10/10/2015 10:19PM

Hoosier: Freaky Feet Pete upsets Wiggle It Jiggleit in Sire Stakes final

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Freaky Feet Pete paced a final quarter in 26 second to win.

The apron was packed , the winners’ circle was standing room only and there were many tears of joy after Freaky Feet Pete captured an emotional edition of the $220,000 Indiana Super Final for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers over the sport’s top ranked horse in Wiggle It Jiggleit.

It was as if ‘Pete’ heard the roar of the crowd, as he certainly received overwhelming support from nearly all present at Hoosier Park on Saturday (October 10). Freaky Feet Pete paced strongly through the lane to best his rival in 1:50 1/5 with Vague Traces rounding out the trifecta.

“They are both very good horses,” explained winning pilot Trace Tetrick. “You can’t take anything away from Wiggle It Jiggleit. I knew he has a history of coming back on the inside when he is headed, so I was patient and waited to pull my horse out. I knew when I saw the lights on the end of the toteboard that I had it. It is a terrific feeling to win a race like this with him, but he has just been so good all year long.”

Wiggle It Jiggleit, who left from post position three with Montrell Teague in the bike, was the post time favorite at 1-5 for his conditioner George Francis and owner George Teague. He was sent immediately to the lead while Tetrick placed ‘Pete’ in second from post 10. The two geldings remained in that very same position through spits of 27 2/5, 56 1/5 and 1:24 1/5 until Tetrick popped his horse from the garden spot midway into the stretch. Freaky Feet Pete drew alongside his rival, edged clear several hundred feet before the wire and placed a length and a quarter of daylight between him and the Little Brown Jug victor.

The son of Rockin Image and the Pilgrim’s Punch mare Skyway Lori is trained by Larry Rheinheimer and owned by Mary Jo and Marty Rheinheimer. Freaky Feet Pete paid $5.80 to win as the public’s second choice and paced his last quarter mile in 26 seconds.

With this triumph, Freaky Feet Pete punched his ticket to the Breeders Crown and thrilled Indiana harness racing fans by illustrating he does indeed deserve the distinction of top ten status. His overall resume now stands at 22-19-2-0, with his 2015 record at 13-11-2-0, his only defeats coming at the hooves of Wakizashi Hanover and Wiggle It Jiggleit.

“Yes, we are going to Breeders Crown,” Rheinheimer said over the unabashed cheers from the throng around the winner’s circle and with a smile that could not be larger. “We let the horse tell us what to do and tonight he told us.

“I never gave Trace any instructions,” he continued. “I told him before the race to just be safe and good luck. He has a done a terrific job with this horse all year long, I have to give him the credit for that and the season we have had.  That is why I never need to give him instructions.”

Earlier on the card, Homicide Hunter capped off a perfect year with a 1:55 win in his Sire Stakes final for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. Driven by John De Long for trainer Curt Grummel, the gelding rode perfect cover to win by four lengths. It was his 15th win of the year.