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 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