10/14/2016 1:33PM

Yonkers: Wiggle It Jiggleit stuck with post eight in rich Invitational

Mike Lizzi
Wiggle It Jiggleit is still undecided for the Breeders Crown.

In addition to the $1 million International Trot at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday, the 13-race program will feature the 50th start of Wiggle It Jiggleit, a 4-year-old that with each start increases his stature as one of the best the sport has ever created. Racing Secretary Steve Starr has perhaps never put together a better single program as he has for the afternoon event, and while slightly weighted towards trotters, the appearance of the defending Horse of the Year gives pacing fans more than they bargained for.

Wiggle It Jiggleit drew post eight in the 10th race on the program and that didn’t bother owner George Teague Jr. all that much. “We’ve had our share of good posts so I can’t complain,” Teague said, recognizing that Wiggle It Jiggleit had in fact drawn the rail in four of his last six starts.

Wiggle It Jiggleit looks for his 38th career win in the $250,000 Yonkers Invitational and that’s an extraordinary number considering the amount of tracks the altered son of Mr Wiggles has appeared at over the last two years. Clearly a horse that doesn’t mind competition or race track size, Wiggle It Jiggleit has only been worse than second in three of his lifetime starts.

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Wiggle It Jiggleit enters the Yonkers invitational again at the top of his game and no worse for wear. “I have to tell you that’s the amazing thing about this horse. When he goes out to train between starts, he gives it his all each and every time. I’ve never been behind another horse that was like that,” said Teague.

Racing fans have been witness to the amazing energy Wiggle It Jiggleit has as he rarely stops in the winner’s circle for photos.

Last year towards this point in the season, Wiggle It Jiggleit didn’t seem to be at his best. Teague has noticed the difference with each start this year. “I think he’s been healthier and that’s a huge difference,” said Teague.

As for Saturday’s contest, post eight on a half-mile track can be difficult and Teague most definitely understands the problems Wiggle It Jiggleit can face. “You’re not going to come from last against these kind of horses,” said Teague. “I think Montrell is going to have to get him involved early.”

The Invitational is as fine a pacing field as Starr has ever put together from scratch and it includes Levy Memorial winner Bit Of A Legend N (post 1), $2 million winner All Bets Off (post 4), as well as two sub-1:48 performers in Mel Mara (post 3) and Melmerby Beach (post 7). Another wild card thrown into the mix is recent purchase Keystone Velocity, a 1:48 2/5 winner over a sloppy surface at Pocono two weeks ago. Keystone Velocity makes his debut for trainer Rene Allard from post five.

Looking ahead, Teague and company have to decide the next races for Wiggle It Jiggleit since the horse is eligible for the TVG final at The Meadowlands on November 12 but not the Breeders Crown.

“That’s a big supplement,” Teague said of the $50,000 fee required to get Wiggle It Jiggleit into the $400,000 Breeders Crown at the Meadowlands, with possible eliminations just six days after the Yonkers race. “I understand why the supplement is as high as it is, but that’s a lot to put up and you saw it didn’t work out that well in last year’s Cane.”

Teague remained on the fence as to whether Wiggle It Jiggleit would meet new world champion Always B Miki in the Crown or look for a race perhaps at Rosecroft after the Yonkers invitational for his horse.

Sifting through the incredible racing career of Wiggle It Jiggleit, the owner and at times trainer was asked which races stuck out in his mind.

“Actually I would say one of his losses sticks out as much as any of the wins,” Teague said. “That race in Scioto (Ewart) was just unbelievable. He got parked out of there in 25 2/5 and then had to race Miki who was very sharp first-over that night. They went at it right to the final strides. It was amazing.” The 1:47 effort over a track listed as sloppy was an epic affair, one that required two great horses to pull off.