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Wiggle It Jiggleit Romps In Graduate

Published: June 12, 2016 6:46 pm ET

Last Comment: June 19, 2016 12:20 pm ET | 39 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

Reigning U.S. Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit ($2.60) proved too much for his 10 four-year-old pacing rivals in Sunday (June 12) afternoon's $75,000 Graduate preliminary at Tioga Downs, drawing clear authoritatively after setting a strong pace.

The four-year-old Mr Wiggles gelding not only endured early pressure from Rockin Ron (Yannick Gingras) through a :25.4 first quarter, but also a broken buxton in the initial stages of the race. Nonetheless, he dictated all the terms, rating a :55.3 middle half before edging clear of first-over challenger In The Arsenal (Brett Miller) on the far turn. Now a 30-time winner, Wiggle It Jiggleit amassed five and a half lengths clearance over the others in the end, and his 1:48.1 mile equalled Rockeyed Optimist's track record for four-year-old pacing geldings.

In The Arsenal held second, Rockin In Heaven (David Miller) rallied mildly to save third off a tracking trip, and Rockin Ron faded to fourth after forcing the early pace.

Clyde Francis trains Wiggle It Jiggleit for owners George Teague Jr. and the Teague Racing Partnership.

In the $75,000 Graduate Trot, Maestro Blue Chip ($15.40) lasted on the lead, parrying a stern first-over threat from Musical Rhythm (John Campbell) through the middle half and just holding sway from a surging Whataworkout (Scott Zeron) for a 1:53.4 victory. Tim Tetrick drove the four-year-old Credit Winner entire for owner Richard Poillucci and trainer JoAnn Looney-King. Pinkman (Gingras), the 2015 Hambletonian winner, could not escape the pocket, narrowly beaten for third by Crazshana (David Miller) while lacking for racing room the entirety of the stretch.

The afternoon's two $62,400 New York Sire Stakes events for three-year-old pacing fillies saw Angels Rockn Pink ($15.20) and Time On My Hands ($4.10) work to the fore early and never look back.

Angels Rockin Pink, a daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven and Miss Liz, turned aside a first-over push from Dime A Dance for a 1:52.1 win under Mark MacDonald for trainer Chris Oakes.

Time On My Hands also repelled a third-quarter challenge, but later would have to outlast a late push from American Ivy (Andy Miller), who vacated the pocket in upper stretch. Jason Bartlett drove the daughter of American Ideal and Bewitching Jewell to a 1:53.2 victory for trainer Chris Ryder.

A pair of Open events on the card were won by the Steve Elliott-trained pacer Rockeyed Optimist ($2.90) and Brett Miller in 1:50.2, and trotter Dragin The Wagon ($20.40) in 1:56.2 for Aaron and Jeffrey Byron.

The annual Tioga Downs Scholarship Race, a non-wagering exhibition sponsored by the Harness Horse Breeders of New York State and the Southern Tier Harness Horsemen's Association, went to the Tompkins Cortland Community College-bound Alexis Eaton, teaming up with trainer Mike Deters in a two-seated jog cart behind Prairie Jaguar in the five-eighth-mile race.

(with files from Tioga Downs)

June 19, 2016 - 12:20 pmtotally agree WIJI does not

john thomas SAID...

totally agree
WIJI does not like Mohawk
couldnt even do 1.51 losing to nickle bag
at the end of the year time will tell.
some here cry WIJI as the best that ever was.
how many races has he lost so far in his career.
SBSW only lost 1 in the MedPace that year
Thats it...

June 19, 2016 - 5:42 amAlways B Miki didn't find

John Carter SAID...

Always B Miki didn't find Nickle Bag as tough as WIJI did. I think WIJI is lucky he took the night off last night. Always B Miki was on cruise control in 1:47.1

June 16, 2016 - 3:23 pmP.S. don't you quit on here

Mike Scott SAID...

P.S. don't you quit on here Joe. That's not fair, besides we almost have you educated. With all this reading and checking facts! I love it. Hope some day when I am back in Canada, we can meet at Mohawk and pick a winner. Good luck

June 16, 2016 - 2:27 pmPeter, I was there the day

Joe Riga SAID...

