10/28/2015 2:39PM

Hoosier: Wiggle It Jiggleit out for revenge in Monument Circle

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Wiggle It Jiggleit and Freaky Feet Pete will meet for the third time in 2015.

It's a long season for the 3-year-old pacing class. There are big races every week and some dances you must dance. Entering Friday's $285,500 Monument Circle pace at Hoosier Park, only one of the 10 horses has started more than Wiggle It Jiggleit this season. The fact that the top ranked horse in North America has made 22 trips to the post and still remains at the top of his game should not be lost on those evaluating credentials.

"He's as fresh now as he was at the beginning of the year," said George Teague, Jr., his owner who at times helps trainer Clyde Francis with the conditioning.

After a spectacular two-heat victory in the Little Brown Jug that helped elevate Wiggle It Jiggleit's status in the history of the sport, the son of Mr Wiggles tasted defeat at the hooves of Freaky Feet Pete.

"He's a great horse," said Teague of his rival.

[ HOOSIER PARK: Watch the rubber match--Wiggle It Jiggleit vs. Freaky Feet Pete--Live on DRF Friday!]

But Teague and company were not satisfied with defeat and like all good teams they went back to the drawing board to hopefully find out why the horse did not perform up to their expectations.

"I didn't like the way he handled the turns at Delaware," said Teague, "And I didn't like the way he handled the turns at Hoosier in the loss."

Teague and company found a few things bothering Wiggle It Jiggleit in his hind end and worked on the issue.

"He was much better last week," said Teague. "He's in Indiana right now and Clyde (trainer Francis) tells me he trained very well."

Wiggle It Jiggleit drew the rail in the 10-horse Monument Circle, race 13 of 14 on a stakes-filled Hoosier Park program. Freaky Feet Pete, fresh off a victory in last week's Breeders Crown at Woodbine, returns home in quest of his 14th victory of the season in what will be just his 16th start. Trace Tetrick handles the son of Rockin Image from post three.

Freaky Feet Pete took the measure of Wiggle It Jiggleit roaring out of the pocket in the $220,000 Indiana Sire Stakes Super Final on October 10 at Hoosier. In that race Wiggle It Jiggleit cut the pace but couldn't stall the winner in a 26 1/5 final quarter.

Teague gave credit to getting beaten by a better horse on that night, but at the same time knew that his Jug winner did not perform up to his expectation level.

"I don't think it was the sprint to the wire that beat him. With those fractions he should be able to come home in 25 and change,' said Teague. "I think if Artspeak or Wakizashi Hanover was on his back that night they would have beaten him as well."

Though the Indiana bred Wiggle It Jiggleit and Freaky Feet Pete will get the most attention in the field, there is another major player in the race in Jug runner-up Lost For Words. The Brian Brown-trained colt drew post seven for driver David Miller and enters the Monument Circle off a solid pace-setting third-place finish in the Breeders Crown. On the board in 14 of 16 starts this year, the son of Well Said has an extremely high turn of speed and could be an opportunist should the two Indiana-breds get into a prolonged duel.

Trainer Ron Burke always has a presence in major stakes races and entered three in the Monument Circle. Yankee Bounty, second in a heat of the Little Brown Jug, landed post three after a failed attempt at qualifying for the Breeders Crown.

My Hero Ron endured a brutal trip last week in the Circle City Pace at Hoosier and finished up the track. He returns for Burke on Friday from post five. The altered son of Well Said finished third in the epic Little Brown Jug final. Cooperstown rounds out the Burke trio from post six.

While Saturday's task is the most important to Teague, the owner mapped out the final three races of the season for Wiggle It Jiggleit that will all take place at Dover Downs. "His last three starts should be the Matron and the Progress (renamed the Hap Hansen)," said Teague. "Then we'll give him some time off and look to bring him back for April or May of next year.”

Wiggle It Jiggleit would not be turned out during that time just kept off the racetrack.

The Hoosier Park card, which kicks off at 5:45 p.m., also features Foiled Again and JK Endofanera in the $165,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby as well as other stakes and a driver challenge.

[DRF HARNESS LIVE: Real-time insights & Live Video for Hoosier Friday--Starts at 6:05 p.m.]

 

Tom Dubrick More than 1 year ago
Nice piece, great Friday card, incl. Pinkman.tpd