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Foiled Again Earns 108th Win

Published: December 9, 2018 5:27 pm ET

Last Comment: December 9, 2018 9:32 pm ET | 1 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

A mere three weeks away from mandatory retirement, Foiled Again ($2.20) withstood three strong challenges en route to a gritty 1:54.2 win — the 108th of his career — in Sunday's (Dec. 9) $10,000 Foiled Again Farewell Tour Invitational at Harrah's Philadelphia.

The richest pacer of all time and usual driver Yannick Gingras were tested from the outset by Cabbies Delight (driven by George Napolitano Jr.), but held their ground through a :27.4 first-quarter duel. After rating a comfortable :57 half, the 14-year-old son of Dragon Again faced first-over pressure from Machtu N (Brett Miller) up the far side of the course. Machtu N worked to within half a length of the lead past three-quarters in 1:25.4 before Foiled Again dismissed that challenger, only for Cabbies Delight to re-emerge up the open stretch.

Driven out to the winning post, Foiled Again refused to lose, parrying Cabbies Delight's inside challenge by a quarter length for his tenth seasonal score. Hypothetical (Tony Morgan) made late inroads to take third.

"There's tears every time I get to sit behind him, and it gets harder every time," said an emotional Gingras, after the win over the same racetrack Foiled Again made a name for himself in 2008 with ten wins, eight of them against open competition.

"There's no doubt that he's helped me to get to where I'm at."

Trainer Ron Burke expressed similar sentiments of the veteran, whose farewell tour will wrap up on December 31 at The Meadows.

“It's really energized us as a barn and made us enjoy everything," Burke said about the tour before reminiscing about his star pacer's legacy.

"Probably at seven, he was better than everyone out there. All of a sudden, there wasn't anyone better, and he went for two or three years where he was the best horse in the country." In his 2011 campaign, Foiled Again won six $100,000 events en route to amassing well over $7.6 million in career earnings.

The Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables own Foiled Again, and have campaigned him since acquiring him in July of 2008.

Live racing resumes at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday (Dec. 12); first post is slated for 12:25 p.m.

(Harrah’s Philadelphia)

December 9, 2018 - 9:32 pmStandardbreds can earn more

Mike Mobley SAID...

Standardbreds can earn more money at ages 2 and 3 than at any other age. It's unbelievable that as a 2 and 3 year old, Foiled Again didn't win a single race with a purse of more than $10,000, and he finished his 3 year old campaign with a 19-race losing streak. He didn't win a single race with a purse from Feb 2007 until May, 2008!

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