04/09/2016 10:52PM

Yonkers: Wiggle It Jiggleit earns first Levy Series victory

Mike Lizzi
Wiggle It Jiggleit took full advantage of his rail draw in winning his Levy Series division Saturday night at Yonkers

Wiggle It Jiggleit made quite an impression at Yonkers on Saturday night, capturing one of four $50,000 divisions in the fourth leg of the George Morton Levy Series. The 1:51 1/5 mile with a 27 flat final quarter was breathtaking. That said, the Horse of the Year for 2015 will need more than his share of good fortune and misfortune from others just to reach the April 23 finale.

For driver Montrell Teague, the Levy second leg was an entirely different story to his escapade in round three as this time there were no traffic and no obstacles.

Given the favor of the draw, he took full advantage as his six rivals took back, and Wiggle It Jiggleit went forward from the pole. Fractions of 28, 56 3/5, and 1:24 1/5 were set with no dispute, and only P H Supercam had the guts to challenge into the final turn.  Montrell pulled the plugs and his 4-year-old sprinted home to easily distance P H Supercam on the wire with All Bets Off settling for third.

“He’s still doing his job,” said Teague after the race.

Starting in the Levy is almost as important as winning as horses earn an additional 25 points for every race they start in. Wiggle It Jiggleit now has 125 points earned in just two starts and can max out with 200 points with a victory in the closing round next Saturday. That may not be enough to land him with the final eight.

Point leader Bit Of A Legend N reached a perfect 300 score after four rounds with his 1:51 2/5 effort as an even-money choice in another division.

Driver Jordan Stratton gunned to the front, and Bit Of A Legend N cut the 27 4/5 opener.  He then parked Lets Drink On It a bit before releasing him to a brisk 55 2/5 half. Stratton sat chilly as the pace remained brisk, and Bit Of A Legend N had the bit firmly past the 1:23 1/5 three-quarters, patiently waiting until the stretch.  Once clearance had developed to the inside, Bit Of A Legend N shot through the hole, and Stratton sat chilly to the wire. Lettucerockthem A closed nicely for second with Limelight Beach getting third.

"He’s gotten the job done each time with me driving,” Stratton said jokingly after the victory.

When asked if he would enter for the fifth leg next week as opposed to taking the week off Stratton replied, “I would race him.”

Trainer Jeff Bamond Jr. got one step closer to at least qualifying one for the final as Mach It So and Tim Tetrick barely held on in 1:52 1/5 as the 3-5 favorite in another division.

With the rail, Tetrick took no chances and had the pace to his liking. In the stretch Te Kawau N came from the pocket and Domemethatagain came up the passing lane. The former fell short by a nose with the latter another neck in arrears.

Bamond and Tetrick doubled up with Ideal Cowboy, a 9-2 proposition, as he out-kicked a very hard-used Take It Back Terry in the stretch of a 1:52 1/5 mile. Take It Back Terry was in search of his fourth consecutive Levy victory, but he took on severe pressure from Santa Fe Beachboy through a 27 1/5 third quarter. That was enough for Tetrick to pounce from second over position with Ideal Cowboy.