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Foiled Again - world record at Pocono Downs

03:28 AM 23 Jun 2013 NZST
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Captaintreacherous Foiled Again
Captaintreacherous - Just held on at the wire to win by a neck
Foiled Again - With a career best 1:48 trumph

Saturday night June 22 Pocono Downs held 11 elimination races for four of their premier trotting and pacing events and racing fans were able to see a great night of harness racing action that will be a prelude to the four finals next Saturday, July 29.

The highlight of the evening belonged to the iron horse, Foiled Again, who not only won his $50,000 elimination division for the Ben Franklin Free-For-All Pace, but in the process rewrote the world record for older pacing geldings with a career best 1:48 trumph.

And just image that Foiled Again is nine years old and has been showing his heels to much younger rivals through most of his career.

The 12th race started off with Bolt The Duer (Mark MacDonald) firing out to the early lead but that was short lived as Foiled Again and driver Yannick Gingras wanted the front and took it away before the opening quarter in :26.1 but race favorite Pet Rock and driver Dave Miller wanted the lead even more as they blasted to the front and forced Foiled Again to sit a pocket trip.

As the field past the half mile marker in :54 it was Modern Legend and driver John Campbell coming first-over to pressure the leaders with Hurrikane Kingcole (Brett Miller) following second-over and they raced that way to the three-quarters in 1:21.2.

With only the stretch drive left to the mile, Pet Rock was trying his best to maintain the lead but Campbell had Modern Legend in high gear on the outside and they looked to take over the lead but then along the rail came Foiled Again and Gingras and they just got up at the wire to win by neck with Modern Legend second and Pet Rock third.

The prior world record was co-held by Bettors Sweet (also trained and co-owned by Ron Burke) and Camaes Fellow at 1:48.1. Foiled Again tied the all age track record of 1:48 at Pocono Downs that now shared with Betterthancheddar and We Will See at 1:48. Foiled Again paid a generous $10.00 to win.

It was the fourth win this year for Foiled Again (Dragon Again - In A Safe Place - Artsplace) who is trained by Ron Burke and co-owned by the Burke Racing Stable of Fredricktown, PA, Weaver Bruscemi of Clarksburg, NJ and the JJK Stables of Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

The 11th race $50,000 second elimination division of the Ben Franklin saw Up The Credit (Jody Jamieson) shoot the early lead from the rail as race favorite Sweet Lou and driver Yannick Gingras came on the outside to challenge and then decided to try and grab the two-hole spot but Sweet Lou stumbled and went on a wild break and was out of the race.

That left Razzle Dazzle and driver Brian Sears the garden two-hole spot to the opening quarter mile in :26 as Up the Credit led the field to the half in :55 with Fred And Ginger (Ron Pierce) first-over with Our Lucky Chip (Tyler Butler) second over and a seemly confused Tim Tetrick driving the Three-Year-Old Colt Pacer of the Year, Heston Blue Chip, deciding not to follow the outside flow but to sit in fifth place third-in along the rail.

At the three-quarters in 1:22.1, Up The Credit was still in control with Fred And Ginger still trying to overtake the leaders and in the stretch it was Razzle Dazzle and Sears coming in the passing lane to win by a scant head over Our Lucky Chip and Up The Credit in 1:49. Heston Blue Chip had no racing room and was fifth and out of the final next week.

It was a lifetime mark for Razzle Dazzle, who was sent off at odds of 10-1 and paid $23.40 to win. It was the son of Real Desire - Town Feather- Big Towner fifth win this year for trainer Mark Silva and owner Ira Kristel of Delray Beach, FL.

In the 8th race, the first elimination division of the Ben Franklin, Dynamic Youth at odds of 5-1 and driver Andrew McCarthy post a lifetime best 1:48.3 mile. Golden Receiver (Tim Tetrick) first went to the lead but was overtaken by Dynamic Youth who then was forced to take a two-hole trip as Betterthancheddar (George Brennan) took command early after a three-wide bid to the first quarter in a blazing :25.3.

Betterthancheddar then cut the mile to the half in :54.4 as Bettor's Edge (Dave Miller) came first-over with Clear Vision (Matt Kakaley) grabbing the second-over cover. As they passed by the three-quarters in 1:21.4, Kakaley came three-wide with Clear Vision and they started down the stretch after Betterthancheddar.

That big early move at the opening quarter mile cost Betterthancheddar as he began to fade in deep stretch with Clear Vision having clear sites on the winner's circle but it was Dynamic Youth and McCarthy who come up the passing lane and make it victory lane, holding off Clear Vision to win by a head. His time of 1:48.3 was one fifth of a second from tying the world record for four-year-old gelding of1:48.2 held by Rock'em.

