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Hightstown, NJ --- After enjoying a little time off, harness racing’s richest horse of all time, 14-year-old pacer Foiled Again, is back in training and preparing to resume his quest for career win No.100. Foiled Again, whose most recent race was March 8 at Yonkers Raceway, is expected to qualify later this month. For his career, Foiled Again has won 99 of 309 races and earned $7.57 million. Only 14 pacers have reached 100 wins in the past 40 years and few in that group competed at the level of Foiled Again, who has 21 stakes wins worth at least $100,000 to his credit. Of the pacers in the 100-win club, only Hall of Famer Rambling Willie (128 victories) and Pilgrim’s Fiery (106) earned more than $1 million in their careers. Foiled Again is one of only two horses, along with Rambling Willie, to receive three consecutive Dan Patch Awards for best older male pacer. In 2011, at the age of 7, Foiled Again was Pacer of the Year. 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 Open Pace to become the oldest horse to win a Breeders Crown event. In addition to his victory in the Breeders Crown, Foiled Again’s career triumphs include 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. Foiled Again’s accomplishments and popularity were acknowledged beyond harness racing in 2015 when he was honored by Breyer with a model created in his likeness. “I think it’s because he overachieves,” trainer Ron Burke said about Foiled Again’s popularity. “There have been how many more horses that were more talented, but he ended up putting them away. He just kept going on. “He never was a super high-speed horse that beat them with talent, he beat them with heart and determination. I think that’s what resonates with people. With Twitter, any time the horse does anything, I get more interaction than any horse. It just never stops. It is a big deal.” Foiled Again is owned by Burke Racing, the Weaver Bruscemi partnership, and JJK Stables. by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager 

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, February 22, 2018—Foiled Again wound up in a Yonkers Raceway fourth-place dead-heat Thursday night (Feb. 22nd), adding few dollars to the retirement account but holding a 100th harness racing career win in abeyance. Sent off as the 13-10 favorite from post position No. 3 in the $20,000, eighth-race pace, Foiled Again (George Brennan) found the easiest of pockets behind pole-sitting Kept Under Wraps A (Jordan Stratton). The brisk evening saw early intervals of:27.1 and :56.4 before BB’s Harley (Jim Marohn Jr.)—who made no attempt to secure an early-two-hole from post No. 2—moved from third.   BB’s Harley made steady advances toward the leader in and out of a 1:25.2 three-quarters, with Heez Orl Black N (Jason Bartlett) working from second-over.   It was Kept Under Wraps A about to wear up his welcome off the final turn while BB’s Harley ($44.20) went by and edged away, winning by a length-and-a-three-quarters in 1:54.1. As for Foiled Again, he did slip off the cones from behind a tiring leader, but needed more late punch. Heez Orl Black N chased home his tow for second, with Twin B Speedo (Brent Holland) third. Foiled Again and Theartofconfusion A (Greg Merton) divided the final two envelopes in that ‘heater’ for fourth, beaten two lengths. Foiled Again’s $1,300 payday increased the career bankroll to a sport’s-best $7,572,178. It was the 14-year-old gelding’s 308th career purse start and his fourth try at reaching the triple-figure victory milestone. Win, lose or (appropriately) draw, Foiled Again was going to be a television star. New York’s WCBS-TV (Channel 2), in the persons of sports anchor Steve Overmyer and cameraman Brad Yurcisin, chronicled his work night for a future feature. More information regarding that as it becomes available.      A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Friday evening’s (Feb. 23rd) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $3,677.73 and a $15,000 guaranteed pool. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 6 through 10 (for these 10-race cards, ordinarily it’s races 7 through 11). It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Thursday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Frank Drucker  

