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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

Trenton, NJ — A major aspect of Frank Sinatra’s famed legacy is how he nearly died at birth, won a fierce battle for his life and continued to scrap all the way through a legendary singing/acting career. Lather Up seems to be taking the same journey, only with four legs. He was nearly a breech birth before being saved by Kevin Switzer, Brenda Teague and Switzer’s wife, Denise McNitt. Ever since, he has been battling his way to success, much like Ol’ Blue Eyes. “What did he sing, ‘I Did It My Way?’” Lather Up’s co-owner Gary Iles asked. “Maybe Lather is doing the same thing. He’s doing it his way.” And what a way it is. After struggling through another near-death situation as a 2-year-old, Gary and Barbara Iles’ homebred son of stallion I'm Gorgeous out of their homebred mare Pocket Comb has been recording some real chart toppers. This past Saturday, across the bridge from New York, New York in Sinatra’s home state of New Jersey, the 4-year-old stallion won the $250,000 Graduate Series final at The Meadowlands by equaling the all-time mile record of 1:46. Always B Miki set the mark at age 5 at Red Mile three years ago. He also broke the previous 4-year-old pacer mark of 1:46.4, previously shared by Warrawee Needy and Dr J Hanover. It is a heck of a way for Lather Up, trained by Clyde Francis of the George Teague Jr. Stable and driven by Montrell Teague, to head into Saturday’s (July 13) $423,000 William R. Haughton Memorial at the Meadowlands. “I just couldn’t believe the fractions when they were coming up,” Iles said. “Especially (1):19.1 coming home. I must say I had so much confidence when I saw him tip out (from second place). He just comes home like a freight train. I thought ‘Well, we’re going to be close or we’re going to win this thing.’ “You never know what’s going to happen, anything can happen. But it was really exciting. It didn’t sink in about the (1):46 until I was talking to someone later and he was telling me what had transpired. You try to hear it over the loudspeaker sometimes, and everybody is screaming down the stretch, it’s pretty hard to understand what they were saying. It was quite a surprise. We’ve been blessed, there’s no doubt about it.” Some might say they were cursed as recently as two years ago. After surviving his harrowing entry into life, Lather Up won three times on the Ohio Sires Stakes circuit and was prepping for the series championship. But a near-fatal reaction to antibiotics sent the horse to the New Bolton Center in another dire circumstance. “That was probably the most heart-pumping situation we were in,” Iles said. “George (Teague) told me not to worry about it, and New Bolton told me if he makes it through the night, he might have a chance. I said, ‘Oh Lord,’ but it worked out, he came out of it, but it ended his 2-year-old career.” Hopefully, it ended his health woes as well. Lather Up returned with a vengeance as a 3-year-old, winning his first three races while setting a track-record of 1:50 in a division of the Ohio Sires Stakes at Miami Valley Raceway. He finished the season with 11 wins in 18 races and $893,512 after conquering some steering issues. His victories included the North America Cup and Ohio Sires Stakes championship. Lather Up and Montrell Teague winning the 2018 Pepsi North America Cup “We basically changed the bit and it made a big difference in him; a very big difference,” Iles said. “That was basically it.” This year, there have been some problems with breaks, but that hasn’t stopped Lather Up from taking five firsts and one third in eight starts. “We’re not sure exactly what’s causing it,” Iles said. “It’s something that just throws him off. Sometimes it’s hard to figure these things out, but that’s been our only problem with him. Every time you do a little bit more, you try to pinpoint it and see exactly what the problem is.” The owner will be hoping for a problem-free trip Saturday in the 12-horse, 1-1/8 mile Haughton. The field includes 2018 Horse of the Year McWicked, the 5-2 morning-line favorite. Lather Up is 3-1. Iles is happy with drawing the five post and has no concern about the race’s added distance. “That’s the least of our worries,” he said. “He was in a 12-horse field for the first leg of the Graduate (at the 1-1/8 mile distance) and he saw the tape and stormed home. He had to come across the track to come home and he handled it very well.” So, what’s the most of his worries? “You just hope nothing goes wrong, and you don’t have to stack him up somewhere and get him caught in a situation where he might make a break,” Iles