07/11/2015 10:59PM

Meadowlands: Wiggle It Jiggleit impresses again in Pace elim

Derick Giwner
Driver Montrell Teague is all smiles with Wiggle It Jiggleit.

If there was even a hint of doubt as to the best 3-year-old colt pacer in the country, Saturday’s Meadowlands Pace eliminations wiped clean those thoughts. Wiggle It Jiggleit unveiled a new wrinkle racing from off the pace and swooped by the field to join In The Arsenal as the $50,000 elimination winners.

Lyons Levi Lewis was fast to the front but gave way to the formerly unbeaten Roland N Rock midway between the 26 4/5 opening quarter and 55 2/5 half. The heavily favored Wiggle It Jiggleit settled in sixth while second choice Wakizashi Hanover was fourth early.

Roland N Rock seemed uncomfortable going the fractions that were being asked of him and driver Yannick Gingras pulled the pocket with Lyons Levi Lewis. Ultimately Roland N Rock would go on leaving a somewhat clogged rim with Wakizashi Hanover second over ahead of Wiggle It Jiggleit.

At three quarters in 1:22 3/5, Roland N Rock still had the front but horses were fanning out wide behind him. Wakizashi Hanover made his way to the front and held that spot momentarily before Wiggle It Jiggleit uncorked a 25 2/5 final quarter to gobble him up rather easily, winning by a length at the wire in 1:48 4/5.

“I was hoping that Wakizashi (Hanover) was the only one out there and I could follow him, because I knew he would take me to where I wanted to be,” said winning driver Montrell Teague on the trip.

Wiggle It Jiggleit scored for the 14th time in 15 career starts for trainer Clyde Francis and owner George Teague, Jr., who was making some bold comparisons in the winner’s circle.

“I’ve been confident from day one,” said George Teague, who made some comparisons to Somebeachsomewhere. “I think if you take the lines of both of them side by side my horse compares very well and might look better.”

Rock N Roll World, Badiou Hanover and Lyons Levi Lewis finished third through fifth to advance to the final.

In the first elimination, In The Arsenal got away with very soft fractions and never had an anxious moment in his 1:49 1/5 victory.

Driver Brian Sears was fast off the gate with In The Arsenal and found no early challengers in the 27 2/5 opening quarter. He was allowed to stroll to a 28 4/5 second quarter and found absolutely no pressure with an open lead by three quarters in 1:23 3/5.

With a two-plus length lead at the head of the lane, Sears stepped on the gas and In The Arsenal powered home with a 25 3/5 final quarter to win rather easily.

Dealt A Winner saved ground until the stretch and rallied with powerful 25-second final panel to get into the place spot. Dude’s The Man tried to mount an uncovered charge and held well for third. Artspeak, the 1-2 favorite, seemed to be sitting in a plum spot in the pocket but could not rally into the speedy final quarter. Revenge Shark took home the last spot in next week’s 10-horse final.

“He’s a tough horse to go after if he gets the front,” said trainer Kelvin Harrison.

Sears was well aware that he was able to steal a soft pace and is hoping that things work out well next Saturday as well.

“The race went perfect, but next week I’m sure everyone will be rockin’ and rollin’ out of there and he can do it either way. I know which way he likes it best and hopefully I can find one of those positions,” said Sears.

As for Artspeak, trainer Tony Alagna reported he came out of the race in good order despite the lackluster performance.

“I don’t think the Lasix bothered him. He scoped clean after the race and cooled out great,” said Alagna, who added that he may change up the horse’s routine this week leading up to the final.

In The Arsenal scored his fifth win in eight starts this year for owners White Birch Farm and In The Arsenal racing. He has won 11 of 19 races in his career.

Here is the field for the $706,000 Meadowlands Pace final on July 18:

1-Lyons Levi Lewis

2-Dude's The Man


4-Wiggle It Jiggleit

5-Rock N Roll World

6-In The Arsenal

7-Revenge Shark

8-Dealt A Winner

9-Wakizashi Hanover

10-Badiou Hanover

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