10/30/2015 11:05PM

Hoosier: Freaky Feet Pete downs Wiggle It Jiggleit again; Foiled Again wins Pacing Derby

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Freaky Feet Pete won by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:49 3/5.

On a night of stars at Hoosier Park, the sport’s leading pacer Wiggle It Jiggleit hooked up with Breeders Crown champion Freaky Feet Pete for the third time. The rubber match looked like it could develop into a battle at the head of the lane, but ultimately Freaky Feet Pete was too good and handed Wiggle It Jiggleit his second straight head-to-head loss.

In the finale of five stakes on the Friday card, Montrell Teague hustled Wiggle It Jiggleit to the front in the $285,500 Monument Circle for 3-year-old colts and geldings. Freaky Feet Pete was alertly guided into the pocket by Trace Tetrick and that’s the way they sat for three quarters of a mile.

With fractions on the board in 26 3/5, 55 1/5 and 1:23 2/5, Freaky Feet Pete was shown daylight by Tetrick and took dead aim on WIJI. For a brief moment it appeared we may have a battle on our hands, but that passed quickly, as did Freaky Feet Pete, who stormed to the front and drew off by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:49 3/5.

“I got the trip I wanted and probably the trip I needed,” said Tetrick.

For trainer Larry Rheinheimer, it was just another great moment in a season full of highlights. “This is something I’ve dreamt about and here we are on the top of the world,” said the trainer.

The win by Freaky Feet Pete was his 14th in 16 starts this year for owners Mary Jo Rheinheimer and Marty Rheinheimer. The son of Rockin Image has earned $775,774 in 2015 and eclipsed the million dollar mark for his career with the victory.

One race earlier, Foiled Again tried to steal the stage for the night as he coasted wire to wire in the $165,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby. While 2015 hasn't been a stellar year for Foiled Again, the only $7 million Standardbred refused to lose.

Driver Yannick Gingras controlled the fractions in 27 3/5, 56 1/5 and 1:24 as JK Endofanera applied only token pressure. In the stretch, All Bets Off took aim to the inside and JK Endofanera was resurgent on the rim, but Foiled Again dug down deep as he often does and got to the wire first in 1:50 3/5.

Linscott Photo  Foiled Again (1) keeps his neck up at the wire.

"I had the rail and I wanted to control the race," said Gingras, who is running out of superlatives for the great 11-year-old war horse. "He does it all. Every time he steps on the racetrack, you know he will put in a 150% effort."

Ron Burke trains Foiled Again for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables. The win was the third on the year in 20 starts for Foiled Again, who will race on November 7 at Balmoral Park in the American National next.

Another Burke trainee, Crazy Wow got back on the winning track after a brutal trip in the Kentucky Futurity at The Red Mile on October 10. The son of Crazed posted a game first-over score in the $270,000 Carl Erskine 3-year-old trot.

Favorite Pinkman set rated fractions of 27 2/5 and 57 seconds as Crazy Wow began his move towards the front. The pair of trotting elites hooked up by three quarters in 1:25 3/5 and Crazy Wow simply wore Pinkman down and drew off late. Homicide Hunter, undefeated in 16 starts this year, raced very well in his first true test against open foes while closing for second in the 1:54 mile.

Tim Tetrick steered the winner, his fourth on the card, for owners Our Horse Cents Stable, JT45, J&T Silva Stable and Deo Volente Farms.

Other stakes winners included Muscle baby Doll, who worked hard but kept her nose in front to win the $140,000 Crossroads of America for 3-year-old trotting fillies and Devil Child, who set a track record for 3-year-old fillies while easily blowing by the competition in the stretch to win the $100,000 USS Indianapolis Memorial.

Muscle Baby Doll was on the move at the quarter and had to exert plenty of effort to make the front. In the stretch she faced a stiff challenge from Bright Baby Blues, but simply refused to let that young lady win. David Miller steered Muscle Baby Doll to the 1:54 2/5 win for trainer Trent Stohler and owner Frank Bellino and Sons LLC.

Devil Child waited along the cones early and angled at three quarters during her record 1:50 3/5 performance over Jugette winner Sassa Hanover. Southwind Roulette was third. Tim Tetrick drove the winner for trainer Chris Oakes and owners Susan Oakes and Crawford Farms LLC.


Blaine MacMillan More than 1 year ago
The big horses are starting to pay the price for campaigning in elite competition all year long. Pinkman is definitely in need of an extended rest and WIJI is about 3/5 of a second slower than he was at top form. Playing to beat the favorites is absolutely the way to go for the remainder of 2015...
Derick More than 1 year ago
Agree completely and just wrote that on Twitter yesterday. I think if these were colts instead of geldings they may have packed it in for the year already. Just my opinion.
Tom Dubrick More than 1 year ago
Nice piece.