Peter, I was there the day the Beach ran that awesome race, and yes it was a great race. The question was asked as to what defines greatness and I suppose that's subjective. The Beach was great. He was a great 3 year old who beat up on other 3 year olds. WIJI was a GREAT 3 year old but we need to wait to see what he can do against the best (not the so so) older horses. I am reserving judgement on that and will decide what I think of him at the end of the season. Captaintreacherous was a great 3 year old. Had he retired as a 3 year old we could be talking about him the same way we are talking about the Beach and WIJI. However he proved how tough the transition can be because he was only so so against older horses. I don't know if you recall the Breeders Cup Juvenile race many years ago when a horse named Arazi made a phenomenal move in the race to win going away. That was an awesome race and everyone started talking about him as if he were the second coming of Secretariat. However he totally flubbed in future years. Rachel Alexandra was a great 3 year old filly but not quite as good as a 4 year old in the same way that the great Zenyatta DOMINATED as a 3, 4, and 5 year old.
To me what defines greatness is that you are very good for a time of more then one year such as Foiled Again, Matts Scooter, etc. or you do something extraordinary that has not been done before. This is where Niatross takes the cake. Yes he did not race as a 4 year old but he was already beating up older horse with ease and regularity as a 3 year old. On top of that he was setting world and track records everywhere he went and he won on half milers, 5/8 milers, 1 milers, regardless of post. You speak of the great Jug from WIJI... well Niatross also went two heats, set a world record in the first and came back and set a world record in the second. It didn't look as impressive as WIJI because he didn't go parked like WIJI did. However it should not be held against him that he was so good that no horse could park him. It's not his fault that he was so good that he made every race look so easy. Based on this there is every reason to believe he would've been a great older horse because he was already beating them up. And that's why he is the best. The Beach, WIJI for sure great 3 year olds but the rest is pure speculation (until WIJI does something spectacular as a 4 year old which I'm sorry so far I have not seen). Not saying he can't. Just saying so far he he hasn't. Hey if he goes 1:45 sure I'll tip my hat to him. Still wouldn't put him ahead of Niatross though. Would've loved to see what a monster Niatross would've been in this day and age.

June 16, 2016 - 12:57 pmWell sit tight John and hold

Mike Scott SAID...

Well sit tight John and hold on to your hat . It's only mid June and wiggleit jiggleit will make you a believer . :)) RACING MACHINE

June 16, 2016 - 12:23 pmOh yeah and one last thing

Joe Riga SAID...

Oh yeah and one last thing that I think all of us here seem to agree on Gord Brown (and Douggie) GREAT DRIVERS.WOULD PUT MY MONEY ON THEM ANYTIME.

June 16, 2016 - 12:21 pmJohn Carter I'm not going to

Joe Riga SAID...

John Carter I'm not going to bother even writing on this blog anymore since everything you say I agree with and would only be repeating lol.
Great minds think alike:)

Niatross rules

June 16, 2016 - 12:15 pmWhat does this horse have to

Ted Decker SAID...

What does this horse have to do to be recognized as a great one. Has there ever been a horse to win the Little Brown jug going 2 tougher trips? Last week on a 5/8s mile track and being parked pretty much to the quarter in 25.4 he romps buy 5 or 6 in 48.1. The majority cant open up in 25.4 much less draw away at the end. Rockin Ron sat the 2 hole and had enough down the back side. If this horse stays sound the nay Sayers will be eating crow by years end.

June 16, 2016 - 11:17 amwell Joe I hate to question

well Joe I hate to question your knowledge but if you can find me a race of the BEACH at 4 can u send it to me!!!!!Cause if he had we probably would not be discussing this issue.That last start at WEG when he ran away in the worst WIND,RAIN a little SLEAT---OFF-TRACK,my be worth another look for you Joe,because it is GREATNESS

June 16, 2016 - 5:58 amWiggle It Jiggleit hasn't

John Carter SAID...

Wiggle It Jiggleit hasn't proved a thing yet against the aged pacers. He got beat at Yonkers by a decent group of aged pacers and he got beat at WEG by Nickle Bag who is just a decent horse. He has mostly beat up on his fellow 4 year old this year and in his one race against Freaky Feet Pete it was on a half mile track where he had a clear advantage because of post position. They have raced 4 times each winning twice. Wiggle It can't be mentioned in the same breath as Niatross or The Beach. As a matter of fact I don't even have him in my top 10 list. I have him behind horses like Matts Scooter who proved his toughness against aged horses something Wiggle It has yet to do.

June 15, 2016 - 10:47 pmE-nuff!!!!Clint Galbraith and

E-nuff!!!!Clint Galbraith and Niatross were always my favourite.When I was a kid all I heard was Bret Hanover then later Albatross and up the ladder as they years went by.Then the 80,s changed a lot.Niatross--The then Nihaleter.My champion (besides the hub rail) damn Saratoga was always Niatross.Loved some of those old Hollywood Park races--he destroyed-always lots left.The gaits are similar but I think the Beach did it for me at Lexington.No T-Breds on Carts.Thats when the great one slipped for me.The Beach just became the best ever.Paul MacDonell and the BEACH are on top.

June 15, 2016 - 8:45 pmGordy is still my go-to-guy

Gordy is still my go-to-guy at Rideau.If they can do Gordy will deliver!!!!!He,s did me no wrong,filled the pockets with Gordy.Over Belleville he figured out a few horses when he came off the track.If he screwed up he told ya so, honesty and friendliness,and all aroung good-guy

June 15, 2016 - 8:44 pmI guess I'll say this one

Joe Riga SAID...

I guess I'll say this one more time because I get the feeling folks on here don't read what I actually write. Peter Doornbos nowhere did I say that you need to race at 4 or 5 to be considered great. And the irony here is palpable because Niatross was the only horse who did not race as an older horse but yet beat them regularly as a 3 year old. Something that the Beach nor Captain T has done and WIJI has yet to do. How many horse are widely considered the best of their breed ever by a wide margin and only raced as a 3 year old to establish that reputation. I realize you fine folks on this blog may not all agree with me but the fact does remain that in poll after poll in the eyes of horseman and fans Niatross far and away comes out on top 99% if not 100% of the time. Some people may not like or agree with that but it doesn't change it.
And no horse since Niatross has been able to do what he did and that is DOMINATE with the greatest of ease. And not dominate just 3 year olds. Just DOMINATED period and with an exclamation mark.

June 15, 2016 - 5:03 pmI'll predict John Carter you

Ted Decker SAID...

I'll predict John Carter you are wrong. Divisional winner and HOTY.

June 15, 2016 - 1:53 pmWell I guess the criteria for

Well I guess the criteria for a great horse is racing at 4 or 5? Please! The Beach was too busy at 4 producing horses like CAPTAINTREACHEROUS. Always B MIKI, what, races 3 maybe 4 times a year? Mel Mara is average. Wiji as a 3 year old raced from January to the end of STAKES season. He took them all on everytime. To Gordy and Mike, watch the next card at Harrington and watch the the Kid give a pile of steers. He needs WIJI to look like a keeper!!!

June 15, 2016 - 12:32 pmOn the other hand I will say

Mike Scott SAID...

On the other hand I will say this, Gord Brown is an outstanding driver. I always said if you could win the title at Belleville you could drive anywhere !

June 15, 2016 - 10:52 amMike you misunderstood my

Joe Riga SAID...

Mike you misunderstood my point when I said it depends on who you talk to. My point was that if you asked a bunch of different people who was the better horse Somebeachsomewhere or WIJI you would most likely get different opinions, which is evident from all the opinions we are getting on this post. I certainly did not intend nor would I ever suggest to anyone which horse they should call their favorite or who their favorite driver should be. My favourite horse and driver is usually the last one I cashed a ticket on:) You have every right to call WIJI your favourite horse and I certainly wouldnt try to convince you otherwise. This is what makes the sport great. The fact that we can all choose which horse to like whether he's a low claimer or a Breeders Crown winner. The same with drivers and jockeys. My favourite jockey was Sandy Hawley, while my brother's fave was Robin Platts.
There is no right or wrong when it comes to opinions. We all give ours based on what we think and how we interpret the numbers. Do I think Niatross is the best horse ever? Yes. Can I prove that he would beat any horse racing today? No I cannot. I can only say that his numbers support my opinion but do not definitely prove it. This applies to all of us.
Some will say Tom Brady best QB ever. Others will say Montana and still others Marino or Elway etc etc.If watching WIJI puts a smile on your face then are already winning. Enjoy the races my friend.

June 15, 2016 - 7:29 amCouldn't agree more Mike.

Gord Brown SAID...

Couldn't agree more Mike. Montrel is a very underrated driver who's done a heck of a job under pressure.

June 15, 2016 - 5:52 amI will make a prediction

John Carter SAID...

I will make a prediction right now. When the dust settles for the year Wiggle It Jiggleit will not win divisional honors let alone be horse of the year. There are several aged pacers that are better then he is that are racing this year.

June 14, 2016 - 7:48 pmI"am young thanks I'm 59 and

Ted Decker SAID...

I"am young thanks I'm 59 and actually raced in the business for over 25 years. Niatross,Cam Fella, WIJI.Top 3 for sure.

June 14, 2016 - 5:20 pmOn the topic of having the

Mike Scott SAID...

On the topic of having the right to select your favourite horse or driver, Joe... I know a guy who's favourite driver is Gord Brown. Me on the other other hand, I'm leaning toward this Montrel Teague. He is most definetly a big money driver.

June 14, 2016 - 4:23 pmDepending on who you talk to

Mike Scott SAID...

Depending on who you talk to ? Joe come on . This is a visual thing a witness to the race as it goes on the track . Through replays and things like that . Why do I need to talk to someone as to how I see a horse , either warming up befor a race or racing . Or even coming back to the winners circle . Again , I LOVE THIS HORSE " WIGGLEIT JIGGLEIT " I wouldn't take any horse over him that I have ever seen race ! :)) (PERIOD) enjoy the races guys

June 14, 2016 - 12:22 pmHey Mike; No-one is saying

Joe Riga SAID...

Hey Mike;

No-one is saying you shouldn't have a favorite horse and believe me I am not criticizing you for having one. I think it's great for you and for the game. I know someone who's favourite horse was Black Is Beautiful a claimer from way back in the day and I think that's cool too. I am limiting my comments to who I think the best horse ever was not who should be anyone's favorite horse. My fave may not even be Niatross. It may actually be a horse called Subtle Ways who was a conditioned horse that I partly owned back in the 90s and won for me on my birthday. My favorite driver was Doug Brown. Maybe not the greatest of all time but certainly my favorite and in my view one of the best ever (I know I am being biased). To Mr. Doornbos I say this. I saw WIJIs Jug race too and yest it blew my mind. One of his best if not for sure his best race so far. And I thought it was one of the best Jugs I've seen and I've seen many many of them. However to say that our heads are stuck in the sand because we keep naming the same horses as the best ever is a poor statement from you sir. Are our heads stuck in the sand as you say if we think Secretariat is the best thoroughbred ever? That's the beauty of being great. It transcends time and we can pass on the accomplishments of these amazing horses to future generations. I think the Beach was a great horse and one of the best 3 years olds ever to race. I can't say if he can be one of the best ever because I never saw him race and beat older horses. The same goes for WIJI. As of right now he is definitely one of the best 3 years olds ever. Maybe better then the Beach, maybe not. Depends who you talk to I guess. I'm sure you'll find people who side with both of them. Do I put them on Niatross' level? No I do not because as I've said Niatross did amazing things beating older horses, setting track, stake and world records and almost every track he raced at. He (in my mind) was a one of a kind as was Secretariat on the T-bred side. That's just my opinion and I respect that it may not be everyone's. As for who you should like or love. I frankly don't care. I think it's great no matter who that horse is even if it happens to be a $3000 claimer running at Western Fair:)

June 13, 2016 - 10:29 pmWhy does someone have to be

Mike Scott SAID...

Why does someone have to be "new" to select a horse that is racing today , and choose that horse as there number one horse ? It's always he has sub standard fields to race against or something else . Inside post . I LOVE THIS HORSE AND WOULD TAKE OVER ANY HORSE IVE EVER SEEN RACE .

June 13, 2016 - 9:15 pmCam Fella, Niatross,

Tim Dean SAID...

Cam Fella, Niatross, Somebeachsomewhere, Foiled Again
If WIJI breaks :46:4. He can move FA to 5th.

June 13, 2016 - 7:08 pmYae it hurts to always hear

Yae it hurts to always hear Niatross,Nihilater,even Cam-Fella-its like their heads are stuck in the sand!I mean Somebeachsomewhere was preety,preety GOOD.I,m gonna say GREATEST and who could argue!!!Lost once in MIRACLE MILE at the big M.Yea WIJI has to be more than he is,sure.But enuff of the Niatross-Nihilater to begin the list.Just saying people

June 13, 2016 - 6:02 pmWhat I seen last year in THE

What I seen last year in THE LITTLE BROWN JUG still blows my mind. THat a horse still can dig in 30 feet from the wire cause he LOVES to WIN.Period.I,m 50 and seen a lot of the SO-CALLED greats.But that day still leaves me shaking my head.MONSTER-with the owners kid driving.Bad steer.YEP.But horses like WIJI are FREAKS,and their is no quit.Best mile ever.........LBJ

June 13, 2016 - 1:25 pmWhen do they draw the Gold

When do they draw the Gold Cup field at Mohawk?

June 13, 2016 - 1:22 pmHe destroyed FFP on the half

He destroyed FFP on the half at Nfld.

