Wiggle It Jiggleit qualifies Tuesday morning at Harrah’s in anticipation of his start in the Jug, a week from Thursday.
The aged pacing mares have seemingly been in the witness protection program all season. Matchmaker winner Venus Delight still sits atop the money tree, followed by the venerable Anndrovette, Yagonnakissmeornot, Radar Contact and Yonkers regular, Krispy Apple. All of the above are staked to the Milton, which holds eliminations on Saturday. Rainbow retired earlier in the year; Stingin is also gone; and Rocklamation, who won the Milton in 2012 and 2013, hasn’t raced since the Lady Liberty on August 8.
Last year Voelz Hanover was a surprise winner of the Milton, paying $68.30. She has also been retired.
The four-year-old mares have been a big disappointment. The Art Official mare, Cinamony, who, along with Krispy Apple, has filled her bankroll in the Yonkers open, is the richest of the lot. She is not staked to the Milton. Lady Shadow, Colors A Virgin, Table Talk and Carolsideal are a few four-year-olds that are eligible.
There are only eleven days of racing left at Mohawk.
A look at the two-year-old stallion money list shows that Big Bad John (2nd) and Roll With Joe (8th) are the only first year stallions on the pacing index. While the Ohio first timer Triumphant Caviar (8th) is the only trotter to make the cut.
Joanne Looney-King has confirmed that Wakizashi Hanover will supplement to the Jenna’s Beach Boy, which is held at Hoosier Park two days after the Jug. Artspeak’s connections haven’t committed to the Jug yet. He is staked to the Jenna’s BB, so that’s available as an alternative. They raced Captain T at Hoosier in a special invitational instead of starting in the Jug.
Freaky Feet Pete is not staked to either the Jug or the Jenna’s. One would think he’d be supplemented to the latter, which calls for a relatively small fee. That’s his home track after all.
The $170,000 Nadia Lobell will be raced Wednesday at The Meadows. Burke has three entered: second choice Sassa Hanover from the rail; surprise winner of the Pennsylvania Championship, Safe From Terror; and Storm Point from the nine. Joe Holloway’s Valley Forge winner Bettor Be Steppin is the morning line choice from the two for Corey Callahan.
The Nadia, which has been around for 25 years, is the red headed step child of stakes races. Last year Colors A Virgin won it at Hoosier Park. In 2013 it was Shebestingin at The Meadowlands. It wasn’t held in 2012. The previous year Idyllic won at The Meadows, as she brought Peelers’ (Marcus J) 22 win streak to a screeching halt.