Trained by Aaron Lambert it was the third win this year for the four-year-old gelding by Bettor's Delight from the Western Hanover mare, Always True. Dynamic Youth is owned by J & T Silva Stables of Long Beach, NY, R Tucci of Wood Ridge, NJ and the C & G racing Stable of Jackson, NJ.

Max C. Hempt Elims 3-YO Pacing Colts

The 10th race $25,000 third elimination division for the Hempt Pace was another nail-bitter for the great Captaintreacherous and driver Tim Tetrick.

Rockin Amadeus and driver Yannick Gingras left like a rocket from post eight and took the early lead but Gingras already had Captaintreacherous on the move and they took over command by the opening quarter mile in :27.1.

From that point on there was almost no catching "the Captain"as he cut fractions of :55.4 and 1:22.2 as Vegas Vacation (Brian Sears) came first-over and started to grind it out against the race favorite. And they would not give up as Tetrick snapped his whip on his wheel disk and "the Captain" dug in a little more. But Vegas Vacation would not stop and as they came to finish, Tetrick actually hit Captaintreacherous a couple of times and that was all the encouragement the horse needed as they just held on at the wire to win by a neck. Rockin Amadeus was third.

Undefeated in four starts in 2013, Captaintreacherous paid $2.40 to win for trainer Tony Alagna and the Captaintreacherous Racing Stable of Versailles, KY. The son of Somebeachsomewhere from the Artsplace mare, Wordly Beauty, was just one fifth of a second off of tying his lifetime mark set last week in winning the $1,000,000 North American Cup at Mohawk Raceway.

In the 7th race second division of the Hempt Pace, Sunfire Blue Chip and driver Yannick Gingras showed real true grit as they were able to grind it out first-over again pacesetter Martini Hanover (Tim Tetrick), look them in the eye at the top of the stretch and then draw off to win by two open lengths in a lifetime best 1:48.3. The pocket-sitting Evenin of Pleasure (Doug McNair) was second with Martini Hanover third.

It was the third win in six starts this year for Sunfire Blue Chip, a bay colt by American Ideal from the Cam's Card Shark mare, Shot Toga. Trained by Jimmy Takter, Sunfire Blue Chip is owned by Christina Takter of East Windsor, NJ, John & Jim Fleming of Ontario, Brixton Medical Ab of Sweden and R A W Equine, Inc. of Ontario. Sunfire Blue Chip paid $11.60 to win.

The 3rd race was the first $25,000 division of the Hempt Memorial took the photo finish camera to declare the winner.

Johny Rock and driver Andy Miller shot right to the lead from post three and cut the mile to the opening panel in :26.2 with Emeritus Maximus (Doug McNair) getting the perfect pocket trip as race favorite Lonewolf Currier and driver Brian Sears could not in gear and was never a factor in the race.

At the half mile pole in :55.2 it was Word Power and driver Corey Callahan coming first over to push the race leaders and at the three-quarters in 1:21.1 Word Power nearly looked Johny Rock in the eye as the scene was set for a dramatic three-horse finish.

As they came down the stretch the three horses battled neck and neck as Word Power faded at the finish and the photo finish camera came back to show that Emeritus Maximus won by a nose over Johny Rock with Word Power third. Sent off at odds of 8-1, Emeritus Maximus paid $19.20 to win.

It was the second straight win and fifth triumph in seven starts this year for Emeritus Maximus, whose 1:48.4 clocking was a lifetime mark for the son of Rocknroll Hanover - Eternity's Delight - Bettor's Delight. He is trained by Tony Alagna and is owned by the Cheap Speed Stable, IL, Alan Alber, ON, Steven Wienick, NY and John Fodera, NY.

Earl Beal Elims 3-YO Trotting Colts

One of the big match-ups on the program was to take place in the 9th race third division of the Beal Memorial eliminations but it never took place.

Two undefeated trotting colts, Jurgen Hanover ( 7 for 7) and Smilin Eli (3 for 3) were expected to lock horns but Jurgen Hanover was unable to get into gear for driver Dave Miller.

But Smilin Eli brought his game face and nearly pulled the arms off of driver Tim Tetrick at the start.

It was Fico and driver Ron Pierce that shot right out from post seven to take the early lead as Tetrick had a strangle-hold on Smilin Eli and seemed to just give him enough of his head to take over the lead by the opening quarter mile in and incredible :26.1. (I had to make sure this was a trotting race for a second.)

Smilin Eli with Tetrick leaning back in the bike, trying to rate his colt, led the field to the half in :55.1 as High Bride (Gringras) tried a first-over move in vain with Jurgen Hanover second-over. Past the three-quarters in 1:23.2 it was a two horse race as Tetrick was not leaning back so far in the sulky and Pierce had Fico ready to make a challenge.

