Wiggle It Jiggleit Wins the 70th Little Brown Jug in an Epic Battle
Wiggle It Jiggleit won the $677,000 Little Brown Jug presented by Fazoli’s on Thursday, beating Lost For Words by a scant nose on Thursday at the Delaware County Fairgrounds.
Wiggle It Jiggleit and Lost For Words gave the fans one of the most epic battles in the 70 year history of the LBJ.
When the gates wings folded, David Miller hustled the 1st elimination winner Lost For Words out of post position #2 and Yannick Gingras gunned My Hero Ron from the six hole. Forcing Wiggle It Jiggleit to take a spot third on the rail past the quarter in :27.
As the field came past the grandstand for the first time, driver Montrell Teague made the decision to go after Lost For Words at the half in :54 1/5. With Lost For Words on the inside and Wiggle It Jiggleit on the outside the duo paced in unison past the ¾ mile pole in 1:21.
With the 46,721 fans on their feet, Wiggle It Jiggleit and Lost For Words paced down the lane nose-to-nose with Wiggle It Jiggleit getting the final call in 1:49 3/5, equaling the stakes mark he set in the second elimination.
The sophomore son of Mr. Wiggles is owned by George Teague, Jr., Inc. and trained by Clyde Francis. It was the first LBJ title for all of the connections.
“At the top of the stretch I dropped my head and said ‘the son-of-a-gun is going to lose today’ and he proved me wrong,” noted a jubilant George Teague, Jr.
My Hero Ron was another ¾ of a length back in third. Arque Hanover (Corey Callahan) and Artspeak (Scott Zeron) completed the top five.
In his elimination heat, Wiggle It Jiggleit was forced to come first over to challenge the pacesetting Artspeak. Wiggle It Jiggleit took the lead at the three quarter mile pole but Artspeak would not go down without a fight and rallied at the rail. Wiggle It Jiggleit finally drew off by 1 ¼ lengths over Artspeak and My Hero Ron. Arque Hanover finished fourth to advance to the $324,960 final.
In the first $108,320 elimination, David Miller made the winning move with Lost For Words just before the ¼ mile pole and defeated Yankee Bounty and Rockin In Heaven (Trevor Henry) by a 1 ½ in 1:50 2/5.
Yankee Bounty (Yannick Gingras) was sent after the early lead forcing Lost For Words to sit second. Miller wanted the lead and the ability to control the fractions and the field of seven and quickly sent Lost For Words to the front and never looked back.
A fast closing Split The House (Tim Tetrick) was in the final advancing position, but was scratched in the final.
Photo: Wiggle It Jiggleit wins the $677,000 Little Brown Jug presented by Fazoli’s in the final strides. (Brad Conrad Photo)
World Record Set; Brown Trainees Sweep Standardbred Colt Pace
Spider Man Hanover established a new world record of 1:51 1/5 in the $46,200 Standardbred for two-year-old pacing colts.
Yannick Gingras sent More Dragon after the early lead putting the eventual winner in the two hole past the quarter in :28 3/5. David Miller wasn’t content in that position and sent Spider Man Hanover past the leader and into the lead before the half in :56 2/5. The son of Western Ideal used a back half of :55 2/5 to stop the timer in the world record time. More Dragon held on for second and Mr D’s Dragon (Brett Miller) was third.
Spider Man Hanover is trained by Brian Brown for Country Club Acres, K. Vaupel, M. Mallett and M. Leeman.
The first division was won by another Brown trainee, Mr Right Hanover.
Dave Palone guided the son of Somebeachsomewhere to a gate-to-wire victory in 1:53 4/5 over Granite (Peter Wrenn) and Gleneagles (Tim Tetrick).
Mr Right Hanover is owned by J. Stambaugh, Wingfield Brothers, A. Keith and M. Leeman.
French Laundry Establishes a New Track Record in Old Oaken Bucket
French Laundry and Yannick Gingras cruised to a 2 ¾ length victory in the $126,000 Old Oaken Bucket for sophomore trotting colts in a track record 1:53 4/5. Andy Ray (Tim Tetrick) was a closing second and Andy Miller’s Mesmerized was third.
The winner is owned by Christina Takter, John & Jim Fielding, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld and trained by Jimmy Takter.
Bax Of Life Wins Ms Versatility at 30-1
Bax Of Life and Yannick Gingras nailed the leading Classic Martine (Tim Tetrick) in the final strides to score an upset in the $100,000 Ms. Versatility Trot final in 1:54 2/5.
The seven-year-old mare is owned by Joanne Wray and trainer Jerry Duford.
The Perfect Lindy Upsets in Standardbred Colt Trot
The Perfect Lindy and David Miller went gate-to-wire to win the $50,000 Standardbred two-year-old colt trot in 1:58 2/5 at odds of 28-1. Second choice Barryscourt (Josh Sutton) closed for second and Rat A Tat Herbie (Peter Wrenn) was third.
The Perfect Lindy broke her maiden for owner SRF Stable and trainer Jonas Czernyson.
Nashville Bound and Noble’s Finesse Takes OBCs (3CP)
Nashville Bound (Kurt Sugg) was the quickest in a wild finish in the $77,700 Ohio Breeders Championship for sophomore pacing colts.
In mid-stretch five pacers were across the track and Nashville Bound came out the best in 1:55 4/5 over Friskie Bob (Tim Tetrick) and Chief Talkalot (Brett Miller).
Nashville Bound won for the eleventh time this season for Lori Hamlet and trainer Eric Hamlet.
In the first division, Noble’s Finesse and Kurt Sugg had to work hard for the lead. After he cleared the field before the quarter mile pole, the gelded son of Feelin Friskie drew clear of the field and defeated Rock N Randall (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) in a lifetime best 1:55.
Noble’s Finesse is owned by Dean Davis, Joyce McClelland and Mullett Stables.
Friskie Lil Devil Takes Fastest Division of OBC (3FP)
Friskie Lil Devil and Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. went gate to wire to win the $77,600 (div.) Ohio Breeders Championship for three-year-old filly pacers over the pocket sitting Bell Flower (Chris Page) in 1:54 2/5.
The Lil Devil Stable owns the Feelin Friskie lass who established a new lifetime mark.
Friskie Buckeye scored an off the pace victory in the second division.
Sectionlinefriskie (Greg Grismore) was fired off the gates wings and led the field until deep stretch, when Brett Miller swept past the leader in the shadow of the finish line in 1:56.
Friskie Buckeye is owned by Bruce Soulsby and trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr.