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After weathering what turned out to be an extended storm of injury issues that kept 2015 Horse of the Year Award winner Wiggle It Jiggleit sidelined for nearly three years, George Teague Jr. is looking forward to seeing his 7-year-old harness racing  pacer continue his comeback attempt in Thursday's $25,000 open at Dover Downs. Wiggle It Jiggle will be making his third start this year, but his first since Sept. 30. The gelding finished second in his 2019 debut at the Delaware County Fair in central Ohio on Sept. 19 and third in the open handicap at Harrington Raceway. Since then, Wiggle It Jiggleit has won twice in qualifiers at Dover, the first in 1:55.1 with a final quarter of :29.3 and the second in 1:54.4 with a final quarter of :27.2. "He's doing good," said Teague, whose George Teague Jr. Inc. shares ownership of Wiggle It Jiggleit with the Teague Racing Partnership LLC. "He was tying up a little bit (leading to his recent time off) and when I got him off that, I qualified him, and he just didn't fire like I thought he should. It turned out his blood was a little off. "The last time I qualified him he seemed to be a lot more like himself. Not totally like he was in the past, but I still think it's just going to take a little while. I'm hoping he can come back to that status, or close to it. He's going to be fine. We'll see how it plays out." Wiggle It Jiggleit, trained by Clyde Francis, has won 38 of 53 career races and earned $3.91 million. His earnings rank sixth among pacers in North American harness racing history. "At any time, any horse can come up with injuries; unfortunately, he did," Teague said. "It didn't look that bad originally, but one thing turned into another, turned into another, which turned into three years. It is what it is. That was a perfect storm. But every storm blows over. "He still seems like the horse of old, he really does. He doesn't seem any less willing to go. Everything is there, we just have to put the speed back into him, and I don't expect that to come over night. He's sounder than he's ever been and looks great physically. We just have to put the work in and see if he can get a little stronger and a little faster." Wiggle It Jiggleit is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in Thursday's open. Jim Morand will drive Wiggle It Jiggleit, subbing for Montrell Teague, who recently suffered a wrist injury that will keep him in a cast until after Christmas. George Teague Jr. is taking a race-by-race approach with Wiggle It Jiggleit but is hopeful the son of Mr Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover can return to the Grand Circuit in 2020. "I still think it's a possibility," Teague said. "I'm not going to ruin his reputation by putting him in the box when it doesn't look like he should be in. I'm just trying to get a grip on how I think he'll come back and whether he gets back to close enough where I think I can invest a little bit of money in staking him. "I'm not making any definitive plans; I'm just hoping he tells me as we go along. It's tough to get back to where he needs to be without racing against competition. I can qualify, I can train, but none of it is like racing. When he makes it to a point where I think he's showed me enough one way or another, then I'll make my decision there." Racing begins at 4:30 p.m. (EST) Thursday at Dover. The open is race 12, with an 8:10 p.m. estimated post. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Dover, DE -  Former Horse Of The Year and world champion harness racing pacer, Wiggle It Jiggleit, returned to the racetrack, competing in a qualifying race at Dover Downs Wednesday morning. The son of Mr. Wiggles cut all the fractions of :29,  59, 1:27.2  and finished the one mile race in 1:54.4 for driver George Teague Jr. The temperature was 38 degrees over a fast track. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

World Champion Wiggle It Jiggleit qualified at Dover Downs Wednesday morning an doing the driving was none other than George Teague, Jr.   Wiggle It Jiggleit left quickly from post eight and cut fractions of 28.1 57.2 125.3 155.1.   George Teague Jr. was in the bike replacing son Montrell, who sustained a broken wrist loading horses last week.   The win was a well measured length. The race time temperature was 29 degrees and prompted the Judges to allow 2 seconds.   The only other time owner George Teague had ever been up behind the great Wiggle It Jiggleit in a charted race was on January 14, 2015   by Al Kraszewski, for Dover Downs

HARNESSRACING.COM reports today that World champion pacer Lather Up has been retired. Co-owner George Teague Jr. told harnessracing.com that the 4-year-old son of I’m Gorgeous is being retired as a result of an injury. Lather Up retires with 23 wins in 37 career starts, with his victories including a 1:46 effort in the $250,000 Graduate Series final in July at the Meadowlands. The time was the fastest ever by a 4-year-old pacer and equaled the all-age mark set by Always B Miki. It is also the fastest mile ever at the Meadowlands. Lather Up’s biggest victory last year at three was the $760,000 North America Cup at Woodbine Mohawk Park, where he paced his seasonal best of 1:48.1. In addition to his world-record effort in the Graduate final, Lather Up’s wins this year include the $423,000 William Haughton Memorial and the $230,200 Sam McKee Memorial at the Meadowlands. He also won the $330,000 Dan Patch at Hoosier Park in 1:47.2, which equaled the stakes and track record. Lather Up's last race was on Aug. 31 at Mohawk Park, where he finished second by just a head in 1:48.4 in the $393,750 Canadian Pacing Derby. To read the rest of the story click here.

