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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HARRINGTON, Del. - Harness racing fans will have the opportunity to meet the connections of reigning horse of the year Wiggle It Jiggleit Thursday (October 13) at Harrington Raceway. From 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the grandstand lobby, owner George Teague Jr., trainer Clyde Francis, driver Montrell Teague and groom Mike Taylor will be on hand to sign autographs. Harrington Raceway will be giving out photo cards of Wiggle It Jiggleit, which has space allocated for autographs. Wiggle It Jiggleit, based nearby on the Teague farm in Harrington has mesmerized racing fans with his incredible resume of 37 wins in 49 career starts. He recently broke the seasonal earnings mark for an older pacer with $1.49 million earned this year. His next race is scheduled for this Saturday (October 15) in an invitational event at Yonkers Raceway (Ny). Live racing will continue on a Monday through Thursday schedule at Harrington through October 20. Matthew Sparacino      

HARRINGTON, Del. - Harness racing owner George Teague Jr. has been as far north as Quebec, Canada, and as far west as Indiana with 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit, but as rewarding as those trips have been, there's no place like home. Team Teague and harness racing superstar Wiggle It Jiggleit have traveled to 12 different racetracks this year, six different states and two Canadian provinces, but will now have a race close to their Harrington, Del. home on Monday September 19th for the 10th Annual $150,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial. The Teague farm is located about 5 miles from Harrington Raceway. Wiggle It Jiggleit is trained by long time Teague associate, Clyde Francis. "We're really looking forward to it," said Teague, who will have two 2-year-old fillies racing on the same card in the opening round of Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) action. "It's funny because we've raced all over and one of the most memorable moments is when we raced at Harrington last year and had as much fun winning an $11,000 race as we did the $700,000 Meadowlands Pace. It's great to bring this kind of horse in front of your home crowd." Teague was alluding to his star pacer's world and track record setting 1:49 performance at Harrington on May 11, 2015. A large contingent of fans showed up to watch him race in anticipation of seeing a rising star. At the time, Wiggle It Jiggleit had won six races. To say that his star has risen since then, would be a gross understatement. He now has 35 wins in 47 lifetime starts, won many of the sport's top races and has banked more than $3.5 million in his career, while captivating racing fans across the country with some breathtaking performances. Perhaps no win was bigger than his epic win in the Little Brown Jug at Delaware, Ohio. Wiggle It Jiggleit's sire, Mr. Wiggles, who was also in the George Teague Jr. stable, finished fourth in his Quillen elimination in 2010 before being scratched due to sickness from the final. "He has definitely done his sire proud," said Teague, who conditioned Mr. Wiggles and still owns the sire. "This race is very important to us." Wiggle It Jiggleit's last race was a second place finish in the $225,000 Jim Ewart Memorial at Scioto Downs (Ohio) in a world record mile of 1:47. "Wiggle" did the heavy lifting throughout the mile after setting a grueling pace while dueling with eventual winner Always B Miki, who won a memorable stretch battle that left many horse racing fans speechless. "He came out of the race really good," said trainer Clyde Francis. "He always amazes me how well he recovers after a race. It's unbelievable how well he jogged and how fresh he is. We couldn't be happier with how well he is coming into the race." Teague said he has received an abundance of feedback in regards to his upcoming race in his hometown. "A lot of people have contacted me about him racing here," he said. "Not just in Delaware, but in New Jersey, Maryland and other nearby states." While Wiggle It Jiggleit (7/5, Montrell Teague) figures to be a well-backed favorite at post time, the path to victory isn't a foregone conclusion, given the rich field of pacers that has amassed in excess of $8 million in career earnings. "Having the rail on a half-mile racetrack is always the ideal place," he said. "The draw definitely worked to our advantage. There's some really nice horses in there. Luckbewithyou, Rockin Ron, Mach It So, Mel Mara and others have been racing against some of the best year round. Hats off to Harrington Raceway for getting such a great field of horses. My horse will have to be on his game." Among the competition is Bamond Racing's Mach It So (9/1, Tim Tetrick) won the 2015 edition of the Quillen and enters off an impressive 1:51.2 win at Yonkers Raceway (NY). "We had a great time last year," said trainer Jeff Bamond. "Everyone treated us great. (Mach It So) kind of tailed off a little bit but he seems to be going back in the right direction. We were very pleased with his last race at Yonkers." John Craig's Luckbewithyou (5/2, Eric Goodell) was a game third place finisher in the aforementioned 1:47 mile on September 10 at Scioto Downs. The Western Ideal 5-year-old has been in many stakes engagements this year and has banked nearly $1.3 million in his career. "I thought he raced very good at Scioto," said trainer Chris Oakes. "I was real happy with him. He came out of the race good but we might have a tough time with the 1 horse there (Wiggle It Jiggleit)." Burke Racing, Weaver Brucsemi and RTC Stables' Rockin Ron (20/1, Yannick Gingras) sprung a 14-to-1 upset against Wiggle It Jiggleit in the Prix D Ete at Three Rivers Raceway in Quebec (Ontario) on August 21 for perennial leading trainer Ron Burke. The powerhouse Burke stable is tops in North America with 629 wins and nearly $15 million in purse earnings this year. Only Robert Cooper Stables and J&T Silva's Mel Mara (6/1, Corey Callahan) has a win at Harrington this year and it came last week with a track record setting 1:50.1 performance. Mel Mara is trained locally by Dylan Davis of Viola, Del. Lauretta Galm's Keystone Velocity (25/1, Andrew McCarthy) is also locally-trained by Mike Hall of Dagsboro, Del., and is coming off a career best 1:48.4 at Pocono Downs (PA). Lightning Stable's Mcardles Lightning (12/1, David Miller) has been a heavy hitter among Open pacers in New York and New Jersey while Rock and Roll Stable's American Primetime (12/1, Tony Morgan) has been a well-traveled adversary throughout the year and took a lifetime best at the Meadowlands of 1:49. Post time for the 13-race program is 5 p.m. The field is listed below in order by post position: 10th Race - Harrington Raceway September 19, 2016 1 - Wiggle It Jiggleit - Mr Wiggles - (7/5, Montrell Teague) 2 - Mcardles Lightning - McArdle - (12/1, David Miller) 3 - Mach It So - Mach Three - (9/1, Tim Tetrick) 4 - Luckbewithyou - Western Ideal - (5/2, Eric Goodell) 5 - American Primetime - American Ideal - (12/1, Tony Morgan) 6 - Rockin Ron - Real Desire - (20/1, Yannick Gingras) 7 - Keystone Velocity - Western Hanover - (25/1, Andrew McCarthy) 8 - Mel Mara - Lis Mara - (6/1, Corey Callahan) Matthew Sparacino