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, February 21, 2018—The Foiled Again saga continues Thursday night (Feb. 22nd), with the venue (Yonkers Raceway) and the quest (100 harness racing career wins) remaining the same. It’s the fourth crack at the milestone for harness racing’s richest-ever equine ($7,570,878) in his 308th career purse start. Foiled Again drew post position No. 3 in the $20,000, eighth-race pace. First post is 6:50 PM, with approximate post for the eighth at 9:30 PM George Brennan drives for co-owner (as Burke Racing) / trainer Ron Burke. The 14-year-old Dragon Again gelding won (with Brennan) his seasonal debut, moving him to the precipice of the plateau. He hit the board once (a third-place finish) in three subsequent starts.  Foiled Again has raced at the same (non-winners of $20,000 in last five starts) in every start this season. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, February 1, 2018 — Foiled Again’s second attempt at his 100th harness racing career win came up a nose and a head short Thursday night (Feb. 1st), cutting the mile and just missing in a Yonkers Raceway blanket photo. Leaving from post position No. 5 beneath a light drizzle in the $20,000, eighth-race pace, the sport’s richest-ever equine needed a fair amount of driver Yannick Gingras’ urging early. The 6-5 favorite did get over pole-sitting second choice Lord of Misrule (George Brennan), making the lead just before a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. It was a rated 58-second intermission over a ‘good’ oval when Machtu N (Brent Holland) tried it first-up from fourth. That interloper found himself in a statistical dead-heat with Foiled Again in and out of a 1:26.1 three-quarters, with Foiled Again clinging to a short schnoz entering the lane. Gingras was all over Foiled Again in the lane, and it appeared that the horse who made his reputation fighting off all comers could do it again. The field closed ranks into a slow final quarter, with Foiled Again tiring just enough to afford Lord of Misrule a non-passing lane passing lane. That one barely edged a seam-splitting, 43-1 outsider Macintosh N (Jordan Stratton) by a desperate nose in 1:56.4. Foiled Again wound up third, beaten a head as the five payees were separated by three-quarters of a length. The entire octet was head-to-toe two lengths apart.   “I came here to win with him,” Gingras said. “I wanted to leave. I wasn’t going to race him from third–over.”   Thursday night’s $2,400 payday in Foiled Again’s 306th lifetime purse try increased the 14-year-old gelding’s retirement account to $7,570,878. The evening’s Pick 5 began with a carryover of $4,787.19 and attracted $20,614 of new coin…easily leapfrogging the $15,000 guarantee. After takeout, that left an approximate pool of $20,247. The winning combination of 1/3/1/6/1 returned $232 for every correct half-a-buck wager. Frank Drucker

Hightstown, NJ --- Foiled Again’s place in harness racing history is secured, but the 14-year-old pacer is still working at adding to his credentials. Already the richest horse in the sport’s history, Foiled Again is on the brink of joining the 100-win club. When he does, he will become the 16th pacer in the last 40 years to reach that milestone. Of the pacers in the group, few competed at the level of Foiled Again, who has 21 stakes wins worth at least $100,000 to his credit. Only Hall of Famer Rambling Willie, who won 111 races, and Pilgrim’s Fiery, who won 106, earned more than $1 million in their careers. In fact, Foiled Again alone has earned more money than the 15 pacers in the 100-win club combined, $7.56 million to $6.50 million. Foiled Again picked up win No. 99 on Jan. 13 at Yonkers Raceway and makes his first attempt for 100 on Saturday night’s (Jan. 20) first race at Yonkers. Post time is 6:50 p.m. (EST). Foiled Again and driver George Brennan will start from post seven in a seven-horse field and are 7-2 on the morning line. “I’m excited for him to achieve this,” trainer Ron Burke said. “It’s special. A hundred wins, when you figure it out, it’s a lot. I don’t care how many years you’ve raced, it’s a lot. And he’s done it in stakes races and conditioned races. I give the horse all the credit in the world. I don’t know if we’ll ever see another like him. At 14 he can still race in the top levels at Yonkers and be competitive.” Foiled Again is one of only two horses, along with Rambling Willie, to receive three consecutive Dan Patch Awards for best older male pacer. In 2011, at the age of 7, Foiled Again was Pacer of the Year. 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 Open Pace to become the oldest horse to win a Breeders Crown event. In addition to his victory in the Breeders Crown, Foiled Again’s career triumphs include 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. Foiled Again’s accomplishments and popularity were acknowledged beyond harness racing in 2015 when he was honored by Breyer with a model created in his likeness. “I think it’s because he overachieves,” Burke said about Foiled Again’s popularity. “There have been how many more horses that were more talented, but he ended up putting them away. He just kept going on. “He never was a super high-speed horse that beat them with talent, he beat them with heart and determination. I think that’s what resonates with people. With Twitter, any time the horse does anything, I get more interaction than any horse. It just never stops. It is a big deal.” Foiled Again has visited 25 different racetracks during his 304-race career. Burke doesn’t intend for the horse to become a homebody until he reaches mandatory retirement at the end of this year. “He’s an incredible horse,” said Burke, whose Burke Racing Stable owns Foiled Again with the Weaver Bruscemi partnership and JJK Stables. “I love him, the whole family loves him, and he really changed the trajectory of our barn. “I’m going to make it a point to try to get him to as many tracks as I can. I’m not worried about him making money or us making money, I just want people to see him and enjoy him. I want us to enjoy it until the end.” For Saturday’s first race program page, click here and for Foiled Again’s lifetime Yonkers’ race-by-race results, click here. by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