HARRINGTON, Del. - The harness racing 2015 Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, will have a homecoming Monday (September 30) as he competes in the 6th race at Harrington Raceway. The track record holder, who is based in Harrington, drew post five in the sixth race, the featured $20,000 Open Pace. Owned by George Teague Jr. and Teague Racing Partnership, the 7-year-old son of Mr. Wiggles recently returned to racing action after a three year break. Adored by racing fans, he is remembered locally for a dazzling 1:49 track and world record performance at Harrington as a 3-year-old in 2015 in addition to his many stakes wins on the national stage, including an epic performance when he won the Little Brown Jug as a sophomore. He made his much anticipated return to the races on September 19 at Delaware, Ohio, where he finished second. He has won 38 of 52 career races and banked more than $3.9 million In his career. He is trained by Clyde Francis. Post time for Monday's 14-race program is 4:30 p.m. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

WILKES-BARRE, PA - 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit finished third in his second harness racing qualifier after almost three years away from the races Wednesday morning at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, timed in 1:54.2 after winning his first qualifier back in 1:53.4 at Philly eight days ago. In the Philly race, Wiggle It Jiggleit rallied after sitting third-in for most of the mile. On Wednesday at Pocono, George Teague Jr., who handled "Wiggle" in a charted race for the first time since January of his three-year-old year, has Charlie Norris in the sulky, left with the seven-year-old, making the top after a :28.1 quarter, then going on to register splits of :57.3 and 1:25.2. Regular driver Montrell Teague was at Harrah's Philadelphia for the afternoon race card. Wiggle It Jiggleit was still in command at headstretch, but through the lane he was passed by Geez Joe and Stormont Czar A in a 1:53.4 mile, winding up 2½ lengths back in third. George Teague: "I feel OK about him. We'll have to do some more work with him, get some more fitness in him. It'll be at least three or four weeks before he'll be ready to compete. We plan for a couple more qualifiers for him." Before the qualifier, trainer Clyde Francis said he had been pleased by the horse's performance at Philly, and that the goal was to qualify him a couple more times after today, "to see if and where we should race him this year, and also to gauge whether we should stake him for next year." From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

HARRINGTON, Del. - George Teague Jr. and Teague Racing Partnership's Daiymir ($3, Montrell Teague) was a 1:51.3 winner in the $17,000 harnes racing Open Monday at Harrington Raceway. The 5-year-old Mr. Wiggles stallion utilized his rail post position to control the tempo throughout as he won by a length over Blazing Bobby Sox, who rallied for second, and third place finisher Little Ben. It was his fifth win of the year. Trained by Clyde Francis, it was his 19th career victory. Tiger Thompson N ($2.80, Art Stafford Jr.) won the $11,000 sub-feature in 1:52.1 over Silver Fox J and Ideal Kiss. Trained by Josh Parker for owners Nanticoke Racing, Parker, Steve Messick and Prestige Stables, it was the fifth win of the season for the 6-year-old Big Jim gelding. Ross Wolfenden, Stafford, Teague and Victor Kirby each had two wins on the card.   Matthew Sparacino

Hightstown, NJ — Dashiki and Keepmywiglegametyt have been pleasant surprises this season for the George Teague Jr. Stable and will look to keep the good times rolling in Thursday’s (Nov. 29) $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund championship for harness racing 2-year-old male pacers at Dover Downs. The race is one of four DSBF finals for 2-year-olds on the card Thursday at Dover, along with the $260,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace for 3-year-old pacers. Both Teague pacers head into their DSBF championship off wins in preliminary divisions of the series Nov. 19 at Dover. For the final, Dashiki will start from post seven with Montrell Teague in the sulky while Keepmywiglegametyt leaves from post four with Jim Morand. Dashiki is the 5-2 second choice on the morning line and Keepmywiglegametyt is 7-2. Jim King Jr.-trained Chillaxin Away is the 2-1 favorite from post three. Tim Tetrick will drive Chillaxin Away, a gelding who won the October DSBF final at Harrington Raceway. Dashiki was second in that race, followed by Keepmywiglegametyt. “I think they have a good shot,” said Clyde Francis, who trains Dashiki and Keepmywiglegametyt for the Teague Stable. “They trained good (Monday). Chillaxin got a little bit better draw, but that’s racing. If both of them race well they should be all right.” Dashiki has won three of his past four races with his loss coming by a nose to Chillaxin Away. For the year, Dashiki has won four of nine starts, finished second on four occasions, and earned $69,560 for owners George Teague Jr. Inc. and Teague Racing Partnership. Teague bred the gelding, a son of Barber Pole out of Enniskerry. “He doesn’t have that sprinting speed, but he can sit outside a long time; he can go a long way,” Francis said. “He’s been somewhat of a surprise. It seems like the more he’s raced, the better he’s gotten. He raced real good last week. He cut the mile and held on to win.” Keepmywiglegametyt enters the final off back-to-back wins and has won four of nine races overall. A colt by Mr Wiggles out of Airtight, Keepmywiglegametyt has earned $57,780 for breeder-owner George Teague Jr. Inc. “He was always more laid back,” Francis said. “He showed up when it came to start racing. Training down, he never really showed that much; he had one speed. But once he started racing he came on. He was a bit more versatile.” In addition to the two horses in the DSBF final for 2-year-old male pacers, Francis will send out The Lady Sheriff in the championship for 2-year-old female pacers. The Lady Sheriff, the 5-2 second choice on the morning line, has won four of eight races and $88,960. Her victories include the October DSBF final at Harrington. The filly, by Southwind Lynx out of Sheriff Sale, is a homebred owned by George Teague Jr. Inc., K & R Racing, and Montrell Teague. “Hopefully we can have a good night,” Francis said. Vistamista is the 2-1 morning-line favorite in the final for 2-year-old female pacers. In the final for female trotters, Disco Soliel is the 5-2 choice and in the final for male trotters Embrace The Grind gets the 2-1 nod. For Thursday’s complete Dover Downs entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

Dover, DE - On a very nice November night, the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund held the second lef of their series at Dover Downs. Montrell Teague drove first leg winner, KEEPMYWIGLEGAMETYT, (Mr. Wiggles-Airtight) gate to wire in 1:56 over runner up JET BAGS JIM in an early non-wagering event. In Race 1 on the betting card Montrell Teague repeated the first race and steered DASHIKI (Barber Pole-Enniskerry) to a neck win over last week’s winner, CHILLAXIN AWAY in 1:53.3 which equaled his lifetime record. Both winners are trained by Clyde Francis and owned by George Teague, Jr. Teague Racing Partnership LLC of Florida is co-owner on DASHIKI. The final will be contested on Thursday, November 29th in conjunction with the Dover Signature event, the “Hap Hansen Progress Pace” named for the late Brandywine Raceway President. Top eight point getters advance to the final. by Judy Davis-Wilson, for the DSBF

Hightstown, NJ --- After watching Lather Up’s first loss of the season in Saturday’s Max Hempt Memorial, George Teague Jr. is hopeful his team can get the harness racing 3-year-old male pacer back to the form that saw him begin the year with seven consecutive wins, including the North America Cup. Lather Up, the 1-9 favorite in the $500,000 Hempt, went off stride on the final turn as he tried to pass leader Dorsoduro Hanover following a first-over march from fourth place. It was the first time Lather Up ever made a break in a race. The Hempt was eventually won by Springsteen. Teague, who leads a training stable that includes Lather Up’s conditioner Clyde Francis, said the colt scoped sick following the Hempt and also presented driver Montrell Teague with steering issues because of a mouth sore. Teague also was testing to see if Lather Up suffered from muscle cramping. “It was a combination of things, a perfect storm to have a bad night,” Teague said Monday morning. “He got a little bit of an ulcer in his mouth on the right line again. That’s a little bit of an issue, but I don’t think it’s permanent. I think he’ll be fine. We have a little bit of time now to work on him and get him cleared up (from being sick).” Teague was uncertain when Lather Up would make his next start, but ruled out the upcoming Meadowlands Pace, which would have required a supplemental payment to make the horse eligible to start because he had not been staked to the event. “Physically, he’s fine,” Teague said, adding with a laugh, “It was small things; small things that can add up to (losing) a lot of money. That’s horseracing. I can’t change what happened. We’ll just try to fix it and get him back on course. On to the next one.” Lather Up, a son of I’m Gorgeous out of Pocket Comb, has won 11 of 15 career races and earned $544,765 for owners Gary and Barbara Iles, who also bred the colt. He was ranked No. 2 behind trotter Hannelore Hanover in last week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll; this week’s poll will be released Tuesday. by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager 

Mississauga, ON --- Trot Insider has learned that older pacing star Wiggle It Jiggleit is no longer pointed to a return to harness racing this year. Owner George Teague told Trot Insider on Tuesday night that the issue with Wiggle It Jiggleit's back that has hampered his performance in faster training miles continues to plague the popular pacer. "The timing is not good to make it back this year," said Teague. "Unfortunately the problem that he had he continues to have. I don't think it will be permanent. But time is definitely a problem because of his stakes races. "Because of the schedule I probably would only get an opportunity to race him maybe three times, and coming into the middle of the season it's kind of tough to have him look like he always did...which I don't think of being a problem with time. Wasn't what I wanted but it is what it is." Wiggle It Jiggleit was North America’s leading money-earning Standardbred in 2016 with more than $1.7 million in purses, pushing his overall earnings past the $3.9 million mark. The now 5-year-old son of Mr Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover won 15 of 24 starts last season and finished no worse than third -- which he only did twice. Purse-wise, his biggest win of the year came in the $474,320 Canadian Pacing Derby. That victory helped propel Wiggle It Jiggleit to divisional honors in Canada for Teague and the Teague Racing Partnership of Boynton Beach, Fla. Teague told Trot Insider back in May that he would not race the horse unless he was "ready to go physically with the best and have a shot at winning." In addition, the veteran horseman needs to be sure he doesn't exacerbate the problem by rushing him back. "I would not put him back on the track unless he looked like he always did," continued Teague. "He feels the same; nothing's changed with his ability at all. I just need to be careful to not create a bigger problem by pressing when he's not a hundred percent. "It's never that easy to get one back at that level if you're not a hundred percent. Even for a great horse like him it's not easy. It just takes a little bit more time, which I think would work better for him." Teague stated that the plan for Wiggle It Jiggleit is to back off on training, turn him out for a few months and start him back in the winter. from Standardbred Canada

HARRINGTON, Del. - Miss Me Yet ($14.60, Montrell Teague) sprung a mild harness racing upset Tuesday in the $16,000 Mares Open at Harrington Raceway with a 1:53 triumph. Jag Out set the pace with fractions of 27.2, 55.4, and 1:24.1. The field of seven was bunched in the stretch but Miss Me Yet found a seam late to surge by in the final strides for her third win of the year. The 4-year-old I'm Gorgeous mare notched her 11th career win for trainer Clyde Francis and owners George Teague Jr. and Teague Racing Partnership. Newborn Sassy, who had won two straight, rallied for second while Jag Out held on for third. It was one of three wins on the program for Teague. Matthew Sparacino

It's fair to say that going to college is a blessing that not everybody has the privilege to access. Besides those who don't have access to college, there is a large portion of people who have had to leave college because of financial issues beyond their control. That very reason is why Dover hip-hop artist Amillion The Poet has teamed up with harness racing legend George Teague Jr. to offer two scholarship opportunities to students in Delaware. Throughout the last few years, Amillion has been one of the most talked-about hip-hop artists in the state. The attention is not only for his music and overseas shows, but also for his work as a mentor and activist. Teague is the owner of Teague Stable and Farm in Harrington, and his horse Wiggle It JiggleIt is a champion American Standardbred racehorse. At 3, he won 22 of 26 starts including the Little Brown Jug and Meadowlands Pace, earning him the Dan Patch Award for 2015 Harness Horse of the Year. Last year, he finished second in the 2016 Horse of the Year balloting and to date has close to $4 million in earnings from racing. Teague is one of the few African-American owners in horse racing and continues to set the bar for other minorities in the sport. Teague and Amillion have teamed up to offer two separate scholarships of $2,500, and the requirements are simple: Students must create a song, rap, poem or jingle about either why they want to go to college or about the sport of harness racing. Students must then make a video between 30-60 seconds featuring the song. No matter who wins, two of Delaware’s influential men offering opportunities to kids is a win-win situation. We spoke with both Amillion and Teague about their plan. Q: So what sparked this idea in the first place? Amillion: Well, I'm always thinking of ways to give back to the community outside of music. Last year when you gave me the honor of being a mover and shaker in 2016, I took it to heart and wanted to make sure I keep giving back. I basically had a conversation with George in the barbershop and he had seen me on a local TV show called Delmarva Life. I had already planned on doing the scholarship and when we talked about it, he told me he would match whatever I put up. It's a blessing that doubled just by a conversation. Teague: I saw ... all the good, positive things he had going on in the local community, so when I met him and he talked about his scholarship idea I knew I had to get involved in some way. Q: Why is providing this opportunity so important to both of you? Amillion: Well, as you know, I had to leave school and basketball behind because I had to take care of my daughter. Now that I am in a position to help others, I feel like, what better to give to someone looking to pursue their education? God had other plans for me but education is vital to our community, and many times money can be an obstacle that prevents smart students from going to college altogether. Teague: I actually dropped out of school at age 15. I was fortunate enough to be around horses and make a career for myself but not everybody has that opportunity either. When Amillion told me about his idea, I thought, what better than to help someone achieve something I wasn't able to achieve? Education is important, especially for our youth, so hopefully this helps take some of the stress off of a prospective student. Q: What are your plans for the scholarship fund in the future? Amillion: We definitely are looking to make this an annual thing and maybe even a partnership with other sponsors to grow the scholarship. Anybody willing to add to the pot can be involved. Teague: If I can keep having luck in the racing world I will definitely increase the amount for the future. But either way we both plan to make this a yearly opportunity and hope to cultivate young minds in the process. Just like we need more minorities in horse racing, we need more in college, too. It’s all about opening doors for the next generation so that we can better our community. Scholarship Submission Info Any high school students in the state of Delaware can submit a rap, song, poem or jingle about why they want to go to college or the art of harness racing for a chance to win a $2,500 scholarship. All videos must be sent to Teague1NA@gmail by Friday, May 26. Winners will be announced Monday. Sponsors and support are welcome. Checks can be made payable to the nonprofit Delaware Parents Association. Dominick 'King Dom' Draper, Allhiphop.com Reprinted with permission of the News Journal Delawareonline

George Teague Jr. continues as unofficial ambassador of harness racing. He was bestowed the sport's second highest honor recently 'The Proximity Award.' Teague. last Saturday (3/25), helped honor last year's stars from the Nova Scotia racing industry. The sport's distinguished horseman served as the special guest speaker for the Truro Harness Horse Owners Association's annual banquet and awards gala honoring some of the best from the province's 2016 racing season. ---------------------------------------------------------- Coming up: the 2nd and final $20,000 preliminary round of the 2017 3-Year-Old Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund Stakes (DSBF) divisions for colt and filly pacers and trotters. This Monday features male trotters, Tuesdays filly pacers, Wednesdays filly trotters and Thursday, male pacers setting the stage for the final week of the Dover Downs meet, April 10-13 with four $100,000 DSBF finals. ---------------------------------------------------------------- The DSBF Three-Year-Old $20,000 Male preliminaries got underway on Monday (3/27) with Master Clave (201.1) and Moonshine Lavec (2:01) posting 3-year-old trotting wins. Corey Callahan had four wins, Ross Wolfenden and Tony Morgan notched driving doubles. --------------------------------------------------- On Tuesday (3/28)Logan's Girl (1:53.1) and Spanish Dream (1:54.1), both trained by Jim King, owned by his wife JoAnn Looney King, and driven by Vic Kirby, along with Bad Mama (1:53.2) and Diva Demands (1:55.2) won DSBF 1st leg Three-Year-Old $20,000 preliminaries. Tim Tetrick drove five winners, Vic Kirby, four, and Jim and JoAnn King enjoyed a three-win day. ------------------------------------------------------ Wednesday, Spoonful (2:00.1), came from behind, and Luv Is Blind (2:00) wire-to-wire, won 1st leg victories in Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old $20,000 preliminaries on Wednesday, March 29 at Dover Downs. Tough Mac used the passing lane to win the $20,000 Open trot.Tim Tetrick, again won five races. ------------------------------------------------------ George Teague started seven Delaware-breds in the four $20,000 1st leg Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Male pace divisions, Thursday, and came away with the two fastest preliminary winners, Henry The Drago (1:52) and Daiymir (1:52.4). River Crest (1:53.2) and Automatic Dragon (1:53.1) beat two other Teague trainees. Major Uptrend (1:49.3) won the $30,000 Preferred Handicap for the third time. Corey Callahan, who became a father for the third time last Friday, finished with four wins. Montrell Teague won three. Tony Morgan and Vic Kirby had doubles. ----------------------------------------------------------- As a racehorse Somebeachsomewhere was a champion pacer named Horse of the Year. Now as a stallion, he has been outstanding, too. His yearlings are usually top price at the sales. Thursday (3/30) at Dover Downs, three sons of Somebeachsomewhere were in the 3rd race, and they finished in a near 1:51 dead heat. The winner was 42-1 longshot Fashionbythebeach, driven by Vince Copeland. Second in the photo finish was Sonny At The Beach with Vic Kirby and Somewhereonthebeach and Yannick Gingras, was a up close in third. --------------------------------------------------------- Season ending day, April 13, The Dover Downs Horse of the meet will be recognized. The Delaware Valley Chapter U.S. Harness Writers Association members are the voters. Among the leaders for 2016-2017 season honors are Major Uptrend with six wins this meet, Emeritus Maximum with three impressive $30,000 Delaware Special Handicap wins, and Blazing Bobby Sox, winner of two the last three; Among females Enhance Your Mind, a dominant force in the Mares Open paces and Barbara's Shadow a seven-time winner. Tough Mac and Frost Free Hanover, have been multiple winners in the week's top trots. ------------------------------------ Current streaking horses at the track include Highalator and Donttellmeagain with four-in-a-row. While Iam Bonasera and Lyons Johnny have won three straight. Among the losers, DSBF freshman champion Bags To Riches' four win streak, All The Cookies and 11-year-old trotter Commander K three win streak ended during the week. ------------------------------------------------- Heather Vitale is busier-than-ever nowadays. Heather, whose 'Post Time' harness racing fun-show is a popular weekly feature Sunday and again on Monday on WBOC TV. She is from a harness racing family which dates back several generations. Her mother, JoAnn Looney and sister, Susan, drove horses, her grandfather, Elmer Looney, was a successful trainer. Heather, also has been a horse owner. Now, she becomes a big-time owner, as a partner in a noted Down-Under pacer, New Zealand superstar, Christen Me. The pacer has settled into the Jo Ann Looney-King and Jim King Jr. stable in Harrington, Del. The 2015 New Zealand Horse of the Year, is a winner of $2.5 million. Ms. Vitale purchased the pacer with the King Stable's major supporter, owner Richard Poillucci. Christen Me became available when he came up with a breathing problem. Since Lasix is not permitted in New Zealand/Australia racing, The pacer can use it for racing in the U.S. and Canada. ------------------------------------------------------- In the Leading Driver derby, defending champion Corey Callahan, after a slow start has a comfortable 14 win advantage, 157-133 over runner-up, early season leader, Vic Kirby. In statistics, Tony Morgan has moved into third with 119 winners, Yannick Gingras is fourth with 114 wins. each. Tim Tetrick, 88, is fifth. -------------------------------------------------- The leading trainer title has become a battleground. Defending champion Dylan Davis has come on strong recently and is the current leader, with 68 winners. Jim King, who is having his finest season has haltered 67 winners, Leigh Raymen is in third place, with 40 wins, the most ever for a female trainer at the track. Joe Hundertpfund, fourth, at 37, with Josh Green, fifth with 35 winners. Marv Bachrad  

