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More than a handful of horses with strong Delaware connections, headed by the sensational Wiggle It Jiggleit, are prominent on a powerful closing day card headlined by the prestigious Hambletonian trot, this Saturday afternoon at the harness racing meeting at The Meadowlands. Wiggle It Jiggleit, the No. 1-rated horse in harness racing's weekly rankings this seaon, is back in action. He last raced winning the Meadowlands Pace on July 18. He meets eight rivals in the $319,400 Cane Pace for three-year-old pacers . The Cane Pace is the first jewel in harness racing's Pacing Triple Crown, followed this Fall by the Messenger Stakes and Little Brown Jug. Originally, Wiggle It Jiggleit was not eligible to the Cane Pace, but owner George Teague of Harrington, who won the event several years ago with Total Truth, paid $35,000 to supplement to the event. Wiggle It Jiggleit is also not eligible to the next two legs of the Pacing Triple Crown, but can supplement to the Messenger for $30,000 and, thanks to his victory in the Meadowlands Pace, to the Little Brown Jug for $45,000. Trained by Clyde Francis and driven by 24-year-old Montrell Teague, Wiggle It Jiggleit, a winner of 15 of 16 career races and $961,052 in purses, will start the Cane from post. 2 and is listed as the 2-5 morning line favorite. Wiggle It Jigglit's only loss was finishing second in the North America Cup, in Canada in mid-June. Two other sophomores with Delaware connections are among Wiggle It Jiggleit's rivals in the Cane. Dude's The Man, owed by M&L Of Delaware, the nom-de-course of Ralph, Roz and Doug Paul along with Victoria Dickinson of Greenville, near Wilmington, Del. , finished second behind Wiggle It Jiggleit is the recent Meadowland Pace and is fresh from victory last week in the Delvin Miller Adios Pace at the Meadows, near Pittsburgh. Perennial Dover Downs leading driver Cory Callahan reins Dude's The Man. The third Delaware connection, Frank Chick of Harrington is part owner of Yankee Bounty, who drew an outside post position. The Cane Pace is the 11th race on a jammed-packed stakes card, headlined by the $1.2 million Hambletonian Stakes for three-year-old trotters after two $100,000 Hambletonian eliminations and the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks for three-year-old filly trotters. Bandolito, reining Dover Downs Horse of the Meet last season, is one of a two-horse stable owned and conditioned by Daryl Bier, of Smyrna, Del. He opens up the only afternoon card in the track's season, in the 1st race, a $40,000 Open Pace at 12 Noon. Bier's other horse, Wind Of The North, a winner of $114,467, recently returned from racing in Europe. He will race in the $301,500 John Cashman Memorial Trot over a distance of 1-1/8 miles. Dover's Frank Deliberti's The Wiz Kids Stable's Table Talk, trained by Bart Dalious of Harrington, also races a 1-1/8 mile distance, going for $251,250, in the Lady Liberty Free-For-All pace. She meets another First State contender, Empress Deo, from the Wayne Givens Stable of Seaford. The fast Dancin Yankee, conditioned in the Josh Green Stable, of Harrington, competes in the $215,400 U.S. Pacing Championship. Better Be Steppin, driven by Cory Callahan for trainer Joe Holloway, a longtime Delaware resident, is another starter with a Delaware connection on the biggest day of the harness racing season, this Saturday. Post time for the first race is 12-Noon. Cable channel CBS Sports Network will televise the Cane Pace, Hambletonian Oaks and Hambletonian from 4 to 5:30 p.m. (EDT). Marv Bachrad

Summer vacation might be nice for many people, but harness racing owner George Teague Jr. and his son Montrell have had enough of sitting around the past several weeks. It is time to get back to business. And that means it's time for Wiggle It Jiggleit. Wiggle It Jiggleit, the No. 1-rated horse in harness racing's weekly rankings, will race for the first time since winning the Meadowlands Pace on July 18 when he faces eight rivals in Saturday's $319,400 Cane Pace for 3-year-old pacers at Meadowlands Racetrack. The Cane Pace is the first jewel in the Pacing Triple Crown, followed this year by the Messenger Stakes and Little Brown Jug. Wiggle It Jiggleit was not eligible to the Cane, but his connections paid $35,000 to supplement to the event, which is being held at the Big M for the first time in its 61-year history. Wiggle It Jiggleit, trained by Clyde Francis for owner George Teague Jr.'s stable, will start the Cane from post No. 2 and is the 2-5 morning line favorite. Prior to his soon-to-be-concluding respite, Wiggle It Jiggleit started races in six consecutive weeks. During that span, he finished second in the North America Cup - his only loss in 16 career races - and won the Max C. Hempt Memorial and Meadowlands Pace. "I kind of missed seeing him race," the elder Teague said. "I had some free weekends, but you kind of get anxious to get back in the (entry) box because he's a fun horse to watch race. I look forward to him." He added with a laugh, "Maybe it's because I own him." Montrell Teague, who drives Wiggle It Jiggleit, expressed a similar sentiment. "It was getting tiring going from track to track every week, but now that I've had down time I'd rather be going track to track with him," the 24-year-old said. "With the time off, it got a little bit boring after a while. What we have with him, it doesn't come around every year for us. It's definitely been fun." The Cane Pace is Race No. 11 on a jammed-packed stakes card, with the $1.2 million Hambletonian Stakes for 3-year-old trotters as the centerpiece. The two $100,000 Hambletonian eliminations are races eight and nine and the $1 million final is race 13. The $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old female trotters is race 12. Post time for the first race is noon. Cable channel CBS Sports Network will air coverage of the Cane Pace, Hambletonian Oaks and Hambletonian from 4 to 5:30 p.m. (EDT). Wiggle It Jiggleit, a bay gelding, is the son of two former Teague race horses, stallion Mr Wiggles and mare Mozzi Hanover. He won his only start at age 2 before being shut down because of soreness. He returned in January and has captured 14 of 15 races this season while earning $961,092 in purses. "We trained him (Monday)," said George Teague, who won the 2006 Cane Pace with Total Truth. "It's the only time he's trained since he raced two-and-a-half weeks ago. For the first four or five days we usually give him stall rest and a little grass. Then we get back to jogging a couple miles each day leading up to training. "It's a pretty simple routine. I don't think he needs much. This horse has been going since the first of the year racing and he was in training a couple months before that. So he's got eight, nine, 10 months between work and racing. He doesn't need much now. The week before the Meadowlands Pace we didn't even train him." The Cane Pace field also includes Dude's The Man, who won last Saturday's Delvin Miller Adios and finished second in the Meadowlands Pace, as well as Artspeak and In The Arsenal, who finished second and third, respectively, in the Hempt Memorial and also competed in the Meadowlands Pace and North America Cup. "The horses look familiar," George Teague said. "There are no surprises. Right now I don't think there are any surprises to be had at his level." Added Montrell, "I don't think it's going to be an easy race and I don't think they're going to let anybody have their way on the front. I think there's going to be heavy pressure the whole time." Wiggle It Jiggleit is not eligible to the next two legs of the Pacing Triple Crown, but can supplement to the Messenger for $30,000 and, thanks to his victory in the Meadowlands Pace, to the Little Brown Jug for $45,000. But for now, Montrell Teague is focused on the Cane Pace and enjoying the experience of Wiggle It Jiggleit with his father. "It's hard to put into words," Montrell said. "You dream of it, but you never think it's going to come this soon. Our past couple years haven't been the best, and to bounce back like this and have the best horse in the country makes all the hard work worthwhile." And the need for summer vacation less necessary. Following is the field for the Cane Pace in post order with drivers, trainers and morning line odds: 1. Dude's The Man by American Ideal, Corey Callahan, Jessica Okusko, 9-2 2. Wiggle It Jiggleit by Mr Wiggles, Montrell Teague, Clyde Francis, 2-5 3. Hall Of Terror by Western Terror, Andy Miller, Erv Miller, 50-1 4. Dealt A Winner by Cams Cartd Shark, David Miller, Mark Silva, 12-1 5. Artspeak by Western Ideal, Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna, 8-1 6. Rollin Ring Afire by Rocknroll Hanover, Charlie Norris, Charlie Norris, 30-1 7. Oneisalonelynumber, Jason Bartlett, Nick Surick, 30-1 8. Yankee Bounty by Yankee Cruiser, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 15-1 9. In The Arsenal by American Ideal, Brian Sears, Kelvin Harrison, 12-1 by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

They all had a clear shot at him, but none of the nine other pacers in the $706,000 Meadowlands Pace could get past Wiggle It Jiggleit, as his 24 year old harness racing driver Montrell Teague gave a fist pump and won by 1¾ lengths in 1:47.4 on Saturday night at The Meadowlands. Wiggle It Jiggleit is trained by Montrell's father, George and trained by Clyde Francis. Montrell is the youngest driver ever to win the classic race. The son of Mr. Wiggles started his career at The Meadowlands in the dead of the winter of 2015, racing in series and taking each in stride with progressively stronger performances. His solde loss was a second place finish to Wakizashi Hanover in the North America Cup, where he was second. The younger Teague wasted no time looking for the lead as he put his horse on top just past the :26 quarter mile mark. Wakizashi Hanover (Tim Tetrick), wearing four new aluminum shoes, was right out to challenge down the backstretch, with In The Arsenal (Brian Sears) tucked in along the rail. From the five eighths on, it was Wiggle It Jiggleit facing off on the inside with a persistent Wakizashi Hanover on his outside. Wakizashi Hanover kept at his wheel all the way down the stretch, only losing contact with about an eighth to go. Dude's The Man ( Corey Callahan) ranged up on the outside to get past Wakizashi for the second money in the final strides while Montrell Teague had Wiggle It Jiggleit on cruise control to the wire. "Couldn't be happier," said George Teague, who also trained and co-owned Wiggle It Jiggleit's sire, Mr. Wiggles. "This is pretty exciting, for me, anyway. I liked the way he got to the front. Once he cleared I felt pretty confident, really. I couldn't be prouder of my son, Montrell. He speaks for himself. He's doing a great job for the horse, as much as the horse is doing for him. This is what everyone dreams of in this business and I own him, too, it's not a bad deal." "I got stung to the quarter (in :26) but I thought we were going :25," said Montrell Teague. "I would have thought we were going :25 or :26, but I backed it down as much as I could and kept on backing it down. I knew he (Wakzashi Hanover and Tim Tetrick) was going to come very, very early. I thought I was still confident at the three quarters. We only went in :21 or something like that. I didn't even look at the teletimer when I passed it and it was :47.4. Every week I look forward to driving him and he keeps me tuned in to how good he is." Asked if he might be supplemented to the Cane Pace ( at The Meadowlands on August 8, Hambletonian day), Teague deferred to his father. "That's up to dad, he does all that work. Where ever he's goes, I'm going. He's the best horse I've ever driven. To drive for dad and have all my family here, it's unbelievable. When you look at a horse like that, going 48 and 49 every week, you've got to respect him." Ellen Harvey