YONKERS, NY, Monday, January 15, 2018 — Already with seven figures in earnings, Foiled Again goes for  triple figures in wins. Harness racing’s richest-ever horse eyes a 100th career victory Saturday night (Jan. 20th), starting from outside post position No. 7 in Yonkers Raceway’s $20,000 first-race pace. Win No. 99 came this past Saturday night (Jan. 13th), a season-debuting half-length victory (1:55) at the same level (non-winners $20,000 in last five starts) he sees this time around.   “What can I say?,” was driver George Brennan post mortem. “He knows exactly what he’s doing. I moved him to the lead and he gets lazy, which he does. Then, when he was challenged, he dug in.” Brennan once again takes a seat behind the 14-year-old Dragon Again gelding, co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables. With that 99th win in his 304th purse try (in addition to 65 seconds and 43 thirds), he improved the retirement fund to $7,568,478. Foiled Again, who’s been winning races here since 2006, includes a pair of George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series titles (2009-10) in his robust resume.  Post time (which in this case is also Foiled Again time) for the dozen–race card is 6:50 PM. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, January 14, 2018 — Put Foiled Again together with Run and Tell Pap and you get a 25-year-old harness racing gelding. Well, not quite, but… While the exploits of 14-year-old pacer Foiled Again—he of the 99 career wins and sport’s-best $7.6 million lifetime bankroll—have been well-documented by any number of authors (including this one), trotter Run and Tell Pap also just keeps on keepin’ on. The 11-year-old son of High Falls pounced from the pocket at a $19 mutuel Sunday afternoon (Jan. 14th). From post position No. 4, he won the $20,000, sixth race by a neck in 2:30.1 for the mile-and-a-quarter distance. ‘Pap,’ acquired by co-owners (as Burke Racing, trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi in late November, stalked Jacks to Open (Matt Kakaley) around the oval, then picked him off late. Run and Tell Pap, who makes his living as an optional $20,000 claimer, has ‘only’ 68 career wins in 233 starts to go along with more than $766,000 in earnings. He’s compiled four, six-figure purse seasons, including one as a 2-year-old and one a season ago at 10. What these two grizzled vets have in common, besides being Burke stablemates and winning here the past two days, is one George Brennan. “This trotter (Run and Tell Pap) seems as if can do go all day,” Brennan said. “I thought he was good last week (first-up before tiring), but his hopples seemed a bit tight. Today, I just moved my bike a bit closer to him and no problem.” As far any trade secrets to driving the geriatric geldings, Brennan deferred. “None. They’re just pros,” he said. “I mean Foiled Again last (Saturday) night, gets a bit lazy on the front end, then sees another horse and he knows what to do.” With 167 wins between the two of them, they know exactly what to do. Frank Drucker  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, January 13, 2018 — As harness racing driver George Brennan succinctly said, “What can I say?”  Brennan spoke of Foiled Again beginning his final racing season with his 99th career victory Saturday night (Jan. 13th), highlighting Yonkers Raceway’s 11-race soiree. The sport’s richest horse added to his $7.5 million retirement account with a hard-earned, half-length victory. Quarter-moving to the lead from post position No. 3 in the $20,000, fourth-race pace, even-money favorite Foiled Again ($4) took a lot of first-up heat from All Down the Line (Eric Goodell). In start No. 304, Foiled Again won that back-half battle, prevailing by a half-length in 1:55. The 14-year-old Dragon Again gelding, co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables, improved the bankroll to $7,606,857. Informed this was indeed Foiled Again’s 99th win, Brennan said, “I’m reasonably sure he gets to 100.” Saturday night’s featured $40,000 Open Pace saw Thisjetsabookin’ (Jordan Stratton, $18.40) rebuff 3-5 fave Gokudo Hanover (Matt Kakaley) at the quarter, then finish it off. From post No. 5 in the half-dozen, Thisjetsabookin’ (:27, :56.3, 1:25, 1:53.3) held off the odds-on choice by a half-length, with Killer Martini (Brent Holland) third. For fourth choice Thisjetsabookin’, a 6-year-old Jereme’s Jet owned by William Emmons and trained by William Adamczyk, it was his third win in the last six tries dating to early November. The exacta paid $46, with the triple returning $119. Reminder the Raceway offers another ‘French’ Sunday (Jan. 14th), with a first post of 11:30 AM. Foiled Again in 99th win Frank Drucker

