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Batavia, NY --- The richest Standardbred in the history of the sport, the $7.59 million winner Foiled Again will be racing at Batavia Downs tonight, Friday night (September 21) which is the next stop of his farewell tour as he heads to retirement at the end of the year. Foiled Again's lifetime win count is now at 103 races and he comes to Batavia on a three-race win streak having won at the Greenville Fair, the Windsor Fair and most recently at Freehold Raceway. This past week he made an appearance at the Little Brown Jug in Delaware, Ohio and went a training mile in front of the crowd on Jugette Day in preparation for his race at The Downs on Friday. The 14-year-old Foiled Again will compete in race eight at Batavia which is an Open II event going for $10,000 and the estimated post time for that race is 9 p.m. The visit was made possible through his owners Burke Racing, the Weaver Bruscemi partnership, and JJK Stables. Having raced at Batavia Downs six times in his career, Foiled Again has a five win and one second record. His first appearance was in 2009 when he won his first of three Robert J. Kane Memorial paces, which is Batavia Down's signature stake. He also won two Opens and finished second in a third. In an interview earlier this summer, trainer Ron Burke expressed his feelings about racing Foiled Again at Batavia Downs. "Of course Foiled will be coming to Batavia this year; Batavia is always on his list. One of the best memories we ever had of his career was his win in the 2016 Kane Memorial there. We were all at the Lexington sale watching the race on a monitor outside. We knew that was probably going to be his last stake ever. And when he came flying from the back of the pack after they kept him parked out the whole mile to swoop the field and win, we were all screaming and cheering. We were literally all crying, it was special for us." Jim Morrill Jr. will be in the bike behind the pacing legend this week to see if he can make his last visit at Batavia a winning one. Foiled Again is just part of one of the biggest nights of racing ever held at Batavia Downs. The New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) consolation races will also be held with eight divisions going to post for the $320,000 in purse money available. The first NYSS race is non-betting with a 5:20 p.m. post time. Then NYSS events are in race one, two, three, five, six seven and 10. Post time for the first betting race is 6 p.m. The early Pick-5 wager (which runs from race one through race five) includes four of the NYSS consolation events and has a guaranteed pool of $3,000 for Friday. It is part of the USTA Strategic Wagering pool and race pages can be downloaded for free from Trackmaster and the USTA through this link. (http://handicapping.ustrotting.com) The Batavia Downs early Pick-5 on Friday is also the USTA Play of the Day on the Harness Racing Fan Zone. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

FREEHOLD, N.J. — Soon to be Hall of Fame member, Foiled Again, was the star of the Open Space Pace at  Freehold Raceway on Sept. 15. The Open Space Pace is a nonprofit organization with a mission to celebrate the horse, New Jersey’s official state animal, and to promote open space in the nation’s most densely populated state. The Open Space Pace raises funds in support of non-profit organizations and the CentraState Healthcare System. The day began with a parade of horses from the Monmouth County Hall of Records to Freehold Raceway. New Jersey Assemblyman Ronald S. Dancer was the Grand Marshal. Dancer is the son of Harness Racing Hall of Fame member, trainer, driver, Stanley Dancer.  Foiled Again was the headliner in the first race and he did not disappoint — winning for the 103rd time in his career. It was the same place he had won his very first race, in his debut at age 2, 12 years ago. Foiled Again has now banked more than $7.59 million. Despite being parked out for the one mile race, Foiled Again and driver George Brennan won in 1:53.4. The 14-year-old gelding is on a farewell tour across North America. Standardbreds must retire from racing once they turn 15. After the race Foiled Again met with his fans and posed for photos, lots and lots of photos. There was also a petting zoo, educational exhibits, 12 more live harness races, vendor tables, food trucks and more.   Throughout the day, the Open Space Pace awarded seven one-thousand-dollar college scholarships, the winners of which were determined by random draw. Several charities were also presented with a $1,000 check. By Lillian Schupe, for Tapinto.net

