11/06/2013 5:46PM

Harness Racing: Foiled Again vs. Pet Rock

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Lost in the midst of the Horse of the Year talk between Captaintreacherous and Bee A Magician is a great battle for top honors in the Older Pacing ranks. The young-at-heart warrior Foiled Again and speedy newcomer Pet Rock have been going head-to-head all year long.

The tale of the tape between Foiled Again and Pet Rock reveals an astonishing list of accomplishments on each ledger. Let’s break it down.

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Stakes Races:

Foiled Again owns two major stakes wins, both in $500,000 races. Both came at Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs in the Ben Franklin final and the Breeders Crown. He was also second in the $223,500 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, $223,500 Quillen at Harrington, $184,000 Roll With Joe at Tioga and the $450,000 Levy at Yonkers.

Pet Rock won the prestigious $471,800 Haughton final at the Meadowlands and previously mentioned Roll With Joe. He also defeated Foiled Again in the Pacing Derby at Hoosier. His near misses include second-place finishes in the Breeders Crown and Ben Franklin against Foiled Again.

Slight edge to Foiled Again with two biggest purse wins

Head-to-head:

Foiled Again and Pet Rock have raced against each other 10 times during the year. Each of the star pacers has won three times.

Draw

Earnings and Record:

Foiled Again sports a record of 26-9-5-7 and $1,079,984 in earnings. Broken down, his win rate is 35% and he has been in-the-money 81% of the time. He is also averaging $41,537.85 per start.

Pet Rock owns a 16-5-4-1 record and a bankroll of $880,820. The son of Rocknroll Hanover  has won 31% of his starts and finished at least third in 62%. His average earnings per start is $55,051.

Slight edge to Foiled Again on total earnings

Record-setting performances:

Foiled Again, at age 9, set a world record for geldings on a five-eighths track when he paced in 1:48 (a career best) at Pocono in June.

Pet Rock rewrote the record books by becoming the fastest ever pacer on a five-eighths track when he hung a 1:47 2/5 clocking on the board at Scioto Downs in September. The 4-year-old also set a half-mile track world record mark of 1:48 1/5 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds.

Clear edge to Pet Rock

While there is no doubt that Foiled Again, who became the richest ever standardbred in North America this year, will garner some sentimental votes, this race is very close. Only the $200,000 American National on Saturday and $500,000 TVG Free-For-All on November 30 remain on their schedules. It seems clear that if one of these two stars of the sport win on the final day of the month, they will deserve and should win the divisional title.

May the best horse win!

Race 10 - $200,000 American National - Saturday, November 9

Post Horse Listed Driver Derick Giwner Morning Line
1 St Elmo Hero Tim Tetrick 30-1
2 Foiled Again Yannick Gingras 6-5
3 Golden Receiver Corey Callahan 15-1
4 Bettor's Edge Ron Pierce 20-1
5 Our Lucky Chip Trace Tetrick 30-1
6 Sweet Lou Brett Miller 15-1
7 Hillbilly Hanover TBA 20-1
8 Warrawee Needy Tim Tetrick 8-1
9 Pet Rock David Miller 2-1
10 Dynamic Youth Andrew McCarthy 20-1