Northfield Park hosted the $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie on Saturday (June 3), and for the first year since 2009 Foiled Again did not compete in the race. However, he still stole the harness racing spotlight. After competing on the undercard, finishing fifth in the $20,000 Open Pace, the richest horse in the history of harness racing came to the grandstand apron to greet the public and pose for selfies with his fans. Foiled Again, 13, has career earnings of $7,522,128 and has won 94 races so far in his career. Three of those wins have come in Northfield's Battle of Lake Erie, making him the only three-peat winner of the event. Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting, Dave Bianconi, and Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association Track Representative, Amy Hollar, presented a plaque to part-owner Mark Weaver recognizing Team Burke and Foiled Again's historic contributions to Northfield Park. Ayers Ratliff

Dragon Again, a winner of more than $2.3 million on the harness racing track and the sire of the winners of more than $122.7 million, including the $7.5 million-winner Foiled Again, the sport's all-time richest racehorse, was euthanized Wednesday afternoon, April 19, at Sugar Valley Farm in Ohio, where he had stood stallion duty since 2014. Dragon Again's death comes one week after Sugar Valley Farm announced the retirement of the 22-year-old son of Dragon's Lair. In making that announcement, Sugar Valley Farm co-owner Joe McLead said Dragon Again had a fused right ankle that was ailing him. "He's had that fused right ankle the last 14 years and in the last day or so the ankle became just too much for him to deal with. It had begun to take its toll on the rest of his body," McLead said on Thursday morning. Dragon Again was bred by Andray Farm and was purchased as a yearling for $40,000 by Ohioan Ed Mullinax. Mullinax owned Dragon Again his entire racing career and is still the majority shareholder in the Dragon Again Syndicate. "I consulted with Mr. Mullinax and we made the decision to euthanize together," said McLead. "We did not want the horse to suffer." Dragon Again won 29 of 70 starts, with his biggest victory coming in the $450,000 Hoosier Cup in 1998 at Hoosier Park. Other big wins for Dragon Again included the $350,000 Canadian Pacing Derby at Mohawk Racetrack and the $250,000 Prix d'Autumn at Hippodrome de Montreal in 1999, and the $150,000 Battle of Lake Erie in 1999 at Northfield Park. Dragon Again's career best of 1:48.3 came on June 17, 2000, when he won the $87,600 Pacing Classic at Woodbine. At the time the mile was the fastest ever paced in Canada. Dragon Again was retired following his 5-year-old season in 2000, going on to a stud career at Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania. He stood at Hanover for 13 years before moving to Sugar Valley in 2014, where the size of his books were 116, 107 and 82 in years 2014-16. Dragon Again bred some mares this season, with a few already pronounced in foal. In addition to Foiled Again, Dragon Again's other $1-million-plus performers include My Little Dragon ($2.3 million); Atochia ($1.8 million); Aracache Hanover ($1.7 million); Wakizashi Hanover ($1.3 million); Versado ($1.2 million); and Tidewaterdragonfly ($1 million). Overall, Dragon Again sired 334 lifetime $100,000 winners from 940 performers. From those performers, 562 took marks of 1:55 or better. His fastest progeny were 1:48 winners Foiled Again, Wakizashi Hanover and Vlos. McLead said Dragon Again was buried on the farm near his paddock by the Sugar Valley office. "We have a pond near his paddock and there are two oak trees at the back of the pond, and we buried him between those two trees so he can see all the broodmares and his paddock," said McLead. Gordon Waterstone The Horseman And Fair World