MILTON, ON - September 13, 2018 - Woodbine Entertainment is pleased to announce that Foiled Again, the richest Standardbred of all-time, will be making a visit to Mohawk Park on Saturday, December 22 for the penultimate stop on his farewell tour. A career-winner of more than $7.5 million, Foiled Again is currently in his final season of racing before retirement. The connections of the 14-year-old gelding have taken the opportunity to showcase the legendary pacer to racing fans across North America. Foiled Again is trained by Ron Burke and owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Mark Weaver & Mike Bruscemi (Weaver Bruscemi LLC) and Joe & Kevin Koury (Jjk Stables LLC). Fans in attendance on December 22 will have the opportunity to see Foiled Again compete in a race. His visit to Mohawk Park is currently scheduled as the second-last start of his career before he races for a final-time on New Year's Eve (December 31) at The Meadows in Pennsylvania. Foiled Again has won 102 of 319 career starts. The legendary pacer has made 17 starts during his career at Mohawk Park and Woodbine Racetrack, recording five wins and 13 top-three finishes. Mohawk Park has been an important location during the career of Foiled Again. The Ron Burke trainee raced in five consecutive editions of the historic Canadian Pacing Derby from 2011 to 2015, winning the 2012 edition. His victory in the $787,000 Canadian Pacing Derby on September 1, 2012 will go down as the richest win of his career. Foiled Again's lengthy list of accomplishments include multiple Dan Patch Awards, an O'Brien Award and victories in the Breeders Crown (2013), TVG Free-For-All (2013), Ben Franklin (2013) and Molson Pace (2011, 2012). More details regarding Foiled Again's visit to Mohawk Park will be released in the coming weeks. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications  

The opportunity to lead the post parade for the 1st heat of the Little Brown Jug with Foiled Again has just been added to the Pre-Jug Party Charity Auction Sept. 19, at the Delaware County Fair! The offering is for one person sharing a double seat jog cart with the driver as they parade the first heat of the Little Brown Jug. Foiled Again is on his farewell tour before retiring as the richest horse in harness racing history with earnings in excess of $7,500,000! The annual Pre-Jug Party auction generates thousands of dollars each year to benefit New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program and the Delaware County Fair. "Foiled Again is the classiest, wisest, most accommodating Standardbred I've ever met," said New Vocations Executive Director Dot Morgan. "I was privileged to spend three days with him at Breyerfest, and I was astounded at his personable, kind temperament and total professionalism. We are thrilled to be able to auction off this once in a lifetime experience with the proceeds benefitting retired racehorses. I'd like to express my deep appreciation to Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables for this exciting donation." If leading the Little Brown Jug post parade with Foiled Again would be your dream come true, email Dot Morgan at dot@horseadoption.com or text (937) 205-4667 to get a party invitation. From New Vocations  

Goshen, NY - The Living Horse Hall of Fame Committee of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame has announced the slate of six candidates for election into the Hall of Fame. The nominees are: ART MAJOR CAPTAINTREACHEROUS FATHER PATRICK FOILED AGAIN PEACEFUL WAY SWEET LOU Standardbred horses are elected into harness racing's Living Horse Hall of Fame by the members of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame. Beginning this year, SIX candidates will be presented to the Museum membership for consideration. Ballots will be mailed to members in November. The THREE top vote getters will be inducted into the Living Horse Hall of Fame on Hall of Fame Day - July 7, 2019 - in Goshen, New York. If you wish to participate in the Living Horse Hall of Fame election process and are not currently a Museum member, please contact the Museum before October 31 to become a member. In July 2018, the Board of Trustees of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame approved a revised set of Living Horse Hall of Fame eligibility criteria. Those criteria are as follows: A racehorse must be retired from racing for two years and have had a drug-free career. In addition, racehorses must have been the winner of $2.5 million lifetime WITH 2 Dan Patch Awards, OR been the winner of $3 million lifetime, OR been named Dan Patch (U.S.) Harness Horse of the Year. Horses over the age of 12 that are still racing and meet the criteria are also eligible. A racemare must be retired from racing for two years and have had a drug-free career. In addition, racemares must have been the winner of $1.5 million lifetime WITH 2 Dan Patch Awards, OR been the winner of $2.5 million lifetime, OR been named Dan Patch (U.S.) Harness Horse of the Year. Mares over the age of 12 that are still racing and meet the criteria are also eligible. Stallions must rank among the 10 all-time leading moneywinning sires at their gait, OR have sired at least 100 $200,000 winners, OR been a leading moneywinning sire at his gait in three or more seasons. Annually on March 1st, a list of broodmares that have produced two Dan Patch winners, OR two millionaires, OR one Dan Patch winner and one millionaire will be assembled