07/23/2016 9:19PM

Saratoga Harness: Wiggle It Jiggleit overcomes wide first-half journey to win Gerrity Memorial

Derick Giwner
Montrell Teague had reason to celebrate after Wiggle It Jiggleit's performance Saturday night

Wiggle It Jiggleit weathered being three-wide early and two-wide to the half to win the $260,000 Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace on Saturday night at Saratoga Harness in 1:51 flat.

Rail starter Bit Of A Legend N (Jordan Stratton), All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley), who started from post three, and Wiggle It Jiggleit (Montrell Teague), who began from post five, all pushed away quickly.  Bit Of A Legend N used his inside position around the first bend, but All Bets Off was able to get around him for control past the 26 3/5 opening quarter, leaving Wiggle It Jiggleit three-wide and then two-wide after All Bets Off cleared.

Wiggle It Jiggleit hustled up on the outside as the field raced in the frontstretch for the first time, and he was able to past All Bets Off and get down to the cones just after the 54 4/5 half.  Bit Of A Legend N stayed inside from third when the outer flow developed, and that left Artistic Major (Jim Morrill Jr.) to try and move up first-over.  He was unable to get within two lengths of Wiggle It Jiggleit, though, and that allowed Teague to steal a 29 second third quarter breather for Wiggle It Jiggleit, as he reached three-quarters in just 1:23 4/5.

On the final turn and to the top of the lane, Wiggle It Jiggleit maintained his length and a half gap on All Bets Off, and Wiggle It Jiggleit would go on to prevail by two lengths over Bit Of A Legend N, who came up the passing lane in the stretch.  All Bets Off, Sunfire Blue Chip (Mark MacDonald), and Artistic Major rounded out the top-five finishers.

"After drawing the five-hole and looking at the races the last couple of nights, I wasn't really that surprised because it is kind of hard to propel off from there and I knew they were going to race hard," said George Teague about the trip. "I didn't feel good around the turn but at the half I felt a little better. No one wants to be parked, but if a horse can overcome it and have a chance to win, it is going to be him."

Clyde Francis trains Wiggle It Jiggleit, a 4-year-old gelding by Mr. Wiggles, for George Teague Jr. Inc. and the Teague Racing Partnership.  Wiggle It Jiggleit scored his 33rd victory from 42 career starts, and he has now earned $2,992,162.  The 1-9 favorite, Wiggle It Jiggleit paid $2.20.

"He's built for it," said Teague about the week-in week-out racing schedule for Wiggle It Jiggleit. "He makes the decision on that. One thing Clyde and myself have been able to do is read him a little bit, and Montrell gives us all the feedback we need. He's made for it."