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, October 22, 2016 -- Today's story is sponsored by the letter T. favored Take it Back Terry (George Brennan, $5.10) and Tornado Tim (Dan Dube, $21.80) won their respective Yonkers Raceway $45,000 harness racing co-features Saturday night. 'Terry,' from post position No. 3, reeled in a runaway Keystone Velocity (Jason Bartlett) at the wire in the Open Handicap Pace. The latter, leaving from outside his six rivals, rolled through intervals of :27.3, :55.4 and 1:23.1. He hit the wall late, as Take it Back Terry made up 5½ lengths entering the lane to win by a nostril in 1:52.1. The Real One (Pat Lachance) also rallied, he for third. Winds of Change (Mark MacDonald) and Melmerby Beach (Dube) settled for the minors. For Take it Back Terry, a millionaire 7-year-old Western Terror gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura, it was his sixth win in 26 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $29, with the triple returning $70.50. As for Tornado Tim, he was first-up and first home in the Open Handicap Trot. Away fourth from the pole, he saw Major Athens (Eric Abbatiello) lead early (:27.2, :56.3), only to blow up down the backside. 'Tim' took over well before the 1:25.4 three-quarters, opening 2½ lengths in and out of the final turn. Melady's Monet (Bartlett), as the 13-10 choice, couldn't stay with the winner, getting to within a half-length at the wire. Luminosity (Brennan), bothered by the breaker, was third, with Cash Me Out (Tyler Buter) and Tober (Brent Holland) coming away the final pay envelopes. For Tornado Tim, a 9-year-old Revenue S gelding co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard and Kapildeo Singh, he's now 5-for-26 this season. The exacta paid $99.50, with the triple returning $503. 91st win for Foiled Again Foiled Again (George Brennan, $8.80) was not be what he was, but he was more than good enough as is. Harness racing’s richest-ever performer prevailed from second-over Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway $35,000 winners-over pace. Foiled Again. from post position No. 3, held off a third-up P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett) by a length-and-a-quarter in 1:53.4. Rampage Jackson (Brent Holland) cut the mile and faded to third. It was the 91st career win in the 270th start for Foiled Again, whose retirement account now reads $7,460,758. The 12-year-old Dragon Again gelding is co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables, has won five of his 24 seasonal starts, including three of his last four. Foiled Again was included in an ‘unhit’ Pick 5, which left a $2,154.60 carryover into Monday night’s card (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). Frank Drucker

Batavia, NY---Although overlooked by many and sent off at a hearty 9-1, Foiled Again brought his harness racing A-game to Genesee County and exhibited the heart that has earned him over $7.4 million in lifetime earnings to win the 14th annual $50,000 Robert J. Kane Memorial pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Oct. 8). Off the gate, Scott Rocks (John Cummings Jr.) and Mel Mara (Jim Morrill Jr.) argued for the lead and registered a swift :26.4 quarter in the process before Mel Mara relented and tucked in second. With Scott Rocks now dictating the proceedings, the field stayed in single-file around the far turn before Polak A (Shawn Gray) pulled first-over at the three-eighths to start the outer flow. Polak A drew alongside Scott Rocks at the half, stalked him around the turn and then passed the tiring leader before crossing over at three-quarters in 1:22.4. At this point Foiled Again (Kevin Cummings) who had been tracking the race from fifth, tipped three-deep around Southwind Amazon (Shawn McDonough) and caught up to the leader by the top of the stretch. Then as they came down the lane, Foiled Again swelled up under mild urging from Cummings and paced right by Polak A to win by a length in 1:52.2. Polak A hung on for second and Mel Mara overcame road trouble to grab third. It was the third time Foiled Again has won the Kane Memorial, having also scored victories in the 2009 and 2013 editions and the second time Kevin Cummings has won it after taking the 2006 race with Michael Scores. "He went real well tonight" said Cummings. "He was a little lazy early but he did a good job tracking the field. He knows his business and I was confident at the three-quarters that he could win this. It was great to win the Kane tonight." It was the 90th career win for Foiled Again ($20.20) who now sits just $13,492 short of $7.5 million lifetime. The 12-year-old Ron Burke trainee is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and the JJK Stable. In the co-featured $15,000 Brian Schroeder Memorial Trot, Serious George (Shawn Gray) got away fourth before pulling first-over at the half to pound out an arduous journey and overtake the front-running BZ Glide (Mike Caprio) to win in a new lifetime mark of 1:57.2. Serious George ($23.00) is owned by James Palladino and trained by Rich Mays. Driver Shawn Gray was red hot on Saturday, winning five races on the card. He scored with Studio City ($3.90, 1:58.1), Surfer's Paradise ($8.60, 1:55.4), Serious George ($23.00, 1:57.2), Gallant Major ($5.40, 1:56.2) and Life's Lessons ($4.40, 1:56.1). Kevin Cummings and Jim Morrill Jr. both had driving hat tricks and trainers Ron Burke and Gerry Sarama each claimed three wins apiece. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Monday afternoon (Oct. 10) for the last matinee card of the season. The Columbus Day special gets underway at 1:15 p.m.   Tim Bojarski