for the Living Horse Hall of Fame Committee to review. Committee members can also nominate a broodmare that does not meet the criteria. Each of the committee members votes for his or her top 5 broodmares, voting results are tabulated and the top two vote getters are elected to the Living Horse Hall of Fame. The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is located at 240 Main Street in Goshen, NY and is open Tuesday - Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thanks to industry support the Museum is currently offering free admission for walk-in visitors and $4 per person for group docent-guided tours. For information on the Museum, membership, special events, gift shop services and educational programs the Museum offers, please call (845) 294-6330 or visit www.harnessmuseum.com. Additional funding provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. by Janet Terhune, for the Harness Racing Musuem 

The Breeders Crown 2018 will be filled with 12 exciting races on one spectacular night at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Saturday, October 27th.  The entire night will be an event to remember, with something for everyone, including a souvenir photo booth with proceeds to benefit the Standardbred Retirement Foundation; a red carpet for fans to make their entrance; food trucks; the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame Gift Shop; Bow River Jewelry; Breeders Crown swag stand, mascot Hambo Tony; and much more. In addition, a HUGE celebrity will be on hand for a special meet and greet!    Fans will have the chance to meet and take a selfie with….FOILED AGAIN!  Yes, the richest standardbred of all time will be making a special appearance to meet his fans and to raise money for the Harness Horse Youth Foundation and for standardbred aftercare programs at 6:00 pm. This event is a wristband-only event, with wristbands distributed in a limited supply starting at 4:00 pm on the apron.  The photo is a minimum $5 donation, and each donation includes a stuffed toy replica of Foiled Again.  The appearance will take place on the track apron, closest to the paddock area.  Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.  The connections of Foiled Again will be on hand to meet fans as well, and to celebrate his thrilling victory in the 2013 Breeders Crown at Pocono.  Foiled Again will also lead the Post Parade for one of the Breeders Crown races.  Post Time for the 2018 Breeders Crown is 5:30pm.  Tickets are now on sale for the VIP Tent at https://www.hambletonian.com/2018-breeders-crown-tickets.html.  Additional seating and dining options will be available at a future date.  by Jennifer Starr, for Pocono Downs    

Batavia, NY---As the doors swing open for the start of the 72nd season of live harness racing at Batavia Downs on Monday (July 23), patrons, horsemen and horsewomen will see a multitude of changes made by the track to improve the racing product and enhance the wagering value. The 2018 racing session features 70 dates, including seven matinees that all start at 1:15 p.m. Monday and Wednesday evening post times are 5:00 p.m. with Friday and Saturday night races beginning at 6:00 p.m. There are four twilight Saturday programs during the season on Sept. 8, Oct. 6, Nov.17 and Dec 15 with a 4:45 p.m. post. Those racing at the Downs this year will be greeted by $600,000 worth of paddock improvements including a new barn that will house two additional races. It was constructed adjacent to the existing four-race paddock and across from the 16-stall wash barn and finished off with fresh blacktop. The new layout of the complex will allow for six races to be in the paddock at one time and provide uncluttered ease of bathing for horses that are done racing. Fans viewing the races on the monitors in the stands or via simulcast will enjoy an enhanced video product thanks to a brand new audio/visual studio that will broadcast everything in full digital video. The state-of-the-art control room will make the Batavia Downs signal and programming the best the track has ever offered and make the races easier and more enjoyable to watch. Another change that will be noticeable from both sides of the fence is the passing lane has been removed from the home stretch of the track. Batavia Downs has had a passing lane since 1989 and during that time the track has seen the bias towards inside posts go up dramatically. So in an attempt to create more early movement making outside posts more bettable and decrease the amount of winning favorites, this change was implemented. "This year we've made some changes that we feel will help the horsemen and bettors alike" said Todd Haight, Director/General Manager of Live Racing at Batavia Downs. "The new paddock will make the transition from race to race much easier for our participants and removing the passing lane should add some value for our gamblers. We look forward to getting underway and expect and exciting season of racing." The schedule looks to provide some of the best competition the track has seen and