05/09/2016 1:19PM

Flamboro: Wiggle It Jiggleit headlines Confederation Cup


The post position draw for the 2016 Confederation Cup took place on Monday morning.

With no eliminations necessary, a group of nine 4-year-old pacers advanced directly to this Sunday’s (May 15) C$244,000 Confederation Cup final at Flamboro Downs.

U.S. Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit headlines the field of nine and will start from the second-tier in post-nine. The George Teague stable star is by far the richest horse in the field with over $2.3 million in earnings.

Trained by Clyde Francis and driven by Montrell Teague, Wiggle It Jiggleit has won four of six starts this season. The son of Mr Wiggles won 22 of 26 starts last year, including victories in The Meadowlands Pace and Little Brown Jug.

Wiggle It Jiggleit is no stranger to racing on a half-mile track. He has won seven of eight career starts on a half with arguably his greatest victory coming in the Little Brown Jug over the half-mile surface at the Delaware County Fairgrounds.

“We train on a half, he showed in the Jug he can race on a half and when he went around Northfield he raced on a half,” said Francis. “Size of the track doesn’t bother him.”

A pair of Canadian owned and trained 4-year-olds will look to upset the reigning U.S. Horse of the Year.

Marcel Barrieau trainee Drachan Hanover will start from post five with driver Randy Waples. The Ontario-sired son of Jeremes Jet made close to $200,000 last season while racing primarily in the Ontario Sires Stakes program.

Dr. Ian Moore trainee Rockin In Heaven was a standout last season in the New York program with his biggest victory coming in the $290,000 Empire Breeders Classic. The son of Rock N Roll Heaven has drawn post seven and will team up with driver Trevor Henry.

Rockin In Heaven, who posted a Grand Circuit victory in a division of last year’s Somebeachsomewhere Stakes, is coming into the Confederation Cup off a 1:50 1/5 victory last Saturday at Mohawk.

Trainer Ron Burke, who sent out last year’s Confederation Cup winner All Bets Off, will send out three starters in Sunday’s race. My Hero Ron (post two), Rockin Ron (post four) and Rock N Roll World (post eight) will offer the Burke stable a chance at consecutive Cup victories.

Conditioner Chris Ryder will also send out multiple starters in this year’s Cup. Rodeo Romeo has drawn the coveted rail starting spot, while stablemate National Seelster will start from post six.

Rounding out the field of nine is Rick Dane trainee Americanprimetime from post three. The son of American Ideal recently posted a 1:51 3/5 victory over the half-mile track at Yonkers on April 18.

The Confederation Cup will highlight an outstanding evening of events set for Sunday at Flamboro.

Post time Sunday is 6 p.m. 

--edited release (Mark McKelvie)