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MANALAPAN, NJ – July 18, 2015 – Wiggle It Jiggleit shook off all challengers to win the $706,000 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace on Saturday night, July 18, 2015 at the Meadowlands.

Wiggle It Jiggleit

Twenty-four-year-old Montrell Teague guided the son of Mr Wiggles to a length and three-quarters victory in the featured tenth race, taking the lead in the 26.1 opening quarter and holding off Dude’s The Man for a length and three-quarter victory in the 1:47.4 mile.

Waakizashi Hanover, the only horse to defeat Wiggle It Jiggleit, was third by a length and three-quarters.

Wiggle It Jiggleit [$2.80], sent off as the 2-5 favorite, did not disappoint as he picked up his fourth straight victory and 14th in 15 starts this year. He was second in the North America Cup in his only loss. He won his only start at two so now has 15 wins in 16 starts lifetime for earnings of more than $985,000.

Owned by trainer George Teague Jr. of Harrington, DE, Montrell’s father, Wiggle It Jiggleit is conditioned by Clyde Francis.

George Teague is no stranger to the Meadowlands Pace. He harnessed starters every year from 2006 to 2011, winning the 2007 edition with Southwind Lynx.

“I couldn’t be more proud of my son, Montrell,” George Teague said.

George Teague hugs his son, winning driver Montrell Teague

“I got stung to the quarter [to take the lead]; I thought we went in 25, but it was 26 [26.1] so I felt pretty confident,” said Montrell Teague. “I backed it down as much as much as I could. I was confident when we hit the three-quarters. But I’m always surprised how good he is.

“He’s the best horse I’ve ever driven, and to drive for dad and have all my family here is unbelievable,” the younger Teague added.

2nd Race -- $157,250 Stanley Dancer Memorial- 1st division

Pinkman, the divisional champion at two, won the $157,250 first division of the Stanley Dancer Memorial for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, the second race, pushing his career earnings over the $1 million mark.


Pinkman [$2.60], the 1-5 favorite in the field of five, took the lead after the quarter, was allowed to dictate the pace and held off Habitat, slipping up the inside, by a neck, and New Jersey Sire Stakes runner-up Canepa Hanover [Muscle Hill], who was three-quarters of a length back.

Pinkman crossed the wire in 1:52.2 with a last quarter in 27 seconds.

A gelded son of Explosive Matter, Pinkman was a $77,000 Lexington Selected yearling purchase for Christina Takter of East Windsor, NJ; John and Jim Fielding of Toronto, Ontario; Joyce McClelland of Zanesville, OH and Herb Liverman of Miami Beach, FL. He won six of eight at two and five of six at three.

"I was definitely confident,” said winning driver Yannick Gingras. “All three of them are top colts [he had driven the top three finishers], but my horse was really strong. I was just playing with him in the stretch. He had so much more.”

Jimmy Takter is the trainer of the winner as well as the third-place finisher, Canepa Hanover, whom he drove.

All five starters are eligible to the Hambletonian on August 8, 2015.

4th Race - $159,750 Stanley Dancer Memorial – 2nd division

The Bank, a 10-1 longshot, pressed to the lead first over on the backstretch, rejected the challenge of 4-5 Crazy Wow on the turn for home and held off late closing Centurion ATM in a stakes record 1:50.4 in the $159,750 second division of the Stanley Dancer Memorial for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, the fourth race.

The Bank

The Jimmy Takter driven and trained son of Donato Hanover paid $22.80 to win, finishing a length ahead of Centurion ATM who broke stride on the backstretch but got back into the hunt in time to rally for second money. It was a length and three-quarters back to New Jersey Sire Stakes champion French Laundry [Muscles Yankee], another Takter trainee, in third.

I’m especially really happy,” said Takter of the win by The Bank. “He is owned for a very good friend of mine, owner Goran Falk, watching in Sweden. We had so much fun with the mare [Lantern Kronos]. This is a nice colt. It took a little while for him to wake up. This was a hard race, with a hard opening and he still held on very well. He’s more of a laid back horse. I was very happy with Canepa Hanover [third in the first division]. He hadn’t raced for a month. He’s definitely getting better.”

The Bank, co-owned by Falk, his breeder, with Christina Takter, now has two wins and three seconds in six starts this year. Lifetime, he has been first or second in nine of 17 starts. His career bankroll is a bit over $275,000.

6th Race - $187,000 Delvin Miller Memorial

In a three-filly charge to the wire, it was 48-1 Spirit To Win – paying $99.40 – who got up in the $187,000 Delvin Miller Memorial for three-year-old trotting fillies, the sixth race, in 1:52 flat.

Spirit To Win [#5]

Mission Brief [Muscle Hill], the divisional champion at two, dug in for second, finishing a nose back. It was a length to even-money favorite Livininthefastlane in third.

“Tonight at the top of the stretch, she had a lot of trot, but I didn’t know if we’d have time to get there,” said winning driver Brett Miller. “Top of the stretch, I said we have a shot to be third here. Half way down the stretch, I said we got a shot of winning this. I popped her plugs. Dustin [trainer Dustin Jones] can tell you this was the first time with the ear plugs. And when I popped them, she really took off.”