Clyde Francis has worked with George Teague Jr. for nearly two decades, but until this year was not much in the public eye. That has changed with Francis being the harness racing trainer of Teague's 3-year-old male pacer Wiggle It Jiggleit, who is the favorite in Saturday's $706,000 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace at the Meadowlands. The 58-year-old Francis is a native of Nassawadox, Va., not far from where Teague and his sister Brenda grew up on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Since joining the Teague Stable, Francis has been associated with a number of star horses, including 2004 Horse of the Year Rainbow Blue. Teague wanted Francis to get more recognition for his work, so he listed Francis as the trainer of Wiggle It Jiggleit. Following Wiggle It Jiggleit's Meadowlands Pace elimination win last Saturday night, Francis took time to speak with Ken Weingartner of the USTA's Harness Racing Communications division. KW: Hey, Clyde got time for a few questions? CF: Sure, what do you want to know? KW: Everything. CF: I can't tell you everything; I have to keep some secrets. (Laughs.) KW: OK, that's fair. But how did you get started in harness racing? CF: As a kid, going to the fairs. I've always loved horses. I had a pony when I was a kid. I had to have a horse. There were two fairs, Weirwood and Tasley, and I'd go hang out at the fairs when I didn't have school in the summer. KW: How old were you? CF: When I first started, I was like 7. KW: And how old were you when you started getting serious? CF: I would walk them then. I was small, but they would let me walk the horses after they raced. That's what I would do every day. When I got out of high school, I worked for the Wests down in Birdsnest. They had a lot of horses. I worked for them for a couple years. And I had a couple of my own then. But I stopped with the horses fulltime and started doing masonry work. I did that for about 25 years until my back went bad. I had surgery on it and they told me what I was doing wasn't a good thing. I used to come up to George's all the time and be with the horses and he asked me to come to work for him. That's what I did. The kids were about ready to get out of high school and my wife was probably glad to get rid of me. It's been about 16 or 17 years now. It's been so long, I've lost track of time. KW: How did you meet George? CF: We're from the same area in Virginia. Where I lived was only about 13 miles from where they lived. I knew George and Brenda when they were kids. They would have a board across the front of the jog cart and they'd jog the horses. Their feet weren't long enough to touch the stirrups. That's how long I've known them. They couldn't have been more than 8 or 9. KW: What's it been like working with George all these years? CF: It's been fun. We've had our highs and we've had our lows, but it's been fun. KW: What do you most enjoy about doing what you do? CF: My wife always told me that if you're happy doing what you're doing, you don't mind doing it. I don't mind getting up in the morning. I've got a routine where I wake up in the morning at 3:30 or 4 o'clock -- that's every day. I'll go home tonight (after the Meadowlands Pace elimination) and won't get home until 1 or 2 o'clock in the morning, but I'll be at work by 6 o'clock anyway. I get up and go to the barn, and the first stall I go to is his (Wiggle It Jiggleit) and then see how everybody is doing. Then I start doing the other stuff I've got to do. KW: Up until now what have been the highlights? CF: Just getting started, you'd say Rainbow Blue. With her, you'd say you had the horse of a lifetime. And then this guy (Wiggle It Jiggleit) comes along. He's just a great horse. I never had any idea he would turn into the horse that he has. I told George that I thought he would be a good horse, but nothing like he's turned out to be. KW: But you liked him all along, though. CF: Yeah. When they qualified him at (Harrah's Philadelphia) he won in (1):54.1 with a quarter in :26.4 on the end of it. I hadn't been going anywhere (with the horses) but I took him to Pocono for his first start and a guy saw me there and said "What are you doing up here? This has got to be something good for George to send you up here with him." He went a big mile in (1):51.2 and just jogged. We were debating whether to send me out to Indiana with him for the Indiana Sire Stakes, but he wasn't perfectly sound so we decided to shut him down for the year. We started him early (this year) to see what we really did have. He showed up in the winter and he had a few critics saying that he wouldn't be around this time of year. But so far he's proved all of them wrong. KW: What's it meant to you for George to put you down as trainer to get the accolades? CF: It's been unreal. You're not going to find many people that would do something like that for you. I've been around a lot of the horses, a lot of the good ones; Total Truth, Western Ace, (Southwind) Lynx, (Mr) Wiggles, Delmarvalous, (Badlands) Nitro, Fancy Filly, Isabella Blue Chip. Some good horses. Most of the time, we broke all of them by ourselves. We'd walk them out of the stall, put the harness on them, 'click, click' and away we'd go. George would holler that as long as the wheels were turning, we were alright. That's the way it's been. KW: And how about Wiggle It Jiggleit's nickname? CF: He's always getting into stuff. Always. There are things you think that he won't do, and he'll find a way to do it. We've got his whole stall padded. Kevin Switzer gave him the nickname "Bubble Wrap." But he's a nice horse to work around. He's got an attitude, but he's nice to work