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HARRINGTON, DE  - Harness racing driver Montrell Teague had a grand slam while Art Stafford Jr. won three races to highlight the Tuesday Harrington Raceway harness racing program. Teague scored wins with Lincoln's Girl ($4), My Last Bet ($6.20), Silk Beach ($10.80) and Art Lecture ($9). Two of Teague's victories were aboard Mike Hall-trainees.  Stafford Jr. prevailed with Foolish Wisdom ($4.40), Artrageous ($3.80) and Heaven's Legacy ($11.60). Artrageous, trained by Stafford's brother Andrew, won the $13,500 featured conditioned pace for mare pacers with a 1:53.1 triumph over Shes Pukka N and Arts And Flowers. It was the 4th win of the year for Artrageous, all of which have come at Harrington's half-mile racetrack. Allan Davis (42 wins), currently leads the Harrington driver standings over Stafford (36) and Teague (28). Meanwhile, Joe Hundertpfund (20 victories) is atop the training standings with Jim King Jr. (15) and Chuck Crissman Jr. (12) completing the top three. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway    

While they may be a degree removed from the limelight most days, harness racing drivers Aaron Merriman, Montrell Teague and Jonathan Drury had their share of stories to tell in Sunday night’s (May 10) edition of COSA TV. After being forced to settle for a runner-up finish with Wiggle It Jiggleit in his first Pepsi North America Cup appearance, the Delaware-based Teague relished the chance to come back to the Toronto suburbs in 2018 with Lather Up — and he made the most of the opportunity. “It was definitely redemption, because I was pretty sour about finishing second (with Wiggle It Jiggleit),” Teague related to COSA TV presenter Greg Blanchard. “Getting the opportunity to do it with Lather Up was definitely redemption.” The redemption was paired with vindication, as Teague silenced scores of doubters in his ability in the sulky. “It felt great,” Teague continued. “I literally went through it with Wiggles and Lather Up — it was always the talk that if Brian Sears, Yannick, Tim Tetrick, Aaron Merriman were driving the horse, he would do much better. I proved them all wrong; that was the best feeling.” The next year, Lather Up and Teague teamed up for a pair of world record efforts at The Meadowlands — a 1:46 mile in the Graduate and the first nine-furlong race faster than 2:00 in the Sam McKee Memorial. Like Teague, Merriman makes the most of his handful of Grand Circuit appearances, but finds the bulk of his perennial success close to home. “I’ve had the opportunity to drive Grand Circuit races, but never the best horse,” said Merriman. “Everybody’s got a niche in this business, and I’m very happy with where mine is. I had to think of my children first, and (Ohio) was the best place to raise them.” Merriman, a home-grown Ohioan who learned the ropes of harness racing from his father, Lanny, has blossomed from humble beginnings racing for $1,200 purses at Raceway Park in Toledo into one of the sport’s top drivers — and the only one to ever record three consecutive 1,000-win seasons. “It’s a lot of work and it’s a lot of luck, to be able to get from track to track and have the opportunity to drive nice horses,” said Merriman, who shuttles back and forth on Interstate 76 between Northfield Park and The Meadows. “The second time I did it (reached 1,000 wins in a season) actually meant so much. Last year, I didn’t think I had a shot, and to get it on the last night of racing made it special.” That fateful thousandth win came in his last drive of the season — aboard The Spinster N in a late-closing series final at The Meadows on Dec. 30. While primarily a half-mile track driver, Merriman credits the addition of The Meadows to his schedule as having improved his depth as a driver. “I’m so absent-minded a lot of times when I drive,” Merriman admits of driving at Northfield, where he has been a mainstay for the past two decades. “You know the drivers’ tendencies; you know a lot of the horses. Northfield’s a fast track; it’s got a lot of speed and it does overcompensate my driving some. “Going to The Meadows has made me a better driver — definitely a lot more thinking and a lot more tripping horses out.” Drury may fly under the radar more so than Teague and Merriman, but his experience as one of Betting Line’s two regular drivers in 2016 served to put him on the map in Canada’s premier driving colony. “He was a lot of fun to drive,” Drury said of dual classic winner Betting Line, with whom he teamed up for a 1:50.1 win in the Somebeachsomewhere and a trio of Ontario Sires Stakes Gold divisions. “He had just an unbelievable turn of foot to him. He never felt like he was out of place when you were sitting behind him; he just picked off horses so easily. “Horses like that make your job really easy. They can take care of you when you make a little mistake.” Before gaining the trust of Casie Coleman to drive Betting Line, Drury worked his way to the Woodbine Entertainment circuit by way of a couple Signature tracks in Ontario — and a brief detour south of the 49th parallel, too. “I started out driving a lot at Kawartha and Georgian, and I got hooked up driving for Carmen Auciello quite a bit,” Drury recounted. “He actually gave me a chance to go down and drive a little bit in the States when he had some horses first go there. Once I came back home, I drove a vast majority of his stable, and it took off from there.” Central Ontario Standardbred Association The entire broadcast, which aired on the Central Ontario Standardbred Association’s Facebook page, appears below.

