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CHESTER, PA - A trio of $11,200 contests for developing horses opened up a five-day harness racing week at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday (the track will stage a live card on Kentucky Derby Day Saturday at 12:40). In the first of the contests for male pacers, the altered son of Mr Wiggles, Nextmovebestmove, remained undefeated in four career starts, chopping down the well-regarded leader Rockin Rocko while lowering his fastest time to 1:51.2. Montrell Teague drove the Clyde Francis trainee, improving by the race, for George Teague Jr. Inc. and David Collins. NEXTMOVEBESTMOVE REPLAY   it would be Todd McCarthy behind 1-10 shot Shakespeare. However, it proved to be brother Andrew getting the victory with the Sweet Lou three-year-old colt Tapped Teen in a career best of 1:52.3, coming out of the pocket to wear down the big chalk for owner/trainer Aaron Lambert. GOO DOO DOLL REPLAY   In the feature cut for trotters, the Googoo Gaagaa sophomore filly Goo Doo Doll made her 2021 debut a winning one, reducing her mark to 1:57. David Miller had to send the filly on the difficult "tuck-then-grind" mission, but the stakes-placed filly here last year was impressively up to the challenge for trainer Ed Gannon Jr, and owner Frank Canzone. On Thursday, a $12,800 trot for developing horses heads the lineup, with Shikansen coming off a 1:54.2 win at The Meadowlands for "Red" Harrison, tied at the top of the Philly trainer standings; he'll take on Ginger Tree Knox, stepping up off two straight victories for the hot Team Cook/Beegle. First post will be at 12:30 p.m.; program pages for the card will be available at https://www.phha.org/harrahspps.html. FINISHING LINES - At the PHHA's sister track, The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, on Wednesday morning, Bronx Seelster, a son of Big John who was the Battle Of Waterloo winner at two, had a sharp 1:52 qualifier for the Down Under team of trainer Shane Tritton and driver Lauren Tritton, who won over 900 races in her sulky time back home. For full race results, click here. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia  

HARRINGTON, DE - Harness racing drivers Montrell Teague and Allan Davis each had hat tricks on the Wednesday card at Harrington Raceway. Teague won 3 of the last 4 races, including 2 with Chuck Crissman Jr.-trainees, Casimir Rumrunner ($3.60) and Workin Them Angels ($3.20). Meanwhile 2020 Harrington driving champ Allan Davis has started the meet which opened Monday in fine fashion, winning with Chest Rockwell ($6) , Downtown Show ($5.80) and Muscle Ave ($12). Howard Taylor and Mike Casalino's Jack Vernon ($2.40, Corey Callahan) prevailed in the overnight feature, a $14,800 conditioned trot in 1:56 and was one of a pair of wins for driver Callahan and trainer Dylan Davis. The same connections also won with veteran trotter Theresademoninme ($7.80), who notched his 47th career win. JACK VERNON REPLAY   Joining the owner/trainer double victory party was Paul and Lorie Davis who won with Skyway Raptor ($4.00) and Muscle Ave. Both were trained by Paul Davis. Racing resumes Monday with a 4:30 p.m. post time. For full race results, click here. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway    

Goldberg wins back to back in the Open Pace at Dover Downs on Thursday night. Heavy rains presented a huge speed variant on Thursday night. Harness racing driver Montrell Teague knowingly played the sloppy track to his advantage and sent Goldberg right on the engine and to the top. Goldberg set uncontested race fractions of :27.3 to the quarter and :56.1 to the half.  Itsrockandroll A rolled 1st up past the half. Slick Tony grabbed the second over cover.  They chased the leader Goldberg to the three quarters in 1:23.3 pacing the quarter in 27.2 In the stretch, Goldberg maintained a safe lead to the wire and won by a neck in 1:51.1 as the 4/5 betting choice. GOLDBERG REPLAY   Goldberg (Mr. Wiggles) is owned by Mst Racing Inc.  Clyde Francis trains. Numbered Account rode the pocket and finished second for trainer Scott Di Domenico.  Tim Tetrick drove. Itsrockandroll A  raced a rugged 1st over trip and finished third for trainer Dylan Davis.  Corey Callahan handled the driving duties. Racing resumes at Dover Downs on Thursday.  Post Time is 4:30 pm For full race results, click here.   by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs    

Goldberg shocked the field and the harness racing fans in the $20,000 Open Handicap Pace at Dover Downs on Thursday night, paying $35.80 to win. Driver Montrell Teague was able to utilize the quick early speed of Goldberg and gained a pocket trip.  It proved to be the winning strategy. Corey Callahan sent Bo Mach aggressively to the top and intimidated the field in the early going.  The field remained in post position order as Bo Mach set fractions of :27 to the quarter and a pedestrian half in :56.1. The 3/5 race favorite, Solid Gold N and Tim Tetrick moved off the rail from 6th, in front of the stands, as time was ticking away. Tetrick and Solid Gold N, found cover from a 1st over JJ Flynn.  JJ Flynn provided heavy pressure as Bo Mach motored to the three quarters in 1:23.  Goldberg and Montrell Teague remained  in the pocket and found a seam late in the passing lane.  Goldberg won by a neck in 1:50.1 at odds of 16-1.  Goldberg paced a last half in :54 seconds and the last quarter was marched off in :27 seconds flat.   Goldberg (Mr Wiggles) is owned by Montrell Teague’s Mst Stables Inc. Clyde Frances trains Goldsberg. Bo Mach cut all the race fractions and finished 2nd. Dylan Davis traines. Solid Gold N, the three to five favorite, closed to finish third for trainer Jim King Jr.   Tim Tetrick won 5 races on the 12 race betting card.   Racing resumes at Dover Downs on Monday.  Post Time is 4:30 pm. For full results, click here. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs

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

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