around. KW: What did you think of Wiggle It Jiggleit's elimination? CF: He raced huge. People assume he's uncontrollable because they've always seen him on the front, but he's not. You can do what you want with him. He's a smart horse. You can race him anyway you want to race him. I don't think anybody was looking for him to come from off the pace tonight, I think they were looking for him to blast out of there and go to the front. But he's not one-dimensional. KW: Are you happy with post four in the final? CF: Yeah. It's not too far out. Wakizashi (Hanover) got the nine and In The Arsenal got the six. With the positions that everybody got, you don't know what they're going to do in the race. With this caliber of horses, I look for everybody to try to get near the front. KW: How do you see the final? CF: It should be a good race. In The Arsenal raced huge (in his elimination), and so did Wakizashi (Hanover). There are a lot of good horses in there. Hopefully we'll show up and be the better on (Saturday) night. Pace Preview - Wiggle It Jiggleit by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications       

Horses owned by Delaware horsemen came up big on the major weekend events in harness racing,nationwide. Unbeaten Wiggle It Jiggleit won his $50,000 Pepsi North American Cup elimination with a powerful 6-lenth victory clocked in 1:49.2 at Mohawk Raceway in Ontario. Owned by George Teague Inc. Of Harrington, Del., the 3-year-old gelding driven by Montrell Teague, blew away seven foes in the first of three elims. Trained by Clyde Francis of Harrington, the Delaware sired altered son of Mr. Wiggles bested another rival, $378,558-winner Yankee Bounty, owned-in part by Harrington's Frank Chick, who finished third, and also qualified for Saturday's C$1-million final. Harrington was also prominent in another of three North American Cup elims when 6-1 longshot Wakizashi Hanover, trained by JoAnn King of the Jim King Stable, upset last season's 2-year-old champion Artspeak, also in 1:49.2, to win his fourth in his last five races. The gelding has now banked $198,257 with his sixth win in a short 11 race career. In a $35,000 Roses Are Red elim for female pacers, Yagonnakissmeornot, bred by Roll The Dice Stable of Wilmington, Del., was a fast closing second while Weeper, owned in part by Joe and JoAnn Thomson, owners of Winbak Farm of Delaware, was the beaten favorite but finished fourth behind Winbak-bred Lady Shadow and qualified for the lucrative final on Saturday. Another Delaware-owned mare, The Wiz Kids Stable's Table Talk also qualified for the Roses Are Red final finishing fourth in her elim. And at Yonkers Raceway in New York, Backstreet Hanover, owned by David Hamm of Seaford, Del. was an easy winner of the $50,000 1-1/4 Open trot feature in 2:26 over the distance. Marv Bachrad  

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 13...The finest three-year-old pacers in harness racing battled it out Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack in a trio of $50,000 eliminations for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. The first Cup elimination saw the undefeated Wiggle It Jiggleit, as expected, prevail with yet another dominant performance. Sent postward the overwhelming public choice in the field of eight, the son of Mr Wiggles, who finished fourth to Well Said in the 2009 Cup, thus kept his unblemished record intact, now a perfect 11 for 11, 10 starts of which have come this year already in a very busy campaign. Wiggle It Jiggleit, with driver Montrell Teague, the son of the owner, busted out from the start, getting the first quarter in :26.2, then slowing to a crawl while still in front, reaching the half in a pedestrian :56.3. From there, it was all over, as the pacesetter turned back a brief challenge from Arque Hanover, getting to three-quarters in 1:23.3, before coasting home by six lengths in 1:49.2. Arque Hanover hung on for second, with Yankee Bounty third and Hurrikane Ali, who had chased the leader early, dropping to fourth. Trained by Clyde Francis for owner George Teague Jr., Wiggle It Jiggleit has hardly been breathed on in his 11 romps, his smallest margin of victory being one and one-half lengths. "Yes, that's exactly how I wanted it (a soft second quarter)," said Teague. "I didn't want to go another (1) :48 or anything like that. We'll wait till next week for that when the money's down. I took him off the gate just in case but I timed the gate perfectly and he stormed out of there like it was nothing. I hope he continues to do it (answer the call) and I'm having fun doing it with him." There's a lot of similarities between Wiggle It Jiggleit and Mr Wiggles, said owner Teague, who also campaigned the sire. "The other horse (Mr Wiggles) doesn't get the recognition he deserves," said Teague. "He won a couple of major races. But this horse is the best horse I've ever trained by far. Very intelligent, speed. I've never trained one as fast as him." Teague also trained (along with sister Brenda) and co-owned Total Truth, who won the 2006 Pepsi North America Cup. Last month, Wiggle It Jiggleit set a world record of 1:49 for a half-mile track when winning by over 14 lengths on May 11 at HarringtonPark in Delaware. Wiggle It Jiggleit paid $2.10, $2.10 (no show wagering), combining with Arque Hanover ($8.10) for a $16.80 (5-3) exactor. A 5-3-6 (Yankee Bounty) triactor was worth $83.50, while a $1 Superfecta [5-3-6-4 (Hurrikane Ali)] came back $172.20. Wiggle It Jiggleit Following the impressive first elim win by undefeated Wiggle It Jiggleit in 1:49.2, it was heavily-favoured In The Arsenal's turn to show his firepower. And he did. But just barely. With Brian Sears at the controls, In The Arsenal tracked from fourth for most of the mile, as Go Daddy Go took the field through a quarter in :26.3, the half in 54.4 and three-quarters in 1:22.3. The son