Charlottetown, PE - The official draws took place this morning for two harness racing Sobeys Gold Cup & Saucer trials that will lead up to the 57th running of Prince Edward Island's signature race on Saturday August 20th at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Harness racing's richest horse, Foiled Again ($7,441,732), has been entered to compete in the legendary race. The first trial will be Saturday August 13th with the second trial being staged on Monday August 15th. For race dates, live race broadcasts, race replays and more go to www.redshores.ca Here are the fields: Sobeys Gold Cup Trial 1 1. Foiled Again 2. Ys Lotus 3. D GS Camme 4. Big Surf 5. Shades of Bay 6. Highland Tartan 7: Senior Market Sobeys Gold Cup Trial 2 1. Limelight Beach 2. Alexas Jackpot 3. Mr Massimo 4. Big Boys Dreams 5. Go Daddy Go 6. Paparazzi Hanover 7: Dialamara Lee Drake Lee A. Drake Manager Marketing, Brands & PlayWise Red Shores Racetrack and Casino Charlottetown & Summerside Locations 21 Exhibition Drive l Charlottetown, PEI l C1A 9S8 p: 902-620-4222 Ext 4263 l c: 902-629.0836 l f: 902-620-4324 www.redshores.ca Free Admission every night at 9pm for 19 years of age or older during Old Home Week! For post times, casino hours and the Gold Cup & Saucer go to www.redshores.ca You must be 19 years of age or older to play, purchase or redeem Atlantic Lottery Products. "Contains confidential information, including proprietary AL or third party information, advice and/or recommendations, the disclosure of which may harm AL's or a third party's financial interests; Not intended for public distribution." ********************************************************************** This E-mail message (including attachments, if any) is intended for the use of the individual or entity to which it is addressed and may contain information that is privileged, proprietary, confidential and exempt from disclosure. If you are not the intended recipient, you are notified that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify the sender and erase this E-mail message immediately. Le prÃ©sent message Ã©lectronique (y compris les piÃ¨ces qui y sont annexÃ©es, le cas Ã©chÃ©ant) s'adresse au destinataire indiquÃ© et peut contenir des renseignements de caractÃ¨re privÃ© ou confidentiel. Si vous n'Ãªtes pas le destinataire de ce document, nous vous signalons qu'il est strictement interdit de le diffuser, de le distribuer ou de le reproduire. Si ce message vous a Ã©tÃ© transmis par erreur, veuillez en informer l'expÃ©diteur et le supprimer immÃ©diatement.
WASHINGTON, PA, June 3, 2016 -- Foiled Again, harness racing's richest horse, has accomplished many things in his distinguished career. The amazing 12-year-old has banked more than $7.3 million, won Pacer of the Year honors (2011) and been named Best Older Male Pacer in three consecutive seasons (2011-2013). The one thing he hasn't done, at least in the last couple years: race at The Meadows, the home track of his trainer, Ron Burke, and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and JJK Stables. Foiled Again will check off that item Saturday when he competes in an $18,000 Preferred Handicap, leaving from post 6 with Yannick Gingras. The Preferred goes as race 1, post time 1 PM. Saturday's exciting card also features two stakes for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers: the Bye Bye Byrd, a $162,110 Pennsylvania Sires Stake, and a $100,000 PA Stallion Series event. The stakes encompass the final seven races on the 14-race program. With his heavy travel schedule, Foiled Again has raced fewer than a handful of times at The Meadows, most recently about three years ago. "It was on Adios Day, and he was parked every step," Burke recalls. "He got beat at the wire and finished second." He's still taking on top competition and performing creditably at an age when most horses are long retired. Yet this year, Foiled Again is winless in eight starts. Burke thought the Preferred might be an opportunity for Foiled Again to regroup. "It's harder for him to get going now," Burke said. "When you give him a break, it's harder for him to find everything. We wanted to give him a chance against horses that are different than those he usually races against." But Saturday's Preferred features some tough customers, including Unlocked from the Norm Parker stable, who's already won more than $76,000 this year; Dapper Dude, a recent acquisition by Renee Bercury who captured his first start for his new connections, and Brian Brown's Lost For Words, deprived of the 2015 Little Brown Jug title by the dramatic, improbable stretch drive of Wiggle it Jiggleit. "The race came up tougher than I'd hoped. It looks like it will take 1:49 to win," Burke said. "But in the last couple weeks, he's looked more like himself. Saturday will be a little reminder of the horse he can be." He said Foiled Again would be pointed to the June 19 Roll With Joe at Tioga Downs if he performs well Saturday and has a full stakes schedule thereafter. "I think this year, he'll have to race more just to get in shape," Burke said. "He'll probably race 25 times, maybe even a start or two more than that. He trained at The Meadows on Wednesday and couldn't have been better." In the Bye Bye Byrd, Burke will send out six horses -- three in each division. He considers Check Six, winner of all four of his starts and $328,443 this year, his best shot. "All six are very competitive, but he looks like our premier colt," Burke said. "If we're to win any big races this year, it will have to be with him." Check Six leaves from post 6 with Gingras in race 8. Evan Pattak
