09/09/2016 11:53AM

Scioto: Wiggle It Jiggleit back for more in Ewart Memorial

Derick Giwner
Wiggle It Jiggleit has "never gone a bad race" according to owner George Teague, Jr.

The $225,000 Jim Ewart Memorial could be the race of the year for the aged pacing set as the post draw put the leading horses on the outside of the starting gate. That Wiggle It Jiggleit, the current division leader and top ranked horse in North America, drew post eight with Always B Miki (post six) and Freaky Feet Pete (post nine) also signed on assures the Scioto Downs crowd will witness a championship race.

For George Teague Jr., post eight won’t be a deterrent nor will the size of the track or the quality of the field.

“He has raced more than 40 times (46 to be exact) in his career and I can tell you he’s never gone a bad race. Sure he’s been beaten on occasion, but he has always showed up,” Teague said on Wednesday.

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“We kept him in Canada after the Pacing Derby because it was a shorter ship for him to Ohio,” Teague said. “He trained lightly this morning (Wednesday) and Clyde (Francis) said he was sharp.”

The amazing saga of Wiggle It Jiggleit adds a new chapter with each passing race and his wire-to-wire victory in the rich Canadian Pacing Derby exemplified how great the 4-year-old gelding truly is.

“I think Montrell has gotten a lot more confidence in the horse as the season has gone on,” said Teague of his son and Wiggle It Jiggleit’s driver.

Wiggle It Jiggleit has won 12 of 19 starts this year with nearly $1.3 million in the bank in 2016.

Saturday’s Ewart will certainly test Wiggle It Jiggleit’s resolve as the post position tables are turned on him. Always B Miki ships to Scioto and picks up a new driver. With David Miller at Mohawk, Brett Miller gets the call behind the 5-year-old. Always B Miki had dominated this group in July, but August was not a kind month for the Jimmy Takter-trained stallion. He finished fourth in the Haughton on Hambletonian Day and then couldn’t overcome post eight in both the Dan Patch and Canadian Pacing Derby, losing both times to Wiggle It Jiggleit, his rival that drew post one in both events.

Always B Miki certainly lost little of his reputation racing overland in the Canadian Pacing Derby for a majority of the mile, yet losing by just under two lengths at the wire.

Freaky Feet Pete went some amazing trips at Pocono and The Meadowlands at the outset of the summer campaign but lost his edge to some degree. Trainer Larry Rheinheimer gave his 4-year-old some time off and Freaky Feet Pete responded in his return to the races with a 1:48 4/5 victory at Hoosier Park last Friday. Trace Tetrick once again has the call, but with post nine it could be a daunting task.

All Bets Off has been knocking heads with many in this division with regularity and he along with Wiggle It Jiggleit are two in the field that will be making their 20th starts of the season in the Ewart. All Bets Off has only three wins to show for his efforts, but the veteran son of Bettor’s Delight has now pushed his career bankroll above the $2 million plateau. A strong closing fourth in the Canadian Pacing Derby was not a surprise for All Bets Off, who trailed coming into the final bend. Matt Kakaley will guide All Bets Off from post two.

Dealt A Winner dealt an upset to Wiggle It Jiggleit in last year’s Cane Pace and the 4-year-old by Cams Card Shark may be rounding into that type of form once again for trainer Mark Silva. Third after saving ground in the Canadian Pacing Derby, Dealt A Winner drew post four in the Ewart.

Trainer Chris Oakes ships in with Luck Be Withyou. The son of Western Ideal drew post five and has exhibited tremendous early speed of late, including a victory over Mel Mara last Saturday night at Pocono. Eric Goodell is listed to drive Luck Be Withyou.

Rounding out the field for the Ewart are a pair from the Steve Elliott stable in Rockeyed Optimist (post one) and Artistic Major (post three), and Americanprimetime (post seven).

Scioto’s 13-race program kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with the $100,000 Chip Noble Memorial for aged trotters co-featured on the card.