Sheez On A Cruze, a confident winner, caps the $22,000 Winners over Select Trot at Dover Downs on Tuesday night. Mind Yown Business and Theresademoninme  were the quickest to leave at the start of the race.  Theresademoninme powered to the lead before the quarter and set fractions of 27.3,  :57 and 1:24.2. Filled Donut and driver Art Stafford Jr. trotted 1st up before the half and pressured Theresademoninme to the three quarters.  They trotted a 27.2 third quarter.  Theresademoninme remained stubborn on the rail as Filled Donut took a neck lead but could not clear at the three quarter pole.  Faithfulandtrue was towed into a 2nd over journey on the rim and the 3/5 race favorite Sheeze On A Cruze caught the third over cover. As the field entered the top of the stretch, Filled Donut tired. Faithfulandtrue and Sheez On A Cruz were revved up and sent three and four wide respectively.  They collared Theresademoninme in mid stretch.   Sheez On A Cruze, a six year old mare by Crazed, won by a half length as the ½ race favorite.  She trotted the mile in 1:53.4.   Sheez On A Cruze is owned and trained by Brenda Teague.  Montrell Teague, her nephew, was the winning driver. Theresademoninme was a game second for trainer Dylan Davis and driver Corey Callahan. Faithfulandtrue picked up the show spot for trainer Joe Columbo and driver Mike Cole. Russell Foster and Montrell Teague each won 3 races on the card. Racing resumes on Wednesday at Dover Downs.  Post Time is 4:30 pm. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - It figures the way things are going lately for harness racing driver Dexter Dunn that if he had a decision to make, it would be the right one. And in Saturday night's feature at the Meadowlands - the $37,500 Preferred for pacers - the red-hot driver naturally chose correctly. The 30-year-old native of New Zealand had choice of three in the race: Effronte A, who became harness racing's fastest performer of 2020 by virtue of a 1:48.3 clocking a week ago; Harambe Deo, an iron-tough winner of two of his last three; and Franco Totem N, who finished a close second in two of the last three weekly pacing features. Dunn opted for Franco Totem N and the 7-year-old gelded son of Changeover-Treaty Franco responded with a huge mile, clearing the lead while parked to the half in :55.2, taking bitter pressure from McThriller to three-quarters in 1:23.4, and then finishing the job by kicking home in :27.3 to hit the finish in 1:51.2. "He raced the way he looked.....great," said Dunn. "He's a very nice horse and doesn't take anything out of himself in the mile." Endeavor, the 2-1 second choice in the betting, left the gate from post six, but with many leavers to his inside, had to take back to last in the field of six before sprinting home in :26.4 after swinging three-wide at three-quarters to claim second, just a half-length back of the winner. Harambe Deo rallied for third. Effronte A was scratched.   Franco Totem N scored as the 6-5 public choice and returned $4.40 to his backers. He is trained by Nifty Norman, owned by Enzed Racing Stable and Jerry Kovach and now has 21 wins from 64 lifetime starts and $163,189 in his bank account. The remarkable Dunn, who took both features over the course of the weekend, kept winning at a torrid clip, recording five victories Saturday. Over the last three race cards, he's visited the winner's circle 16 times and now has a total of 23 victories to lead the Big M standings. Last Saturday, he hit victory lane on seven occasions to fall one win short of tying the Big M record. Yannick Gingras went toe-to-toe with Dunn over the course of this weekend's action, matching Dunn with four Friday winners and five Saturday scores, meaning the Dynamic Duo won 64 percent of the 28 races offered over the two-day race week. Trainer Ron Burke conditioned four of Gingras' Saturday winners. A LITTLE MORE: JL Cruze, the first trotter ever to break the 1:50 barrier at the Big M, won a high-end conditioned trot in 1:53.4 as the 1-9 favorite to win his second straight. ... Montrell Teague, who was the guest on the Big M's in-house "In the Sulky" interview segment, guided Kid PK to victory in the Dr. Martin Luther King Remembrance Race, an event that featured African-American drivers. ... Kid PK and driver Montrell Teague winning the MLK Pace Favorite players wore out a path to the windows as seven post-time choices scored. Twelve of the 14 races were won by horses whose odds were 5-2 or less. ... The second edition of the Cam-Am Pick-4 returned $77.14, in sharp contrast to last week's payoff of over $1,400. ... All-source handle on the program totaled $2,395,435. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. From the Meadowlands Media Department