Harness racing's richest horse with $7.33 million in career earnings, 12-year-old Foiled Again is preparing for another season of going against the top older pacers in North America. He will qualify for the first time this year on Friday, at the Meadowlands Racetrack, with an eye toward competing in the upcoming George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series at Yonkers Raceway. The Levy Series begins March 19. Foiled Again won the series championship in 2009 and 2010. "He could not have trained back better," trainer Ron Burke said. "He really seems good. I cannot wait. He seems sharp. I'm just excited to get it going. Every time he steps on the track it's history, so it's cool." Foiled Again received Dan Patch Awards for best older male pacer in 2013, 2012, and 2011, when he also was named Pacer of the Year. The only older male pacers to receive three consecutive Dan Patch Awards are Foiled Again and Rambling Willie (1975-77). Foiled Again also received O'Brien Awards for best older male pacer in 2013 and 2011. Last year, Foiled Again won three of 22 races and earned $436,207. It was his lowest earnings total since 2008, but still ranked ninth among all older pacers in North America despite missing nearly seven weeks following minor throat surgery. He was the only pacer older than age 6 among the top 10 money-winners in 2015. His seasonal earnings also were a record for any 11-year-old pacer in history. Foiled Again's wins last season came in the Battle of Lake Erie, a triumph that lifted him to above $7 million in lifetime purses, the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, and an elimination for the Breeders Crown. He finished second in the Bobby Quillen Memorial and third in each the William R. Haughton Memorial, TVG Free For All Pacing Championship, U.S. Pacing Championship, and Roll With Joe Stakes. The gelding is owned by Burke Racing Stable, the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, and JJK Stables. "He really is amazing," Burke said. "He's 12 years old, and maybe he's not the best aged free-for-aller, but he's in the top 10 easily. Last year he missed a big part of his normal schedule with throat surgery. I look for him to have a little bit of a bounce back year this year." Foiled Again is among a dozen horses from the Burke Stable qualifying on Friday at the Meadowlands. The others are pacers Always At My Place, Bettor's Edge, Request For Parole, Sassa Hanover, Skippin By, Somewhere In L A, Southinkucandance, Take It Back Terry, and Western Bayama, plus trotters DW's NY Yank and Luminosity. Bettor's Edge, a 7-year-old, has earned $1.79 million in his career, and 7-year-old Take It Back Terry finished second in last year's Levy final on his way to $471,110 in purses. Stakes-winner Somewhere In L A is a newcomer to the stable. Sassa Hanover, a 4-year-old mare, also has $1 million in lifetime purses. "I think we're going to go four or five horses to the Levy," Burke said. "We're just trying to decide which ones. Take It Back Terry for sure is going. He couldn't have had a better year. By the end of the year he was just out of his mind. We're going to give him a shot this year to race a little more in the bigger races and see if he can compete with the true top ones. Somewhere In L A trained back very well. Hopefully he gives us another quality, upper level horse. "Skippin By and Request For Parole look like they're going to be top mares this year. Luminosity and DW's NY Yank are both a step below the true free-for-all trotters, but they can race in those races and get checks. I'm excited. We've got a lot of good horses getting ready to come back. This will be the first wave and then the 3-year-olds will come back and before you know it the 2-year-olds will be ready to go." Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager Harness Racing Communications A division of the U.S. Trotting Association
Balmoral Park - The $136,500 American National for Aged pacers Saturday at Balmoral Park see's Foiled Again, the richest Standardbred of all time, butt heads with this year's Breeders Crown victor, Always B Miki. Only four other horses were dropped in the box to vie against these two standouts. The seemingly-indefatigable Foiled Again, now just two months away from celebrating his 12th birthday and also a Breeders Crown winner, will leave from post five with regular driver Yannick Gingras in the sulky for trainer Ron Burke. The son of Dragon Again, out of the Artsplace mare In A Safe Place has racked up $7,281,913 in one of the most stellar careers ever in the sport of harness racing. Despite being named after cartoon villain Snidely Whiplash's favorite saying of "Curses, foiled again!" by his breeder Barbara Matthews, Foiled Again has bested every hurdle set before him. Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables (Joseph Koury, Joseph Koury, Jr. and Kevin Koury), Foiled Again earned the majority of his money after his 6-year-old season. Co-owner Bruscemi, of Cannonsburg, PA, once remarked that "to find another horse like Foiled Again would be like saying you want to find the next Michael Jordan. It's unreasonable." If Foiled Again could speak, he'd likely say "True That!" with a plethora of accomplishments to his credit that few pacers ever attain. For instance, he's the only harness horse to compete strictly in North America and earn more than $1 million for three consecutive seasons (2011, 2012, 2013). He was named the 2011 Dan Patch Pacer of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writer's Association--the only pacer older than four ever to earn that honor--and his Breeders Crown win--having captured the pinnacle event for aged horses as a 9-year-old, was the oldest ever in Breeders Crown history for a pacer in 2013. Foiled Again also holds the record for the most miles paced in 1:55 or faster and as a 9-year-old rocketed to a winning mile in 1:48 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, setting a world record for the fastest mile ever paced by an older horse on a five-eighths mile oval. He's a three-time winner of Northfield Park's Battle of Lake Erie and one of only a handful of Standardbreds to have a Breyer model created and sold in his honor. "He's a horse that never ceases to amaze you and he's not one to ever be underestimated," said Gingras. "He always shows up and never gives you less than 200%." Besides these accomplishments, the bay gelding has also won the Ben Franklin Pace, the Canadian Pacing Derby, the Levy Memorial, the Quillen Memorial, the Molson Pace, the TVG Championship Series and most recently took the $65,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby in a wire-to-wire 1:50.4 triumph with Gingras at the lines on Oct. 30 at that Indiana venue. Foiled Again's younger rival, the 4-year-old Always B Miki, is unbeaten this year in just three starts, but all have been impressive victories for the team of trainer Jimmy Takter, driver