the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) will be the centerpiece of it. Eight divisions of state-breds will visit the Downs and there will be $800,000 (est.) up for grabs for the participating horses. Then on Friday (Sept. 21), all eight NYSS final consolation races will be held at the Downs with an additional $320,000 to be doled out. That same night the Downs two signature races will be held. The $15,000 Brian Schroeder Memorial trot and $15,000 Duke Dranichek Memorial pace will feature some of the best Open talent around including the richest pacer of all time. Trainer Ron Burke has marked his calendar and said the $7.5 million-dollar man/100-win wonder, Foiled Again is scheduled to compete in the Dranichek pace. Foiled Again has won three $50,000 Kane Memorials in Batavia along with two Saturday night Opens. He likes the track and he's coming back for a farewell appearance before his mandatory retirement at the end of the year. "September 9th is the 30th anniversary of Batavia Downs hosting the Breeders Crown and the card we have on tap for September 21 this year rivals that historic night for purses and competition. And to have Foiled Again here on top of it makes it a real draw for western New York" Haight said. The very next night (Saturday Sept.22) the very popular racing under saddle or "RUS" will return for the third year with horses and riders from New York RUS. They will attempt to break the track record that was set in 2016 when they made their first appearance at the track. The driving colony will be filled with familiar faces but with last year's dash title winner Larry Stalbaum not returning, a new champion will be crowned in December. Drew Monti, who is western New York's leading dash driver this year, will be in the mix along with Shawn Gray, Kevin Cummings, Ray Fisher Jr., Jim Morrill Jr., Billy Davis Jr. and John Cummings Jr. to name a few. On the conditioning side, last year's leading trainer Kim Asher will be back but with a reduced stable. That will open the door for the red hot James Clouser Jr. and three-time best Batavia conditioner JD Perrin to vie for top honors. Also competing at the Downs this meet will be 18-year-old Riley Asher-Stalbaum who began her training career earlier this year. She has made an instant impact among area trainers with a sparkling Universal Training Rating (UTR) of .428. Once again the fans will enjoy a plethora of promotions this year and as always, there will be something for everyone on tap. As has been the norm for many years, racing programs will be free on opening night and the first Saturday of the meet to welcome back our racing fans and each program contains a valuable free play coupon redeemable on the gaming floor. Sunday (July 29) and every Sunday in August is Dollar Days at the Downs. Fans can enjoy dollar drafts, sodas and hot dogs on the apron. On Saturday (Aug. 4) 10 lucky fans will win a stay at the beautiful new Batavia Downs Hotel which is connected to the race track and gaming floor. One lucky fan will win a $3,000 diamond pendant on Saturday (Aug. 11) during a jewelry night giveaway sponsored by TAG Jewelers. On Saturday (Aug.25) 10 lucky Patrons will win $100 gift certificates to the Spa at Artemis. Family Fun Days and the Wiener Dog races will return on Sunday (Aug. 26). The day includes free activities of all kinds for the kids. Then after the live racing is finished, the Wiener Dogs will hit the track for the main event. Genesee Feeds of Batavia is the official sponsor of this event. The traditional Driver's Bike Race will return for the 40th year on Labor Day (Sept. 3). Eight of the Down's favorite drivers will be pedaling bicycles from the top of the turn to the wire. Eight fans who select the winning driver will win the bikes used in the race. Labor Day also features the annual chicken barbecue. For information on racing or promotions log onto www.bataviadownsgaming.com . by Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Elkton, MD - Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica, is excited to announce their line-up for Thursday morning (July 12) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Joe Koury, co-owner of world champion Foiled Again; Yannick Gingras, driver of Foiled Again and Pace contender American History; Heather Wilder and Allison Conte, for Pacing for the Cure; and Eddie Dennis, regular Delaware trainer and driver. Koury, co-owner of Foiled Again, joins to talk about the champion scoring his 100th career victory on Saturday at Harrah's Philadelphia. Koury will discuss Foiled Again's illustrious career and what impact he has had on the sport of harness racing. Gingras, regular driver of Foiled Again, will discuss his thoughts after scoring with Foiled Again on Sunday afternoon. Gingras will also discuss his various stakes drives coming up on Saturday at The Meadowlands, including American History his Meadowlands Pace mount. The team of Heather Wilder and Allison Conte join to discuss Pacing for the Cure and the event they have going on at Scioto Downs this weekend. Registration for the event begins at 4:30 pm in the winners circle and the event will begin at 6:00 pm. Dennis, a regular driver and trainer on the Delaware circuit, joins the program this week to talk about his racing career and how he got involved with the sport of harness racing. Post Time with Mike and Mike will be live from Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment on Saturday night, a release with final details will be forthcoming. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. by Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, July 8, 2018-Foiled Again's milestone went mainstream. His 100th career win may have come Sunday afternoon (July 8th) at Harrah's Philly, but the accomplishment was duly noted Sunday night in New York City. WCBS-TV (Channel 2) sports anchor Steve Overmyer aired the late-stretch drive of Foiled Again's historic win during the 11 PM newscast. Overmyer had visited Yonkers Raceway earlier in 2018 to chronicle the sport's richest-ever performer's quest for Century City and subsequently became a 'Foiled fan,' dutifully checking the entries and results while keeping tabs. We appreciate Overrmyer's continued interest in the story. The segment can be viewed by clicking here. (you need to scroll down for it) by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

The sport's richest pacer, Foiled Again, will once again try to notch his 100th career win, this time at Harrah's Philadelphia in race number 13 on Sunday afternoon (July 8th). The 14-year-old gelding is in his final year of being able to race as he must retire come January 1, 2019. He drew post one against non-winners of $7,000 in their last 5 starts going for a purse of $11,000. Foiled Again became the richest pacer ever in the sport of harness racing in 2012 with his win in the Canadian Pacing Derby at Mohawk. He had three straight million dollar seasons from 2011 - 2013. He was purchased for $62,500 by Joe Koury, Weaver Brucemi, and Burke Racing in 2008, and made his first start for his current connections in a non-winners of $22,500 in their last 6 starts at Harrah's Philadelphia, finishing 5th. Foiled Again is seeking to become the 18th horse to reach the modern day milestone of 100 wins. Foiled Again will be making his 315th start, and has earnings of $7,578,518. Post Time for the first race is 12:40 Eastern. by Michael Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia

Saturday, June 30th, the very best of the best harness racing trotters and pacers in North America will descend upon the Downs at MohegaSun Pocono in Northeast PA for Sun Stakes Saturday, when the stars shine SO bright.  All eyes will be on the filly Manchego, now 15 for 15, clocking the fastest in the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial Trot eliminations of 1:52.4, with the gelding Crystal Fashion missing by a nose.  She starts from post 6 and will once again be “against the boys”.  Also in the spotlight will be North America Cup winner Lather Up, entering the final of the Max Hempt Memorial off his powerful 1:49 win in the eliminations, looking like he still had plenty left in the tank for driver Montrell Teague. Lather Up, 7-for-7 this year for trainer Clyde Francis, starts from the not-easy post 7. Ben Franklin 2014 winner McWicked returns to this superstar field, which includes Heaven Rocks A and All Bets Off, who won his elimination after favorite Sintra (also in the final), crossed the wire first but was placed back for a violation of the pylons rule.  The James Lynch Memorial is equally full of star power, with Kissin’ In The Sand drawing the difficult 9 post, and Youaremycandygirl looking to get back to winning form.  The Downs is thrilled to welcome the incomparable Foiled Again on Saturday, racing in the third, a conditioned pace.  The 100th win in the illustrious career of the “Richest Standardbred of all time” is within his grasp!  Foiled Again won the Franklin here in 2013, setting the World Record in his elimination of 1:48, and returning for a thrilling final on a sloppy track in 1:49.2.  The day begins with a special Meet and Greet with Julius “Dr J” Erving in the Racing Lobby at 4:30pm  This is a wristband-only event, with wristbands being distributed at 1:00pm.  A Racing Rewards card is required, and only the distributed authorized photos will be signed. Also on Saturday, the first 300 fans will receive a souvenir cooler pack.  Coupon is required and in the live racing program, available starting at 11:00am.  Redemption is between 9:00PM and 10:00Pm in the lower Grandstand bar.  The promotion is one per fan, while supplies last, with their Racing Rewards card. Post Time is 7:00pm, with plenty of seating on the apron and patio,  as well as free self-parking and free admission. Patio and apron bars will be open with ice cold beverages, and there’ll be a food tent.  No off-property food or beverages are permitted.  Racing for the track in Northeast PA continues through November 17 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Saturday.   

