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Harnessracing.com reported this morning that World champion 4-year-old pacer Lather Up has been scratched from Saturday night’s $440,000 James Ewart Memorial at Scioto Downs. Co-owner George Teague Jr. told harnessracing.com Saturday morning that he was being cautious and scratched Lather Up “sick.”   To read the rest of the article click here.   From Harnessracing.com  

It's been three years since Wiggle It Jiggleit's memorable Little Brown Jug win at the Delaware County Fair, but the race remains a topic of conversation whenever fans approach driver Montrell Teague. And that's more than OK with Teague, who will try for a second Jug trophy Thursday with one of the event's favorites, Lather Up. "I don't mind," Teague said with a laugh. "The first thing they say is you've got a good shot at doing it this year too but congratulations on the last one because it's probably the best one I've ever seen. That always makes me feel good." Teague said he's watched the replay of Wiggle It Jiggleit's victory over Lost For Words a number of times. Wiggle It Jiggleit raced alongside Lost For Words for nearly five-eighths of a mile, fell behind coming off the last turn, and then rallied in the final strides to win by a nose. "I get emotional every time," Teague said. "It was a super, unreal, kind of race. I don't know if any other horse could have done what he did. It's too tough for just a normal horse." The 27-year-old Teague, who was the second-youngest driver to win the Little Brown Jug, will try to find his way to the winner's circle again with Lather Up. The colt, who is trained by Clyde Francis and owned by Gary and Barbara Iles, heads to the Jug with 10 wins in 12 starts this season. His victories include the North America Cup in June and the Ohio Sire Stakes championship on Sept. 8, where he broke his own track record at Scioto Downs with a 1:49.3 mile despite a rain-soaked surface. "It always feels good (to come to Delaware), especially when you've got a shot to win," Teague said. "Even if I'm not in the race, I usually like to come out anyway, hang around and see everybody, because it's a great atmosphere. But it's always a plus to have a horse in it." The Little Brown Jug, which features eliminations and final on the same day, is for 3-year-old pacers and is the third jewel in the Pacing Triple Crown. Lather Up is the 9-5 morning-line favorite in the first of two eliminations and will start from post one. The top-four finishers from each elimination advance to the winner-take-all final later in the afternoon. Post positions for the final will be drawn based on finishing positions in the eliminations. "At least we've got a good place to start," Teague said. "You can't beat the rail. Anything can happen, but he leaves good, so that makes you feel better. His last two starts were as good as I've ever seen him." The second elimination includes Stay Hungry, who will become the first Pacing Triple Crown winner in 15 years with a victory in the Jug, as well as Meadowlands Pace champion Courtly Choice and Adios winner Dorsoduro Hanover. Courtly Choice, who was supplemented to the race for $45,000, is the 2-1 favorite from post one while Stay Hungry is 5-2 from post four and Dorsoduro Hanover is 4-1 from post five. Dorsoduro Hanover is the richest 3-year-old pacer of the season, with $687,362 in purses. Lather Up is next, followed by Courtly Choice and Stay Hungry. The group is separated by less than $38,000. They have yet to meet in the same race this year. "There are no slouches," Teague said. "All of them are making the money. We've gone different paths, but everyone is just as good as the other one, I think. "It all leads to the Jug." Here are the fields for the $102,720 Little Brown Jug eliminations. The purse for the final will be $436,560. First elimination Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Lather Up-Montrell Teague-Clyde Francis-9/5 2. This Is The Plan-Andrew McCarthy-Chris Ryder-8/1 3. Babes Dig Me-Brett Miller-Tony Alagna-3/1 4. Done Well-Tim Tetrick-Brian Brown-7/2 5. Key Advisor-Chris Page-Tony Alagna-15/1 6. Nutcracker Sweet-Jordan Stratton-Jimmy Takter-6/1 7. Wes Delight- Yannick Gingras-Chris Oakes-12/1 Second elimination Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Courtly Choice-David Miller-Blake MacIntosh-2/1 2. Hayden Hanover-Andy Miller-Julie Miller-10/1 3. Hitman Hill-Brett Miller-Chris Oakes-6/1 4. Stay Hungry- Doug McNair-Tony Alagna-5/2 5. Dorsoduro Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-4/1 