David Miller and owners Bluewood Stable, Roll the Dice Stable, and Christina Takter. Lifetime, the son of Always A Virgin-Art Stopper-Artsplace has won 17 of 34 races and earned $1,154,366. His last victory was a near gate-to-wire effort in the $400,000 Breeders Crown Pace that saw him stop the timer in 1:49.3. "This horse has a heck of a back story," said Takter. "He was supplemented to the Breeders Crown last year at two and won his elimination, then had to be scratched from the final." Always B Miki has more than made up for that unfortunate twist of fate as a sophomore, when he had to be scratched from harness racing's biggest event. It was discovered at the time that he had fractured a pastern bone, which resulted in him having surgery and substantial time away from the racetrack. Partnered with Takter over the winter, Always B Miki began prepping for his 4-year-old campaign when he fractured the opposite pastern bone, which necessitated more time off to recover. He did not return to the races until Oct. 3, when he notched a 1:49 mile at Hoosier Park, drawing off by 5Â¼ lengths in an Indiana Sires Stake. After that he headed to Woodbine Raceway where he swept both his Breeders Crown elimination and final with impressive efforts. Also in this American National line-up are Foiled Again's stablemate's Bettor's Edge--a winner of $1,580,300 lifetime--and Ultimate Beachboy, a winner of $425,593 from 18 career victories. Joe Seekman harnesses $723,502-winner Let's Drink On It, while Chris Oaks sends out million-dollar earner Luck Be Withyou from the rail. By Simon Augustus, for Balmoral Park
HARRINGTON, Del. - Some of harness racing's top older pacers will descend on the hub of Delaware Monday September 21 for the 9th Annual $150,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial Invitational at Harrington Raceway. Carded as the 8th race on a 13 race program, eight pacers with combined lifetime earnings of nearly $13 million will duke it out in a showdown of some of the sport's elite older pacing ranks, including three-time Quillen champion (2010, 2011, 2014) and the richest horse of all-time in harness racing, Foiled Again (2/1, Yannick Gingras). The 11-year-old Dragon Again gelding is coming off a difficult trip in the Canadian Pacing Derby. Three local interests are in the field, including Bandolito (5/1, Daryl Bier) who is one of just two horses in the field with a recent win over the track. Milford, Delaware based trainer Josh Green will send out $1.3 million winner Dancin Yankee and Harrington-based Just a Jolt Is a two-time defending Governors Cup champion over the Harrington oval for trainer Jim King Jr. A fresh threat from north of the border, Canada-based Shamballa (5/2, Rick Zeron) enters in terrific form and fresh off a second place finish in the $513,750 Canadian Pacing Derby Final. The Quillen will be the payoff leg of a $7,500 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool (Races 5 - 8), featured in conjunction with the USTA's strategic wagering program. The race is named in honor of the late Delaware legislator Bobby Quillen, who devoted his life to public service and always looked out for the best interests of horsemen. Quillen was also a board member of Harrington Raceway and the Delaware State Fair and was a regular at the races. Post time for the Monday program is 5:30 p.m. The field for the Quillen is listed below: $150,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial Harrington Raceway - Race 8 1 - Foiled Again (2-1, Yannick Gingras) Owners: Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables Trainer: Ron Burke 2 - Shamballa (5/2, Rick Zeron) Owners: Tao Racing and Rick Zeron Stables Trainer: Rick Zeron 3 - Mach It So (5/1, Tim Tetrick) Owners: Bamond Racing LLC, Trainer: Jeff Bamond Jr. 4 - Bandolito (5/1, Daryl Bier) Owner: Daryl Bier, Trainer: Daryl Bier 5 - Dancin Yankee (25/1, Ross Wolfenden) Owner: Baron Racing, Richard Lombardo Trainer: Josh Green 6 - Great Vintage (7/1, Bret Miller) Owners: C Takter, D Fielding, N Anderberg, G Falk Trainer: Jimmy Takter 7 - Doctor Butch (15/1, David Miller) Owner: Ken Jacobs Trainer: Linda Toscano 8 - Just A Jolt (25/1, Victor Kirby) Owner: Janet Hudson Trainer Jim King Jr. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway
How many Aussie teenage girls can say that they have driven the highest ever money earner in harness racing history? Just one I'd suspect. Brittany Graham got the thrill of a lifetime when she was given the reins to jog equine superstar Foiled Again today. She took the winner of $7 million and counting out for his daily track work and couldn't believe who she was sitting behind. Graham said if you didn't know it you wouldn't think he was so special. "He might be the fastest pacer I've ever driven but he is also the slowest jogger on the track," Graham said. Last month, Ron Burke trainee Foiled Again, an 11 year-old pacer became the first three time champion of the Northfield Park (CA) Battle of Lake Eirie and took his lifetime stakes to more than $7 million. The old man of harness racing is definitely one of a kind and in recent years has rewritten US trotting history books with multiple million dollar seasons, around 60 x $100,000+ race wins and a unique ability to win on all tracks regardless of the shape or size. 19 year-old Graham and travelling mate Trent Moffat are the recipients of Queensland harness racing's Mercedes Benz Centenary Classic (Toowong) Young Achiever Award and are currently experiencing their prize of and educational trip to North America where they are being mentored by US champion expat Aussie trainer Ross Croghan. The pair have been working horses at Gateway Farms in New Jersey during their stay and are soon to hit the racetrack. Moffat will make his US driving debut tomorrow at Yonkers Paceway driving in the first race on the card against a line up of super star US drivers. David Aldred