said. “We don’t think so, but it’s happened in the past and hopefully it won’t happen here. We’re realistic.” He is also optimistic. Iles praised the field of horses, noting that when Lather Up made his record-setting run he “was only two ticks faster than the other group of two or three in there. This is some super racing and there are some super horses. You have to give them their due.” That said, he still feels Lather up has as good a shot as any of them to win the race. “Absolutely,” Iles said. “We’re trying to get the breaks straightened out, it’s frustrating. George has been telling me for two years, this horse can go in (1):46, I’ve never had a horse that’s ever been this fast, but you have to control their head and whatever else is going on with them. “But George would tell you he’s maturing. We’re starting to get a few things worked out, the things you thought were wrong, you’ve already discarded them moving forward so I think we are moving in the right direction. We’re very, very happy. He trained super (on Wednesday). Hopefully this can carry through until Saturday. You just cross your fingers and see what happens.” After all the obstacles Lather Up has faced in his young life, the fact he is headed in any direction at all is impressive. It’s no surprise Iles has a special spot in his heart for the horse. “I don’t know how you could not,” he said. “After everything that has happened to him, after those problems, he’s just been a real delight. The chance of having another horse like this in your lifetime is probably so small.” Sinatra’s parents probably said the same thing once he made it big. Saturday’s 13-race card at The Meadowlands also includes the Meadowlands Pace for 3-year-old pacers, the Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-old trotters, divisions of the Stanley Dancer Memorial and Del Miller Memorial for 3-year-old male and female trotters, Mistletoe Shalee for 3-year-old female pacers, Golden Girls for older female pacers, and a leg of the Miss Versatility Series for older female trotters. Racing begins at 7:15 p.m. (EDT). For Saturday’s complete entries, click here. by Rich Fisher, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

HARRINGTON, Del. - Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes action for 3-year-old male pacers highlighted the Monday program at Harrington Raceway, with two $20,000 divisions in the first of two legs. Both races were won by driver Montrell Teague with Mr. Wiggles-sired colts. Teague had four wins on the card. George Teague Jr.'s Keepmywiglegametyt ($4, Montrell Teague) was a 1:54.2 winner in the first division. He set all the fractions and was determined winner over Chillaxin Away and Dashiki. It was the third straight win for Keepmywiglegametyt. Heavy rain came down over the area leading up to the second division, which didn't deter or slow down heavily favored Goldberg ($2.10, Montrell Teague), who registered a front end win in 1:53.2 for owner Mst Racing Inc., and trainer Brenda Teague. Janaid was second with Son Of A Lynx third. Goldberg notched his fifth career win and looks to complete a sweep of the $100,000 finals, after winning the April 4 final at Dover Downs in 1:51.2. Art Stafford Jr. had three wins. The Tuesday June 11 program will feature two $20,000 DSBF divisions for 3-year-old pacing fillies, while on Wednesday the 3-year-old DSBF trotters will go post ward, including two non-wagering events that start at 4:10 p.m.   Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - William Emmons' Battle Mage ($22.20, Montrell Teague) surpassed $300,000 in career earnings Wednesday with a 1:56 win in the $17,000 Open Trot at Harrington Raceway. The 7-year-old Kadabra harness racing mare earned her third win of the year with a 2 length victory over Blownoutofthewater and Jammin Jack. Trained by Eric Ell, she has 19 career wins. Battle Mage was guided first over and cleared early leader Uwantapieceofme past the half-mile and never relented in her open length score. Drivers Jon Roberts and Allan Davis, who won two races for trainer Paul Davis Jr., each had three wins on the card. Russell Foster and Mike Cole each had two victories.   Matthew Sparacino

