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Foiled Again upsets and Maven sets world record

04:23 PM 13 Oct 2013 NZDT
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Foiled Again upsets in BC Older Pace
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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.

Trainer Czernyson said, “I think she’s just getting back into herself; she’s feeling very sharp at the moment. She’s doing everything right. I don’t know why, we haven’t changed anything, but she’s getting better and better. I’m happy that it happened right now. 
“I’m always surprised when they go that fast (when she won at Delaware), but I was more worried about her being in the lead because she doesn’t really like being in the lead. But when they turned for home she said it was time to go and did it pretty good. 
“Yannick said she was razor sharp so hopefully we can be good for next week. Yannick is pretty sharp so I think he’ll get her where she needs to be.”

by Jerry Connors for

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