WILKES-BARRE PA - The spotlight was put to overtime service on a rainy Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, as star performances were turned in by feature race winner Keystone Velocity, harness racing's all-time money champ Foiled Again, driver George Napolitano Jr., and trainer Chris Oakes.   Keystone Velocity, an eight-year-old stallion who has always been one of history's footnotes as the least-expensive yearling from the last crop of great stallion Western Hanover ($3000, a year before his dam Venus Killean produced millionaire champion mare Venus Delight), again showed that he is much much more than a footnote in taking the $25,000 winners-over handicap pace in stunning fashion, equaling his lifetime mark of 1:48.2 over sloppy going in a field that included Rockin Ron (conqueror of Wiggle It Jiggleit) and Mel Mara (conqueror of Always B Miki).   Simon Allard sent the Barry Probber trainee, whose owner Lauretta Galm was his $3000 purchaser and who has made some profit on the horse (career earnings $499,221), up after the streaking gateleaver Bushwacker, who carried the winner past a searing 25.3 quarter (in off going) before yielding. Keystone Velocity got the half in 53.3, saw Mel Mara charging uncovered down the back and upped the tempo to 1:20.4 at the ¾, and then maintained a safe margin to the wire, with Bushwacker in the Pocono Pike second and Mel Mara third, ahead of Rockin Ron.   Napolitano and Oakes, the leaders in their respective categories at Pocono in 2016, combined to win half of the first eight races on Saturday. After their victory with Ideal Candidate in race 5, George Napolitano Jr. was feted by Pocono management for becoming only the 32nd driver in harness racing history to achieve 8000 driving victories, which he accomplished in the first race at Harrah's Philadelphia yesterday (then started on his way to 9000 by taking the back half of Friday's Philly Early Double, and continued on Saturday).   Napolitano added a fifth victory in a $15,500 conditioned trot with Wilberforce, making a sweeping move in the latter stages with the altered son of Caviar Crown and coming home on an uncontested lead, tallying in 1:54.2 to take his ninth victory of the season for trainer Kris Rickert, co-owner with Dale Wareham. In a companion-class $15,500 event for pacers, Theartofconfusion A handled a slight stepup in class with relative ease upon coming in from Yonkers, the Riverboat King gelding stopping the clock in 1:50.3 for driver Pat Berry, trainer Jeffrey Smith, and the Saddle Rock Stables.   And then there was the gallant Foiled Again, raising his career win percentage to exactly one-third (89 wins in 267 starts for the 12-year-old pacer) and his history-altering bankroll to $7,416,508 with a seasonal best 1:51.1 for trainer Ron Burke and driver Dave Palone, the winningest driver in harness history, whose own career tally behind Foiled Again is now 8-5-2-1-$243,750.   Foiled Again, owned by the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and JJK Stables LLC, also has a fine history at Pocono, with six wins and 11 board finishes in 15 local starts worth $782,661 (dating back to July 3, 2007, when he was third in a 3YO Sire Stake). The bulk of the Dragon Again gelding's local haul came of course in 2013 sloppy tracks wins here in the Franklin Final and Breeders Crown Final -- he's 4-for-5 lifetime in the Pocono slop.   (A final note: Foiled Again has had 23 drivers in his pari-mutuel career - how many can you name? If you came up with Jack Baggitt Jr, George Brennan, Marc Campbell, Dan Dube, Yannick Gingras, Eric Goodell, Greg Grismore, Tony Hall, Jody Jamieson, Matt Kakaley, Mike Lachance, Eric Ledford, Jim Marshall III, Andy Miller, Brett Miller, David Miller, Jim Morrill Jr, Chris Page, Dave Palone, Ron Pierce, Jon Roberts, Steve Smith, Mike Wilder, and Scott Zeron, go to the head of the class - and join Foiled Again.)   PHHA/Pocono

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 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       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                   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 présent message électronique (y compris les pièces qui y sont annexées, le cas échéant) s'adresse au destinataire indiqué et peut contenir des renseignements de caractère privé ou confidentiel. Si vous n'êtes 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 été transmis par erreur, veuillez en informer l'expéditeur et le supprimer immédiatement.  

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

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