Foiled Again, at age 9, became harness racing’s second richest money winner in history Saturday night with his amazing nose victory in the $500,000 Breeders Crown for Older Pacers at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Foiled Again now has $5.65 million in career earnings, just $500,000 shy of world leader Ready Cash, who races in Europe.
It seems that the race office knew to save the best race for the last of the evening.
The 14th and final event of the night saw three horse battle for the early lead with Golden Receiver getting to the lead first, then giving way to Bolt the Duer, who then gave way to Pet Rock. And all this action was by the opening quarter mile in a blistering :25.3.
That is when Foiled Again and driver Yannick Gingras came into play. Gingras sent Foiled Again after the lead and they took it from Pet Rock and driver Dave Miller after the half mile in :53.4 over a sloppy track. But the action never ceased as Modern Legend and driver John Campbell then came first-over to challenge and gave Warrawee Needy (Jody Jamieson) live second-over cover to the three-quarters in a speedy 1:21.4.
At that point Jamieson sent Warrawee Needy three-wide as the field rounded the final turn and started to head for the finish. Foiled Again was still in command but was now challenged on the inside by Pet Rock and on the outside by Modern Legend and those three raced neck and neck to the wire. But Foiled Again, spotting four to five years age difference to his younger rivals, dug down deep and came back at the finish to win by a tight nose in 1:49.2. Pet Rock was second and Modern Legend third.
“He has earned it the hard way a lot of times,” Said Yannick Gingras after the victory. “He was used really really hard tonight. It’s the way the race played out. If there is any horse in the race tonight or any horse in history that you can use like this, it is him. He is definitely the man. He was fighting Pet Rock off at the finish. He was fighting them all off. I knew Jody was three-deep coming off the last turn and Pet Rock inside of me. I was doing my best to get him to the wire. He got it done tonight and I really really love this horse. He is as good as he ever was.”
For Foiled Again it was his third straight win, tenth victory of the year and his 74th career victory. He surpassed the $1 million mark in earnings in 2013 and is now tied with the great trotter, Varenne, as the only two horses in Standardbred history to have earned more than $1 million in three consecutive years.
The nine-year-old gelded son of Dragon Again is trained by Ron Burke and is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Brucemi and the JLK Stables of PA and NJ respectively. Foiled Again paid $3.80 to win as the betting favorite.
“When he first went to the front I was hoping that David (Miller) was not going to park him,” Ron Burke said. “Then at the top of the lane I started to think that Clear Vision was our better shot at winning. You keep an eye on him and he keeps digging. He would not let him get by. He saved the night.”
By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com