04/16/2016 9:09PM

Yonkers: Wiggle It Jiggleit and Bit Of A Legend N dead heat in final Levy prelim

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Mike Lizzi
The photo finish camera couldn't separate Wiggle It Jiggleit (outside) and Bit Of A Legend N

The first match up of the year between the red-hot import Bit Of A Legend N and the 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit in a $50,000 division of the George Morton Levy Series at Yonkers on Saturday was as good as it gets in the sport. It was two great horses being driven by two young and upcoming stars, and the result was just as thrilling with a dead heat.

The pair, sent off at 4-5 and 3-5 respectively, got surprised early as every other horse in the race left the gate quickly. Jordan Stratton, behind Bit Of A Legend N, improved his position some on the opening turn, but Montrell Teague accepted his fate as he had done in round three and settled back with Wiggle It Jiggleit.

It was 90-1 shot Bettorever and Jason Bartlett setting the pace of 27 and 56 with little movement. Stratton engaged Bit Of A Legend N off the third turn, and he was able to fish out cover of Scott Rocks approaching the three-quarters. Teague got Wiggle It Jiggleit moving and followed in third-over position through a 1:24 fraction.

On the final turn things heated up with Stratton moving three-wide late on the turn and Teague circling four-wide. The pair duked it out toe-to-toe to the wire, and there was nothing between them as they hit the finish line in unison in 1:51 2/5. Limelight Beach finished third.

"It doesn't get any better than that," said Stratton.  I wasn't worried about any of the other horses, and he fought right to the wire."

Unfortunately, the dead heat won't set up a rematch between the two pacers in the $606,000 final on April 23. Wiggle It Jiggleit will only earn 37.5 points for his dead heat victory and didn't make the top eight in total points for the Levy Series. That would place him in the consolation if his connections elect to return.

Lettucerockthem A likely joined the Levy consolation with a victory in the first of the three $50,000 splits. Brian Sears made a quarter move, and the import gamely held off P H Supercam and All Bets Off in a 1:51 mile.

Mach It So punched his ticket for the final, giving trainer Jeff Bamond two for the big dance. The 6-year-old was seated in the pocket as Foiled Again and Yannick Gingras pushed out hard for control. Foiled Again set fractions of 27 3/5, 56 and 1:23 4/5, but on the final turn he began to attract company, and Mach It So pounced inside early.  Texican N grinded without cover and was a solid second with Te Kawau N third.  Foiled Again settled for fourth.

The probable Levy Series finalists and their points totals are:

1-Bit Of A Legend N 375
2-Mach It So 305
3-Take It Back Terry 275
4-P H Supercam 230
5-All Bets Off 224
6-Lucan Hanover 208
7-Texican N 208
8-Texas Terror N 200​

Enzo Lentini More than 1 year ago
I wonder how fast WJ would go with a George Nap or a Tim Tetrick or even Brian Sears....M Teague is a very average driver...
Diego Brower More than 1 year ago
He'd pace 1:45 easy on the big track.This horse won races despite the driver and many the unnecessarily hard way. I see, wrenn and merriman leaving clearing the field from the eight hole on Northfield half mile with cheap  horses that sometimes  show absolutely no previous early speed in 26 and change. This guy has a world class pacer that can go in 25 and knew be had to win to make the $600,000 final and he is seven lenghts sixth in a 56 half. How many times I see average horses going parked to the half and win. The worst they could have done was park him to the half. I'm sure Bartlett would have yielded for the pocket at 90 to one. This horse will not make it against freaky petevand miki not because they have better horses but rather better driver who can assess the pace , competition