(Pequannock, NJ – June 16, 2015) -- He was named after a cartoon character’s catchphrase, but harness racing world champion Foiled Again has been nothing but serious when it comes to making money. The 11-year-old pacer is the richest Standardbred in history, with purse earnings of $7.01 million following his win last Friday in the Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield Park. With the victory, Foiled Again also became the race’s first three-time champion. And now this model of consistency on the racetrack has become a real model. Breyer has joined countless fans amazed by Foiled Again’s ability to compete successfully at the sport’s highest level year after year and is honoring the ageless wonder with a portrait model created in his likeness. Most harness racing horses earn the bulk of their lifetime money at ages 2 and 3 – the years during which the greatest number of lucrative stakes are offered – but Foiled Again has defied convention, banking more than $5.8 million after turning age 6. In fact, his earnings during that span alone outdistance the next richest pacer in history by more than $1 million. He is the only harness racing horse to compete solely in North America and earn more than $1 million for three consecutive years, a feat he accomplished from 2011 through 2013. In 2011, at the age of 7, Foiled Again was named the Dan Patch Award Pacer of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers’ Association. He is the only pacer older than the age of 4 ever to receive the honor. In 2013, at the age of 9, he won the Breeders Crown Pace to become the oldest Standardbred to win a Breeders Crown event. In addition to his victory in the Breeders Crown, Foiled Again during his career has won many of the sport’s top stakes for older pacers, including the Canadian Pacing Derby, Ben Franklin Pace, TVG Free For All Series Championship, George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series, Bobby Quillen Memorial, and Molson Pace. The bay gelding also holds the record for most miles in 1:55 or faster and at the age of 9 equaled the world record for the fastest mile ever by an older pacer on a five-eighths of a mile racetrack, winning in 1:48 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Born on May 8, 2004 in central New Jersey, Foiled Again is a son of stallion Dragon Again. He was named by breeder Barbara Matthews, who recalled her daughter watching Rocky & Bullwinkle cartoons and hearing villain Snidely Whiplash often exclaim, “Curses, foiled again!” Foiled Again has been driven throughout the majority of his career by Yannick Gingras and trained by Ron Burke. He is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, and the JJK Stables group of Joseph Koury, Joseph Koury, Jr. and Kevin Koury. Weaver once said he hoped to someday find another horse like Foiled Again, but knows the odds are against it. “It’s like saying you want to find the next Michael Jordan,” Weaver said. “It’s sort of unreasonable.” Breyer’s Foiled Again Traditional model is available now from Breyer retailers everywhere. Breyer’s special edition Stablemates version of Foiled Again will be the kid’s giveaway item on Hambletonian Day, Saturday, Aug. 8, at The Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, NJ. For additional Stablemates availability call Moira Fanning at 609-371-2211. A “launch party” for the Foiled Again Breyer Model will take place on Sat., July 4 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, the scene of his historic Breeders Crown triumph. Foiled Again is scheduled to race in the Ben Franklin Free For All Pace, one of four feature races on the $2 million Sun Stakes race card. About Breyer Animal Creations® For horse-crazy girls, there are only two kinds of horses: real horses and Breyer model horses. The iconic Breyer brand, a division of Reeves International, was founded in 1950, and is the leader in creating the world’s most authentic and realistic model horses for play and collecting. These hand-painted, collectable model horses and animals have a worldwide following, thanks to the incredible sculptures that form the foundation of the line. Today, Breyer has expanded its play lines to include play sets, craft activities and horsey accessories for its younger fans and its collector lines to include resins, crystal and porcelain. To see the complete line of Breyer horses, and to learn more about Breyer events and the model horse hobby, visit us at BreyerHorses.com! Please contact Kathleen Fallon at Breyer: Tel: 973-349-1704; Mobile: 917-592-5185 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) will present the first look at the original painting of Foiled Again, the harness racing wonder and the highest earning pacer in the history of the sport on Monday, May 18th, 2015. The original 18"x24" oil painting will be in a custom floating frame and measure 21"x27". It will be up for grabs through telephone bidding, and live on site at SRF's auction during its 23rd Annual Charity Golf Outing. In addition to this fabulous item, a signed print will also be available along with a custom painted Spyder Bike, a Pennsbury Trainer, Giants' Tickets, a Jets' Package, TaylorMade Irons, Disney Hopper Tickets, Equine Home Decor and much much more. Visit SRF's website to view all items, then come May 18th, some will be available to bid online at that time. Please email our office at email@example.com to be set up for the telephone bidding. Those who have contacted SRF already should do so again due to email glitches. Sponsorships are still available and golf foursomes remain available for the event being hosted at Knob Hill Country Club, in Manalapan, New Jersey. All are welcome to join us for golf, cocktails, dinner, and to participate in the auctions. Visit http://www.adoptahorse.org to access the information or contact Kate at 732 446-4422, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Standardbred Retirement Foundation | 353 Sweetmans Lane, Suite 101 | Millstone Twp. | NJ | 08535
Delaware, OH - Sugar Valley Farm and the Dragon Again Syndicate have announced that Dragon Again's book is full and closed for 2015. Sire of the richest pacer ever, Foiled Again p,1:48f ($6,925,031), Dragon Again p,1:48.3 ($2,343,428) is perennially ranked among harness racing’s leading pacing sires in both speed and earnings categories. Standing his second Ohio season in 2015, he has been enthusiastically received by breeders in the Buckeye state with full books in both 2014 and 2015. His first crop of Ohio-eligible foals will be yearlings in 2016. For further information, contact Sugar Valley Farm at 740.363.5618 or e-mai email@example.com.