WILKES-BARRE PA - Divisional bragging rights, not to mention loads of cash, will be on the line this Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, as the northeastern Pennsylvania track hosts the $2,120,000 Sun Stakes Saturday Championship. The $300,000 James Lynch Pace Championship for sophomore harness racing fillies leads off the four consecutive finales in race 9; following in this order are the other three Championships, all worth $500,000: the Max C. Hempt Pace Championship for three-year-old male pacers; the Ben Franklin Pace Championship for free-for-allers; and the Earl Beal Trot, an open event for three-year-olds. There was sufficient interest to warrant scheduling $75,000 consolation events for the Hempt (race 2), Franklin (race 4), and Beal (race 7). In last week's eleven elimination races determining the Championship participants, the average win price was $3.80 and there were twelve horses sent off at even money or less. This week's Championships should prove to be much more competitive and more evenly-distributed on the tote board, with the elim winners all clashing, the luck of the draw a big factor, and some longshots last week who made powerful performances looking to be in the thick of things again this Saturday. Here is an overview of the four Championship races in order of presentation, with the post position, horse, trainer, and driver of the final underneath, and then a paragraph on those races which have a consolation. JAMES LYNCH PACE CHAMPIONSHIP (stake record 1:49.2, shared by American Jewel [2012], Fancy Desire [2014], and Pure Country [2016]) The horses who put in the most demanding performances last week had varying luck at the post draw: two of them drew the 1-2, while the other drew the outside post nine. Youaremycandygirl looked to be back to her 2017 divisional championship-winning form in the elim, winning in 1:51.3, although only by a neck over Ron Burke stablemate Double A Mint (who drew post seven). It seems like she should be able to utilize her speed from post two, with Yannick Gingras again scheduled for sulky duty. (Burke has a third filly here, Sansovina Hanover.) The other elimination went even faster, 1:51.1, and it was taken by Kissin In The Sand by a half length over Sidewalk Dancer. But in the Lynch Championship, "Kissin" was unlucky enough to draw post nine and will have a hard time getting a good trip for trainer Nancy Johansson, though hot-driving Scott Zeron will certainly try. The horse she beat by a half-length, Sidewalk Dancer, moves from post eight to post one for driver Brett Miller and trainer Chris Oakes, and she was outside a long way to get the lead only to be overhauled late; certainly a better trip seems likely for her. RACE 9 -- $300,000 JAMES LYNCH PACE CHAMPIONSHIP - 3YO FILLIES 1, Sidewalk Dancer, Chris Oakes, Brett Miller; 2, Youaremycandygirl, Ron Burke, Yannick Gingras; 3, Serene Stride, Mark Harder, Corey Callahan; 4, Sansovina Hanover, Ron Burke, Louis Philippe Roy; 5, I'm Trigger Happy, Ross Croghan, David Miller; 6, Alexa's Power, Jim Campbell, Tim Tetrick; 7, Double A Mint, Ron Burke, Matt Kakaley; 8, Hypnotic Tale, Linda Toscano, David Miller also listed; 9, Kissin In The Sand, Nancy Johansson, Scott Zeron. MAX C. HEMPT PACE CHAMPIONSHIP (stake record 1:47.3, McWicked, 2014) All pre-race conversation about the Hempt Championship will likely start with Lather Up, although the colt drew the not-easy post seven in the field of nine. Lather Up was probably the most impressive performer in the Sun Stakes Saturday eliminations, starting from post seven (!), making the lead, then powering off in the stretch with plenty appearing to still be in the tank, winning in 1:49 for driver Montrell Teague. Lather Up, 7-for-7 this year for trainer Clyde Francis, is beginning to draw comparisons to another recent superstar from this barn, Wiggle ... something or other. The other two elimination winners got more favorable starting spots and will be conceding nothing to the likely favorite. Hitman Hill has post two for trainer Chris Oakes and driver Brett Miller off a wire-to-wire win in 1:49.3; Dorsoduro Hanover, who had been the early leader in the "glamour division" before Lather Up's recent skein of outstanding form, is no slouch himself, winning in 1:49.4 last week to take his 2018 record to 4-for-5 for trainer Ron Burke and driver Matt Kakaley. You could plead a decent case for many of the other Hempt entrants as well. RACE 10 -- $500,000 MAX C. HEMPT PACE CHAMPIONSHIP - 3YO MALES 1, Nutcracker Sweet, Jimmy Takter, David Miller; 2, Hitman Hill, Chris Oakes, Brett Miller; 3, Springsteen, Rene Allard, Simon Allard; 4, Dorsoduro Hanover, Ron Burke, Matt Kakaley; 5, Stay Hungry, Tony Alagna, Doug McNair; 6, Shnitzledosomething, Dylan Davis, Yannick Gingras; 7, Lather Up, Clyde Francis, Montrell Teague; 8, Wes Delight, Mark Harder, Corey Callahan; 9, This Is The Plan, Chris Ryder, Tim Tetrick. Consolation: Probably the most highly-regarded consolation horse who didn't make his way to his final, Done Well, will have no easy time of it in this event, as he must surmount the outside post nine for trainer Brian Brown and driver Tim Tetrick. Courtly Choice can be tougher with the switch from post eight to post