If FFP had the same trip WIJI did in the Mullin he would have been off the board.

This horse doesn't have to carry his track size around like FFP and A B Miki.

June 13, 2016 - 9:47 amJohn You refer to this horse

Ted Decker SAID...

You refer to this horse getting into trouble. He has 30 wins in like 38 lifetime starts. When did he get into trouble. The kid has driven him extraordinarily well and he is one of the top 3 all time. Lets see at the end of the season.

June 13, 2016 - 9:47 amMike Mike Mike, it doesn't

Joe Riga SAID...

Mike Mike Mike, it doesn't take much to get you excited does it my friend. I saw the race on the card and didn't even bother to watch it because I figured it would be a one horse show and boring. But since we're here let's take a close look shall we. Let's see, he beat Rockeyed Optimist, a nice horse but has never won anything significant. He beat In the Arsenal, nice as a younger horse but has struggled as an an older horse and was a pretty good horse at best but not to be considered a top older horse. He beat Rockin Ron who may be good but has lots to prove yet and nothing special as far as a top older horse by my standards. BORING. If WIJI couldn't win this race then he should retire now lol. As I said before he is a very very good horse but for me to consider him great he will need to DOMINATE (yes DOMINATE) all comers especially the top older horses like Always B Miki, Mel Mara, Freaky Feet Pete, (who admittedly has to prove himself a top older horse as well) State Treasurer etc etc. I saw a better group of older horses on Saturday Nights Mohawk card and even they weren't the best of the best. Now assuming that he could DOMINATE them I still would not put him on Niatross' level because the GREAT Niatross did dominate older horse and all comers AS A 3 YEAR OLD. Even if WIJI just wins on a regular basis then that makes him a very good horse not a great horse.
If winning regularly but not dominating makes you great then we have just watered down what greatness in horse racing really is. So I will reserve my judgement until I see what he does the rest of the year. In my mind the best 3 were Niatross , Cam Fella and Nihilator although you can switch the second and 3 spots between the two.

June 13, 2016 - 7:42 amTed, top 3 of all time?

Anne Stepien SAID...

Ted, top 3 of all time? Seriously???? You must be very young and new to harness racing.

June 13, 2016 - 5:48 amWere Always B Miki, Freaky

John Carter SAID...

Were Always B Miki, Freaky Feet Pete and Mel Mara in the race. I am not ready to say he is the best until he can beat these 3 horses on a regular basis.

June 13, 2016 - 12:41 amHey Mike, great your

Gord Brown SAID...

Hey Mike, great your following a super nice horse. Who would have thought. My Top 5 in order Niatross, Somebeachsomewhere, Cam Fella, Foiled Again, Nihilator.

June 13, 2016 - 12:05 amIs that what is going to make

Mike Scott SAID...

Is that what is going to make you a believer John , FFP ? Why him ? I think he has done as much as sweet Lou has . Not knocking Ron Burke here but the nice thing about wiggleit jiggleit is he is in a small stable . Do you agree ?

June 12, 2016 - 10:26 pmIf it's me you refer to ...I

john thomas SAID...

If it's me you refer to ...I am right here,
I said in the past he doesn't always leave as fast as he should and can get into trouble therefore he thrives on the inside post but give him an outside post and that is where he will make or break (not stride)
Just reserving judgement as this years FFA's seem weak.
I would love to see him go with Sweet Lou and the others when they were in their prime.
Would love to see a rematch with FFP. That would be a good test.

June 12, 2016 - 9:21 pmWe are together on this Ted.

Mike Scott SAID...

We are together on this Ted. He was never headed. How many entries were in that race ? All this talk of Niatross ? I don't get , at all. This horse is a champ . He should be hyped to the extreme . WHY ? Cause horse racing needs a hero, we need an underdog.

June 12, 2016 - 8:19 pmWIJI has to be ranked in the

Ted Decker SAID...

WIJI has to be ranked in the top 3 of all time greats. This horse is a machine that loves to race and win. The closest they came to him in this race was behind the gate.25.4 opener and still romps by 5 in 48.1. On a hot summers night and the right fractions I see him pacing in 45 and change.

June 12, 2016 - 8:00 pmWOW , where is Joe and John ?

Mike Scott SAID...

WOW , where is Joe and John ? Jogged with Broken equipment . Can't leave , more like they can't keep up . He isn't as hitchy as he was either . I LOVE THIS HORSE ... I think his name should be " THE RACING MACHINE " or " THE RACING ANIMAL "

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