WILKES-BARRE PA - Sparky Mark ($14.20), the next-to-longest shot in the field, made every pole a winning one in the $25,000 winners-over pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Saturday night, with all-time money champion Foiled Again, having to go first-over after a rest of three weeks, finishing fifth, beaten less than four lengths in the 1:49.2 mile. The red-hot Brothers Allard, driver Simon and trainer Rene, teamed up behind the victorious son of Astreos, who hit the quarter in 26.3 and the half in 55, "walkin'-horse" time over the speedy red clay surface. Foiled Again came first-over but could get no closer than the winner's wheel at the 1:22.4 Â¾ pole, with Sparky Mark then turning on the sprint engine even further with a 26.4 dash home to win by a half-length over pocketsitting Luck Be Withyou, a 2013 Breeders Crown winner at Pocono (like Foiled Again) making his 2015 debut here. Kapildeo Singh and Michael Assante share ownership on Sparky Mark, who went over $900,000 in career earnings with the triumph. Foiled Again's all-time money total now stands at $6,925,031, with his Pocono record 12-5-3-2-$759,636. The 11YO's start on Saturday came a staggering 2780 days since his first appearance at the mountain oval, when as a three-year-old the altered son of Dragon Again was third in a Pennsylvania Sire Stake on July 3, 2007. ********** This Saturday is Kentucky Derby Day, which The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono will celebrate with the only doubleheader of racing this season. The first race will go at 11:00 a.m., with the evening card set to go at 6:30 p.m. The highlight of the afternoon card is the debut of the stakes season at Pocono, with a Pennsylvania All-Stars for PA-sired three-year-olds featured next weekend and the one after that - the three-year-old trotting colts will be in the Saturday afternoon spotlight. The evening card feature will be the $50,000 Van Rose Memorial Pace, named after the longtime sportswriter and handicapper of the area. PHHA / Pocono
April 22, 2015 - Millstone Twp., NJ - The Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) was gifted an original painting of the harness racing wonder, the richest pacer in history, Foiled Again. This framed original 18x24 oil painting will be up for grabs in SRF's live auction at their 23rd annual charity golf outing. The Florida artist, Debbie Pounders was commissioned by Chrissy (Haislip) Daniel to render a portrait from a photograph captured by US Trotting photographer, Mark Hall. The preview will be on May 20th on SRF's website. There will also be a framed numbered print signed by driver, Yannick Gingras. For those who cannot be in attendance phone bids will be accepted during the auction on the night of the outing, Tuesday, May 26th, 2015. The hosting golf course is Knob Hill, in Manalapan, NJ. All are welcome to join for golf, cocktails, dinner, and to participate in the two auctions. Visit www.adoptahorse.org to access the information or contact Tammy at 732 446-4422, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Standardbred Retirement Foundation | 353 Sweetmans Lane, Suite 101 | Millstone Twp. | NJ | 08535
YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, April 7, 2015-Yonkers Raceway's fourth round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series Saturday night attracted 18 entrants, thus neatly divided into three, $50,000 divisions (races 5,6 and 7). The math of three groupings and four horses entered does not work with the new one-horse-per-trainer-per-division rule, so Ron Burke had to "bench" someone... ...and that someone was Foiled Again. Harness racing's richest-ever horse ($6,923,781) was entered Tuesday morning, but "scratched" when there was not going to be a fourth division in this fourth round. Burke's in-to-go trio are Bettor's Edge (Yannick Gingras, post 4) in the first grouping, Take it Back Terry (George Brennan, post 2) in the second division and Clear Vision (Gingras, post 5) in the third. Those three currently rank 8th, 9th (tied) and 16th in the series standings, while Foiled Again-with a second, third and fifth in three series starts-sits in 13th place. Series leader (3-for-3) and defending champion P H Supercam is also a non-participant this time around. The fifth (final) preliminary round is scheduled for Saturday, April 18th, with the final (purse TBA) Saturday, April 25th. For the full Entries click here. Frank Drucker
This Week: Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy series second legs, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit at Yonkers this week features two $40,000 divisions on Friday (March 27) in the second round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker series for open pacing mares. The Saturday (March 28) card at Yonkers will see four $50,000 divisions in the second round of the George Morton Levy series for open pacers. Complete entries for the races can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: Trainer Jeff Bamond Jr. and driver Jason Bartlett were the stars in the opening round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy Series last weekend at Yonkers. For the weekend, Bamond earned a total of 39 Grand Circuit training points and Bartlett posted 34 driving points. Bamond and Bartlett kicked things off on March 20 by teaming up to capture a Blue Chip Matchmaker division with Venus Delight. Bamond also won another Matchmaker split with Krispy Apple with Tim Tetrick in the bike. P H Supercam edged Foiled Again at the wire in their Levy division. Then on March 21 in the George Morton Levy series, the Bamond/Bartlett duo were back in the winner's circle with P H Supercam as they defeated Foiled Again by a head in a time of 1:53. Foiled Again, rounding the bend toward $7 million and making his 225th lifetime start, was in play early from outside post position No. 7. He worked around the two inside numbers -- 3-2 favorite P H Supercam and a bit-wide Apprentice Hanover (Jody Jamieson) -- making the lead just past a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. After a soft :56.4 intermission, Foiled Again found a seemingly-comfy 1:25 three-quarters, taking a 1-1/2 length lead into the lane. However, P H Supercam ducked inside and passed harness racing's richest-ever horse late, winning by a hard-fought head in 1:53. Third went to Dancin Yankee, with Frankie's Dragon and Apprentice Hanover settling for the remainder. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2015, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2015 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the opening weekend at Yonkers: Drivers: 1. Jason Bartlett - 34; 2. Yannick Gingras - 27; 3t. George Brennan - 20; 3t. Daniel Dube - 20; 5. Tim Tetrick - 14. Trainers: 1. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 39; 2. Ron Burke - 37; 3t. Mark Ford - 10; 3t. Rene Allard - 10; 3t. Mark Silva - 10; 3t.Tony O'Sullivan - 10. Owners: 1. Bamond Racing - 33; 2. Jeff Snyder - 10; 3t. Burke Racing - 8.90; 3t. Weaver Bruscemi - 8.90; 5. Joseph Davino - 6. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will continue with legs of the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy over the first three weekends in April. The finals and consolations for both events will be held on April 25. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director
YONKERS, NY, Saturday, March 21, 2015-The annual rite of spring known as the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series began Saturday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting five, $50,000 divisions for the best Free-For-Allers in training. The featured foray did not disappoint, as last season's champ, P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett), picking off the season-debuting, 11-year-old Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras) in the third grouping. Foiled Again, rounding the bend toward $7 million and making his 225th lifetime start, was in play early from outside post position No. 7. He worked around the two inside numbers-3-2 favorite "Supercam" and a bit-wide Apprentice Hanover (Jody Jamieson)--making the lead just past a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. After a soft :56.4 intermission, Big N Bad (Dan Dube) moved from fifth, with Dancin' Yankee (Brett Miller) in behind. Meanwhile, Foiled Again found a seemingly-comfy 1:25 three-quarters, taking a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. However, P H Supercam ducked inside and snapped harness racing's richest-ever horse late, winning by a hard-fought head in 1:53. Third went to Dancin' Yankee, with Frankie's Dragon (George Brennan) and Apprentice Hanover settling for the remainder. For P H Supercam, an 8-year-old Million Dollar Cam gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeff Bamond Jr., he returned $5 for his third win in six seasonal starts. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $22.60, with the triple returning $90.50. "A lot of things went right for him tonight," Bartlett said. "Obviously, the draw and the fact (Foiled Again) wasn't going much up front. The best thing about me horse is he can sprint, but Foiled Again is a great horse and tough to get by. I thought we were going right by, especially since (Foiled Again) was making his first start of the season, but it's always special to beat a horse that's so good." Millionaire Warrawee Needy (Mark MacDonald, $7.30). was left alone on the lead (:28, :57) and made 'em pay (1:24.2, 1:52.1) in the fourth Levy division. From post No. 2, he whipped a closing 50-1 Windsong Jack (Eric Carlson) by three-quarters of a length. Clear Vision (Gingras) was third, while 11-10 choice Bigtown Hero (Dan Dube) was a tiring pocket sixth. For Warrawee Needy, a 6-year-old son of E Dee's Cam co-owned by (trainer) Mark Ford, David Shea and Carl Jamieson, he's now 4-for-7 this season. The exacta paid $131.50, with the triple returning $433.50. Saturday night's other Levy events were won by... --Beach Memories,g,5 (by Somebeachsomewhere); co-owners Strollin Stable,AWS Stables,King McNamara,Country Club Acres/trainer Ron Burke/driver Gingras; 1:52.2/$5.30; --Polak A,7 (by Pacific Fella); co-owners Frank Bellino & Sons,Frank J Bellino,Joseph Bellino/trainer Tony O'Sullivan/driver Gingras; (U-S parimutuel debut) 1:52/$5.30; --Michael's Power,g,6 (by Camluck); breeder-owner Jeff Snyder/trainer Mark Silva/driver Dube; 1:52.1/$21. Saturday night's $42,000 Open Handicap Trot went to Not Afraid (Dube, $3.20), overcoming an assigned eight-hole (1:56.1) for a fourth consecutive victory. The Raceway's live season continues Monday night (post time 7:10 PM). After that, it's Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note Sunday matinees are done until November. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily (save for Palm and Easter Sundays, March 29 & April 5). Frank Drucker
