05/28/2015 9:09PM

Giwner: Must-see harness racing at Hoosier Park

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Wiggle It Jiggleit and Freaky Feet Pete have just one loss between them in 20 career starts.

Did you know that two elite 3-year-old pacers are going to hook up in battle on Saturday night? I’m not talking about the $300,000 Art Rooney final at Yonkers Raceway where In The Arsenal figures to dispatch of his competition at odds of 2-5. Nor is this a piece on the match-up between 2014 divisional leader Artspeak and the up-and-coming Hurrikane Ali in the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes final at the Meadowlands on Saturday.

Sometime between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. at Hoosier Park a $75,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final for sophomore colts and geldings will be contested. It is a race of major importance in some respects because it will speak volumes about the talent level of the unheralded Freaky Feet Pete.

The race pits the undefeated Wiggle It Jiggleit against the once beaten Freaky Feet Pete. For Wiggle It Jiggleit, Saturday’s race represents a stepping stone to the $1 million North America Cup which takes place on June 20 at Mohawk Racetrack. Freaky Feet Pete, however, is only eligible to a handful of major events during the year and could get a chance to show the world he belongs by besting Wiggle It Jiggleit.

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“This is just one race early in the year. I want to win every race, but you can’t win every one,” said Trace Tetrick, downplaying the importance of the marquee match-up.

Wiggle It Jiggleit has won each of his eight starts this year to go along with one win in his rookie season of racing. Driven by Montrell Teague for trainer Clyde Francis and owner George Teague, Jr., the gelded son of Mr Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover has won each of his race by open lengths including a track record 1:49 win over the half at Harrington Raceway.

Freaky Feet Pete suffered his only defeat in 11 career starts back in July of his 2-year-old campaign. Since then he has won eight straight races, including his 2015 debut last Saturday at Hoosier in 1:50 3/5, the exact time posted by Wiggle It Jiggleit on the same card that night.

Post position could be key, with Wiggle It Jiggleit starting from post seven, two spots inside of Freaky Feet Pete in the furthest outside nine-hole. Tetrick admitted he’ll probably show some speed and perhaps press hard on the gas if the situation called for it.

“You have to go forward off the gate, but he can go either way,” said Tetrick, who will drive Freaky Feet Pete for trainer Larry Rheinheimer and owners Mary Jo Rheinheimer and Marty Rheinheimer. “It really depends on what the other nine do. There are a lot of horses in there that can pop up and go a big mile. It looks like two horses stand out, but there are four or five others that can go a big mile.”

Clearly Indiana-breds are trending upward. While “Wiggle” and “Freaky” will look to reach the spotlight against the best in the sport at some point in 2015, Always B Miki and Color’s A Virgin have already made their marks with major stakes accomplishments in 2014.

So when you are focused on Artspeak, Mission Brief and In The Arsenal on Saturday, don’t forget to tune into Hoosier Park for at least a few moments on Saturday and check out two young pacers that could be something special.

 

Richard Gere More than 1 year ago
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Tom Dubrick More than 1 year ago
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