of American Ideal had powered up to challenge the leader off the far turn, struck front in early stretch, then had enough left to hold off a raft of pursuers, including Penji Hanover, who once again finished a troubled second, a half-length behind, with Good Friday Three third and Revenge Shark fourth, in 1:49.4. With the win, In The Arsenal remained unbeaten in four starts this year, including the rich Rooney final at Yonkers May 30, has taken 10 of 15 overall and will come into the Cup with earnings of over $600,000. "He did in the hard way," said trainer Kelvin Harrison. "He come first up. He was a safe winner. I think the biggest thing about him this year is he's a whole lot smarter than he was last year. When we started him up last year, he was hard to stop. Now he'll race smart. He's very athletic. He's grown a lot actually. He was really small early. He's come through it in good shape. Wasn't that hard a race for him and seems nice and fresh when he came back. So hopefully we'll be okay. He's got wild speed, he's got it all." Sears has won two Pepsi North America Cups...in 2005 with Rocknroll Hanover and last year with JK Endofanera. In The Arsenal paid $3.90, $2.70 and $2.70, combining with Penji Hanover ($8, $6.20) for a $31.30 (7-2) exactor. A 7-2-3 (Good Friday Three, $11.30) triactor returned a solid $608.40, while a $1 Superfecta [7-2-3-6 (Revenge Shark)] was worth $1,509.40. In The Arsenal Wakizashi Hanover and driver Tim Tetrick pulled off an upset in the third and final Pepsi North America Cup elimination, roaring from well back and rolling to a one and three-quarter length win over the 1-5 choice, Artspeak. A winner in three of his four outings this year, prior to the elim, the son of Dragon Again got the job done in a career best 1:49.2. Owned by Tri County Stable of Truro, Nova Scotia and trained by Joann Looney King, Wakizashi Hanover was sixth and widest turning for home before turning on the jets and powering past the leaders. While no match for the winner, Artspeak, last year's two-year-old pacing colt champion in both Canada and the United States, came on for second, as pacesetter Betting Exchange hung on for third. Split The House wound up fourth. "I was very confident coming in," said Tetrick, who steered Captaintreacherous to victory in the 2013 Pepsi North America Cup. "I knew Artspeak was a great horse and he'd be tough to beat. But I had a lot of confidence in my horse. He's been good all along. He's had some tough trips that haven't always worked out. But he's always right there. He's always on the ticket. He likes to finish. "My horse was really grabbing on (around the final turn) and Artspeak was kind of struggling. I just let him rip. He circled them and he paced to the wire really strong. I'm really happy with the horse. He's coming into the race (next Saturday's final) great. The connections are doing a great job. Give us the right trip and I think he can go with just about anything out there." Rock N Roll World took the field through an opening quarter in :26.3 before Betting Exchange grabbed command (:54.2 for the half, 1:22.4 for three-quarters), as Artspeak lingered in fifth and Wakizashi Hanover sixth, until turning for home. Wakizashi Hanover paid $15.80, $4 and $3, combining with Artspeak ($2.30, $2.10) for a $37.10 (1-7) exactor. A 1-7-2 (Betting Exchange, $3.60) triactor was worth $190.40, while a $1 Superfecta [1-7-2-5 (Split The House)] returned $283.80. Wakizashi Hanover The top three finishers in each $50,000 elimination qualified for the 32nd edition of the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup final, along with one fourth place finisher drawn by lot (Hurrikane Ali). More importantly, each winner earned his connections the right to select a post position before the balance of field is drawn on Tuesday. Here is the field, in alphabetical order, for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. Arque Hanover by Rock N Roll Heaven Artspeak by Western Ideal Betting Exchange by Bettor's Delight Good Friday Three by Mach Three Hurrikane Ali by Rocknroll Hanover In The Arsenal by American Ideal Penji Hanover by Art Major Wakizashi Hanover by Dragon Again Wiggle It Jiggleit by Mr Wiggles Yankee Bounty by Dragon Again AE: Split The House by Rocknroll Hanover Jeff Timson for WEG Communications

ANDERSON, Ind.-May 30, 2015 - On a night where Indiana's brightest harness racing stars were out in full force, Wiggle It Jiggleit was the brightest of them all as he paced to a 1:49.3 victory in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing colts on Saturday, May 30 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino over a sloppy rated track. Mother Nature was uncooperative as Hoosier Park played host to the first round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for the three-year-old competitors on Saturday's 14-race card. The rain didn't seem to inconvenience Wiggle It Jiggleit as he posted his tenth consecutive win and second consecutive Hoosier Park victory to remain undefeated in ten career starts. Leaving from post seven in a talented group of ten, Wiggle It Jiggleit was sent away from the gate firing by driver Montrell Teague to grab the lead through the opening panel in :26. As heavy rain continued to fall, the rest of the field sorted out early position with Rockin Ron and Rick Plano grabbing a pocket seat behind the overwhelming favorite. Wiggle It Jiggleit continued to dictate fractions of :54.2 and 1:21.1 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. Freaky Feet Pete and Trace Tetrick were the first to pose a threat as they were unable to find a spot along the rail and pressed on to the front after being parked for the much of the mile. Freaky Feet Pete would finally find the rail as he was able to tuck in behind the leader rounding the final turn but would have his work cut out for him with