At two, Spirit To Win finished first or second in five of six starts and was winless in her first three tries at three.

“We thought she was a top filly last year, but we had to stop with her, she cracked a pastern,” Jones noted. “But we were really high on her.”

Spirit To Win races for her breeder, Frederick Hertich III of Seaford, DE in partnership with Noblock Racing Stable of Collingwood, Ontario. She has now banked more than $170,000.

7th Race -- $207,350 Mistletoe Shalee

Moonlit Dance [$17.00] overcame an outside post to win the $207,350 Mistletoe Shalee for three-year-old pacing fillies, the seventh race, in 1:49 flat.

Moonlit Dance

Divine Caroline was second by a length and a half and it was a length and three quarters to Band Of Angels in third.

Moonlit Dance, a daughter of Art Major-Gone Dancing, was guided to victory by David Miller for trainer Tony O’Sullivan. The filly is owned by her breeder, the David Goodrow Stable of Cambridge, Ontario.

“I can’t say enough about her,” said Miller. “She took a tough trip and still had horse left. She just overdid my drive.”

“I really thought she could hold her own,” noted O’Sullivan. “The trip [from post 10] was going to be a problem, but she has no bottom to her.”

The filly now has six wins five seconds and three thirds from 19 career starts. She doubled her earnings to more than $200,000.

8th Race -- $430,000 William R. Haughton Memorial

In the $430,000 William R. Haughton Memorial, it was a free for all in every sense as 17-1 Mach It So prevailed over State Treasurer by a neck in a three-way photo in the eighth race pace.

Foiled Again, the $7 millionaire, was third by a neck. Doo Wop Hanover, the even-money favorite, finished eighth.

Mach It So [#2]

Mach It So, who paid $36.40 to win, was driven to victory by Tim Tetrick for trainer Jeffrey Bamond Jr. The five-year-old gelded son of Mach Three is owned by Bamond Racing LLC of Brick, NJ.

“Worked out a perfect trip second over with live flow, which led me right up to where I needed to be,” said Tetrick. “And my horse finished off well. When he trips out like that, he’s pretty tough to beat.”

Mach It So paced the mile in 1:48.1 with a last quarter in 26 seconds. It was the five-year-old gelding’s second win of the year but 21st lifetime in 54 starts, moving his bankroll to $991,439.

9th Race -- $213,450 Golden Girls – 1 1/8 miles

Anndrovette [$74.20] fired off the gate to take the lead, relinquished the front to first up Sandbetweenurtoes, popped out of the pocked in the stretch and got up for victory in the $213,450 Golden Girls for older pacing mares, the ninth race.


The four-time divisional champion, Anndrovette was driven to victory by Tim Tetrick and trained by Jeff Bamond Jr., the same team that won the William Haughton.

“I hoped for it but didn’t expect it,” Bamond said of the back-to-back victories. “I think the mile and an eighth helps her. With the 10-hole and 35-1, this really surprised me.”

It was a length back to Table Talk in second and five and a half lengths to Sandbetweenurtoes in third.

Anndrovette, an eight-year-old daughter of Riverboat King-Easy Miss, is owned by Bamond Racing LLC of Brick, NJ and Joseph Davino of Clarksburg, NJ. This year, she has two wins, two seconds and five thirds from 11 starts. The runner-up in the Golden Girls in 2011 and 2013, now has 43 wins, 20 seconds and 24 thirds in 43 career starts. Her bankroll tops $3.3 million.

The time for the mile and an eighth was 2:02.4 off of a mile time of 1:49.1.

11th Race - $443,300 Hambletonian Maturity – 1 1/8 miles

JL Cruze, who set a mile track record 1:49.4 in last week’s Graduate Final, the first sub 1:50 trotting mile at the Meadowlands, laid claim to the mile and an eighth world record when he captured the $443,300 Hambletonian Maturity, the 11th race.

JL Cruze

The four-year-old gelding by Crazed covered the distance in 2:04.2 off of a mile time of 1:50.1.

Sent off as the even money favorite, JL Cruze [$4.00] sat last in the field of six when the trotters hit the line for the first time but driver John Campbell brushed him to the lead on the turn for home and held off Resolve by a neck at that finish line.

It was five and three-quarters back to Shake It Cerry in third.

“They were trotting out hard,” Campbell noted. “But once he made the front, he did the rest. This is a tough group of horses, and they’ve raced tough for the last three weeks.”

Unheralded and a bargain purchase for $34,000, JL Cruze was turned over to trainer Eric Ell. This year the trotter has 16 wins in 18 starts and banked $612,788 in 2015 toward a career total of $645,385.

He races for Ken Wood of Denton, MD; WJ Dittmar Jr. of Langhorne, PA and SJ Iaquinta of Havertown, PA.

The total handle for Meadowlands Pace night was $4,247,602.

--All photos courtesy of Lisa Photo Inc.

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