6. Decoy-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-15/1 NOTES: David Miller leads active drivers with four Little Brown Jug wins. Billy Haughton and Mike Lachance share the record, with five each. Miller is the leading driver in the history of the Delaware County Fair, entering this year with 222 wins...Yannick Gingras has two wins in the Jug, including last year with Filibuster Hanover. The last driver to win in consecutive years was Ron Pierce in 1998-99... Teague is the only other driver in this year's event with a win...The youngest driver to win a Pacing Triple Crown was George Sholty (at age 33) with Romeo Hanover in 1966. Doug McNair is 28. Ron Burke won last year's Little Brown Jug with Filibuster Hanover and the 2014 edition with Limelight Beach. The last trainer to win in consecutive years was Casie Coleman in 2012-13...Billy Haughton has the record for training wins with six, followed by Stanley Dancer with four. Five trainers are tied with three...Clyde Francis won the 2015 Jug with Wiggle It Jiggleit...Jimmy Takter won the 2006 Jug with Mr Feelgood. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

DOVER, Del. –Ibetyoucanwiggle beat Go Sandy Go at the wire last week and  Pedal Power winner of another prelim come back for the 2nd leg  $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) events plus a $31,000 Mares Open/Handicap pace top Wednesday (March 21) racing at Dover Downs. A $15,000 and a $12,000 female pace top the undercard. Post time is 4:30 p.m. A patient drive by Montrell Teague behind Ibetyoucanwiggle set up a homestretch duel where the George Teague-owned and bred pacer got up in the final strides for victory over Brent Outten and Green Racing’s pace-setter Go Sandy Go steered by Jason Green. These two return in the $20,000 first race in the DSBF 3-Year-old filly pace stake. Brendan Cook’s Studio Session drew the rail for season with Sean Bier, right alongside is Anne McDonald’s Cold N Chilly driven by Vic Kirby The other starters in the1st $20,000 division are  Dorothy Ann and Chris Conner’s Lotsa Luck  handled by Art Stafford Jr. in a six-filly field. Bay Pond Racing’s Peak Of Chic with trainer-driver Jeff Fout and Kissthatonegoodbye, owed and trained by Mike Greene with Corey Callahan in the bike Dave and Leah Lewis’ Pedal Power (Tim Tetrick) drew outside post 7 in the other $20,000 section. Bunker Away (Corey Callahan) , owned by Bay Pond Racing, drew post 2. William Moffett’s homebred Lydia (Ross Wolfenden, closed well for second last time.  Frank Johnson’s River Dreams (Mike Cole) is burdened coming from post 8. K.V. Jump’s Diabolical Spin (Russell Foster)) and Bobby Myers’ Gloria Pierre (Jonathan Roberts) and Amanda Wager’s Whistler’s Sister (Allan Davis) complete the eight filly lineup.    Pedal Power           - Foto Won photo The top eight point-getters in each of the four divisions return next Thursday, meet closing day, March 29 for $100,000 finals. The $31,000 Mares Open/Handicap is the overnight feature. Bettorhaveanother (Morgan), a winner of her last four of five for Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing, has post 8 in a nine-horse field, with Gary Ewing’s Sweet Bobbie (Art Stafford Jr.) and Marion Beachy’s Berazzled are other winners last start. Front-pacing Nerida Franco N (A. Davis) will be the one to catch acing for Mike Hall and Dave Hamm. Breakaway Stable’s Valuable Art (Callahan) will benefit from a better post position. KDK Standardbred’s homebred Apple Bottom Jeans (Kirby) and Terror At Night (Cole) from the second tier for Arlene Paisley, Ed Maas and Nanticoke Racing.   A $22,000 sub-feature, two $15,000 and a $14,000 female paces are also on the strong undercard. Live racing is featured Monday through Thursday through next Thursday, (March 29), closing day of the 2017-2018 season. Post time is at 4:30 p.m. Dover Downs’ features a 50-cent Pick 5 wager starting with the 2nd race through the 6th. A late daily double is carded for the 12th and 13th races. Watch the live racing and enjoy fine food at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Race and Sports Book.   Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.