YONKERS, N.Y. – Although Montrell Teague has established himself as one of the top drivers on the Delaware circuit and became a household name after pairing with Wiggle It Jiggleit on a conquest of the Grand Circuit from 2014 to 2016, the young reinsman desired to have more skin in the game than just being a catch driver. Inspired by his father George and driven away from the sales due to rising prices, Teague turned to breeding his own racehorses. “I’ve got about five broodmares now. I bought two for myself and I bought three off of dad,” Teague said. “I’m getting into that a little more, just trying to own a couple more to make more money than just the five percent from driving.” Teague’s foray into breeding began with multiple stakes-winning mare Ella Fitz Hanover. A freshman standout in 2004, Ella Fitz Hanover earned a special place in Teague’s heart. However, after the mare failed to produce a star of her own, Teague sought to expand his fledgling broodmare band. “I fell in love with (Ella Fitz Hanover), so he just gave her to me to breed,” Teague said. “’Ella Fitz’ was the lone broodmare I had, so I went on eharness.com and saw Chausettes Blanche. I raced against her with one of dad’s horses; she was an open mare,” Teague recalled. Chausettes Blanche, a 32-time winner and earner of $329,250, came with a catch, however. After multiple seasons of trying, the mare’s previous owners were unable to get her in foal. Listed for just $1,000, Teague decided to take a chance on her.  “Dad said, ‘you might as well just try it. We’ve got a bunch of broodmares already, what’s one more,’ ” Teague said. “Out in the field, dad has about 40 broodmares already, so to throw another one out there doesn’t make a whole lot of difference.” Teague bought the Christian Cullen daughter and immediately took her to Tommy Cugle’s farm with the intent to live-breed her to Mr. Wiggles. About a week later, Teague was stunned when he came off the track at Harrington. “I just came off a horse that won and dad said, ‘congratulations, I’ve got better news, your horse just got in foal,’ ” Teague remembered. “I just couldn’t believe it because they tried two or three years and couldn’t get her in foal. That made my day way more than winning that race.” Chausettes Blanche produced Goldberg, a bay colt. Although he failed to make an impression early in the breaking process, Goldberg soon stood out from the pack for his desire to work. “Once we brought him in and started hooking him up, we started noticing that he had more energy than the other ones. Once we got him ready to go out, we couldn’t really put the bridle on him because he would rear up and he wanted to be the first one out of the stall,” Teague explained. “It didn’t tell you that he was going to be a good one, but it just reassured you that he actually loved doing what he did.” By the time Goldberg was training down at 2, Teague knew he had a budding star in his stable. However, an extra boost of confidence from his father provided the encouragement needed to aggressively stake the colt. “I had been going with him the majority of the time. Dad always knew he was one of the better ones, so we just set him up to sit on the outside and brush right on by and he would always win the training miles,” Teague remembered. “Finally, dad sat behind him and said, ‘you’ve got a great one here. I’ve trained a lot of good horses, but he ranks right up there with them.’ That made staking him up a whole lot easier. “He’s sat behind a bunch of great ones, Rainbow Blue, Wiggles, I can’t even name them all, but to come by after a training mile and say ‘woah, he’s special,’ it just reassures you that we definitely should take a chance staking him up.” After an impressive qualifying mile in 1:51.3 at the Meadowlands last July, Goldberg won his debut as a 1-20 shot and placed in two stakes before finishing third in an elimination of the Metro Pace. Goldberg’s manners on the racetrack impressed his owner and driver. “He feels like a classy horse. He’s very playful when he trains down and when he’s jogging, but when he steps out onto the track and he knows he’s suited up to race, he’s all class and he wants to race,” Teague said. “He’s two fingers, he doesn’t really go on any lines. He loves what he does, which is definitely a plus. He definitely reminds me of some of the better horses I’ve driven.” However, when Teague saw Goldberg in the paddock before the Metro Pace Final, he sensed something was amiss. The energetic colt who dazzled in his training miles and qualifiers appeared to be a shell of his former self. “He had his head down in the crossties and he just looked like he wasn’t even there. Something was wrong with him,” Teague remembered. Goldberg scratched sick out of the $685,000 stakes with a fever of 103 degrees and spent the next eight days recovering at Guelph University. After finally shipping home, Teague turned the colt out and shut him down for the year.  Teague was relieved when Goldberg felt like his old self training back at 3. The colt qualified a winner at Dover Downs February 21 and finished third in an overnight at the Meadowlands from post 10 on debut before taking on the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund eliminations. Goldberg took the first elimination in 1:53.2 March 21 and finished second to Chillaxin Away a week later in the second leg. Goldberg returned to capture the $100,000 final in gate-to-wire fashion in 1:51.2 March 4.  “I’ve won the Delaware stakes a couple times, but never with a horse that I own myself. It was going through the wire getting $50,000 instead of $5,000,” Teague said. “In the final, he just put everything together. He was strong out there, he left really strong and carried me through the whole mile. Once I popped the earplugs, he felt like he was supposed to, like he did last year. “It just puts everything into perspective of how much work we do put into these horses,” Teague continued. “Seeing him born, to breaking him as a yearling, to training him down as a 2-year-old, and finally bringing him back for 3-year-old stakes and you have to pay a lot in entry fees to stake him. You definitely see where your money is going and it’s definitely gratifying when you win a $100,000 race and he pays you back for all the work. It made everything perfect.” Off a pair of third place finishes at the Swamp that boosted his earnings to $101,150, Goldberg will set his sights on the $300,000 Art Rooney Pace at Yonkers Raceway May 25. Goldberg drew post one in the first $40,000 elimination Saturday night (May 18) and is the 5-2 second choice on the morning line. Brian Brown’s Air Force Hanover is 7-5 off a 1:50.1 victory in the Pennsylvania All Stars Series while Captain Malicious is 3-1 from post three. Buddy Hill, Price Hanover, and Melanie’s Teddy complete the sextet.  “It looks like it sets up pretty good,” Teague said. “You can’t beat drawing the rail at Yonkers. It’s definitely a perfect position. Couldn’t be more happy with him. I put him in at the Meadowlands and he raced good twice and I’ve been giving him a week off between every race, so he should be good. “Definitely when you have the rail, you have to protect position and be as close as you can. But you only have to beat two horses to get into the final, so that’s definitely going to be the number one thing.” If Goldberg wins the Rooney Final, it would be a meaningful win for Teague. After Chausettes Blanche tragically passed away with her second foal, Teague hopes Goldberg will honor her memory. “He’s definitely a very, very special colt to me. The bad thing is that when I bred her back, I lost her baby and I lost her,” Teague said. “Everything was great, and everything was gone, just that fast. One year, you got him, and he looks to be one of the better ones I’ve ever had. You bred her right back to Mr. Wiggles hoping for the same thing, but the next time, she was gone. “He’s the one and only one. He’s the only one I’ve got. I hope that he lives up to his potential and does her proud.” In addition to the regular $44,000 Open Handicap Pace and Trot, Saturday’s card features two $40,000 eliminations of the Art Rooney Pace and two $20,000 eliminations of the Lismore Pace.  First post time is 6:50 p.m. Yonkers Raceway features live harness racing Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. For entries to the races, click here.    By Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY

Dover, DE - On a chilly moonlit night the girls went to post with the first harness racing division of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund being won gate to wire in 1:56.2 by THE LADY SHERIFF (Southwind Lynx-Sheriff Sale). She is trained by Clyde Francis and handily driven by part owner Montrell Teague for his father, George and the Fry brothers of Houston. The place filly, ANNEKE (Southwind Lynx-Whirl The Girl) is trained and owned by Montrell’s Aunt Brenda and steered tonight by Jim Morand. The second division ended up with only 3 fillies going to the gate because of sick scratches. VISTAMISTA(Powerful Mist-Yankee Vista) repeated last week’s performance for driver Victor Kirby in 1:56. Trained by Wayne Givens and owned by Legacy Racing of DE,Inc. and Sharon White of Smyrna this was the tenth lifetime start and pushed her earnings over $65K. Winner from last week, RODDYS AT IT AGAIN (Roddy’s Bags Again-Terro Franco N) earned the place spot. 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. The pacing filly division will be the only division to field a consolation of $15,000 whicundFh will be contested on Wednesday, November 28th. by Judy Davis-Wilson, for the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund

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

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