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Wiggle It Jiggleit puts stamp on spectacular winter
Saturday, March 14, 2015 - From Meadowlands Media Relations

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East Rutherford, NJ --- Undefeated and untested, that sums up the winter for Wiggle It Jiggleit.  The 3-year-old gelded son of Mr Wiggles made it a perfect six for six to start his career with a three length romp in the final of the $58,000 William “Buddy” Gilmour series. 

 

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Wiggle It Jiggleit remained undefeated in siz carrer starts, romping by three lengths in Saturdad night's Buddy Gilmour final.
The 1-9 favorite, Wiggle It Jiggleit was sent right to the front on this night by Montrell Teague and he would never look back, gliding through fractions of 26.4, :55 and 1:22.3 before hitting the wire in 1:50-flat.  National Seelster, who sat third throughout the mile, moved to the outside at the head of the stretch and paced well to land the runner-up spot over Midnight Lightning, but he was never a threat to the winner.  Montrell Teague talked about the ease in which his horse continues to win. 

 

“That is all horsepower,” said Teague.  “I just let him go at his own pace and it does it so easy.  The last couple of starts I looked back (to see where the competition was), but tonight I was confident.  This was probably the best race of the six.  It’s his last start (before he comes back in May), so I wanted to open him up a little bit.” 

 

Trainer George Teague was beaming with excitement in the winners’ circle.  “This is one of the best horses I have ever had, and I’ve trained some good ones,” he said.  “I only put one above him and he may be even better than her (alluding to Rainbow Blue). It’s hard not to look to the future and I think it’s bright.” 

 

Wiggle It Jiggleit will be kept in training for the next 5-6 weeks before making his next expected start in the Simpson at The Meadowlands on Kentucky Derby Day, Saturday, May 2. 

 

Fresh off his win in the $59,000 Sonsam Final, a lifetime best 1:50 performance, Rockeyed Optimist was a 1-5 favorite to win the $20,000 first round of the Clyde Hirt series and he did not disappoint. 

 

Reunited with Tim Tetrick, who returned from the World Driving Championship in Australia, Rockeyed Optimist sat third early in the mile and was relaxed through a quarter of 26.4 before making his move for the lead.  He would spring past Rock Out before the half-mile in 55-seconds and that essentially closed the book on the race.  From the moment he seized command, the lead would only expand through the final three-eighths of a mile, sprinting a 27.4 third panel before setting sail for home.  At the top of the stretch Tetrick asked his star for speed and the response was devastating as Rockeyed Optimist sprinted to the wire in 26.4 to win by open lengths in a lifetime best 1:49.3. 

 

Caviart Luca was the runner-up with Rock Out third. 

 

Rockeyed Optimist has now won five times from six starts this season for trainer Steve Elliot and owners Anthony Perretti, Berkner, A&B Stable and Battaglia. 

 

The $25,000 Preferred Handicap for pacers featured a competitive field and a thrilling finish. 

 

Speed Again and Yannick Gingras made an easy lead off the gate, with Doctor Butch, the 7-5 favorite securing the pocket spot into the first turn.  Speed Again rolled through fractions of 27.2, 56.2 and 1:24.2, and Doctor Butch remained right behind the leader throughout the first three-quarters of a mile.  Ontario Success moved first-over and challenged for the lead around the far turn, effectively keeping Tim Tetrick and Doctor Butch locked in the pocket.  That scenario played out in the stretch with Tetrick looking for racing room as Ontario Success hit the front in the final eighth of a mile.  Blatanly Best was gathering momentum from the back of the pack and began to close in as Tetrick tried to thread the needle between horses nearing the wire.  There was just enough room for Doctor Butch as he slipped through and just got his nose on the wire first in 1:51.2.  Blatantly Best finished second with Ontario Success not far behind in third. 

 

Doctor Butch is trained by Linda Toscano for Kenneth Jacobs. The win was the 20th in the five year olds career.

 

 


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