09/19/2016 7:25PM

Harrington: Wiggle It Jiggleit wins one on home soil

Wiggle It Jiggleit returned to his home base of Harrington, Delaware, and rolled in the Quillen Memorial

Wiggle It Jiggleit controlled the proceedings from the rail, and then stepped away in the final quarter to win the $150,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial in 1:50 on Monday evening at Harrington Raceway.  That time just missed his own world record for a 4-year-old pacing gelding on a half-mile track by a fifth of a second.

Racing over a sloppy surface, Wiggle It Jiggleit (Montrell Teague), Luck Be Withyou (Eric Goodell), and Rockin Ron (Yannick Gingras) were quick away from the gate, but Wiggle It Jiggleit drove through from the pole position and seated Luck Be Withyou in the pocket and Rockin Ron in third at the 26 second opening quarter.

McArdles Lightning (David Miller) tried it first-over out of fourth as they raced near the half, but he was unable to make a big advance on the lead, so Teague was able to rate middle-half stations of 54 2/5 and 1:22 3/5.  Wiggle It Jiggleit began to open up on the field around the final turn, and his 27 2/5 final quarter carried him to the victory by 2 1/2 lengths over Mach It So (Tim Tetrick).  Luck Be Withyou held third, and Keystone Velocity (Andrew McCarthy) was back in fourth.  Mel Mara (Corey Callahan), who started from the far outside, wound up fifth.

"It's definitely a great win," said Montrell Teague about the win over the Teague family's home track.  "26, it didn't really bother him too much.  I was just worried about the horse on the outside.  I just wanted to settle everybody, so I didn't have somebody on the outside the whole time, breathing down my neck.  I backed it down as much as I could, and then around the last turn I popped the earplugs and he did all the work."

Clyde Francis trains Wiggle It Jiggleit, a 4-year-old gelding by Mr. Wiggles, for George Teague Jr. Inc. and the Teague Racing Partnership.  Wiggle It Jiggleit scored his 36th victory from 48 career starts, and he has now earned $3,612,832.  The 1-9 favorite, Wiggle It Jiggleit paid $2.20 to win.

"What he did last year (world record 1:49 mile at Harrington) was very impressive, but it wasn't a crowd like we've got tonight," George Teague offered.  "He's definitely built on the reputation ever since then, so this is definitely the fun part of racing."

Francis said that Wiggle It Jiggleit will make his next start in the Dayton Pacing Derby at Hollywood Dayton on September 30.