09/01/2012 11:51PM

Mohawk: Foiled Again becomes richest pacer ever with Canadian Pacing Derby win

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Foiled Again (6) passed Gallo Blue Chip as the richest pacer in history.

Captaintreacherous may have won the richest race of the night (the $1 million Metro) but the veteran pacing star Foiled Again was the biggest story on the stakes-filled Mohawk program on Saturday. The 8-year-old, sent off as a 14-1 outsider, captured the $787,000 Canadian Pacing Derby and in the process became the richest pacer of all time.

With regular pilot Yannick Gingras in the bike, Foiled Again probably had the least stressful trip in a long time and that proved to work in a race that featured a solid pace he had nothing to do with. As expected, Golden Receiver, a recent winner of the Haughton at the Meadowlands, blasted to the front in a brisk :25 2/5 opening quarter. When his driver Andy Miller saw longshot Aracache Hanover charging at him he elected to keep the rival parked. That forced the fastest half mile clocking (:52 2/5) in Mohawk Racetrack history.

The pace set up for a closer and both Bettor Sweet and odds-on favorite Betterthancheddar lined up second and third over respectively on the far turn and waited to move before turning into the stretch. At this point, with all the contenders moving to the outside, Foiled Again had neatly improved his position up the rail from before the half. The pair was sitting third on the rail late on the final turn when Gingras was able to move him to the outside in a position vacated by the favorite.

In the early stretch, Betterthancheddar and Bettor Sweet had the jump on Foiled Again but the gallant son of Dragon Again was able to work his way between them and earn a brave neck decision over the 4-5 Betterthancheddar. Bettor Sweet was a valiant third in the 1:48 3/5 mile.

With the victory, Foiled Again surpassed Gallo Blue Chip as the richest pacer of all time with a lifetime bankroll in excess of $4.35 million.

The Metro was as hotly contested as the Canadian Pacing Derby, with blistering speed from the outset as Rockin Amadeus (Gingras) and Johny Rock (Andy Miller) sailed out quickly to the front. Vegas Vacation, who started from post ten, also left and crossed to the lead at the :26 1/5 opening quarter. Miller was not content in the three-hole and he moved aggressively with Johny Rock before the half but Sears and Vegas Vacation were determined to stay on the lead. That left the favorites in close proximity off the pace of a blistering :53 1/5 opening half.

Second choice Apprentice Hanover and Jody Jamieson lined up quickly in the outer tier behind Johny Rock with 4-5 favorite Captaintreacherous on his back and third choice Odds On Equuleus following the flow.

Apprentice Hanover moved assertively following the three quarter pole clocked in 1:21 3/5 and it appeared his race to win. Captaintreacherous began charging towards the leader in mid-stretch with his driver Tim Tetrick using a more forceful whip than he’s generally noted for to prompt the Somebeachsomewhere colt. In the late stages, Captaintreacherous was able to wear down Apprentice Hanover but still had to deal with a huge rally by Odds On Equuleus who was flying on the far outside for John Campbell. The $250,000 yearling, trained by Tony Alagna, was able to dig in gamely and held on to the victory by a diminishing neck. The 1:49 2/5 clocking was his third sub-1:50 mile in his last four starts.

Captaintreacherous, owned by Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco and his breeder White Birch Farm, has now won five of his six lifetime starts good for a bankroll of $741,337. Brittany Farms racing manager Myron Bell indicated the colt would likely race next in Lexington.

It was a big night for trainer Chris Ryder as he sent out the winners in three six-figure events on the card. I Luv The Nitelife captured the $610,000 Shes A Great Lady for 2-year-old fillies, winning for the third time in a row. This time Jack Moiseyev executed a perfect steer sitting patiently off a contested opening quarter and then sending the daughter of Rocknroll Hanover to the lead following a :54 3/5 opening half set by second choice L Dees Lioness. Once in front, I Luv The Nitelife rated the pace kindly and had plenty in reserve to post a 1:51 victory by three-quarters of a length. L Dees Lioness held second with Cult Status rallying off cover for third.

Owned by Richard and Joanne Young, I Luv The Nitelife has now returned $402,474 on her initial $60,000 yearling purchase.

The Youngs and Ryder found the winner’s circle earlier in the night with their superb pacing mare Put On A Show, another daughter of Rocknroll Hanover. The 5-year-old captured the $100,000 A Spring Of Hope mares invitational in 1:48 3/5. Jody Jamieson guided the mare overland to a sharp score with her final half under :53 3/5.

Ryder also scored a surprise in the $100,000 Metro consolation when Martini Hanover overcame post 10 for driver David Miller to score in a 1:51 1/5 mile.

Driver Gingras completed a memorable night with a hard-earned victory by Little Brown Fox in the $246,521 Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old male trotters. The son of Muscles Yankee passed a stubborn Intimidate and driver Ron Pierce near the wire in a spirited 1:51 4/5 mile effort.