08/12/2015 11:23AM

Hoosier: Foiled Again heads Burke quintet in Dan Patch

Derick Giwner
Foiled Again has earned $7,090,950 in his career.

“He’s as good as he’s ever been,” said Ron Burke about Foiled Again, the 5-2 morning line favorite for Friday’s $300,000 Dan Patch at Hoosier Park. The 11-year-old phenom has only won once in 2015, but that doesn’t diminish his stature or how his trainer sees him.

With the benefit of hindsight, Burke looked back at last Saturday afternoon’s U.S. Pacing Championship at the Meadowlands. “If he would have parked State Treasurer (the race winner) he might have won,” said Burke. Foiled Again didn’t and finished an incredibly game third, fighting bravely after being embroiled in a hotly-contested early pace.

The Dan Patch goes as race 12 on a 14-race card that kicks off at 5:15 p.m. and also features Indiana Sire Stakes races. Top 3-year-old Freaky Feet Pete, a winner of 15 of 17 career races, goes in race 11.

Foiled Again, with more than $7 million banked, makes the 235th start of his career and Burke is not surprised that he’s where he is right now.

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“Early in the year they were saying he was done,” said Burke, “I knew when we trained him down this winter that he was as good as ever. Has there ever been another 11-year-old that could race at the top? I know there have been trotters, but pacers?”

Foiled Again drew post two with Yannick Gingras in the bike and while that may make him the post time favorite, it by no means makes this race a walkover. For Burke the Dan Patch is just what the doctor ordered.

“It’s my kind of race,” said Burke. “I’ve got five in.”

Not only does Burke have half the field, he also has a majority of the power. Clear Vision, a career earner of $2.4 million, seems to be coming around as well. “He was super in his last start,” said Burke, referring to his victory in a $40,000 Open at the Meadowlands on Hambletonian Day. It was the first of the year for the 9-year-old, who equaled his career best with a 1:48 2/5 mile. Clear Vision starts from post 10 in the second tier.

“Bettor’s Edge was very good. He was locked in and had pace,” said Burke of the gelding that drew post nine for the Dan Patch. Bettor’s Edge was fifth in the U.S. Pacing Championship.

“All Bets Off is always good,” said Burke, quite satisfied with a solid second behind Clear Vision in his last start. All Bets Off drew post eight.

“I was disappointed with the way Limelight Beach raced,” Burke said of the last-place finish in the Open Handicap at Yonkers this past Saturday. Limelight Beach drew post seven.

J K Endofanera was well involved with the pace of the U.S. Pacing Championship and fell back in the stretch. The 4-year-old moved from Burke to trainer Jimmy Takter in July and has one victory in four tries. J K Endofanera landed the pole position and returns to Hoosier as a horse that sports victories over the Anderson, Indiana seven-eighths ovals as a 2- and 3-year-old.

Trainer Julie Miller sends out Lyonssomewhere, a 4-year-old by Somebeachsomewhere that seems to do his best racing on the front end. A winner in 1:49 2/5 racing in the afternoon on Adios Day at The Meadows, Lyonssomewhere also won down-the-road in an overnight at the Meadowlands on June 13. Andy Miller is set to drive Lyonssomewhere from post three, but may not have the luxury of the front end with so many of Burke trainees to contend with.

Duc Dorleans returns to the States from Ontario in sharp form for trainer Jacques Dupont. The 5-year-old son of Shanghai Phil has nine wins already this year facing horses generally a notch below this level. Duc Dorleans drew post five.

Let’s Drink On It captured an Invitational at Hoosier Park on July 25 in 1:49 4/5 for trainer Joe Seekman. A son of Art Official, Let’s Drink On It is always a threat coming off cover should the pace set up properly. He landed post six.

While trainer Burke was happy with his quartet of Dan Patch starters that competed on Hambletonian Day, he was also more than satisfied with the performance of Mission Brief in the $1,000,000 Hambletonian.

“I think if she had drawn the (post) two the race could have been different,” said Burke. “But the other horse (Pinkman) is a good horse. Maybe the two will get a chance to meet again later this year.”

Next stop for Mission Brief will be the Moni Maker (August 21) at The Meadows. “It’s her home track that she trains over,” said Burke.

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