Wiggle It Jiggleit inching away with every stride. With Freaky Feet Pete now on his back, Teague asked Wiggle It Jiggleit for more and the colt responded with a :28 final quarter to coast home a winner by a length. Freaky Feet Pete turned in his own impressive performance to grind out a second place finish after a very taxing mile. Harfo Hanover and Tony Hall rounded out the trifecta. "The weather didn't bother me; you've got to race in all kinds of weather," owner George Teague Jr. noted in the winner's circle. "Good horses you don't have to make excuses for and we didn't have to for him tonight, he was able to overcome it." "He's had two great races now and did everything we wanted him to," he continued. "Now, he can go on to those other races and hopefully earn some respect against the other horses. He seems to travel well and be easy on himself so we'll head to the North America Cup and see how it goes up there." Trained by Clyde Francis, Wiggle It Jiggleit pushed his career earnings to $142, 242 with the victory. Wiggle It Jiggleit is a gelded son of Mr. Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover. Wiggle It Jiggleit  The action-paced night opened with the first $75,000 final for three-year-old trotting fillies and Churita looked every bit the part of a 1-2 favorite as she overcame the outside post nine to score in 1:55. Driven by regular pilot Trace Tetrick, Churita dictated fractions of :28.1, :57.3, and 1:26 before cruising to a five length victory. The 1:55 victory was a new lifetime mark for the daughter of Airzoom Lindy-Stonebridge Volare and her second consecutive victory in 2015. Trained by Matt Rheinheimer, Churita has now won 10 of 12 lifetime outings. Owned by Jackie Porter, Churita has amassed $310,725 lifetime. Fresh of a decisive win in the Indiana Sires Stakes elimination last week, Nora Rockwell and Jason Dillander turned in a gate-to-wire performance to take home top honors in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing fillies. Scoring in a lifetime best of 1:52.2, Nora Rockwell outlasted all challenges from the rest of the field to score her third victory of the season. "She has matured quite a bit from last year and tonight she was all business," owner, trainer Marlin Fry noted after the win. "She is doing now what I thought she might always be capable of. Jason (Dillander) has done a great job with her." Nora Rockwell is a homebred daughter of Palone Ranger-Norma Rockwell. She has now won seven of 22 lifetime outings while earning $81,072. While the stakes action switched gears, the weather did not. Rain continued to fall on the Hoosier Park surface but Homicide Hunter and John Delong seemed unbothered as they scored a decisive victory in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting colts. The 1:55.1 was a lifetime best performance and the second consecutive win from two seasonal outings for the Curt Grummel trainee. Uninvolved in the early stages of the race, Homicide Hunter was able to avoid traffic trouble and early breakers to put away all challengers in the final eighth of the mile. Using a :27 final quarter, Homicide Hunter held off the heavily favored, Bluebird Reverend and Rick Farrington, late in the lane to win by four lengths. "It wasn't exactly how I thought the race would play out but the trip worked out for us," Delong noted after the race. "We made a couple of adjustments after last week and tonight he was awesome. He's a perfect gentleman to drive and he does everything you ask of him. He really raced great tonight." Homicide Hunter sent his career earnings over the $100,000 mark with the victory. Owned by Dr. Patrick Graham, the son of Mr Cantab-Evening Prayer has now won five of 12 lifetime starts. Each of the four stakes winners from tonight's program have now earned points for the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals. The 2015 Indiana Sires Stakes season will culminate with the top ten horses from each of the previous $75,000 finals returning to compete in a $200,000 Super Final on October 10 at Hoosier Park. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, June 2 with a 14-race card. Emily Gaskin

George Teague Jr.'s Wiggleitjiggleit ($2.10, Montrell Teague) put forth a dazzling world record performance Monday with a 1:49 win at the harness racing meeting at Harrington Raceway as he remained unbeaten in eight career starts. The Mr Wiggles gelding left the gate from post position five as the 1-to-9 favorite and effortlessly set fractions of 26.4, 54.1 and 1:22. While his closest pursuer Bobbies Powerplay yielded in the pocket, "Wiggle" steamrolled to a 14-length victory in world record and track record time. The time established a new mark for 3-year-olds of 1:49 on a half-mile racetrack and broke the overall track record of 1:49.2. Legendary pacer Somebeachsomewhere and Rock N Roll Heaven co-held the world record previously, while Betterthancheddar and Clear Vision shared the track record. Trained by Clyde Francis, Wiggleitjiggleit could make his next start in the Indiana Sires Stakes at Hoosier Park on May 23. In the $16,000 overnight feature, the Open Pace, 4-to-5 favorite Dancin Yankee left from post position three in a short field of five and assumed early command from People Are Crazy in an opening quarter mile in a pedestrian-like 29 seconds. Dancin Yankee then led the field to the half-mile in 58.3 seconds while Bandolito, who co-holds the fastest mile of the year, battled first over. Dancin Yankee then cruised to three-quarters in 1:25.4 while Bandolito began to fade. Dancin Yankee ($3.60, Allan Davis) opened up several lengths on the field at the wire and triumphed in 1:52.4 over People Are Crazy and Elite Awards. It was the first win of the year for the Josh Green-trainee, whose made more than $1.1 million in his career. Last year's 2-year-old DSBF champ, Remember Me VK ($3.20, Teague), making his first start since his freshman campaign, had an auspicious return to the races with a 1:53 score for trainer Bobby Wyatt. Owned by Sharon Wyatt, Robin West and Ron Benton, it was the fourth win in six career starts for the Art Director gelding, who is the 2-year-old track record holder at Harrington. Speaking of auspicious debuts, Legacy Racing and Reggie Hazzard's Bad Boy Matt had just that in his debut with a 1:52.1 win in the $12,500 Open II. Allan Davis had four winners on the program as did owners Legacy Racing of Delaware. Montrell Teague drove three winners. Matt Sparacino  