four. BEN FRANKLIN PACE CHAMPIONSHIP (stake record 1:47, shared by Sweet Lou (2014) and Always B Miki (2016) McWicked, who won the Hempt Pace Championship in 2014 in a time of 1:47.3 which still stands as the stakes record, comes to the Franklin Championship as the likely chalk after a series of powerhouse off-the-pace performances in 2018, including his elimination win last week in 1:48.3, fastest of the three elim races. Though Pocono is generally not a "closers" track, McWicked has drawn post two, from which he can work out good race placement for trainer Casie Coleman and driver Brian Sears. Heaven Rocks A, a champion in his native Down Under and an emerging force on the North American scene, draws post four for trainer Ross Croghan and driver David Miller off his 1:49.3 elim win, and may not yet have found his best stride Stateside. The other elimination offered more questions than answers: Sintra, the favorite, crossed the wire first in 1:48.4, but was placed back for a violation of the pylons rule in the stretch, thus elevating All Bets Off to first and the title of "longshot of the elims" (at a $9.00 mutuel. All Bets Off will start from post five for trainer Ron Burke (who qualified three for the Franklin finale) and driver Matt Kakaley, while Sintra must contend with post seven for trainer David Menary and driver Jody Jamieson. RACE 11 -- $500,000 BEN FRANKLIN PACE CHAMPIONSHIP - Free-For-Allers 1, Mac's Jackpot, Jeffrey Smith, Brett Miller; 2, McWicked, Casie Coleman, Brian Sears; 3, Donttellmeagain, Jim King Jr., Tim Tetrick; 4, Heaven Rocks A, Ross Croghan; 5, All Bets Off, Ron Burke, Matt Kakaley; 6, Rockin Ron, Ron Burke, Louis Philippe Roy; 7, Sintra, David Menary, Jody Jamieson; 8, Filibuster Hanover, Ron Burke, Yannick Gingras; 9, Western Fame, Jimmy Takter, Andrew McCarthy. Consolation: The horses in the Franklin Consolation have among them 205 lifetime wins and $9,825,733 in earnings, and an average mark of 1:48.1 - and this is the consolation! Mach It So may be well-regarded from the rail after setting a fast pace and finishing fourth in his elim; he won the Commodore Barry at Philly two starts ago. $500,000 EARL BEAL TROT CHAMPIONSHIP (stake record 1:50.2, Father Patrick, 2014) Stake recordholder Father Patrick was a pupil of trainer Jimmy Takter, and this year Takter rolled the dice and sent his undefeated champion filly Manchego in "against the boys." Manchego ran her lifetime win streak to 15 with an elimination win in 1:52.4, fastest of last week's three Beal events. But the gelding Crystal Fashion missed only a nose to the top filly, and both will have to have their "A" game as they square off in the Beal: Manchego from post six, with Yannick Gingras up, and Crystal Fashion from post four for trainer Jim Campbell (who has three Beal starters) and driver Tim Tetrick. Champions outside of Pennsylvania won the other two eliminations: Ohio invader Mission Accepted rolled to his eighth win in a row in 1:53.2 for driver Ryan Stahl and trainer Jeff Conger, and got a good draw in post three, while Six Pack, a 1:53.3 elim winner to remain perfect in four 2018 starts, was not fortunate at all for trainer Ã…ke Svanstedt, forced to begin from the outside post nine. RACE 12 -- $500,000 EARL BEAL TROT CHAMPIONSHIP -- 3YO Open 1, Lawmaker, Andrew Harris, Anthony MacDonald; 2, Patent Leather, Jim Campbell, Brian Sears; 3, Mission Accepted, Jeff Conger, Ryan Stahl; 4, Crystal Fashion, Jim Campbell, Tim Tetrick; 5, Fashionwoodchopper, Jim Campbell, David Miller; 6, Manchego, Jimmy Takter, Yannick Gingras; 7, Mississippi Storm, Tom Fanning, David Miller also listed; 8, Evaluate, Marcus Melander, Tim Tetrick also listed; 9, Six Pack, trainer-driver Ã…ke Svanstedt. Consolation: A wide-open event; perhaps the best line was turned in by 2017 Breeders Crown champion Fiftydallarbill, who had to endure an interference break while eight just past the half, yet rallied to be fourth, just photoed from a chance to race for the big money. FINISHING LINE - There is also a horse on the card who is a former Breeders Crown and Ben Franklin winner, both right on the local surface. He has higher earnings by far than any horse entered tonight, and more than most of the entire fields - a harness racing world record $7,577,638. His name is Foiled Again. He starts from post two in the third race. And if the 14-year-old wins, it will be the 100th victory in his storied career. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

