10/12/2013 10:43PM

Breeders Crown: Foiled Again, Anndrovette, Maven shine in eliminations

John Sannucci
Foiled Again bids to win his first Breeders Crown and become the richest standardbred ever on October 19 at Pocono Downs.

Foiled Again was fresh and ready to go. The richest pacer of all time elected to stay clear of racing in Kentucky during the Grand Circuit and he returned to racing the best in the Breeders Crown Open pace elimination with an awesome performance.

Driver Yannick Gingras left alertly from post six and was quickly passed by Golden Receiver. Bolt The Duer was late to get the front before the quarter with Gingras already edging off the rail for a brush move.

After the 26 3/5 opening quarter, Foiled Again had the lead in 54 3/5 and was well prepped to keep Warrawee Needy’s live first over advance at bay. The pair locked up through three quarters in 1:21 1/5 and then Foiled Again took off with a brilliant 27 1/5 final quarter in an imposing 1:48 2/5 victory.

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Despite his impressive career accomplishments, the nine-year-old Foiled Again has never won a Breeders Crown final.

“Getting to the front he was very good; I felt really confident,” said Gingras. “It felt like he was really sharp tonight. The Breeders Crown is one thing he’s missed, he’s had a couple seconds and third and picked up checks, but to win would definitely mean a lot. On top of it, he would become the richest Standardbred in history. He feels really good. This is the time of year when he gets a little sharper and kicks into another gear and it seems like he’s doing it again.”

A Rocknroll Dance, the 8-5 favorite in the field, finished eighth and failed to qualify for the final as did Bettors Edge.

Modern Legend finished second with Golden Receiver third in the field of nine.

The complete field with posts for the final appear below.

Older Mare Pace

By Derick Giwner

Anndrovette will have the opportunity to win her third straight Breeders Crown final for older pacing mares and draw for an inside post in the final after her elimination victory.

Monkey On My Wheel was fastest off the gate and forced Anndrovette to settle for a pocket trip through solid fractions of 26 3/5 and 55 1/5. Shelliscape, parked ever step of the mile, began to turn up the heat on the backstretch and provide live cover to Rocklamation, who wasn’t exactly keeping close attendance in behind.

With three quarters posted in 1:22, Monkey On My Wheel battled gamely with a determined Shelliscape and eventually that duel left her susceptible to a driving Anndrovette and driver Tim Tetrick.

“She’s iron tough,” said Tetrick. “They’ve (other horses) tried to kill her a couple times this year, but she keeps bouncing back. You’ve got to give horses like that credit. The trip really doesn’t really matter as long as she gets a clear shot to race. She could be first up, parked, right on the front winging – she can do it any way.“

Anndrovette, who won in 1:49 1/5, is trained by PJ Fraley for owner Bamond Racing LLC and Joe Davivo. Joining her in the final were Monkey On My Wheel, Shelliscape, Rocklamation, Camille, Swinging Beauty and Economy Terror from the elimination. Feeling You and Drop The Ball accepted byes into the final.

Older Mare Trot

By Derick Giwner

Maven closed out Breeders Crown elimination night with a world record 1:51 4/5 mile.

Win Missy B did the early work on the engine by posting fractions of 27 3/5 and 55 2/5 ahead of Real Babe and Maven in third. Just past the half driver Yannick Gingras said GO with Maven and she edged up initially closing in on the three quarter marker in 1:23 2/5 and eventually drew away with ease to win by two and a half lengths.

“Yannick said she was razor sharp so hopefully we can be good for next week,” said trainer Jonas Czernyson. “Yannick is pretty sharp so I think he’ll get her where she needs to be.”

Maven has won 9 times in 12 starts for owner William Donovan.

Check Me Out, who was raced patiently until late, rallied for second. Beatgoeson Hanover and Real Babe also made the final.

The first elimination for older trotting mares was a ding-dong battle to the finish with Bax Of Life getting her nose in front despite a tough uncovered trip.

D’Orsay was fast off the gate and led for 99 percent of the mile through fractions of 27 3/5, 56 2/5 and 1:24 2/5. Cowgirl Hall was sitting chilly in the pocket and Bax Of Life began a first over charge well before the half mile marker. In the stretch D’Orsay gave her all but Bax Of Life was resurgent for the 1:52 4/5 score. Unfoisdansmavie, who followed the winner on the rim, Cowgirl Hall and Cedar Dove rounded on the finalists from the first split.

John Campbell steered Bax Of Life for trainer/co-owner Jerry Duford and Joanne Wray.

$500,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace - Race 14

Post Horse Elimination Driver
1 Clear Vision B.Miller
2 Foiled Again Y.Gingras
3 Golden Receiver C.Callahan
4 Modern Legend J.Campbell
5 Pet Rock D.Miller
6 Warrawee Needy J.Jamieson
7 Michaels Power B.Sears
8 Bolt The Duer M.MacDonald
9 Sweet Lou M.Kakaley

$300,000 Breeders Crown Older Mare Pace - Race 10

Post Horse Elimination Driver
1 Rocklamation Y.Gingras
2 Anndrovette T.Tetrick
3 Economy Terror R.Pierce
4 Swinging Beauty R.Pierce
5 Monkey On My Wheel B.Sears
6 Feeling You T.Buter
7 Shelliscape D.Miller
8 Camille M.Kakaley
9 Drop The Ball C.Callahan

$250,000 Breeders Crown Older Mare Trot - Race 9

Post Horse Elimination Driver
1 Maven Y.Gingras
2 Check Me Out T.Tetrick
3 Bax Of Life J.Campbell
4 Unefoisdansmavie M.Kakaley
5 D'Orsay C.Callahan
6 Real Babe B.Sears
7 Beatgoeson Hanover D.Miller
8 Cedar Dove R.Pierce
9 Cowgirl Hall B.Sears