It Jiggle and driver Montrell Teague were content to sit in third place behind My Hero Ron as the field made its way up the backstretch for the first time on the half-mile oval, but began a first-over march prior to the half. Scott Zeron and Artspeak remained in front at the midway point, reached in :54.3, but the battle was just beginning. Wiggle It Jiggleit was able to pull in front by the time the leaders hit three-quarters in 1:21, but Artspeak fought back on the final turn to draw on even terms with his rival. Wiggle It Jiggleit pulled away in the stretch, though, to win by 1-1/4 lengths and equal Rock N Roll Heaven's stakes record of 1:49.2. The time set the track record for a gelding pacer, erasing Lucan Hanover’s mark of 1:49.4 set in 2013. Wiggle It Jiggleit is owned by George Teague Jr. and trained by Clyde Francis. The son of Mr Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover has won 17 of 19 races this year. "This horse has an incredible amount of spunk," said driver Montrell Teague. "To have a homebred be this kind of horse is something you never could imagine. "I don't think there is another horse that could come first over like that on a half-mile track in 1:49.2. I did not know how fast I was going and was just worried about not hooking wheels. I'm still shaking but I don't have time to be nervous because I have to do it once more." Lost For Words won the first of Thursday’s two $108,320 opening-round eliminations of the Little Brown Jug for 3-year-old male pacers, defeating Yankee Bounty by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:50.2 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Rockin In Heaven finished third and Split The House was fourth as the top four finishers advance to the second heat later this afternoon. Lost For Words, the 1-2 favorite, went to the front from post one, but yielded the lead to Yankee Bounty as the field made its way through the first turn. Driver David Miller, though, fired Lost For Words back to the top prior to reaching the quarter in :27. He received pressure from Dude’s The Man on the outside at the half, timed in :55.3, but rebuffed the challenge and was unthreatened the rest of the way. A son of 2009 Little Brown Jug winner Well Said out of the mare Thou Shalt Not, Lost For Words is trained by Brian Brown and owned by Country Club Acres, William Robinson, Richard Lombardo, and Strollin Stable. Lost For Words’ first-heat victory gave the colt five wins in 12 races this year. "He was just so good last week and has been so good since the Adios," said Brown. "The only thing I was worried about were the fractions because I did not want him to have to go as fast as he did last week. "But you have to give David so much credit. He was so patient and was cool as a cucumber out there. He allowed Yannick (Gingras with Yankee Bounty) to go and let him cross over and then just waited and waited to make his move. He gets along so well with this horse. I just can't say it enough." The draw for the Little Brown Jug's $324,960 second heat was conducted after. 1 – Wiggle It Jiggleit – Montrell Teague 2 – Lost For Words – David Miller 3 – Artspeak – Scott Zeron 4 – Yankee Bounty – Matt Kakaley 5 – Rockin N Heaven – Trevor Henry 6 – My Hero Ron – Yannick Gingras 7 – Split The House – Tim Tetrick (scratched) 8 – Arque Hanover – Corey Callahan -- Kimberly French contributed to this report by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications  Lost For Words Wiggle It Jiggleit 

It's been a long time since mid-20th century when Delaware had top horses in the harness racing industry. Back then, sensational Adios Harry and Direct Express were at the peak of the sport. Today a pair of world champions have the same enviable position. The remarkable Wiggle It Jiggle, owned by Delaware's outstanding horseman George Teague, trained by Clyde Francis and driven by George's 24-year-old son, Montrell Teague, leads the sport with money earned with 16 wins in 18 races this season, along with another remarkable gelding pacer, Wakizashi Hanover, from the Jim King barn, trained by his wife, JoAnn King, appears to be arguably the best-of-the-rest in the sophomore division. Last Saturday at Pocono Downs, Wakizashi Hanover became a seasonal standout and a career millionaire pacing the fastest mile ever in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship (PASS) history, scoring a 1:48.1 victory in the $350,000 final. In the three-year-old Colt Pace, Wakizashi Hanover became the event's fastest pacer winning his Championship final knocking three-fifth of a second off the previous record set by McWicked last year. Wakizashi Hanover's clocking came within a fifth of a second off the world record for a three-year-old gelding pacer on a five-eighths mile track, ironically co-held by his archrival Wiggle It Jiggleit, set earlier this campaign,and first set by Lucan Hanover. Wakizashi Hanover has buoyed his earnings to $1,019,238 this season and $1,123,327 lifetime. His purses in PASS stakes are $251,704, breaking the $232,136 mark set by McWicked, last year. Another First State sophomore standout, Dude's The Man, owned in Greenville, Del. by Ralph, Roz and Doug Paul's M&L Of Delaware stable and Victoria Dickinson, was the race-favorite in the 2nd leg of the Pacing Triple Crown, the $500,000 Messenger Stakes at Yonkers, finishing second beaten by a nose. A fourth top three-year-old, Yankee Bounty, owned in partnership by Harrington's Frank Chick, finished fourth, only one-length behind, in the final. This was a week off for two Delaware heroes. Wiggle It Jiggleit is preparing for the prestigious Little Brown Jug, the third leg of the Triple Crown, on Thursday, Set. 24 at Delaware, Ohio, and also for the emerging filly pacing star, Purrfect Bags, who won her second major event at Yonkers, a week ago, the $116,430 Lady Maud stakes in 1:53 with Vic Kirby driving for owner JoAnn King. Trainer Jim King says he is ready to start Purrfect Bags, but he can't find a three-year-old race for his star filly. A winner of eight of her 10 races in 2015, Purrfect Bags has won 15 of 18 races, in her career. Empress Deo, owned by Legacy of Delaware, and trained by Wayne Givens won the $24,000 Mares Open last Saturday while Frank Deliberti's Wiz Kids Stable's top mare pacer, Table Talk, trained by Bart Dalious of Harrington, took the week off. Marv Bachrad

Delaware-connected horses finished 1-2-3 in last week's top event, the $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine at the harness racing meeting at Pocono Downs. With half of a field of eight top three-year-old pacers either owned or trained by Delaware horsemen, The Wiggle It Jiggleit victory highlighted an outstanding 50th anniversary of harness racing at Pocono Downs, located near Wilkes Barre, Pa. Wiggle It Jiggleit, trained by Clyde Francis, and Wakazashi Hanover, conditioned by JoAnn King, finished first and second in the 1:48 victory. Both pacers train at Harrington Raceway. The third-place finisher was Dude's The Man, driven by Dover Downs perennial leading driver, Corey Callahan for owners M&L Of Delaware and Victoria Dickenson of Greenville, near Wilmington. Yankee Bounty, co-owned by Harrington horseman Frank Chick was sixth. George Teague Inc. owns Wiggle It Jiggleit driven by 24-year-old Montrell Teague has now won nearly $1.5 million in purses and is expected to return to first in harness racing's Top 10 rating. Remember Me VK, a Delaware-sired pacer and former Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund champion, owned by Sharon Wyatt and Robin West and Ron Benton of Lincoln, Del., driven by Montrell Teague for trainer Bob Wyatt, was timed faster than 1:50 in his mile but finished out-of-the-money in a $200,000 Battle of the Brandywine consolation. Corey Callahan steered Bettor Be Steppin, bred by Seaford, Del. auto magnate Fred Hertrich, and trained by University of Delaware-grad, Joe Holloway, to victory in the $350,000 Valley Forge for three-year-old filly pacers. Another local favorite the remarkable trotter JL Cruze, co-owned by longtime Dover Downs horseman Ken Wood, saw his long win streak come to an end in the $100,000 Sebastian K Trot, finishing fourth, his first start in more than a month. Smyrna horseman Daryl Bier's two-horse stable, raced well in their starts. trotter, Wind Of The North and pacer Bandolito, the Dover Downs Horse of the Meet last season, raced gamely and finished third in the $50,000 USTA Invitational pace while trotter Wind Of The North was fifth in the $100,000 Sebastian K Trot. On Sunday at Vernon Downs, stakes seasoned Table Talk, owned by Frank Deliberti's The Wiz Kids Stable of Dover, finished fifth in the $194,000 Artiscape mares pacers. Marv Bachrad

Wiggle It Jiggleit made it look easy, capturing Saturday's (Aug. 22) $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine for 3-year-old male pacers by three lengths over Wakizashi Hanover in 1:48 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Dude's The Man finished third and Artspeak was fourth. The winning time equaled Lucan Hanover's world record for a 3-year-old gelding pacer on a five-eighths-mile track. Wiggle It Jiggleit has won 16 of 18 races this year and pushed his seasonal earnings to $1.43 million. His previous stakes victories this season included the Hempt Memorial, also at Pocono, Meadowlands Pace and Milstein Memorial. For his career, the son of Mr Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover has won 17 of 19 starts. "You're going to see a smile on my face for the rest of the year with this horse," said Montrell Teague, who drove Wiggle It Jiggleit for his father, owner George Teague Jr., and trainer Clyde Francis. "He's got 19 races under his belt and I can't pick one that makes me more happy." "He never has thrown out a bad mile." "You've got to be happy with that." Artspeak, who started from post eight, went to the early lead with Wakizashi Hanover, who started from post seven, following behind. After reaching the quarter in :25.4, Teague began to move Wiggle It Jiggleit from fourth place to the front. When Artspeak hit the half in :54.4, Wiggle It Jiggleit was 1-1/4 lengths behind, but gaining ground with every stride. By the time he reached three-quarters in 1:21.1, Wiggle It Jiggleit was in front by a length. "I looked over (at the start) and saw a couple of them leaving on the outside; I wasn't right up on them, so I wasn't going to try to retake," Teague said. "He's good from off the pace too, so I try to do that once in a while too. "I was happy. We weren't going enormous fractions. Once I got beside the other horse, he just swelled up. When he looked him in the eye he was determined to go by." George Teague Jr. was unconcerned about Wiggle It Jiggleit's early position and need to make a first-over charge to the front. "I liked his spot there," he said. "We always trained him off the pace and he's got a great set of lungs. If he's on his game, I don't care where he's at. He could be parked the whole mile and I think he could go a great mile from even out there." Wiggle It Jiggleit's schedule includes the Little Brown Jug on Sept. 24 at the Delaware County Fair in central Ohio. His connections could supplement to the Messenger Pace (eliminations Aug. 29 and final Sept. 5) at Yonkers, but Teague Jr. said he was not inclined to go to that race. "But I reserve the right to change my mind," he said with a laugh. Battle Consolations The Somebeachsomewhere gelding Blood Brother swung wide in the stretch after a cutthroat early duel involving four horses, sprinting clear late to take the $200,000 Consolation I in a personal best of 1:50. David Miller raced the normally-forwardly-inclined sophomore from behind tonight, and the change to second-over tactics worked perfectly as Blood Brother got the decision by a length for trainer Jimmy Takter (yes, this was a pace) and owners Diamond Creek Racing and J&T Silva Stables LLC. Rollin Ring Afire, left uncovered as Rufo ducked into the pocket at the three-quarters, closed strongly to defeat that rival, who had gotten to the lead using the Pocono Pike passing lane, by a half-length while reducing his mark to 1:50.1 in Consolation II. The son of Rocknroll Hanover gave driver Tim Tetrick half of the first four races on the card while winning for trainer Charlie Norris and owners Leonard Buckner and Rebecca Ewing. (By the way, the phrase "rollin ring afire" does not appear in the famous song by Johnny and June Carter Cash -- but the check for the winner's share of the $100,000 purse will cash very nicely, thank you.) Ken Weingartner

