WILKES-BARRE PA -- Foiled Again ($11.00), the richest pacer of all-time with lifetime earnings of $5,400,093, continued his love affair with Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs by winning his $25,000 Breeders Crown older horse pace elimination in 1:48.2 Saturday.
The nine-year-old Dragon Again gelding made two speed moves through fractions of 26, 54.3, and 1:21.1, the 26.3 third quarter generated by a vicious duel with first-over Warrawee Needy.
But the golden oldie Foiled Again shook off that rival and drew clearer with every stretch stride, eventually finishing 2 3/4 lengths clear while missing his own world record, set here at Pocono in June, by 2 3/4 lengths. Modern Legend, Golden Receiver, Bolt The Duer, Michael's Power, Warrawee Needy, and Sweet Lou followed the winner under the wire in that order and will advance to next week's Championship, along with "bye" horses Pet Rock and Clear Vision; 8-5 favorite A Rocknroll Dance, racing off-form for the second straight week, was last and will not advance.
Ron Burke, a familiar face in the Pocono winners circle this weekend, was the conditioner of the veteran winner; Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, and JJK Stables are the beneficiaries of Foiled Again's ever-increasing bankroll.
Maven Sets World Record
Yannick Gingras was in his usual perch behind Foiled Again; 20 minutes he got his fifth Breeders Crown elim win of the weekend when he guided four-year-old trotting mare Maven to a 1:51.4 divisional world record (the sixth of the weekend) in her Crown elim. The daughter of Glidemaster, trained by Jonas Czernyson for William J Donovan of Florida, rattled off ucnhallenged splits of 27.3, 55.2, and 1:23.2, finishing 2 3/4 lengths ahead of fellow feormer Crown winner Check Me Out, who had early traffic trouble; Beatgoeson Hanover and Real Babe claimed the final spots for advancement to next week.
by Jerry Connors for Harnesslink.com