09/02/2016 10:48AM

Mohawk: Wiggle It Jiggleit looks to rise in history’s ranks with Canadian Pacing Derby win

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Wiggle It Jiggleit returns to Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday night.

Wiggle It Jiggleit is rapidly climbing the ranks of the richest horses in Standardbred history. Currently sitting in 16th place sandwiched by immortals Nihilator on the bottom and Muscle Hill on top, Wiggle It Jiggleit could climb to 11th with a win in Saturday’s C$616,000 Canadian Pacing Derby Final at Mohawk Racetrack.

While there are many still-active horses, geldings and mares ahead of him on the leaderboard, including Foiled Again, Bee A Magician, Market Share and Anndrovette, none are picking up the large checks that Wiggle It Jiggleit is as he leads North America in earnings this year with $1,055,927.

A win on Saturday would raise Wiggle It Jiggleit’s career earnings to approximately $3.479 million (depending on the exchange rate between the U.S. and Canada on Saturday’s purse). With the Breeders Crown, TVG Final, and many more rich stakes still on the calendar, it isn’t impossible to think the Indiana bred could reach the top five ($3,823,115 – Bee A Magician) or even top two ($4,260,959 – Gallo Blue Chip) by the end of 2016. Of course there is Foiled Again, sitting heads and shoulders above the rest with $7,407,758 earned and counting.

Is it possible that Wiggle It Jiggleit could reach Foiled Again’s earnings mark?

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“I hope he gets to be number one,” said Montrell Teague, who drives the gelding for trainer Clyde Francis and his father, owner George Teague, Jr. “If he stays racing like he is, I’d rather think it is possible than not. I’m pretty sure that the Burkes (Ron Burke trains Foiled Again) weren’t thinking that Foiled Again would make $7 million when they got him.”

Wiggle It Jiggleit has a tough road to hoe before coming within earshot of Foiled Again, but like his gelded counterpart, he has certainly earned the respect and admiration of the harness world.

On Saturday, Teague will start from post one with the 4-year-old in hopes of making amends for a loss last time out in the $200,000 Prix D’Ete. Over a sloppy track, Wiggle It Jiggleit appeared a bit more rocky-gaited than usual in the early stages. Still, Teague pulled Wiggle It Jiggleit off the cones to attempt an early brush but quickly decided against that maneuver.

“I didn’t feel him to be steppy at all,” said Teague. “Yannick (Gingras) changed my mind for me about brushing when he went to the whip. He wasn’t going to let me go.”

Ultimately Teague pulled the pocket in the second half of the mile but couldn’t overcome the slow pace set by winner Rockin Ron.

The usual suspects in the older pacing ranks are in Canada for the co-feature on a stakes-filled Saturday card. Early Summer standout Always B Miki will look to right a two-race losing streak from post eight while Shamballa, who upset Wiggle It Jiggleit and Always B Miki in the U.S. Pacing Championship at The Meadowlands in early August, will seek to double-up with another major stakes win. The race also features 2016 standout State Treasurer, who has found his stride of late with consecutive wins in the Preferred ranks at Mohawk.

For Teague, he feels the outcome will come down to which horse gets the best trip and he isn’t as excited to be starting from post one as some would think.

“I’d definitely rather have the rail than posts 9 or 10, but that track really doesn’t favor the rail,” said Teague, who pointed out the obvious that he would try to have Wiggle It Jiggleit forwardly placed.

The Canadian Pacing Derby is scheduled as race 10 on a 13-race card that kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Also featured are the C$661,000 Metro Final for 2-year-old pacers (race 7) and the C$427,000 Shes A Great Lady for rookie pacing fillies.