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‘WIJI’ And ‘Miki’ Set To Clash Again

Published: September 26, 2016 2:55 pm ET

Last Comment: September 30, 2016 6:32 am ET | 10 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

Always B Miki and Wiggle It Jiggleit, the two most dominant active pacers in the world, will match strides for the seventh time this season in the $150,000 Dayton Pacing Derby at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday night (September 30).

Always B Miki has won three of their head-to-head match-ups, as he won the Jim Ewart Memorial, the William Haughton Memorial and the Ben Franklin. Wiggle It Jiggleit was victorious in the Canadian Pacing Derby and the Dan Patch, and was the runner-up to Shamballa in the U. S. Pacing Championship where Always B Miki finished fourth.

Always B Miki has been installed as the 6-5 morning line favourite on the strength of his recent 1:48.2 win in the Hoosier Pacing Derby. Always Be Miki has drawn the advantageous Post 2 behind the starting gate. Wiggle It Jiggleit, the richest horse in the field with $3,612,832 in career earnings, will be 8-5 when the betting opens. He, too, triumphed in his last outing, the Bobby Quillen Memorial at Harrington Raceway. Each pacer has won seven races in 1:50 or faster in 2016.

Driver David Miller will return to his native Ohio to drive Always B Miki, who has amassed a $2,189,868 bankroll. He is trained by Jimmy Takter for owners Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable and Christine Takter. Montrell Teague will be in his customary seat behind Wiggle It Jiggleit when the pair leave from Post 5 for owners George Teague Jr. and the Teague Racing Partnership and trainer Clyde Francis.

Three other millionaire horses will challenge for Dayton Pacing Derby laurels. All Bets Off has earned $2,072,123, Freaky Feet Pete has won $1,519,781, while Luck Be Withyou has banked $1,312,781. The other two contestants are Shamballa, who has $738,641 in his coffer, and Always At My Place, whose 27 lifetime wins have netted $529,672 in earnings.

Collectively the illustrious field for the Dayton Pacing Derby has won 188 races and $11,975,698.

The $160,000 Dayton Trotting Derby will be contested the same evening and will feature a full field of many of North America’s elite squaregaiters. Shake It Cerry, the lone mare in the race, has been tabbed as the 2-1 morning line favourite for owners Solveig’s Racing Partners and trainer Jimmy Takter. Second choice at 3-1 will be Homicide Hunter, followed by Obrigado (7-2), Wind Of the North (9-2) and Crazy Wow (6-1). Others chasing the Trotting Derby title are Maestro Blue Chip (8-1), Il Sogno Dream (10-1), Centurion ATM (12-1) and Penn (15-1).

In total, the nine trotting contestants have won exactly 200 races and $8,779,489.

The Friday night undercard features three open-class events leading up to the pair of featured Grand Circuit events. Post time for the Dayton Trotting Derby is approximately 9:30 p.m. with the Dayton Pacing Derby post time estimated as 9:56 p.m.

(Hollywood Dayton Raceway)

September 30, 2016 - 6:32 amI'm just wondering did Larry

Mike Scott SAID...

I'm just wondering did Larry get to see the race or was it before the race ?

September 29, 2016 - 10:12 amMr Fisher...thanks for that

john thomas SAID...

Mr Fisher...thanks for that note on Pete
Finally it seems we are all in agreement on one thing.
This rivalry is incredible. Exciting. I look forward every week to see where this group is racing.
Lets hope they all get good posts and no excuses.
It's Go Time

September 29, 2016 - 9:28 amIt has been amazing watching

It has been amazing watching these top horse race this year. I think MIKI is the best horse and will be cheering him but if he doesn't win, I want it to be Freaky Feet Pete for the obvious reasons.

I am sure the fans of all the other horses as well hope that if their favorite doesn't win it is Pete.

For all Mr. Rheinheimer has done over the years it would be hard to not feel that way. Unfortunately though, this is the first race all year I am only half pumped for. You want your favorite to win but really don't care as much this one race. Normally, I am in the can't wait for this race and hope MIKI smokes them or sets another world record type mood.

Are others feeling the same or a little less enthusiastic about the race? Or it is just another race and you are pumped as normal?

September 28, 2016 - 2:03 pmMr.Fisher, that is indeed a

John Carter SAID...

Mr.Fisher, that is indeed a great reason to cheer the horse on.

September 28, 2016 - 12:52 pm@ Mr Carter... this is why

Dan Fisher SAID...

@ Mr Carter... this is why Mike Scott is cheering for Pete:

September 27, 2016 - 5:29 amMr. Scott, I like Freaky Feet

John Carter SAID...

Mr. Scott, I like Freaky Feet Pete also but i am not holding my breath waiting for him to win. He was really good his first 4 or 5 starts as a 4 yr old but has since tailed off. Not all 4 yr olds can take these hard miles week in and week out and he has not held up to it. I hope if they do race him as a 5yr old with another year of age on him he can get back to the way he was as a 3yr old and his first 4 or 5 starts as a 4 yr old.

September 26, 2016 - 10:38 pmRivalries, genuine rivalries,

Rivalries, genuine rivalries, are good for any sport...

September 26, 2016 - 10:21 pmI will add this, I'm WIJI fan

Mike Scott SAID...

I will add this, I'm WIJI fan all the way, but my hopes in this race are for Freaky Feet Pete

September 26, 2016 - 10:05 pmI'm with you Al !!! You

Mike Scott SAID...

I'm with you Al !!! You always were a good judge ! Lol

September 26, 2016 - 4:54 pmGreat news !! This is the

Great news !! This is the best bunch of horses ever assembled to race almost every week together !!! I feel excited and honored to watch them battle this year. They just keep entering, and they all deserve a big" THANK YOU" and "gentlemen, start your engines !!!!!

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