EAST RUTHERFORD (May 2, 2015) - When last seen on the racetrack, Wiggle It Jiggleit was dominating the Final of the William "Buddy" Gilmour at The Meadowlands in mid-March. The three year old gelded son of Mr Wiggles was given a brief break following that win, but returned in style on Saturday night at The Meadowlands, winning the $47,124 John Simpson Memorial by three lengths over pocket-sitting Rock N' Roll World. Not only was Wiggle It Jiggleit released as the nickel on the dollar (1/20) favorite, but he was also the subject of a strong minus show pool, with $122,008 of $130,427 bet to show on the race favorite. His pilot, Montrell Teague, wasted no time establishing the early lead and carving out fractions of 26.3, 55 and 1:23.3 while facing no pressure throughout the mile. Rock N' Roll World was content to sit the pocket to the favorite throughout the mile. As the field turned for home, Teague asked his gelding for another gear and 'Wiggle It found it, pulling away to another impressive victory, his seventh in a row to start his career. Rock N' Roll World was second and Gratian Hanover checked in third. The winner is owned by George Teague and trained by Clyde Francis. Wiggle It Jiggleit now has earnings of nearly $90,000 in seven starts. He is Meadowlands Pace-eligible. Wiggle It Jiggleit The other main event on the evening was the $54,200 Whata Baron Final, featuring a field of nine. Rediscovery was sent off as the 3/5 favorite and was looking for a series sweep, but Ideal Cowboy had other ideas. Rock Out was sent to the early lead through a strong 26.1 opening quarter, but relinquished that lead to Rediscovery before the half-mile pole. As the field moved to the far turn past the half in 54.4, Rock Out seemed to step out of one of his hobbles and bolted to the outside, forcing Ideal Cowboy near the outside fence and scattering several horses behind. Ideal Cowboy got back on track and challenged Rediscovery though three-quarters of 1:23. The two raced on even terms as the field turned for home, but Ideal Cowboy put away the favorite and set sail for the wire. He was promptly challenged by Bettorever, who cut into the margin through the stretch and lunged at Ideal Cowboy late. Those two hit the wire together in 1:49.2, but the win photograph revealed that it was the nose of Ideal Cowboy that reached the wire first. El Bloombito was two lengths back as a rallying third. Ideal Cowboy paid $10 to win. He is owned by Bamond Racing L.L.C. and J & T Silva Stables. The winning trainer was Jeffrey Bamond Jr. and the winner was piloted by Tim Tetrick. Ideal Cowboy In other action, Dovuto Hanover won the $25,000 Open Handicap for four and five year old pacers in surprising wire to wire fashion, winning in 1:49.2 over Doctor Butch. Dovuto Hanover Blatantly Best established a new lifetime mark of 1:48.4 winning an upper-level condition pace with Brett Miller in the bike. Scott Zeron and Tim Tetrick reached the winners'circle three times on the evening, while Brett Miller scored a driving double on the program The first Jackpot Super Hi-5, which took place in race 10 this evening saw two winning tickets, thus the jackpot will once again carryover with $103,769 in the pool for the fifth race on Friday. The last race Jackpot Super Hi-5 also went unclaimed, with the carryover pool growing to $77,990. Racing returns to The Meadowlands on Friday evening, with first post time at 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – Saturday March 7, 2015 – The showdown on paper pitted two undefeated three year olds in the second round of the Buddy Gilmour series at The Meadowlands, but Wiggle It Jiggleit left no doubt on the racetrack, he is the real deal. Sent off as the 1/9 favorite in the first $20,000 division, Wiggle It Jiggleit waited for National Seelster to move to the lead past the opening quarter of 27.2.  Once his rival cleared the front, Montrell Teague moved his undefeated gelding to the outside and took up the chase.  He glided past National Seelster through a half-mile of 56.3 and he would never relinquish that lead.  Allowed to float through the third quarter with National Seelster in the pocket, Wiggle It Jiggleit hit three quarters in 1:25.2 and that is when his pilot asked him for speed and the response was instantaneous.  The son of Mr. Wiggles powered away from National Seelster through the stretch, pacing a 26.4 final quarter and winning geared down in 1:52.1. Fast Movin Train rallied to be second over National Seelster. The second division of the Gilmour was a much more wide-open betting affair on paper, with a highly competitive seven-horse field on the gate.  Rodeo Romeo was sent off as the 3/2 favorite with John Campbell and that colt would clear the lead before the opening quarter of 28.3.  He would relinquish that lead to Midnight Lightning who brushed down the backstretch and took over command nearing the half-mile of 57.3.  Affluenza and Brett Miller would commit first over and lead the outer flow as the field circled past three-quarters in 1:26.4 with Coaster right on his back.  In the stretch, it looked like anyone’s race with Midnight Lightning digging in, Affluenza bearing down, Rodeo Romeo looking for room and Coaster rallying off cover.  