--- George Teague started seven Delaware-breds in the four $20,000 1st leg Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Male pace divisions and came away with the two fastest preliminary winners, Henry The Drago and Daiymir on Thursday, March 30 at Dover Downs. River Crest and Automatic beat two other Teague trainees. Major Uptrend won the $30,000 Preferred Handicap for the third time this harness racing meet. Henry The Dragon toyed with five rivals to win the first $20,000 DSBF event wire-to-wire in 1:52 with Montrell Teague driving the first of his three wins. A son of a former Teague's stakes winner Custard The Dragon-Surveille Hanover scored his second win at three and seventh lifetime in eight starts with only a second in last November's $100,000 DSBF freshman final to blemish his record. Unbroken Vision (Corey Callahan) was a game second in front of Almost Cut My Hair (Vic Kirby) third. Montrell Teague got the lead early guiding Daiymir in his first lifetime start and never was headed the rest of a 1:52.4 mile holding off the DSBF colt champion Bags To Riches (Tim Tetrick) by a length in another $20,000 prelim. Wake Up And Go (Callahan) was the show horse. Daiymir is a son of Mr. Wiggles-Cookie Money and as the rest of the Teague stable is trained by Clyde Francis. A nose separated Teague Tandum from victory when River Crest notched a 1;53.2 triumph for owner-trainer Art Stafford Jr. who owns the Roddy's Bags Again-Eastern Lady colt with his dad and brother and well-known auctioneer Larry Martin. Ain.t It Fun (M.Teague) led until the photo finish showed him second.l Art Of Fire ( ) was third. The last $20,000 DSBF prelim was won by fast finishing Automatic Dragon owned by Tina and Brian Clark and trained by Bobby Clark. James Isaac (Tony Morgan) made a big move on the backstretch to get the lead but could not hold off the Vic Kirby driven winner in 1:53.1. Race favorite Stay In You Place (M.Teague) collected third money. Under new ownership but still the same quality racehorse, Major Uptrend, now owned by trainer Tim Crissman and Niss Allen Inc., the Somebeachsomewhere-Tricky Tooshie gelding handled by Tony Morgan held off Limelight Beach (Yannick Gingras) for a 1:49.3 victory in the $30,000 Preferred Handicap pace. Sweet Rock (Allan Davis) wad third. Corey Callahan drove Jet Airway to a 1:51 win in a $20,000 Open Pace. The Jereme's Jet-Aromatic six-year-old owned by Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis won for the third time this meet and 65th in his career while banking $477,930. Poisonous (Ross Wolfenden) closed strongly for second. Rangers Sureshot (Morgan) took third. Trainer-driver Eddie Dennis pulled a surprise closed along the passing lane to win a $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Male pace in 1:52----Earlier three sons of Somebeachsomewhere finished in a near 1:51 dead heat, winner David Miller's 42-1 Fashionbythebeach (Vince Copeland), followed by Sonny At The Beach (Kirby) and Somewhereonthebeach (Gingras), third.---Jim Morand drove Seventh Secret for George&Tina Dennis Racing to a 1:53 score in another $15,000 Male pace. Corey Callahan finished with four wins. Montrell Teague won three. Tony Morgan and Vic Kirby ad doubles. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are dark days. Weekday post time, Monday through Thursday, is 4:30 p.m. Parking and admission are free. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant's acclaimed Buffet and for the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Top harness and thoroughbred races are featured in the Racing and Sports Book daily for 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. Marv Bachrad                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

HARRISBURG PA - Team Teague, a group of horsepeople based in Harrington DE who have been masterful in both their care and campaigning of the charismatic $3.9M-winning pacer Wiggle It Jiggleit over the last two years, has won the top honor that the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) solely votes on - the Stan Bergstein Proximity Award, "presented annually to those who have made outstanding contributions to harness racing." The team "captain' is of course owner/trainer George Teague Jr., "defending" Owner of the Year, through whom the major decisions are made, but George would be the first to credit the many many others who have been integral parts of the success of Wiggle It Jiggleit, 2015 Horse of the Year and second in this year's voting, and indeed all the way back to 2004 Horse of the Year Rainbow Blue and beyond. These folks would include George's sister Brenda, his "right-hand man" for many years and an outstanding horsewoman in her own right; his stable's owners, many of them from his home base of Delaware; and Jim Bernstein, a former horseman turned successful businessman, who helps keep Team Teague on sound financial footing. There is George's son Montrell, last year's Rising Star Award winner, who has shown both ability and "cool" in the sulky well beyond his 25 years, and who in his intelligence, horsemanship, and enthusiasm has become as public a standardbearer of Team Teague as anybody. There is the veteran Clyde Francis, who oversees the day-to-day care of "Wiggle," and "Big Mike" Taylor, honored as 2015's Caretaker of the Year, who has developed a rapport with his charge while also keeping his respect - many a chaotic winners circle, definitely NOT Wiggle's favorite place to go, has been avoided by Mike's patient yet firm handling of the horse just after the races. Add in other stable employees and front office workers, and you have a group of individuals who have all had a part in the success of a horse who has commanded a major portion of the harness spotlight for two full seasons now - Team Teague has indeed made "an outstanding contribution" to the sulky sport. GEORGE TEAGUE NAMED USHWA'S GOOD GUY Besides voting to put Team Teague on the final ballot for the prestigious Bergstein/Proximity Award (and then picking the Team to win the award), George Teague Jr. himself was selected by the chapters of USHWA for individual recognition as the organization's Good Guy Award winner, for outstanding cooperation with the media and in helping to showcase the sport. And George was voted the Good Guy Award winner as well - making him the first two-time winner of the Good Guy Award in the 53-year history of the honor (he also won in 2004, Rainbow Blue's "year.") One example given of George's desire to serve and better harness racing came when he was asked to bring Wiggle It Jiggleit, last year's Little Brown Jug winner, to the Delaware OH Fair to make an appearance this season - in the middle of a grueling racing campaign. But Teague oversaw the preparations to get the horse to central Ohio for Jug Day, and Wiggle led the post parade for the Triple Crown pacing event. (An irony here: Wiggle It Jiggleit won the 2015 Jug with a stirring stretch surge that edged out Lost For Words - who was trained by Brian Brown, the Delaware [OH]-based conditioner who finished second to Teague in this year's Good Guy voting!) Team Teague and George Teague Jr. will be honored at the "Night Of Champions," the Dan Patch Awards Banquet Presented by Hoosier Park, which will take place on Sunday, February 26 at the Planet Hollywood hotel/casino in Las Vegas. Information about the banquet, tickets and room reservations for the entire weekend, which will also contain the annual meetings of USHWA, can be found on the communicators' website, www.ushwa.org - including links for making hotel reservations at special rates at Planet Hollywood; banquet tickets; and congratulatory or acknowledgment ads in the keepsake Souvenir Banquet Journal, annually one of the best chronicles of a year in North American harness racing. From the United States Harness Writers Association

George Teague has been named winner of another prestigious award. Teague has been named Harness Horsemen International (HHI)'s "Dominic Frinzi Person of the Year." In addition to conditioning 1,631 winners of $35-million to date, Teague has been honored for graciously allowing the public to meet and greet his great pacer, 2015 Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, several times during 2016 to help promote harness racing. ---------------------------------------------------------- Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Caretaker of the Year Award, sponsored by Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park in conjunction with USHWA honoring the sport's unsung heroes, the caretakers. Dover Downs leads in the number of grooms at the track who have won this award in the past. To nominate for this award with a number of benefits, contact USHWA president Tim Bojarski at a159star@gmail.com with a minimum 200 words, stating the special qualities of the caretaker being nominated. ------------------------------------------ Thursday racing is now the top pacing day at Dover Downs. The highlight events, the $30,000 Preferred has been won the last two times by Ideal Cowboy while Little Ben recorded his fourth win in his last five winning the $27,500 Delaware Special. During the rest of the racing week, Monday is now a top claiming feature day, on Tuesday the top female pacers meet in the $20,000 Open Mares pace and Wednesday continues as top trot day highlighted by the $20,000 Open Trot. ------------------------------------------ With the end of 2016 at hand, First place in Dover Downs leading driver