But as they came down the stretch Smilin Eli was nothing but smiles as he kept Fico at bay and won by one length in 1:52.3. Picture This (Charlie Norris) was third.

Now undefeated in four lifetime start this year, Smilin Eli is trained by Dewayne Minor and was bred and is owned by Nicholas Cimino of Pompano Beach, Fl. The son of Muscles Yankee from the Enjoy Lavec mare, Gerri's Joy paid $3.40 to win.

The 2nd race $25,000 first division of the Earl Beal, Jr. Memorial Trot for three-year-old colts and geldings saw Dontyouforgetit and driver Yannick Gringras park out race favorite Celebrity Maserati (Tom Jackson) to the opening quarter mile and then settle in for the pocket trip as Celebrity Maserati cut fractions of :28, :56.3 and 1:24.3 as Possessed Fashion and driver John Campbell came first-over.

As they started down the stretch, Celebrity Maserati began to show weariness as Gringras came after him with Dontyouforget it and just as they put them away, Campbell and Possessed Fashion dug in and the two horses raced neck and neck to the finish with Dontyouforgetit holding on at the wire to win by a neck in 1:52.1. Celebrity Maserati held for third place.

It was a lifetime mark for Dontyouforgetit in his third victory this year in five starts for trainer Jimmy Takter. The brown colt by Cantab Hall from the Yankee Glide mare, Solveig, was bred and is owned by Solveig's Racing Partners of East Windsor, NJ. Earlier this morning at the Meadowlands, Dontyouforgetit's half sister, Shake It Cerry, won a two-year-old filly trot race for driver Ron Pierce in an eye-popping 1:56.4 mile. She is trained by Jimmy Takter.

In the 6th race second elimination division for the Earl Beal Trot, Corky and driver David Miller were able to take the early lead and never give it up, cut fractions of :27.2, :57.2, 1:25 and was never really looked at in the eye as they won by one length in a speedy 1:52.4.

The amazing part of the race was that Royalty For Life (Tim Tetrick) made a nasty break at the start of the race and had trouble getting back on stride but once he did he trotted up a storm and came back to finish second. The pocket-sitting Banco Solo was third.

Trained by Jimmy Takter, it was the second straight win and a lifetime mark for Corky. He is sired by Muscles Yankee-Clarice Marie-Balance Image and is co-owned by Christina Takter of East Windsor, NJ and John and Jim Fielding of Toronto, ON. Corky paid $5.80 to win.

James Lynch Elims 3-YO Pacing Fillies

In the 1st race first $20,000 elimination division for the James Lynch Memorial for three-year-old fillies, Ms Caila J Fra and driver Simon Allard just got up in the final strides to beat race favorite and pacesetter Shebestingin (Dave Miller) by a head in 1:49.3.

After parking Shebestingin to the opening quarter mile, Miller was content to sit the pocket trip. Jerseylicious (Corey Callahan) came first-over at the half but could never catch the leader and finished third.

It was the third straight win and sixth victory of the year for Ms Caila J Fra. She is a daughter of Western Ideal from the Artsplace mare, Caila Fra, trained by Steve Elliott and owned and bred by The Fra Stable of Upper Saddle River, NJ and was unraced as a two-year-old. She paid $6.80 to win.

Race 5 was the $20,000 second and final elimination division for the James M. Lynch Memorial Pace and it was the first of what may be many match-ups this season between I Luv The Nitelife and Somwherovrarainbow.

It was I Luv The Nitelife and driver Tim Tetricke who started the show off by going out to the early lead but driver Montrell Teague had Somwherovrarainbow in gear and on the move they took command before the opening quarter mile in :26.

They led to the half mile in :55.2 as Charisma Hanover (Matt Kakaley) came first-over with Nikki Beach (Ron Pierce) sitting fourth and no one interested in trying to come second-over.

Somwherovrarainbow was still in command at the three-quarters in 1:22.4 but once the field started down the stretch it was all over as I Luv The Nitelife and Tetrick were able to clear away and win with ease in 1:50.1 and that also included a :27.1 last quarter mile. Nikki Beach rallied for second place with Somwherovrarainbow fading to third.

Fresh off her victory in the $348,000 Fan Hanover Pace last week, I Luv The Nitelife posted her third straight victory and fourth win of the year for trainer Chris Ryder and owners Richard & Joanne Young of Coconut Creek, FL. The $10,000 winner's share of the purse put their filly by Rocknroll Hanover - Lisjune - Camluck at $949,000. She paid $2.20 to win.

Steven Wolf


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