10/19/2013 11:16PM

Breeders Crown: Foiled Again rewrites record books with stirring Crown performance

Derick Giwner
A little mud doesn't dampen the spirits of Yannick Gingras or Folied Again.

The 2013 Breeders Crown had everything and finished with the storybook ending. Foiled Again, the 9-year-old warrior, came up giant in the $500,000 Open Pace and became the second richest standardbred in history.

The action was hot and heavy from the onset with Golden Receiver, Pet Rock and Bolt The Duer all on the move from the get-go. The dust didn’t settle after the quarter in 25 3/5 and finally began to set in at the half in 53 4/5 when Foiled Again made the front. That would place Pet Rock, who made the lead at the three-eighths, in the pocket and leave Modern Legend to continue on the rim uncovered as the escort for Warrawee Needy.

Foiled Again went toe to toe with Modern Legend past the third call in sharp 1:21 4/5. He would finally shake that foe off at the head of the lane while Warrawee Needy moved wide and Pet Rock took aim up the cones.

It would come down to Foiled Again and Pet Rock. The two immensely talented pacers did combat through the lane and were impossible to separate at the wire by the naked eye. The crowd waited for the photo sign to disappear and saw Foiled Again’s number at the top of the tote board. The final time reading was a swift 1:49 2/5 over the track rated sloppy.

Modern Legend and Clear Vision rounded out the top four.

“I knew he was tired, he was on fumes, but he just keeps going. He is the gamest horse I’ve ever driven,” said driver Yannick Gingras. “He might be even better now that he is nine. He can do things now that he couldn’t do when he was 4 or 5.”

Trainer Ron Burke talked about keeping horses around longer and how Foiled Again has improved with age.

“He doesn’t seem like he is losing his quick speed. If anything he has picked up quick speed in the last year or two,” said Burke. “These horses can race longer if we do the right things by them up to that point.”

With the win, Foiled Again has now earned over $5.65 million and sits just behind European trotter Ready Cash at $5.7 million. Foiled Again is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables.

Foiled Again is expected to start next in the American National at Balmoral Park on November 9.

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