YONKERS, NY, Thursday, March 12, 2015 - Yonkers Raceway has announced the list of eligibles for its "big boy" and "big girl" pacing series, the 2015 edition of the George Morton Levy Memorial and Blue Chip Matchmaker. Connections of 62 of the best Free For Allers in training-39 Levy and 23 Matchmaker-have paid to play as both series get underway next weekend (Matchmaker Friday, March 20 and GM Levy Saturday, March 21). As is traditionally the case, any number of career seven-figure performers shall be invading Westchester for these events. Leading the list for the Levy is, of course, Foiled Again. Harness racing's richest-ever horse, with career cash approaching $7 million, is to begin his 11-year-old campaign in this series. He won the Levy consecutively in 2008-09. Defending series champ P H Supercam is also among the eligibles, along with the likes of Apprentice Hanover, Big Boy Dreams, Clear Vision, Dancin' Yankee, Lucan Hanover and Warrawee Needy. Somwherovrarainbow, who won the Matchmaker a season ago, is among the leading lasses this season. Anndrovette, a four-time consecutive (once in a dead-heat) older female pacer of the year, is also Matchmaker-bound, along with Carolsideal, Sayitall BB and Yagonnakissmeornot. Both the Levy ($50,000 per race) and Matchmaker ($40,000 per event) offer five preliminary legs, with finals (and consolations) scheduled for Saturday, Apr. 25. A list of eligibles for both series accompanies this release. Changing subjects, a friendly reminder that tonight's (Thursday, March 12) Pick 5 offers a carryover of $3,178.11 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). 2015 George Morton Levy Memorial Pace Open FFA Pacing Series $1,500,000 Estimated Late Closing Series at Yonkers Raceway 1st Preliminary - Saturday, March 21, 2015 - $50,000 Ea. 2nd Preliminary - Saturday, March 28, 2015 - $50,000 Ea. 3rd Preliminary - Saturday, April 4, 2015- $50,000 Ea. 4th Preliminary - Saturday, April 11, 2015 - $50,000 Ea. 5th Preliminary - Saturday, April 18, 2015 - $50,000 Ea. Consolation - Saturday, April 25, 2015 - $100,000 G Final - Saturday, April 25, 2015 - $200,000 A Name of Horse Sire Dam Age Nominator 1 American Venture - American Ideal - Pleasant Journey 5 Little Bapa LLC 2 Apprentice Hanover - Somebeachsomewhere - Allamerican Nadia 5 Joannes Stkg. 3 Aslan Mach Three Skyview 6 Joannes Stkg. 4 Beach Memories Somebeachsomewhere Allamerican Memoir 5 B. Brown Stb. 5 Best Said Well Said Dreamoftreasure 4 Bluegrass Stkg. 6 Bettors Edge Bettors Delight Spring Wind 6 Bluegrass Stkg. 7 Big Boy Dreams If I Can Dream Stefani Bluechip 4 Joannes Stkg. 8 Big N Bad Badlands Hanover Just Sassy 5 Chapmans Stkg. 9 BigTownHero American Ideal Art Account 7 R. Allard 10 Capital Account American Ideal Copywriter 4 R. Bendis Rcng, 11 Capozzo Bettors Delight Annie McGuireN 4 Bluegrass Stkg. 12 Clear Vision Western Hanover Artistic Vision 9 Bluegrass Stkg. 13 Dancin Yankee Yankee Cruiser Dancewiththebest 7 Bluegrass Stkg. 14 Dapper Dude The Panderosa Dressto Suggest 6 Bluegrass Stkg. 15 Domethatagain Bettors Delight Road Sign 6 R. Allard 16 Dream out Loud N Bettors Delight Nothinbutadreamer 8 D. Cassar 17 Fat Mans Alley Rocknrolhanover Roller Cam 7 J. Bamond 18 Foiled Again Dragon Again In a Safe Place 11 Bluegrass Stkg. 19 Frankie's Dragon Dragon Again Real Fool 6 Chapmans Stkg. 20 Heez Orl Black N In the Pocket Cracker Kate 7 A. Vallee 21 Holdingallthecards Cams Card Shark Ivory Tower 6 S. DiDomenico 22 Lucan Hanover Western Ideal Lauren Order 5 Joannes Stkg. 23 Mach It So Mach Three Beach Dancer 5 J. Bamond 24 Machs Beach Boy Mach Three Lets go Sparkle 6 P. Lachance 25 McErlean McArdle Igottwowordsforyou 6 D. Cassar 26 Michaels Power Camluck Michelles Jackpot 6 Joannes Stkg. 27 National Debt Allamerican Native Our Inheritance 4 Joannes Stkg. 28 Pancetta No Pan Intended GingerbreadSquare 6 R. Morita 29 PH Supercam Million Dollar Cam Callwood Ivy 8 J. Bamond 30 Polak A Pacific Fella Capture a Million 7 Frellino & Sons 31 Sapphire City Metropolitan Spectre Almahurst 7 Centaur Stable 32 Smooth Criminal Blue Burner Gunslingin Gal 6 Little Bapa LLC 33 Speckled Door Mach Three Spoutin Off 4 Joannes Stkg. 34 Take it back Terry Western Terror Second Symphony 6 M. Weaver 35 Texican N Bettors Delight Bury my Heart 7 H. VonKnoblauch 36 That'll be the Rei Cheyenne Rei Unspeakable Joy 5 Harmon Racing 37 Validus Deo Lis Mara Madam Countess 6 J. Bamond 38 Warrawee Needy E Dee's Cam Great Memories 6 Bluegrass Stkg. 39 Windsong Jack Santana Bluechip Milliondollarsmile 5 Little Bapa LLC 2015 BLUE CHIP MATCHMAKER Mare FFA Pacing Series $1,000,000 Estimated Late Closing Series at Yonkers Raceway Featuring Breedings to 'American Ideal' 'Art Major' 'Bettor's Delight' 'Rock N Roll Heaven' ' Roll With Joe' , Shadow Play' & 'Sunshine Beach' 1st Preliminary - Friday, March 20, 2015 - $40,000 2nd Preliminary - Friday, March 27, 2015 - $40,000 3rd Preliminary - Friday, April 3, 2015- $40,000 4th Preliminary - Friday, April 10, 2015- $40,000 5th Preliminary - Friday, April 17, 2015 - $40,000 Final - Saturday, April 25, 2015- $125,000 A Consolation - Saturday, April 25, 2015 - $75,000 G Name of Horse Sire Dam Age Nominator 1 Anndrovette Riverboat King Easy Miss 8 J. Bamond 2 Camille Camluck Art of Design 7 M. Weaver 3 Carols Ideal Western Ideal Cam Carol 6 R. Allard 4 Charisma Hanover Dragon Again Caughtthebouquet 5 Bluegrass Stkg. 5 Coffee Addict Dragon Again Kahlua Queen 5 J. Clarke 6 Fancy Desire Real Desire Fancycreekmemory 4 Bluegrass Stkg. 7 For the Ladies N Jeremes Jet For the Don 6 H. Von Knoblauch 8 Handsoffmycookie Art Major Observe Me 5 Chapmans Stkg. 9 It Was Fascination American Ideal On the Catwalk 3 Chapmans Stkg. 10 Krispy Apple Western Ideal Apple Krisp 7 J. Bamond 11 Medusa Bettors Delight Mythical 4 M. Weaver 12 Monkey on my Wheel Mach Three Legislation 7 Joannes Stkg. 13 Palm Patrol Mach Three Top Time Patrol 6 Auciello Stb. 14 Rockaround Sue Rocknroll Hanover Promysquoslady 6 J. Bamond 15 Rocknrollxample Rocknrollhanover RXample 4 R. Hamather 16 Sayitall BB Tell All Challo BB 4 Bluegrass Stkg. 17 Shebestingin Bettors Delight Armbro Tussle 5 Bluegrass Stkg. 18 SomeIslandSomwhere Somebeachsomewhere Trinity Islands 4 Little Bapa LLC 19 Somwherovrarainbow Somebeachsomewhere Rainbow Blue 5 Bluegrass Stkg. 20 Strings HiHoSilverheels SharpsNFlats 5 Little Bapa LLC 21 Venus Delight Bettors Delight Venus Killean 5 J. Bamond 22 Voelz Hanover Astreos Vassar Hanover 10 P. LaChance 23 Yagoonakissmeornot The Ponderosa Artstopper 6 R. Allard **SUBJECT TO ADDITIONS, CORRECTIONS & OMISSIONS****