Former world champion and Harness Horse of the Year (2015), Wiggle It Jiggleit, returned to the winner's circle after over a three-year absense due to injuries. Driven by Montrell Teague, victory came in his third start back to the races, capturing the 12th race $30,000 Invitational Pace at Dover Downs in Dover, Delaware. It was back on October 15, 2016 when Wiggle It Jiggleit last won at harness racing. It was the $250,000 Invitational Pace at Yonkers Raceway. On this Thursday evening with regular driver Montrell Teague back in the sulky, Wiggle It Jiggleit started from post two in the eight-horse field. For Teague, it was his return to the races after suffering a broken wrist over two months ago and it was also his 29th birthday Thursday. The race started with 38-1 long shot, Larry Karr (Mike Cole) leaving like a rocket from the far outside post 8 and took command of the field with Wiggle It Jiggleit settling into second place. They paced by the opening quarter mile in :27. Slick Tony (Ross Wolfenden) was stuck on the outside in seventh and started to move up as the field past the half mile marker in :55.3. Then, as Larry Karr was reaching the three-quarters, Teague pulled the pocket with Wiggle It Jittleit and came after the race leader as they past the three-quarters in 1:23.3. Wiggle It Jiggleit went right by Larry Karr and with Slick Tony on his back, cleared to a two-length lead at the top of the stretch and held command on the field through the wire, winning by one and one-half lengths in 1:51. Slick Tony was second with Bo Mach (Corey Callahan) third.   Trained by Clyde Francis for owners George Teague, Jr. and the Teague Racing Partnership, it was the first start of the yeawr for the eight-year-old gelded son of Mr Wiggle. Wiggle It Jiggleit has lifetime earnings of $3.9 million. His lifetime record is 1:47.2. Wiggle It Jiggleit paid $7.60 to win. by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

DOVER, DE - Wiggle It Jiggleit and Montrell Teague are reunited  in the 12th race Preferred Handicap at Dover Downs on Thursday January 2. Montrell Teague resumes driving duties, after suffering a broken wrist earlier in the year. Montrell is listed to drive the 2015 Horse Of The Year Wiggle It Jiggleit.  Wiggle It Jiggleit was assigned post 2 and is the 5/2 morning line favorite. Post Time is 4:30 pm The field and drivers are: Rockin M                          Tony Morgan Wiggle It Jiggleit               Montrell Teague Bo Mach                           Corey Callahan Billy Badger N                   Russ Foster Quality Bud                       Victor Kirby Duplicated N                     Tim Tetrick Slick Tony                          Ross Wolfenden Larry Karr                          Mike Cole by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs

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  

Delaware, OH - Wiggle It Jiggleit, the 2015 Little Brown Jug and 'Horse of the Year," is returning to the harness racing track at the Delaware County Fair in a conditioned event on Jug Day (Thursday, September 19). The 7-year-old gelded son of Mr Wiggles - Mozzi Hanover has been away from the track for nearly three years with back issues and has competed in four qualifying races at Harrah's Philadelphia preparing for Thursday's race. Wiggle It Jiggleit has won 38 of 51 career starts and more than $3.9 million for George Teague, Jr. and Teague Racing Partnership. He will leave from post #3 in the $5,250 event. Trainer Clyde Francis listed Montrell Teague as the driver. "We cannot thank Team Teague enough for considering the Delaware County Fair for Wiggle It Jiggleit's return," noted Delaware's Director of Racing, Tom Wright. "I am sure the 40,000 plus fans will enjoy seeing the champion back on the track." Post time on Jug Day will be 11:00 AM. For ticket, race information and the latest news, please visit littlebrownjug.com. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

CHESTER, PA - 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit finished second to the $590,000+-winning mare Diva's Image in a Tuesday morning harness racing qualifier at Harrah's Philadelphia, but he posted by far his best clocking, 1:52.2, in this, his fourth qualifier after being away from the races for over three years. Driver Montrell Teague sent the now-seven-year-old altered son of Mr Wiggles to the lead in the qualifier and posted fractions of :26.4, :55.4, and 1:23.4, opening up a four length lead at the stretch call. But Diva's Image, six lengths behind at the ¾, finished strongly for driver Tim Tetrick to go by by a length over the pacesetting "Wiggle." Wiggle's best time since his return had been 1:53.4, in winning his first qualifier back. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - 2015 Harness Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit has now made it two of three winning qualifiers as he prepares to make it back to the races after an absence of three years, tallying today in 1:54.1 by 1¾ lengths at Harrah's Philadelphia. Montrell Teague was in his usual spot in the sulky of Wiggle It Jiggleit, directing the seven-year-old altered son of Mr Wiggles to the top and setting fractions of :28.3, :57.2, and 1:26. The winner of $3.9 million had a two length lead at the top of the stretch over Kiwi Ideal N, and basically maintained that advantage to the finish. Clyde Francis trains Wiggle It Jiggleit in the George Teague Jr. stable for the ownership of George Teague Jr. Inc. and Teague Racing Partnership LLC. The plan is for more preparatory work for the horse who has not raced since October of 2016 before he would see any pari-mutuel action and any further decisions would be made on his racing career. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA -- 2015 Harness Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit continues his comeback after being away from the races for almost three years, set to go in a Tuesday morning harness racing qualifying session at Harrah's Philadelphia. So far in 2019, Wiggle It Jiggleit posted a 1:53.4 qualifying victory, rushing home in :27, at Philly two weeks ago, and then last week at Pocono he was third, timed in 1:54.2, after setting the pace. Montrell Teague is set to reclaim his usual spot behind Wiggle It Jiggleit - last week he was committed at Philly to drive a horse named Mr Jagerbomber, who won after a layoff of "only" 105 weeks. "Wiggle" will start from post six in the sixth of Philly's nine qualifiers on Tuesday, and his race should go somewhere near 11 a.m. Now seven, the altered son of Mr Wiggles - Mozzi Hanover won his only start at two, then won 22 of 26 starts and almost $2.2 million at three en route to being named 2015 Harness Horse of the Year. At four, he posted 15 wins and 7 seconds in 24 starts, worth another $1.7 million, and made his last start on October 28, 2016 in his Breeders Crown, cutting the pace then getting caught by ¾ of a length by his successor to Harness Horse of the Year, Always B Miki. His lifetime earnings currently stand at $3,907,557, and he took his present mark of 1:47.2 on July 9 of his four-year-old year, winning the Graduate Final. His all-time track record at Philly, 1:47.3, got a scare yesterday when Shartin N, the mare who right now is the favorite to succeed WIJI as Horse of the Year four years afterwards, paced a 1:48 mile. Clyde Francis continues to train the champion in the George Teague Jr. stable, who are of course the backing force behind FFA pacing power Lather Up.  From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

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

CHESTER, PA - The 2015 Harness Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, a charismatic "people's horse" who has been hampered by physical problems over the last three years, finally got back to the races in a Tuesday morning harness racing qualifying session at Harrah's Philadelphia,   It had been 1,026 days after his last charted line. And "WIJI" came back in his usual game form, making up three lengths in the last quarter to win in 1:53.4, his own last split 27.   Wiggle It Jiggleit was reserved in third by Montrell Teague throughout most of the mile, then moved on the far turn. His late desire enabled him to get by Imprincessgemma A, an import with 11 career wins making her first start in the U.S., by a half length. Now seven, the altered son of Mr Wiggles - Mozzi Hanover won his only start at two, then won 22 of 26 starts and almost $2.2 million at three en route to being named 2015 Harness Horse of the Year. At four, he posted 15 wins and 7 seconds in 24 starts, worth another $1.7 million, and made his last start on October 28, 2016 in his Breeders Crown, cutting the pace then getting caught by ¾ of a length by his successor to Harness Horse of the Year, Always B Miki. His lifetime earnings currently stand at $3,907,557, and he took his present mark of 1:47.2 on July 9 of his four-year-old year, winning the Graduate Final. Clyde Francis continues to train the champion in the George Teague Jr. stable, who are of course the backing force behind FFA pacing power Lather Up. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

ANDERSON, Ind.--August 10, 2019-- Just when one thought they had seen it all, a first quarter in :24.4, a favorite who looked hopelessly beaten in the stretch came a Phoenix out of the ashes as Lather Up showed what the heart of a champion can do even when a victory seemed out of the question. With a final time of 1:47.2, Lather Up turned in a stunning performance to capture the 26th edition of the $330,000 Dan Patch Stakes at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, August 9. After equaling the World Record with a 1:46 performance two starts ago, Lather Up continued his record-setting trend with a 1:47.2 final time to equal the overall track record at Harrah's Hoosier Park and Dan Patch Stakes record set by Sweet Lou in 2014. The sparks were flying early as Lather Up surged away from the wings of the gate from post four but was forced to settle for a spot along the rail in third as Filibuster Hanover, with Yannick Gingras in the bike, was a step quicker and grabbed the front from post five. Scott Zeron also gave Jimmy Freight marching orders but with everyone on a mission to the front, eventually settled for a pocket trip. As the field straightened away down the backside, Montrell Teague gave Lather Up the green light and he quickly ranged up to grab command just before the half in :53.3. The scorching pace continued as Lather Up led the field through the third station in 1:21.3 but Brian Sears and McWicked were on the attack first-over with Always A Prince and Trace Tetrick in tow. McWicked powered past Lather Up and appeared to be the winner but, Lather Up wasn't finished. In a remarkable rally, Lather Up used a :25.2 final quarter and the inside passing lane to quite literally, pace away from the field. Lather Up finished two lengths to the good while McWicked held on gamely for second. Endeavor and Sam Widger came flying late to round out the trifecta. As the heavy 1-5 favorite, Lather Up returned $2.60 to his backers at the betting windows. "This is one for the books," trainer Clyde Francis said with an ear to ear smile in the winner's circle. "That's an unbelievable animal is what that is." "I love that passing lane," Teague laughed. "I had to wait on him in the last turn and McWicked looked like he had a lot of power but my horse loves to chase. That's his game. Once he got through the turn I knew it was game on." The Teague-Francis duo added their names to the Dan Patch record books for the second time as they were also victorious in the 2016 edition of the race with World Champion, Wiggle It Jiggleit. For Lather Up, he recorded his fourth consecutive victory and eighth win from 11 seasonal starts. The four-year-old Ohio sired, homebred son of Im Gorgeous-Pocket Comb is owned by Gary and Barbara Illes. It was recently announced that 50 percent interest of Lather Up was sold to a group headed by Taylor Made Sales and Stallions. Taylor Made Sales and Stallions also owned the 2018 Dan Patch Stakes winner, Lazarus N. "I want to thank Taylor Made for all they do," Ernie Martinez, working in concert with Taylor Made Sales and Stallions, noted. "Lather Up is unbelievable. I've never seen a horse like this--to do what he just did--he's a beast. Putting him in front of the fans like this is exactly what we want to do. What an effort this horse gave tonight in front of all of these fans." The 26th edition of the Dan Patch Stakes brought life to the track in in several aspects. Racing fans packed the house to witness Harrah's Hoosier Park's signature event and had the opportunity to participate in different promotions throughout the evening. The wagering front also saw much success and offered remarkable value to the horseplayer with full fields and guaranteed wagers throughout the card. Live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Saturday, August 10 with a 10-race card. The pick-4 sequence went unsolved and with a carryover in excess of $6,000 in hand, Harrah's Hoosier Park will offer a $20,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 for Saturday's live racing card. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. by Emily Ratliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