category has become a three-driver battle for top spot. Through November, Vic Kirby led the roster in winning drives. In December, Yannick Gingras had several five win days; Tim Tetrick added a number of four-win cards to also challenge Kirby for the lead, now in a virtual tie. Allan Davis holds on to fourth place while Ross Wolfenden is fifth. ----------------------------------------------------- Jim King remains as leader in trainers statistics in wins and money won by his stable. Josh Green is in second place. Joe Hundertfund and Leigh Raymer are tied for third place with Wayne Givens, fifth. ------------------------------------------------ Well know Delaware stallion Tune Town who stood at Rhonda Owens-Whitehouse's Safe Haven Farms in Ellendale died recently at age 24, The former USHWA Pacing Horse of the Year and Nova Award winning Older Pacer in 1997sired 120 Delaware-bred foals, Dina's Gamble p,1:50.1 ($521,507) and Fine-Tuner p,1:50.1 and Tuneariffic p,1,50.2 topped the list. ------------------------------------------- In 2017, the American Horse Council (AHC) offers three different internships available to both high school and college students. Visit the AHC website for details at info@horsecouncil.org ----------------------------------------------- Australia has announced it will ban the use of existing whips in training and racing beginning on Sept. 1, 2017. Australia becomes the first country to do so. ------------------------------------ Two Dover Downs regulars who raced at Rosecroft Raceway during the just ended Fall season tied for the 2016 Leading Driver title, Roger Plante Jr. and Russell Foster had 52 wins each. Marv Bachrad

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec – The 2015 Harness Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, headlines a short field of five pacers that will do battle Sunday in the $200,000 Prix D’Ete at the Hippodrome 3R. Currently ranked #1 in the North American Top Ten Poll and the richest harness horse of the 2016 season with earnings of $1,016,927 (US), Wiggle It Jiggleit, drew post one in the Prix D’Ete. Once the richest and most prestigious race in all of Canada, the Prix D’Ete was dropped from competition in 1992 and was then revived by the Quebec Jockey Club at the Hippodrome 3R two years ago. Prior winners of the Prix D’Ete before coming to 3R included world champion performers Niatross (1980), Cam Fella (1982), Strike Out (1979), Beach Towel (1990), Armbro Emerson (1986) and Romulus Hanover (1972) to name a few. As the Prix D’Ete was an open event in the past, it is now restricted to just four-year-olds. The race was captured by Sunfire Blue Chip in 2014 and by All Bets Off in 2015. Both horses won in identical times of 1:50.3, which was the fastest miles ever in Canada for four-year-old pacers on a half mile track. “It will be very special this year to all the harness racing fans in Quebec to be able to come and see the Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, compete at the Hippodrome 3R,” said Vincent Trudel, general manager at 3R. “To have a world champion in this race is what made the Prix D’Ete so special many years ago and is now happening again this Sunday. It will be very prestigious for our racing program to feature such a great horse.” The post-position draw is as follows: 1 - Wiggle It Jiggleit - Trainer Clyde Francis - Driver Montrell Teague 2 - ASAP Hanover - Trainer Sean Mehlenbacher - Driver Louis-Philippe Roy 3 - Rockin In Heaven - Trainer Dr Ian Moore - Driver Jody Jamieson 4 - Rock N Roll World - Trainer Ron Burke - Driver Daniel Dube 5 - Rockin Ron - Trainer Ron Burke - Driver Yannick Gingras Wiggle It Jiggleit comes into the race with 11 wins in 17 starts and lifetime earnings of $3.2 million. Last week he captured the $325,000 Dan Patch at Hoosier Park in 1:49.1, last quarter mile in an amazing :26 in defeating rivals Always B Miki, All Bets Off and Shamballa. “The draw worked out great again,” George Teague, owner of Wiggle It Jiggleit said. “We can’t wait to come up to Quebec this weekend. Wiggle It Jiggleit is feeling great and from what I hear he will really like racing over 3R’s oval. It will also be special to show him off to the race fans in Quebec.” Rockin Ron hails from the Ron Burke Stable and comes into the race sporting 10 wins in 18 starts, a record of 1:50.1 and earnings this year of nearly $300,000. His stablemate, Rock N Roll World, sports two wins and earnings of nearly $100,000 this season. Rockin In Heaven comes into the Prix D’Ete for trainer Dr. Ian Moore, off an impressive 1:51.2 victory at Mohawk Raceway for driver Jody Jamison. He has three wins and $84,000 won this year. ASAP Hanover has been first, second or third in eight of his 12 starts this year for trainer Sean Mehlenbacker and has a record this season of 1:50.2. Post time Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R on Prix D’Ete Day is 1:30 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com.  From the Quebec Jockey Club

Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by Bet America has a power packed program lined up for Thursday (June 28) at 7:00 PM Eastern. In what has the potential to be one of the greatest races in harness racing history (the Ben Franklin Final at Pocono), the four top contenders will have the opportunity to make their case as to why their charge will get the job done. Trainers George Teague, Jimmy Takter, Larry Rheinheimer, and owner Robert Cooper will discuss their charge's prospects in the $500,000 final this Saturday for aged pacers. Pocono Racing Marketing Director Jennifer Starr will also join the program to talk about what racing fans can expect attending the races live this Saturday. Not only will all eyes be focused on the Pocono Mountains Saturday, but some of the finest aged trotters on the planet will square off in Ohio this weekend. Northfield Park Track Announcer Ayers Ratliff will join the program to preview The Cleveland Classic at Northfield Park. Our ongoing series with Running Aces Casino and Racetrack continues, as Track Announcer Darin Gagne sits down with talented Trainer/Driver Rick Magee to talk about his career in harness racing. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by Bet America can be heard each Thursday at 7:00 PM Eastern live on their website at posttimewithmikeandmike.com, or on-demand at https://extra.betamerica.com/betamerica-radio-network/ From the Mike & Mike Show

If racing fans are looking for a nightcap to Saturday’s Preakness Stakes, Northfield Park has the perfect closing act – the $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie.   Since its inception in 1986, the Battle of Lake Erie has drawn the best veteran pacers the sport has to offer.  Past Battle Champions include racing greats Falcon Seelster, Quite A Sensation, Jaguar Spur, Dorunrun Bluegrass, Cambest, Riyadh, Gallo Blue Chip and Maltese Artist.     This year, the Grand Circuit one mile dash for veteran pacers has attracted Wiggle It Jiggleit, last year’s Horse of the Year and winner of the Little Brown Jug, Freaky Feet Pete, the 2015 Breeders Crown champ, and Foiled Again, the richest horse in the history of harness racing.   Wiggle It Jiggleit has drawn the rail and has been installed as the even-money favorite. Racing for George Teague and Teague Racing Partnership, the 4-year-old gelded son of Mr Wiggles has won 27 of 34 career starts and $2.3 million.   This will be his second trip to the Flying Turns. Wiggle It Jiggleit won last year’s $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial, the track’s premier event, in 1:49 3/5, establishing a track record for sophomore gelded pacers.   Freaky Feet Pete, who drew the No. 5 post and is the earlybird second betting choice at 2-1, arrives at Northfield with a sparkling record, a winner of 27 of 30 starts and $1.1 million.    The son of Rockin Image will carry a nine-race winning streak to the gate.  His start in the Battle will be his first on a half-mile track.   “He trains on a half-mile track at home,” said Marty Rheinheimer, co-owner of Freaky Feet Pete. “I’m really not worried at all about him getting around the track. I think he will take to it just fine.”   Foiled Again will be making an unprecedented eighth consecutive start in the Battle of Lake Erie, a race he has won three times, including last year’s renewal. Now 12, the gelded son of Dragon Again, another Battle winner (2000), has won 86 of 253 starts and a record $7,372,138.   “Every time he steps on the track it’s history, so it’s cool” said trainer Ron Burke.   Foiled Again’s score in last year’s Battle sent his bankroll over $7 million. No other Standardbred has earned as much as $6 million. Ready Cash, a retired trotter, is second to Foiled Again with a bankroll of $5.7 million.    Dave Bianconi, Northfield’s executive vice-president of racing and simulcasting, who put the race field together, believes the Battle lineup is strong enough to threaten the track record.   “They have a shot at breaking it,” he said. “I can see a sub-1:50 mile if the conditions are right.”   A Rocknroll Dance holds the record, a 1:49 1/5 mile in the 2013 Battle of Lake Erie.   An impressive undercard featuring three $20,000 Opens and three $20,000 late closer finals will support this year’s Battle of Lake Erie.   In addition, Battle night will also offer guests a sumptuous dinner buffet in Lady Luck’s clubhouse. The special Battle of Lake Erie Buffet is just $19.95.  Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling 330/467-4101.     Guests who want to be down close to all of the racing action can stop by the grandstand apron to sample the fare of some of northeast Ohio’s most popular food trucks.  Live music by Unknown Reason can also be enjoyed on the apron, and patrons will receive a FREE spin on the Northfield Park Prize Wheel from 8 to 9 p.m.   The Battle of Lake Erie is scheduled as the 11th event on the 15-race program with a first race 6:00 p.m. post time.  A Pick 4 will begin in race eight and offers a $10,000 guaranteed pool, while the Battle will offer a $25,000 guaranteed Superfecta pool. The 2016 $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie Field:   Post Horse Driver Trainer M/L 1 Wiggle It Jiggleit Montrell Teague Clyde Francis 1-1 2 Ideal Cowboy Aaron Merriman Jeffrey Bamond Jr. 8-1 3 Roland N Rock TBA Rob Harmon 25-1 4 Foiled Again Joe Bongiorno Ron Burke 10-1 5 Freaky Feet Pete Trace Tetrick Larry Rheinheimer 2-1 6 Santa Fe Beachboy Ronnie Wrenn Jr. Brian Brown 25-1 7 Luck Be Withyou Dave Palone Chris Oakes 15-1 8 All Bets Off Matt Kakaley Ron Burke 12-1   by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

The Delaware Standardbred Owners Association (DSOA) will offer a free introductory harness racing seminar for those considering first-time ownership of a Standardbred race horse on Saturday, May 21st at the Harrington Raceway. The seminar, which will run from 1-4 p.m., will cover horse racing basics, the rewards and financial obligations of horse ownership and the various ways to get started owning a horse. Attendees will not only learn the basics of horse ownership but will also have an opportunity to meet some of the horses, nationally renowned trainers, and drivers currently racing at Harrington. The program will include a presentation by owner-trainer and DSOA Director George Teague, recently voted Owner of the Year by U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA), involving forms of ownership, the owner/trainer relationship and Teague's experience campaigning horses like Rainbow Blue and Wiggle It Jiggleit, both winners of Horse of the Year recognition. Participants will also hear from leading trainer/driver George Dennis and Post Time TV show award-winning hostess, Heather Vitale. There will be a tour of the racing backside and stabling area at Harrington Raceway and Training Center. The educational event will begin at 1 p.m. on May 21, and will be held in the Harrington Raceway board room; light refreshments will be served. Attendees are encouraged to return Monday, May 23 for a night of live racing which will begin at 5 p.m. Those that return for live racing on the 23rd will receive a race program and the Clubhouse's Prime Rib Feast dinner courtesy of the DSOA. Interested parties can sign up at http://shop.ustrotting.com/events.aspx to reserve their place, today. Registration is limited to the first 15 people that sign-up. For more information, contact the DSOA's Executive Director Sal DiMario at 302-678-3058. Marv Bachrad

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, April 9, 2016-Yonkers Raceway's Saturday night brought with it the fourth round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Four, $50,000 divisions brought the series further in focus, with the gazing especially glaring at both Wiggle It Jiggleit and Bit of a Legend N. Starting with the latter, even-money Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton, $4) extended his perfect preliminary resume, easily winning the third division from the pocket in 1:51.2. Making the first lead (:27.4) from post position No. 5 (in one notch after a scratch), Bit of a Legend N yielded to Let's Drink on It (Tim Tetrick). That one then led the way (:55.2, 1:23.1), taking a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. Unfortunately, something went awry with Let's Drink on It, who faded to last, but not before he carried Bit of a Legend N to the Promised Land. He won by a length in 1:51.2, with a second-over Lettucerockthem A (Brian Sears) second and Limelight Beach (Yannick Gingras) third. Bit of a Legend N, a 7-year-old Down Under son of Bettor's Delight owned by Harry von Knoblauch and trained by Peter Tritton, has won six of his eight North American starts. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $14.80, with the triple returned $54. "You can race him any way you want," Stratton said. "Even though he's won four races in this series, he really hasn't been used that hard." Asked what's impressed him about his steady date, Stratton offered that "he's done all this with me driving." As for Wiggle It Jiggleit (Montrell Teague, $2.10), he earned the respect Rodney Dangerfield never could. Last season's Horse of the Year, making his second series start, won the draw in the second division and his rivals dutifully demurred. The result was a qualifier-esque first half (:28, :56.3) and a :54.3 back portion (1:24.1, 1:51.1). The final margin was 2¾ lengths over P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett), who outgamed a pocket-sitting All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley). Wiggle It Jiggleit, a 4-year-old Mr. Wiggles gelding, is now 2-for-3 this season and 25-for-30 in his $2 million-plus career. George Teague Jr. and Teague Racing Partnership co-own WIJI, trained by Clyde Francis. The exacta paid $16.20, with the triple returning $27.60. "It as if he didn't have the break after last season," Montrell Teague Jr. said. "When I looked over and saw everyone else take of the gate, I knew it was his race. I just popped the plugs, never even had to ask him." Tetrick bookended Saturday night's other Levy groupings, the first with Ideal Cowboy ($11.20) in 1:52.1 and the finale with Mach it So ($3.40), also in 1:52.1. Ideal Cowboy, from second-over, snapped Take it Back Terry (George Brennan) by a neck-"Terry's" first series defeat-while Mach it So went the distance to edge Te Kawau N (Gingras) by a nose. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

With the deadline to enter the Breeders Crown coming up fast, owner George Teague is considering his options where to race the sport’s number-1 rated Wiggle It Jiggleit. After racing the sensational gelding this Saturday in Indiana, the Harrington, Del. horseman/owner can choose from entering via a supplemental payment to the $500,000 Breeders Crown, or send the leading Horse of the Year candidate to Indiana for a series of races beginning Saturday night in  the  $200,0000 Indiana Sire Stakes Final at Hoosier. After that Teague could start the world champion three-year-old in the $75,000 Circle City, Oct. 23 and in the $275,000 Monument Circle on Oct. 30.. "I'm not 100-percent sure,” said Teague, “but I am leaning toward staying in Indiana. These three races are somewhat the equivalent of what we could race [Wiggle It Jiggleit] for in the Breeders Crown, purse-wise.” The Breeders Crown will be held Oct. 24 at Woodbine Racetrack near Toronto, Can. To race, a $62,500 supplemental payment would be required to enter Wiggle It Jiggleit in the Breeders Crown, whose purse is $500,000. Teague remarked, “To supplement is a large chunk [of money], and you have to finish one-two to get your money back.” Another Teague decision is whether or not he wants to race Wiggle It Jiggleit against older horses, Nov. 21 in the $400,000 TVG Pace at the Meadowlands. What stands in the way, are lucrative stakes races at Dover Downs when the track opens for its 47th season the first week in November. The sophomore gelding is eligible for two prestigious and lucrative events in November, the first of which is the Matron Stakes on Thursday, Nov. 12. "I really want to race in the TVG but the problem is the race is at the same time as the Progress Pace (now renamed Hap Hansen Pace), which goes for$300,000 and is for three-year-olds," Teague commented. "It's also at my home track, Dover Downs. That puts me in kind of a tough spot. I think he fits in the TVG, and I like to do things differently. We'll see." The Hap Hansen Pace (formerly Progress Pace) Final is on Monday, Nov. 30. If an elimination is needed, that would go on the previous Monday, Nov. 23, two days after the TVG. Marv Bachrad      

 Harness racing personalities George and Montrell Teague will be in studio guests on "The Really Big Show" on Cleveland ESPN Radio 850 WKNR on Friday morning, August 14, at 11:45 AM. The father-son team will discuss prized pupil Wiggle It Jiggleit's chances in that night's featured $405,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park with Really Big Show hosts Tony Rizzo and Jerod Cherry. Live streaming of WKNR can be found on -- www.espncleveland.com Ayers Ratliff  

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