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Foiled Again Looking For 100 Saturday

Published: June 7, 2018 10:19 am ET

Last Comment: June 10, 2018 11:32 am ET | 3 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

He’s the richest Standardbred ever with more than $7.5 million in career earnings, but in his final year of racing, 14-year-old Foiled Again would like to nail down one more accomplishment — career win 100.

He’ll shoot for the elusive milestone this Saturday (June 9) at the Meadows when he starts from Post 2 with Dave Palone in Race 11. First post for the special Belmont Day card will be 11:25 a.m.

Foiled Again will compete in a conditioned race that generally draws horses that have been struggling for victories (only one horse in the field has a win showing in its recent charted lines). Foiled Again has been, well, ‘foiled again’ in each of his seven previous attempts for No. 100, but this Saturday’s outcome could be different.

“He drew in a good spot, he should have a good shot,” says Ron Burke, who trains the gallant gelding, a son of Dragon Again-In A Safe Place, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, LLC and JJK Stables. “He’s starting to get tight and should be ready to rock.”

Foiled Again last raced at Northfield Park on June 2 and finished third despite a brutal trip. Burke says he’s maintaining the ‘Old Boy’s customary work schedule.

“He gets trained the same as he’s been trained since he was four,” Burke indicates. “He seems to thrive on work, and he’s a very happy horse. If anything, he’s better at it now because he knows what’s expected of him.”

It was midway through Foiled Again’s four-year-old campaign that Mark Weaver of Weaver Bruscemi and Kevin Koury of JJK recommended his purchase to their groups. They bought him privately, Weaver recalls, for $60,000.

“That was a decent amount, especially 10 years ago, and we had some decent expectations of him,” Weaver says. “He was a young horse who could get around small tracks, and we thought he would fit our program. But if someone had predicted he would achieve everything he did, you would’ve called him crazy.”

Those accomplishments are the stuff of legend. He won the Dan Patch Pacer of the Year Award three consecutive times (2011-2013), was the first pacer to record three consecutive million-dollar seasons, and, in 2013 at the age of nine, he became the oldest horse to win a Breeders Crown (a mark that was eclipsed the following year by 11-year-old trotter Commander Crowe). With that unprecedented resume, career win 100 might seem just a round number. Weaver and Burke don’t see it that way.

“He’s done so much for all of us,” Weaver says. “He’s literally changed our lives and allowed us to invest back in the game. No. 100 would allow us to appreciate him one more time. Listen — you have the winningest driver in the history of the sport driving for the winningest trainer in the history of the sport on the richest horse in the history of the sport. If they were to win, that would be kind of big.”

“Every win of his is important to us; you appreciate it now because you know there won’t be many more,” says Burke. “When he won his last stake race (the 2016 Robert J. Kane Memorial at Batavia Downs), we were all crying because we thought, this could be it.”

Win or lose Saturday, Burke plans to race Foiled Again through the end of the year, when he faces mandatory retirement, with his final race to be contested on December 31 at the Meadows.

“That will make a great New Year’s Eve party — for us and his fans,” Burke says. “It will be really cool for the sport.”

The Belmont Day card features many fan festivities, including a pair tied to Foiled Again. The first 100 people at the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) table in the racebook will receive Foiled Again towels, a la the ‘Terrible Towel,’ and one lucky raffle winner will take home a Foiled Again figurine produced by Breyer.

Other activities include:

  • Food and beverage specials at the BBQ Pit on the apron;

  • Paddock tours and jog cart/starting gate rides courtesy MSOA;

  • The MSOA’s 'Spin to Win' contest, with vouchers as prizes;

  • A ‘Rockin’ on the Rail’ live concert featuring Ryan Cain and the Ables. The music begins at the conclusion of the live card.

For more information, stop by the MSOA information table.

(Meadows)

June 10, 2018 - 11:32 amDidn't get #100 on Sat. 2nd

Didn't get #100 on Sat. 2nd by a head in 1:52 +.
Anyway, whatever happens I hope they've already got a stall ready for him next January at the Kentucky Horse Park.

June 8, 2018 - 4:15 pmHi Philip I too have thought

Hi Philip

I too have thought of Foiled Again coming back for Old Home Week. Part of me even thought it would be super special that his win 100 came here. Not that I want him to go a couple months without a win but just to be able to witness that part of history.

I don't think the Gold Cup and Saucer trials are for him though now. He was here 2 years ago and it was tough then. How he was treated though was like royalty. I think he would be treated even better this time around as its his final year. I would like to see him pointed to the back up division during Old Home week. He gets the Invitational races and finishes up on GC&S night in the Premier's Pace just before the Cup. Chances are he has a really decent shot at winning that final plus maybe picking up another win or two earlier in the week in the elimination races for points. Could be potentially his final career wins although I think the Meadows race will be a little stacked up for him to win New Years eve but he deserves it.

Heck maybe even do the classy thing and let him parade the horses in the Gold Cup.

June 7, 2018 - 3:41 pmI think it would be great if

I think it would be great if Burke entered FA for the Gold Cup & Saucer. I know the Burkes like to go to Charlottetown anyway and I think it would be great for the industry and the PEI fans for FA to race there.


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