Within the span of less than a month, Lather Up equaled the fastest mile in harness racing history and became the first pacer to break the two-minute barrier at the distance of a mile and an eighth. So, as driver Montrell Teague prepares for the 4-year-old stallion's appearance in Friday's (Aug. 9) $330,000 Dan Patch Stakes at Harrah's Hoosier Park, what does he envision for an encore? "I don't know," Teague said. "Hopefully just win. That's the main objective." Lather Up won last week's Sam McKee Memorial in 1:59.2 at the extended distance of 1-1/8 miles. He led from start to finish, reaching the mile point in 1:46.3 before going the extra eighth in :12.4. On July 6, Lather Up won the Graduate Series championship, at the traditional mile distance, in 1:46. The time equaled Always B Miki's mark for the fastest clocking in history and set the record for a 4-year-old pacer. It is difficult to determine which of the two efforts was more impressive. "I'm thinking the one last weekend just because he went (1):46.3 and still had plenty in the tank," Teague said. "For him to do it so easily, it's just unreal." How fast could Lather Up go? "I don't really want to find out," Teague said. "He's been so impressive so far, as long as he's winning, and doing it right in hand, I'm not sure how fast he could actually be." Lather Up is the 6-5 morning-line favorite in the Dan Patch Stakes. The stallion, bred by owners Barbara and Gary Iles, has won seven of 10 races this year and $518,448. For his career, the son of I'm Gorgeous out of Pocket Comb has won 22 of 35 starts and $1.48 million. He will start Friday from post four with Teague at the lines for trainer Clyde Francis, who conditions the horse for the George Teague Jr. training stable. McWicked, the 2018 Horse of the Year, is the 5-2 second choice. He will leave from post two with Brian Sears driving for trainer Casie Coleman. The nine-horse field also includes Always A Prince (6-1) and Jimmy Freight (8-1). "It's like any other race, you don't know what's going to happen," Montrell Teague said. "There is a lot of speed everywhere; inside, outside, right next to me. At least I'm in a good starting spot where I can see what's going on before I have to make a decision." Lather Up, despite occasional steering issues, won last year's North America Cup and Ohio Sire Stakes championship for 3-year-old male pacers and has so far made a successful transition this season to the open ranks, with a victory in the William R. Haughton Memorial sandwiched between his two world-record efforts. "He's shown he can go with the best," Teague said. "Even if they head him, he just hits another gear once he gets around that last turn. Fingers crossed, he just keeps on improving. So far, so good. "He's going against older horses and definitely making his point." Teague, of course, is no stranger to prolific performers. He drove 2015 Horse of the Year Award winner Wiggle It Jiggleit, who has earned nearly $4 million lifetime. Wiggle It Jiggleit, now 7, last raced in 2016 but Teague indicated last week the gelding is still working toward a comeback. "You would think Wiggle It Jiggleit was one in a million, but then we get Lather Up," Teague said. "Hopefully they don't stop coming." Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. (EDT) Friday at Harrah's Hoosier Park. The Dan Patch Stakes is race 11 on the card. Following is the field. Post-Horse-Trainer-Driver-M/L 1-Miso Fast-Virgil Morgan Jr.-Ricky Macomber Jr.-20/1 2-McWicked-Casie Coleman-Brian Sears-5/2 3-New Talent-Jeff Cullipher-John DeLong-20/1 4-Lather Up- Clyde Francis-Montrell Teague-6/5 5-Filibuster Hanover-Ron Burke-Yannick Gingras-10/1 6-Jimmy Freight-Andrew Harris-Scott Zeron-8/1 7-Endeavor-Jeff Cullipher-Sam Widger-20/1 8-Rockin Ron-Ron Burke-Matt Kakaley-12/1 9-Always A Prince-Tyler George-Trace Tetrick-6/1 by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

East Rutherford, NJ -- The $230,000 Sam McKee Memorial for free-for-all pacers on Saturday (Aug. 3) at The Meadowlands was one more sizzling showcase for Lather Up as the pacer broke the 1-1/8 mile record, winning in a world record 1:59.2.   Driver Montrell Teague wasted no time getting his charge to the top to set fractions of :25.1, :53 and 1:20.2 before receiving a slight challenge from McWicked on the outside, while This Is The Plan rolled on the inside lane.   McWicked attempted to keep pace as the mile mark came up 1:46.3, but he could not stay with This Is The Plan, no less close on Lather Up. The mile marker alone tied the winning mark of Always B Miki at The Meadowlands.   Drawing off, Lather Up broke the nine-furlong win record of 2:00.3, set by Lady Shadow in 2016.   This Is The Plan finished second; McWicked took third.   Teague said, "I was just hoping to be the last one to the front and try to rate the speed as best I can. I saw McWicked come to my side and I was a little nervous, but right when he straightens up off that last turn, it's just like he's leaving out of the gate again. He's unbelievable."   Teague said he is never surprised about a race result. "Anything can happen in a race," he said. "It usually doesn't go as planned as easy as [this race] did."   He said Lather Up going as he did against older horses was "definitely making his point."   Clyde Francis trains Lather Up, whose career earnings are approaching $1.5 million, for owners Gary and Barbara Iles.   by Frank Cotolo, for the Hambletonian Society

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