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Foiled Again does it again in TVG Pace Series

04:00 PM 24 Nov 2013 NZDT
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Charisma Hanover holds off Aunt Caroline
Foiled Again wins the TVG FFA Series final leg

Once again Foiled Again showed his heels to his much younger rivals, coming first-over for driver Yannick Gingras, wearing down pacesetter Sweet Lou and then holding off Warrawee Needy to win the $50,000 TVG Series Pace final leg at the Meadowlands Saturday.

Bolt The Duer (Mark Macdonald) and Golden Receiver (Corey Callahan) battled early for control of the lead with Golden Receiver winning out by the opening quarter mile in :27.1. Then Sweet Lou (David Miller) came first up and cleared to the lead in the backstretch by the half mile in :53.4. It was then that Gingras started up first-over with Foiled Again from fifth place and they started working their way towards the leaders.

Past the three-quarters in 1:22, Foiled Again was poised to confront Sweet Lou with Warrawee Needy (Tim Tetrick) gobbling up the second-over trip. As they started down the stretch Foiled Again collared Sweet Lou to take the lead and then with a true grit effort, dug in and held off Warrawee Needy to win by a neck in 1:49.3. Modern Legend (John Campbell) closed well to be third.

Now the richest pacer in the history of harness racing, Foiled Again posted his tenth win on the year. The nine-year-old gelded son of Dragon Again sports 75 wins during his career with lifetime earnings of $5,774,968, $1,148,984 of that total earning just this year. It is his third straight year of winning more than $1 in a single season.

Foiled Again is trained by Ron Burke and is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and the JJK Stable. Sent off as the 3/2 betting favorite, Foiled Again paid $5.00 to win.

“For me it was a Catch-22,” Burke said. “In the backstretch I got Sweet Lou on the front end and I have Foiled coming and I want them to dig in and hang on but Foiled Again is a bit tougher and I knew he would wear him down late. This horse races good in the fall, good in the spring, good in the winter. Just because he does not only win in the summer people count him out but he is so good.  He is not super fast but goes the same mile week in week out.”

Burke also stated that Sweet Lou would return and race next year. But he felt that after tonight’s race, Fred And Ginger may call it a career and head to stallion duty. Fred And Ginger did not finish the race tonight and Burke said he has had some heart issues that is ending his career.

Charisma Hanover hangs on in Nadia Lobell Preview

Charisma Hanover was bearing out badly in the stretch but still able to hold on over a determined Aunt Caroline in capturing the $25,000 Nadia Lobell Preview for three-year-old pacing fillies.

The race started off with UF Dragon’s Queen (Tim Tetrick) taking the early lead with Parlee Beach (Mark Macdonald) leaving hard from post ten to grab the two-hole spot. Going around the first turn saw Charisma Hanover, the 1/5 favorite, coming first over and clearing to the lead after the opening quarter mile in :27.2.

Going down the backstretch, Charisma Hanover and driver Yannick Gingras settled into the lead at the half in :55.3. Then Aunt Caroline (Scott Zeron) came first-over with Mattie Terror Girl (David Miller) grabbing the second-over cover. Past the three-quarters in 1:23.3, Charisma Hanover still looked comfortable on the lead.

As they started down the stretch, Charisma Hanover began to bear out and half way down the stretch Aunt Caroline moved to the inside with a burst of speed and nearly collared Charisma Hanover as she continued to bear to the outside but was game enough to hold on and win by neck over Aunt Caroline in 1:51.4. UF Dragon’s Queen was third.

It was the fifth straight win and 13th victory on the year for Charisma Hanover, who is sired by Dragon Again. She is trained by Ron Burke and is owned by the Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, both of Pennsylvania. Charisma Hanover paid $2.40 to win.

Next week at the Meadowlands Charisma Hanover will once again meet with world champion I Luv The Nitelife in the $200,000 final of the Nadia Lobell Pace.

By Steve Wolf for

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