Half of a field of eight top three-year-old pacers have strong Delaware connections in the top purse event of the week, the $100,000 Battle of the Brandywine that shifts to Northeast Pennsylvania on Saturday night where The Downs at Mohegan Sun is celebrating its 50th anniversary at the harness racing meeting at Pocono Downs, near Wilkes Barre. Two of the starters - Wiggle It Jiggleit and Wakazashi Hanover are both trained at Harrington Raceway by Clyde Francis and JoAnn King, respectively. The others are Yankee Bounty is co-owned by Harrington entrepreneur Frank Chick and Dude's The Man is owned by M&L Of Delaware and Victoria Dickenson of Greenville, near Wilmington. As last week, in the $400,000-added Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park, near Cleveland, Wiggle It Jiggleit has drawn an inside post position while his major rival Wakizashi Hanover has drawn an outside post, number 7. With that win, George Teague Inc.'s Wiggle It Jiggleit and driver Montrell Teague moved to more than $1.1 million in purse earnings iggle It Jiggleit, will start from post 1 alongside Adios Pace winner Dude's The Man, driven by Corey Callahan, Dover Downs reigning driving champion. Meanwhile Yankee Bounty, leaves from post 6. Driver Callahan will be busy during the card. He also guides Bettor Be Steppin, bred by Seaford, Del. auto magnate Fred Hertrich, and conditioned by University of Delaware-grad, Joe Holloway, in the $350,000 Valley Forge for three-year-old filly pacers. They won Pocono's James Lynch Memorial earlier this summer Callahan will also pilot Suit And Tie, also bred by Fred Hertrich, in the $500,000 Colonial Trot meeting Pinkman, the recent $1.2-million Hambletonian champion. That victory propelled Pinkman to the top spot in the weekly top 10 poll, displacing Wiggle It Jiggleit, for first place. JL Cruze, co-owned by longtime Dover Downs horseman Ken Wood, ranked third in this week's top 10 poll, marks his first start in a month racing in the $100,000 Sebastian K Trot. Smyrna horseman Daryl Bier will send Wind Of The North against him. Bier also will start Bandolito, the Dover Downs Horse of the Meet, in the $50,000 USTA Invitational pace. Totally Rusty, a Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund Champion, makes his first start since being sold by Wilmington breeder-owner Al "Rusty" Carter's Carter Racing Stable, in the $350,0009 Valley Forge three-year-old filly pace. Completing a giant week on Sunday, Frank Deliberti's The Wiz Kids Stable of Dover, runner-up earlier this month in the Lady Liberty Final at the Meadowlands, is a contender in the $194,000 Artiscape at Vernon Downs,in upstate New York. Also entered is Lady Shadow, bred and owned by Winbak Farm. Marv Bakchrad

Wiggle It Jiggleit went to post in Friday's (August 14) $405,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park as the overwhelming 1-9 favorite. His stellar performance did not disappoint a packed apron full of harness racing fans, who showed their appreciation with loud cheers as he returned to the Winners Circle. Montrell Teague was in the sulky for his father, George Teague Jr., who owns Wiggle It Jiggleit, and trainer Clyde Francis. Friday's victory represents the popular gelding's 16th win in 18 career starts, while his share of the purse took his earnings to $1,195,644. Staring from post position four, Wiggle It Jiggleit let his rivals get position off the gate before brushing to the front nearing the quarter pole. After clocking a :26.1 opening fraction, Teague was able to rate the second panel and slowed the pace to a :55.3 half. "That was the plan," said Montrell Teague in a post-race interview. "I wanted to take care of him tonight after the hard race he had last week." Wakizashi Hanover (Tim Tetrick) made a first-over challenge in the second half and pushed Wiggle It Jiggleit to a 1:22.4 three-quarter time. Wakizashi Hanover flattened in the final quarter while Lost For Words (David Miller), who sat the pocket throughout, also could not gain on Wiggle It Jiggleit, who posted a 1 ½-length victory in 1:49.3. Lost For Words finished second and Wakizashi Hanover was third. The mile lowered Northfield's track record for three year-old geldings. The prior 1:52 record was held by both Gryffindor (Ray Fisher Jr.) in 2005 and Hare Craft (Aaron Byron) in 2011. "I am glad he bounced back like he did. He was very strong tonight," offered Montrell, referring to his most recent disappointing fourth place finish in the Cane Pace. "I am glad to quiet the doubters." Ayers Ratliff

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