WASHINGTON, PA, June 9, 2016 -- Foiled Again, the richest Standardbred ever with more than $7.5 million in lifetime earnings, fell a head short in his quest for career win 100 Saturday at The Meadows when he couldn't get by a stubborn Bilbo Hanover and finished second. In their Non-Winners of $3,500 Conditioned Race, Bilbo Hanover pulled the pocket midway down the backside for Aaron Merriman while Foiled Again and Dave Palone took up the chase from fourth. Bilbo Hanover didn’t blink in the face of Foiled Again’s strong challenge and scored in 1:52.1 for trainer Randy Bendis, who owns the 8-year-old Yankee Cruiser-Bet Again Hanover gelding with Reed Broadway and Tom Pollack. Dafinaty (Chris Shaw) was third. Bilbo Hanover paid $5.00 to win. “I thought he would fight the other horse off,” Palone said. “Bilbo Hanover is no clown. He loves to race on the lead, and he’s tough to get by. But the old horse fought to the end. He went a good race. I can’t make any excuses for him.”Palone said he got the trip he wanted with Foiled Again, a three-time Pacer of The Year. It was the eighth consecutive time Foiled Again has been foiled in his bid for No. 100. Ron Burke, who trains the gallant 14-year-old Dragon Again-In A Safe Place gelding for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, LLC and JJK Stables, indicated he was pleased with Foiled Again’s effort “Every start he’s getting a little bit better,” Burke said. “We’re only a couple of starts from getting him to 1:51, which probably is the most he’ll pace any more. He probably fights allergies a little bit in the summer; as it gets cooler in the fall, he gets better. Anytime he tries his heart out like that, it’s no embarrassment.” Foiled Again faces mandatory retirement at the end of 2018. Burke said he plans to continue racing him through the end of the year and hopes to close out his career on his last day of eligibility, Dec. 31, when The Meadows hosts a twilight card. In Saturday’s feature, the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace, Stride Of Pride took advantage of fast fractions thrown down by Dapper Dude to clear him first over and prevail in 1:49.3. Lincolnjames was second by 1/2 length — giving Burke an exacta sweep — while Dapper Dude saved show. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. piloted the 5-year-old Manhardt-Apple B gelding, who lifted his career bankroll to $136,627, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and RTC Stables. Mike Wilder and Merriman each collected three wins on the 15-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the card features the Adios Betty, a $159,838 PA Sires Stake for 3-year-old filly pacers. First post is 1:05. PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, June 8, 2018 -- When Justify attempts to run into history Saturday by securing the Triple Crown, it will cap an exciting, festive Belmont Day at The Meadows that features tasty food from an outdoor barbecue, drawings and giveaways, live music -- and a chance to cheer on a harness racing legend. That legend is Foiled Again, the richest Standardbred ever with more than $7.5 million in lifetime earnings who's facing mandatory retirement at the end of this year when he turns 15. He'll be shooting for his 100th career victory. The Ron Burke trainee leaves from post 2 in race 11 with Dave Palone driving. That means the winningest driver all time will be driving the richest harness horse all time for the winningest trainer all time. It's a prefect storm that doesn't happen very often. The 15-race card also offers a pair of rich total-pool guarantees -- $7,500 for the Pick 4 (races 4-7), $5,000 for the Pick 5 (races 11-15). Special post time is 11:25 AM. Two of the Belmont Day giveaways/drawings are Foiled Again themed. The first 100 fans to stop by the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) information table in the Racebook will receive Foiled Again towels modeled after the "Terrible Towel." The MSOA also will conduct a raffle for a Foiled Again figurine produced by Breyer, a prominent name in the field. Just drop in a losing ticket from a race at The Meadows and you're entered to win. Other MSOA activities include paddock tours and jog cart/starting gate rides and a "Spin to Win" game with vouchers as prizes. For more information or to participate, visit the MSOA information table. With so much to do, fans may work up a healthy appetite. When they do, they can head for the apron and sample the Belmont Day fare from the BBQ Pit, which also will offer beverage specials. After the live card ends, the music kicks in. Ryan Cain and the Ables will perform live on the apron as part of The Meadows' "Rockin' on the Rail" concert series, which features a different band each Saturday through Sept. 1. All of that rolls right up to the track's simulcast of the $1.5 million Belmont, with an approximate post time of 6:37 PM. by Evan Pattack, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, June 7, 2018 -- 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 that elusive milestone Saturday at The Meadows when he leaves from post 2 with Dave Palone in race 11. First post for the special Belmont Day card is 11:25 AM. Foiled Again will compete in a conditioned race that generally draws horses that have been struggling for victories. Indeed, 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, finishing 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 4," 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 4-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 9, he became the oldest horse to win a Breeders Crown (a mark 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." Says Burke: "Every win of his is important to us; you appreciate it now because you know there won't be many more. 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 Dec. 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. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows          

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