Day At The Track

Foiled Again notches 106th win at Dayton

04:08 AM 11 Nov 2018 NZDT
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Vice President of Racing Mark Loewe (left) and Race Secretary Gregg Keidel (right) present a token of their appreciation to the connections of Foiled Again for making Hollywood Dayton part of his Farewell Tour.
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Foiled Again and driver Chris Page
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DAYTON, OH. - Foiled Again did not disappoint at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway on Saturday night (Nov. 10), persevering despite his age, freezing temperatures and an outside post position to win his 106th career victory.

Driver Chris Page fired the 14-year-old harness racing champion off the wings when the Mike Woebkenberg gate opened and picked up adversaries one at a time until finally clearing to the front at the :28.1 quarter.

From there Foiled Again fronted the field through the remainder of the mile, stopping subsequent timing stations in :57l2, 1:25.4 and 1:54.2. The margin of victory was just three-quarters of a length over Communicator (Jason Brewer) with Gareth Nourrir (Jeremy Smith) finishing third after a pocket trip.

"It's really cool to drive a horse that some people call the G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time)," said Page in the winner's circle. "He was all out tonight to win from the 9-hole, but he gives you everything he's got every time out. There may never be another one like him."

Foiled Again was his usual fantastic ambassador for the sport during his final stop in Ohio on his farewell tour.

He did a meet-and-greet photo session with patrons for 15 minutes before the first race, gave a two-seater jog cart ride to fifth grade school teacher Alex Johnson-the lucky winner of a drawing, and then went out an hour later and prevailed to the delight of most fans as the even money favorite. "My students will be very excited Monday when I show them pictures and tell them what I got to do over the weekend," exclaimed Johnson.

Hollywood Dayton presented Foiled Again with a 'bouquet' of carrots and a commemorative satin blanket. His connections were presented with a plaque thanking them for the memories Foiled Again has given so many harness fans on his farewell tour.

"I had no problem filling the Foiled Again Farewell Tour race," remarked Race Secretary Gregg Keidel. "We offered a $300 bonus to all horses drawn in and almost doubled the normal purse. I don't know if that was necessary or not, but we had 13 eager trainers drop horses in the box. It seemed like all that got in were thrilled to get an opportunity to race against such a legendary horse before he retires."

From the Dayton Raceway Media Department
 

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