ANDERSON, Ind.-August 13, 2016 - There was a throbbing energy throughout the Friday (Aug. 12) evening that not only emanated from those in attendance at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, but from those  individuals not present to witness what could very well be the most stellar harness racing field ever assembled in the 23-year-old history of the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes and certainly no one could possess one ounce of disappointment at the outcome. Not only did Wiggle It Jiggleit appear defeated in mid-stretch, the defending Horse of the Year, known at times erratic antics off the track, displayed a new dimension in his racing style as he strode up the rail to hand Always B Miki his second consecutive defeat. The son of Mr Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover, with Montrell Teague in his customary position in the bike, tripped the timer in 1:49.1. Co-owner George Teague, Jr. concurred the gelding, who is also owned by Teague Racing Partnership and is conditioned by Clyde Francis, has adjusted his behavior throughout the course of 2016 and that attitude adjustment has definitely added another weapon to his already stocked arsenal. "He is maturing and growing up," Teague said. "He is really starting to come along. We used to have walk him around and around just to keep him settled down. Now he is more relaxed and takes things as they come. He's always been an intelligent horse, but the older he gets the more he has calmed down. He's even better in the winner's circle now and as long as you keep him checked up, like we did tonight, we even get some pictures of him. This kind of maturity will only improve him." As expected, Wiggle It Jiggleit was placed on the lead leaving the gate from post position one, with Freaky Feet Pete, who began to pace his mile right next to him, right behind him. Wakizashi Hanover followed his colleagues in third, with the public selection Always B Miki in fourth. The gelding clicked off the contest's first fraction in a sensible :27.4 and tossed down another comfortable :27.4 quarter before David Miller brushed Always B Miki straight to the lead. Wiggle It Jiggle was content to sit in the pocket as Trace Tetrick and Freaky Feet Pete were satisfied with remaining in third. As Always B Miki hit the three-quarter pole in 1:22.4, Tetrick decided he could wait no longer to make a move and gave Freaky Feet Pete enough rein to surge alongside Always B Miki. The hometown hero, however, could not sustain his bid and failed to clear the world champion. After Always B Miki repelled Freak Feet Pete's challenge, it appeared the Dan Patch title would be the next revered stake to grace his resume. Wiggle It Jiggleit and Teague, however, were far from finished and coveted that accolade as their own. Teague angled the gelding in towards the rail and Wiggle It Jiggleit gamely responded to spurt through on the inside and pull away from his rival to best him by a length. All Bets Off and Shamballa battled behind the top two, with the former pacing a sizzling :25.2 final panel to hit the wire in tandem for third place, as they could not be separated at the wire. When asked about Wiggle It Jiggleit's rail journey to victory, Teague explained he was quite confident his horse would respond in tight quarters. "Wiggle It is a very intelligent horse and we've trained out here and a couple other places so he's used to it," he said. "It was a definitely a hard trip, but we got the job done." The elder Teague acknowledged after post positions were drawn on Tuesday, (Aug. 9) the horse's connections were very pleased with where their charge would start pacing, but they also have a tremendous amount of respect for the other members of the field, as there were six world champions present and prepared to pace. "Coming off the rail we were very excited," George said. "Normally I would tell people (in that position) to just run with it, but we knew we had to make a couple decisions. Every horse in that race could take the trip. Also, Montrell is great with the horse. Sometimes we feel like he knows him better than his owners know him." Wiggle It Jiggleit, the joint favorite with Always B Miki at 8-5, paid $5.40 to his backers, while Always B Miki provided $3.80 to show. All Bets Off returned $23.80 for his efforts and Shamballa paid $2.10. The exacta was $17.40 and the trifecta was either $166.00 or $95.60. Wiggle It Jiggleit Hoosier Park's Dan Patch Invitational saw measurable success on all fronts. Excitement pervaded throughout the grandstand as a large, enthusiastic crowd welcomed the 23rd installment of Hoosier Park's signature event to the track. The wagering front also saw much success and offered remarkable value to the horseplayer with the introduction of a signature $20,000 Guaranteed Superfecta and a $15,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-Five for the Dan Patch Stakes card. The bettors came out in full force as the handle increases were felt both on track and through export wagering. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, August 13 with a 13-race card that is set to begin at an adjusted post time of 4:30 p.m. Beginning at 4:00 p.m., racing fans can enjoy the ultimate in entertainment, intense flavors of fiery BBQ, and energizing drinks as part of Hoosier Park's annual "Thrillyard 200" event located in The Yard. At the conclusion of live racing on Saturday, country music legends Asleep At The Wheel will perform a free show in the Terrace Showroom as Hoosier Park continues its' summer concert series line-up. A free fireworks presentation will culminate the entire evening and will follow the free concert starting at approximately 10:15 p.m. by Kim French

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