11/23/2013 11:09PM

Meadowlands: Gingras, Burke sweep TVG races with Wishing Stone, Foiled Again

Derick Giwner
Wishing Stone went wire to wire in the snow.

Wishing Stone and driver Yannick Gingras took advantage of a driving snowstorm to go wire-to-wire in the $50,000 TVG Free For All trot, the final prep for the $500,000 November 30 final at the Meadowlands.

Wishing Stone sprinted from the start to take quick control with Arch Madness settling in the pocket. Wishing Stone carved out fractions of :28 3/5, :56 and 1:24 4/5 under little dispute and easily held his rivals at bay through a 1:54 mile.

A six-year-old by Conway Hall, Wishing Stone won for the sixth time this year in just 17 starts for trainer Ron Burke.

“The front end is going to be quite tough tonight,” said Gingras following the trip. “He’s been better than he looks recently but the trips haven’t worked out for him.”

Looking forward to the half million dollar final next week, Gingras said, “He’s as good as anybody.”

Arch Madness sat the pocket from the start and finished second, holding off the 2-5 favorite Market Share for second position.

Sent off as a 9-1 proposition, Wishing Stone returned $21 with the victory.

Gingras swept the TVG when Foiled Again scored in 1:49 3/5 in the $50,000 event for pacers. The richest pacer of all time won for just the second time at the Meadowlands in 33 lifetime starts, but proved without question his heart and determination in winning for the 75th time during his illustrious career.

The victory was also a sweep for trainer Ron Burke, whose stable recently surpassed 1,000 training wins in 2013, a standardbred record.

Foiled Again got away mid-pack as a host of leavers forced a :27 1/5 opening quarter with Bolt The Duer jetting from post eight to the lead but yielding willingly to Golden Receiver. Sweet Lou, parked from the start, drove to the front past the quarter and was in control through fractions of :53 4/5 and 1:22. Foiled Again and Gingras hustled up without cover and moved towards the leader on the final turn. In the stretch he kept finding more for the neck-long victory.

“He’s so sharp right now; it’s scary,” said Gingras on the effort.

“He goes the same speed all year long,” said Burke after the race. “It was a Catch-22 with Sweet Lou on the front and Foiled Again coming at him. Foiled is just a little tougher.”

The nine-year-old Foiled Again returned $5 as the 3-2 betting favorite. Warrawee Needy had a perfect trip behind the winner but couldn’t track him down on the wire finishing second. Modern Legend finished third with Sweet Lou fourth.

The races were contested in front of a brand new $90 million grandstand.