Columbus, OH --- Although he did not capture the 2016 Horse of the Year crown, Wiggle It Jiggleit still received a tremendous outpouring of emotion from some very devoted admirers who were not intimate with the harness racing sport. From the raucous crowd chanting his name as he led the post parade for last year's Little Brown Jug, to the many parents who whispered in their children's ears as they held them aloft to witness such a great horse, Wiggle It Jiggle has undeniably achieved superstar status. Unfortunately, his legions of fans have three long months to wait before the 5-year-old gelding returns to competition and commences a season that could be every bit as spectacular as Horse of the Year Always B Miki's final campaign. "He'll come back in the Ben Franklin June 24," said his owner, George Teague Jr. "There was no sense in bringing him back this month after all the hard racing he did the last two years. The last thing I want to do is pound him into the ground early this year in a spot like the Levy. It's a long year and we have the TVG and Breeders Crown at the end of October and in November. "I thought about putting him in the Battle of Lake Erie, but that's a little too early (June 3). We will start training him in three weeks, then just qualify him a few times before the Franklin." With his last appearance on Oct. 28 in the $421,000 Breeders Crown final, where he relinquished the lead to Always B Miki in the stretch to finish second, the 2016 O'Brien Award winner as Canada's Older Pacing Horse of the Year has now been on vacation for four months. Wiggle It Jigglit has virtually been an iron horse for the last two years with an astonishing resume of 51-38-10-2. The only occasion the son of Mr Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover has not been in the trifecta was a fourth place finish in the $319,400 Cane Pace in 2015. Conditioned by Clyde Francis and steered by Teague's son Montrell, the horse has banked just over $3.9 million, accumulated multiple world records and various track standards in a simply stellar career. Teague is certainly more than justified in providing Wiggle It Jiggleit with some extended time to rest and relax, which the gelding appears to be relishing. "I realize people are probably wondering about him," Teague said. "I know when a horse is not racing for that long when they usually are out there all the time, I would be asking if something was wrong, but he's just fine. He's here with me out back where I can look out my window and watch him. "We started jogging him about two weeks ago, but I just have him turned out all the time. We jog him and put him right back out. He's with another horse, Western Ace, who is 14, and it's actually really funny to watch; he follows Ace around everywhere. It's like that's his mother or something. He's really a different horse out there than when he is in his stall. You can go right up to him and pet him." Teague is referring to the fiery temperament and unpredictable antics Wiggle It Jiggle has displayed on the track, in the paddock and in the winner's circle throughout his career. Unlike many champions, the gelding does not enjoy having his picture taken and hammers that preference home with alacrity. "He is not a horse that likes attention, that's for sure," Teague said. "He likes to be left alone and do his thing. You have to watch him even when he's jogging because a horse turns around and starts pacing when he's out there, he wants to go. That's just who he is." Despite the absence of Always B Miki who handed Wiggle It Jiggleit four of his losses after epic battles, the older pacing division is still stocked with the likes of the classy All Bets Off, U.S. Pacing Championship winner Shamballa, the talented Split The House and returning rivals Freaky Feet Pete and Wakizashi Hanover. Both Freaky Feet Pete, a world champion himself, and Wakizashi Hanover, the 2015 North America Cup winner, own the distinction of defeating Wiggle It Jiggleit and possess outstanding credentials of their own. At this junction, however, Wiggle It Jiggleit is assuredly the marquee attraction among his colleagues and expectations are incredibly high that the gelding may not only best Always B Miki's mark, but leave his own unique entry in the history books. Even with all the hype surrounding his horse for 2017, Teague does not feel pressured to outpace Always B Miki or establish new records. In fact, he has another goal, one that reflects how generous he has been with presenting Wiggle It Jiggleit to his fans and spending so much of his own personal time to offer insight to the multitude of inquires about his horse. "My only hope is to keep him a healthy, happy horse so we can have him around for several more years," Teague said. "He needs to have the time to find another horse to pass the baton to that can make people want to continue to turn on the TV to watch races and to come to the track. He has generated so much interest in the sport and that is so exciting to watch. He has so many people that follow him and I'm proud of what he has done for racing; so that's his job now and we just have to make sure he has the opportunity to do that. "From where I am sitting, this is the best seat in the house. I just get to watch it all unfold myself, as Clyde (Francis) and Big Mike (Taylor, his caretaker) do all the work. Without them there would be no way all the travel would not have taken a toll on him. I'm the lucky one; those two make everything happen. They deserve all the credit for this horse." by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (November 8, 2016) - Co-owner George Teague announced to the Meadowlands that Wiggle It Jiggleit, the top money-winning horse in harness racing in 2016, will not be entered in Saturday's $400,000 TVG Free For All Final due to a minor foot bruise and bout with sickness. The race was expected to mark the ninth and final showdown with world-record holder and Breeders Crown champion Always B Miki. "It is nothing serious, but you can't continue like that," explained Teague. "He's made 50 starts over the past two seasons with very few hiccups so we definitely did not want to take any chances to hurt him or his reputation if he was not 100 percent." Without Wiggle It Jiggleit, Saturday's TVG Final will have a field of seven, headlined by Always B Miki, who will be making his final career start before being retired to stud at Diamond Creek Farm. The rest of the field, in alphabetical order, is: All Bets Off, Dealt A Winner, Mach It So, Melmerby Beach, Shamballa, and Take It Back Terry. For racing fans, the final image of the legendary rivalry between Wiggle It Jiggleit and Always B Miki will be their epic stretch duel in the Breeders Crown Open Pace. For the record, the horses faced each other eight times in 2016 with Always B Miki winning four times and Wiggle It Jiggleit winning three times. Shamballa upset both horses in the US Pacing Championship in August at the Meadowlands. "You always hear about what a tough transition it is for a four-year-old to face older horses," said Teague, "but I think Wiggle it put a whole new standard on that argument. He'll rest for about two months, get plenty of field time with no jogging or training and if all goes well, we might just try him again in the Levy next year." With no more races this season, the decision of which horse deserves the nod as the top free-for-all pacer belongs in the hands of the Dan Patch Award voters. To those voters, Teague offered his opinion with no hesitation. "I would say they should vote for the horse that made the money, raced on all sized tracks, and made the most starts," said Teague. "My opinion is that Miki is a great horse, nothing but respect for him and his connections. But if you go by body of work, my horse started in March and went until late October, we beat each other three or four times apiece, and my horse made more money while racing on halves, five-eighths, and big tracks. If it were up to me, that's just my opinion." "But this year was a lot of fun and I guarantee you that Miki's connections felt the same way. It was something that racing definitely needed and my entire team and I were all so glad to have been a part of it. It was something that nobody else gets to experience." OTHER TVG FINAL FIELDS The other big development when entries were taken for Saturday's four TVG Finals was that three-year-old Breeders Crown champion Bar Hopping accepted an invitation and will race against aged horses in the $400,000 TVG Free For All Trot. The rest of the field, in alphabetical order, is: Centurion ATM, Crazy Wow, JL Cruze, Lookslikeachpndale, Obrigado, Resolve, and Wind of the North. Breeders Crown winners Hannelore Hanover and Lady Shadow headline their respective divisions. The full field for the $200,000 TVG Mare Trot, in alphabetical order, is: Barn Doll, Bee A Magician, Classical Annie, D'One, Hannelore Hanover, Kelsey's Keepsake, and Shake It Cerry. The full field for the $200,000 TVG Mare Pace, in alphabetical order, is: Bedroomconfessions, Frost Damage Blues, Inittowinafortune, Katie Said, Lady Shadow, Sassa Hanover, Skippin By, Solar Sister, and Venus Delight. For more information, please visit www.playmeadowlands.com.  

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