07/18/2015 11:59PM

Meadowlands: Wiggle It Jiggleit rolls to victory in 2015 Meadowlands Pace

Derick Giwner
Wiggle It Jiggleit has won 15 of 16 career races.

Prior to the Meadowlands Pace owner George Teague, Jr. compared his Wiggle It Jiggleit to the great Somebeachsomewhere. Many of the harness elite felt the comparison was not deserved. Following Saturday’s victory in the $706,000 Meadowlands Pace, a race Somebeachsomewhere lost, Wiggle It Jiggleit can now be spoken of in the same sentence.

Montrell Teague drove a magnificent race, allowing In The Arsenal to outsprint him in the early stages and then marching to the front in a 26 1/5 opening quarter. The 2-5 betting favorite took control of the event, cutting the half in 54 2/5 with Teague waiting for competition.

Driver Tim Tetrick had the number of Wiggle It Jiggleit in the North America Cup with Wakizashi Hanover and he too wanted to do it again. Wakizashi Hanover pulled to challenge and the pace accelerated on the final turn with Teague poised in the bike through a 1:21 3/5 three quarters.

In the homestretch, Wiggle It Jiggleit responded with power and poise as he’s done in all but one of his 16 career starts, sprinting a 26 1/5 final quarter and scoring in a career best 1:47 4/5 clocking.

Derick Giwner     The crowd cheers for Wiggle It Jiggleit.

Dudes The Man carved out a perfect second over trip and barely overtook Wakizashi Hanover late for the second spot. Dealt A Winner was a short distance back in fourth.

“It was pretty exciting for me,” said George Teague of the victory. “I was pretty confident going in. I couldn’t be prouder of my son Montrell.”

Teague was hardly backing down on his Somebeachsomewhere comparisons after the win.

 “I took a little bit of a wrap comparing him to the other horse (Somebeachsomewhere),” said George Teague. “The other horse raced 15 times (as a 3-year-old). I’m going to prove something different. When I say [Wiggle It Jiggleit] is better, he has to prove it. But 15 starts to me is not that many starts. I’m not knocking [Somebeachsomewhere], but I’m not ducking anybody or walking away from any situations.”

The youthful Teague was exuberant in the winner’s circle. “I thought we were going 25 (seconds) to the quarter. Once Brian (Sears behind In The Arsenal) let me go, I kept backing it down,” said Montrell Teague. “The horse is undoubtedly the best horse I’ve ever seen.”

For Wiggle It Jiggleit, it was win number 14 in 15 starts as a 3-year-old. The altered son of Mr Wiggles (also a Teague stable member) increased his lifetime earnings to $978,742 under the care of trainer Clyde Francis.

According to Teague, Wiggle It Jiggleit ($2.80) will get a few weeks off before likely returning for the Cane Pace on August 8 at the Meadowlands.

(Derick Giwner contributed to this story)