Those four lined up at the eighth pole before Coaster and Rodeo Romeo separated themselves from the field, with Coaster narrowly getting up in the shadow of the wire for Yannick Gingras, his fourth win of the night.  Rodeo Romeo was second with Midnight Lighting third. Coaster is trained by Ron Burke, who won two races on the card and is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Collura. They say a horse doesn’t know his odds, and clearly Bullet Bob wasn’t aware that Lonewolf Currier was 1/5 or that he had been defeated by that same foe the previous week by more than seven lengths.  On this night, Bullet Bob turned the tables on the favorite in the $25,000 Dash For The “G” Notes Final, winning in 1:51.4. Bullet Bob was sent hard off the gate by Dave Miller and crossed over to the pylons before the first turn with New Kind pressing him early.  New Kind would clear the lead before the quarter in 27.3.  But Lonewolf Currier was lurking and Corey Callahan made his move for the lead with five-eighths of a mile to go.  He would establish fractions of 56.1 and 1:23.4 before setting sail for home, but Bullet Bob came to call and wore down the favorite through the stretch for the upset score. New Kind was a game third. The winner is owned by Fox Hollow Farm and trained by Mark Harder. Both $.20 cent Jackpot Super Hi-5 wagers carried over, with the fifth race carryover reaching $47,522 and the last race carryover growing to $161,277. Racing returns to The Meadowlands on Friday night, featuring the first round of The Shiaway St. Pat for trotters contested in $20,000 divisions with post time at 7:15 P.M. The draw schedule will change beginning next week, as the entry box for Friday will close Monday at 9:00 A.M. and Saturday's entry box will close Tuesday at 9:00 A.M. Darin Zoccali

Wiggle It Jiggleit has been just a little bit impressive in winning his only two career starts - beating his harness racing foes by a total of 18-1/4 lengths - but George Teague Jr. needs to see a little bit more from the 3-year-old pacer. "The horse is going to have to do more than that for me to be super impressed," Teague said with a laugh. "But he seems like a real nice horse. He's got a great set of lungs, a high rate of speed and he's a really, really intelligent horse. He's got all the qualities, he just has to stay sound, and get lucky." Teague, who owns and trains Wiggle It Jiggleit, will get a better look at the gelding in Saturday's first round of the Sonsam Series at the Meadowlands. Wiggle It Jiggleit, who was limited to one start last season because of soreness, faces a field of 4- and 5-year-olds in the event. He will start from post six with Montrell Teague handling the driving. Escort Series champion Company Man is also in the field, starting from post seven. A total of 20 horses, split into two divisions, entered the Sonsam's first round. Escort runner-up Major Uptrend is in the second division, starting from post eight. Wiggle It Jiggleit is the only 3-year-old in the first round of the event. The second leg of the Sonsam Series is scheduled for Feb. 14 and the estimated $75,000 final is Feb. 21. "It's going to be a little bit of a tall order to race against those horses, but I'm hoping it gives me an idea what I'm staking for," Teague said. "I think he's worthy of staking. He dealt with a little bit of colt soreness (last year) so I couldn't get a good gauge whether he was a top-tier colt or just a horse. So I'm starting him up a little early to try to get an idea." Wiggle It Jiggleit is a son of stallion Mr Wiggles out of the mare Mozzi Hanover. 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. "I had the mom and dad, which makes it fun for me," Teague said. "Mr Wiggles to me was a very impressive racehorse. He had a couple issues that he overcame. I know he gave a hundred percent. He was always one of my favorites. Of all the horses I've had, he was one of the toughest horses that I put on the racetrack. "(Mozzi Hanover) was the favorite in her Lynch (Memorial) elimination, but she came up sick and had some issues of her own. But she was a very talented filly." Last year, Wiggle It Jiggleit won two qualifiers - by a total of 27-1/4 lengths - before capturing his debut by six lengths in 1:51.2 on Aug. 31 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. After sitting out the remainder of the campaign, the horse returned on Jan. 25 with a 1:52 victory at Dover Downs. "His first race was a very impressive race, I will say that," Teague said. "He came first over at Pocono and never dropped the bit. The other night was virtually the same. I knew I was heading to the Meadowlands so I wanted to tighten him up a little bit. He won and did it like he's supposed to." Teague could have continued to race Wiggle It Jiggleit last year, but didn't want to push it. "I didn't want to take any chances and end up hurting him for this year," he said. "It worked out good. I was able to put him away earlier, get him sounder, and get him back together early this year to see what I've got. He seems as good as some of the better horses I've trained in the past. "The game plan is not to do too much now. I want to give him three or four starts right now and see if he's good enough to stake to some of the other races. He reminds me of his dad. He appears to be a real serious horse." Teague's longtime assistant Clyde Francis, who co-owned Mozzi Hanover during her racing days, is listed as the trainer of Wiggle It Jiggleit for Saturday's start at the Meadowlands. "Clyde told me over the summer that this horse reminded him of some of the best horses we ever had," said Teague, who trains a stable of 25 horses, focused on homebreds, in Delaware. "He called it. He liked the horse from the beginning and I'd like to see him get a little recognition." Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

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