Freehold, NJ --- The USTA website provides periodic glimpses at some of harness racing’s stars as they prepare for harness racing action this year. Today, we look at ageless record-setting pacer Foiled Again. FOILED AGAIN Dragon Again – In A Safe Place – Artsplace Owners: Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, JJK Stables Breeder: Barbara Matthews Trainer: Ron Burke Driver: Yannick Gingras 2014 Record: 26-6-8-5; $863,563; 1:50.2h Career: 224-83-56-32; $6.90 million; 1:48f Honors: Dan Patch Award for best older male pacer in 2013, 2012, 2011. Dan Patch Award for Pacer of the Year in 2011. O’Brien Award for best older male pacer in 2013, 2011. The road back: The 11-year-old Foiled Again qualified in 1:54.3 at the Meadowlands on March 7 and will return to the Big M on Friday for another qualifier as he prepares for the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series at Yonkers Raceway. The Levy begins March 21. Foiled Again won the series in 2010 and 2009. He finished second in the final in 2013 and 2012 and was third in 2014 and 2011. “It was good,” trainer Ron Burke said about Foiled Again’s first qualifier of the year. “He did everything we asked of him, so we were happy with him. “We lost some time with the weather, but he’ll be fine. He couldn’t be any better. He’s training back as good or better than any other year. He’s an incredible horse. He just gets better and better all the time.” Bittersweet: Last year, Foiled Again finished second to now-retired stablemateSweet Lou in earnings among older pacers. Sweet Lou, who set a record with six consecutive wins in faster than 1:48, was named best older male pacer and Pacer of the Year. Sweet Lou won six of the races in which Foiled Again competed, with Foiled Again finishing second on three occasions. Overall for the year, Foiled Again’s second-place finishes included the TVG Free For All Series Championship, Canadian Pacing Derby, Dayton Pacing Derby, American-National, Allerage, and Mohawk Gold Cup. “Foiled’s schedule this year is basically the same as in the past,” Burke said. “I decided to have him be one of my top two horses for the big races. I don’t think anybody has his consistency. I’m going to have to stay the course and hope the races are a little weaker this year. Without (Sweet) Lou being in it should help him a little bit. Lou hurt him because he just couldn’t pace as fast as Lou. No matter what he did, he couldn’t get to him. If Foiled can get to a horse, he’ll usually beat him. But he just could never get to him.” Oh, that’s rich: No horse in harness racing history has banked more money than Foiled Again’s $6.90 million in lifetime North American purses. Foiled Again is the richest 7-year-old in history ($1.40 million in 2011), richest 8-year-old ($1.20 million in 2012), richest 9-year-old ($1.40 million in 2013) and richest 10-year-old ($863,563 in 2014). Combine the earnings of the next three richest 10-year-olds on the all-time list and they fall nearly $66,000 short of Foiled Again’s 2014 campaign. One in a million: Foiled Again is the only horse in North American harness racing history to have three million-dollar seasons. “I don’t know if there will be another one that can do it for so many years at the top level,” driver Yannick Gingras said. “He’s one of a kind. I know at this point that he’s got less ahead of him than he has behind him, so I’m enjoying him a lot more. I know every race is a privilege. He’s a very special horse and I’m thankful I get to drive him.” As easy as 1-2-3: For his career, Foiled Again has hit the board 57 times in races worth at least $100,000. Size doesn’t matter: Foiled Again has won at least one race worth more than $450,000 on every sized racetrack in North America -- half, five-eighths, seven-eighths and mile. “I hate to say it, but it’s almost now where we take him for granted,” Burke said. “It’s just because he’s so consistent. You never have to worry about him. You never have to worry that he’s going to race bad this week. He’s not going to; he races good every week.” Rambling on: The only older male pacers to receive three consecutive Dan Patch Awards are Foiled Again and Rambling Willie (1975-77). Interestingly, until Silent Swing’s $155,270 season in 2013, Rambling Willie was the sport’s richest 11-year-old pacer of all time, with $151,599 earned in 1981. “I think the most remarkable thing about Foiled is that he’s an 11-year-old and we’re still talking about him,” Burke said. “You just don’t see horses that are even ages 8 or 9 that are a major factor in their class. He’s 11 years old and nobody can say they’re definitely going to beat him this year. He’s got as good a chance as anybody at the end of the year to be talked about for aged pacer of the year.” Crowning moment: Foiled Again won the 2013 Breeders Crown at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs by a nose over Pet Rock in the slop to become at age 9 the oldest Breeders Crown champion in history. “I really believe that race sums his career up,” said Gingras, who pumped his fist three times in celebration that night when the photo-finish result was posted on the tote board. “Doing it the way he did, roughing it up; he never had a breather at any point during the race. He was able to beat the best there was and no one had any excuse. He just refused to lose.” by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications