Wiggle It Jiggleit takes first in 10th annual Bobby Quillen Memorial

HARRINGTON — For the first time since May of 2015, fan favorite Wiggle It Jiggleit returned to his hometown track, taking home the $150,000 prize at the 10th annual Bobby Quillen Memorial Invitational at Harrington Raceway.

Sept. 19, Wiggle It Jiggleit, owned by George Teague and driven by Mr. Teague’s 25-year- old son Montrell Teague, was one of eight horses competing in the annual horse race named for the late Bobby Quillen.

Mr. Quillen, whom the annual race is named for, was a regular at the track and had a passion for harness racing. Popular in the Har rington area, Mr. Quillen was a longtime state legislator who passed away at the age of 75 in Sept. 2004.

The reigning 2015 Horse of the Year, competing from post-position one, captured his 13th victory of the year after finishing the race with a time of 1:50, despite messy track conditions. The victory over second- place Mach It So came by over two lengths, with Luck Be With You finishing in third.

The victory marks the horse’s 36th victory out of 48 career races, pushing his career earnings to well over $3.6 million.

Last May, Wiggle It Jiggleit set the Harrington Raceway track record (which he still holds), and set the world record for fastest lap for a three-year- old pacer on a half-mile track.

With tough conditions due to rainy weather, driver Montrell Teague wasn’t expecting Wiggle It Jiggleit to come out and break his own record on Monday. But he certainly still expected to come in and win the race.

“I just wanted to win the race,” Montrell Teague said. “With the track the way it is, it’s still a great track, but we just wanted to come in here and get the win.”

George Teague Jr., a Harrington local, has been in the harness racing business his entire life. He owns and runs the Teague Stable and Farm in Harrington. Wiggle It Jiggleit is the second Horse of the Year to come from the Teague farm.

With 12 races this year from across the country, and even a couple up north in Canada as well, the Teagues and trainer Clyde Francis were all happy to be back in front of the home crowd at Harrington Raceway.

“I knew this was going to happen at Harrington,” Montrell Teague said regarding the large crowd at the raceway. “You see large crowds at other tracks, but they’re not Delaware people. I could look in the stands and know at least half the people here.”

While it was a nice homecoming for the racing team, Team Teague will hit the road once again as they’ll travel to Dayton, Ohio for Wiggle It Jiggleit’s next race––the Dayton Pacing Derby––on Friday Sept. 30.

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