06/12/2016 5:29PM

Tioga Downs: Wiggle It Jiggle, Maestro Blue Chip capture final Graduate Series prelims

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Fred J. Brown
Wiggle It Jiggleit was a dominant winner in the Graduate Series leg at Tioga Downs on Sunday

Both Wiggle It Jiggleit (pace) and Maestro Blue Chip (trot) went all the way on the lead in winning their respective $75,000 final preliminary round divisions of the Graduate Series for 4-year-olds on Sunday afternoon at Tioga Downs.

Starting from post four, Wiggle It Jiggleit (Montrell Teague) had to overcome both a broken buxton and Rockin Ron (Yannick Gingras) to get the front at a 25 4/5 opening quarter.  Once he was in command, Wiggle It Jiggleit would go on to hit the half in 54 2/5 and the three-quarters in 1:21 2/5.

In the stretch Wiggle It Jiggleit pulled away from his competition, and he would go on to win by 5 1/2 lengths in 1:48 1/5.  In The Arsenal (Brett Miller), who was first-over in the backstretch but unable to threaten the winner, wound up second, and Rockin In Heaven (Dave Miller) checked in third.

"For my part, it's a blessing to have him.  It starts there.  He's a great horse," said winning co-owner George Teague.  "I've never seen one like him.  I said it last year early on, and I thought he might do what he's done so far.  I just hope he stays sound and healthy, and in the years to come maybe he'll keep having people interested in the game again."

Clyde Francis trains Wiggle It Jiggleit, a gelded son of Mr. Wiggles, for George Teague Jr. Inc and the Teague Racing Partnership, both of Delaware.  This was his 30th win from 37 career starts, and he has now earned $2,653,260.  Wiggle It Jiggleit paid $2.60 as the 1-4 favorite.

In the Graduate Trot, Maestro Blue Chip (Tim Tetrick) overcame the outside post eight with a strong leaving move, and he would work around Pinkman for control at the 27 4/5 front quarter.  Tetrick was then able to back down the speed in the second quarter, reaching the half in just 57 seconds.

Musical Rhythm (John Campbell) challenged first-over up the backstretch and to the 1:24 4/5 three-quarters, but Maestro Blue Chip dispatched him by the time they turned for home.  Maestro Blue Chip continued to hold his foes at bay through the drive, even though he wandered a bit, and he fought off a closing Whataworkout (Scott Zeron) at the wire, winning by a neck in 1:53 4/5.  Crazshana (Dave Miller), the slight favorite in the race, checked in third.

"I got to front and the first quarter was good, and we got a second quarter breather," Tetrick said.  "John challenged me down the backside, and I had Pinkman on my back, but my horse fought to the wire and got the job done.  He got a little lonely there late.  His best game is probably following for a little ways."

Maestro Blue Chip, a son of Credit Winner, is trained by Joann Looney-King for owner Richard Poilucci.  He won for the 13th time overall and for the 11th time in 12 starts this year.  He has now banked $270,173.  Sent off at 6-1, he returned $15.40.

There were also a pair of $62,400 New York Sire Stakes tilts for 3-year-old pacing fillies on the program, with wins going to Angels Rockn Pink (Mark MacDonald, 1:52 1/5) and Time On My Hands (Jason Bartlett, 1:53 2/5).

Angels Rockn Pink, a daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven who scored her second career win, is trained by Chris Oakes for owner Crawford Farms Inc., while Time On My Hands, a filly by American Ideal, is trained by Chris Ryder for owners Michael Robinson, Robert Mondillo, Steve Cheatam, and BFJ Stable.  She is now a six-time winner.

Gail Morris More than 1 year ago
Good job
Richard Gere More than 1 year ago
ez as pie for WIJI. 
Gold Cup next ?