06/29/2013 10:40PM

Pocono: Foiled Again breaks $5 million mark in earnings; Captaintreacherous awesome in Hempt

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Foiled Again continues to beat the best pacers in the sport at the ripe age of 9.

“It was the perfect trip for him,” said Yannick Gingras, driver of the incomparable Foiled Again after the nine-year-old captured the $500,000 Ben Franklin, one of four major stakes events at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Saturday night. Foiled Again, roughed up without cover for a better part of the final half, rallied gamely in the stretch to overtake pacesetter Razzle Dazzle first and then hold off the assault of a hard charging Pet Rock. The nose-long victory pushed Foiled Again above the $5 million mark in career earnings, with the mile posted in an exceptional 1:49 2/5 over a rain-soaked surface.

“Every time he finishes third people say that’s it; he’s done,” said Ron Burke, trainer of Foiled Again, after the race. Burke echoed Gingras’ sentiments about the resilience of Foiled Again and the fact that unlike most any other pacer, this one prefers to be without traffic and able to attack.

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“He’s amazing,” said Gingras, while at the same time saying that nothing the horse does really surprises him anymore.

Foiled Again won for the 70th time during his brilliant career as a 2-1 proposition.

Driver Tim Tetrick swept the first two major stakes on the Sun Stakes program, scoring first with I Luv The Nitelife in the $300,000 James Lynch Memorial, and then a race later in dramatic fashion with Captaintreacherous in the $500,000 Max Hempt Memorial.

With ladies first, Tetrick wasted no time in blasting out from post eight with I Luv The Nitelife. Ms Caila J Fra, an elimination winner a week earlier, also left from the inside between horses. The action was hot and heavy until Ms Caila J Fra broke stride, paving the way for I Luv The Nitelife to gain control in the :26 3/5 opening quarter.

Shebestingin, the second choice with driver Dave Miller, stayed on the outside after leaving and then made a bold move to the front clearing the top before the half in :54 1/5. Miller accelerated his filly on the backstretch, keeping the first over challenge of Charisma Hanover at bay with I Luv The Nitelife sitting slightly off her helmet in third. With a three quarter clocking in 1:21, it became a two-filly battle and I Luv The Nitelife proved the strongest, rolling by for a 1 1/2  length win in a 1:50 mile. Shebestingin was second with Jerseylicious closing resolutely for the show spot.

If not for Foiled Again’s accomplishment, the night would have certainly belonged to Captaintreacherous. The sophomore son of Somebeachsomewhere raced parked virtually the entire mile for Tetrick but was able to find cover.

“I just left out of there and we were pretty lucky to get Corey (Callahan, driver of Word Power) to push the pace,” said Tetrick.

Sunfire Blue Chip and driver Yannick Gingras left immediately inside of Captraintreacherous and was parked for three-eighths of the mile before making the front. With opening quarters of :26 and :53 3/5, “Sunfire” dealt with a powerful first over assault by Word Power. Making just his fifth lifetime start, Word Power pressed the issue big time, going on even terms with the pacesetter through a 1:21 three quarters.

In the stretch, Sunfire Blue Chip was still holding gamely but Captaintreacherous refused to quit. He rolled on gamely past the leader and then tenaciously held off a hard-charging Vegas Vacation by a neck at the wire. The 1:49 2/5 mile was phenomenal given the surface and parked-the-mile scenario.

Trainer Jimmy Takter was all smiles after Corky captured the $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial. The colt came without cover the final three eighths and ended the unbeaten streak of Smilin Eli in the process.

Actually the race looked to set up perfectly for Smilin Eli and Tetrick as the pair overcame post nine and were able to control the pace with quarters of :28 1/5 and :57 1/5. But coming towards the three quarters, Corky began to close in and following the 1:25 2/5 was clearly the strongest horse. He edged away to a one length victory over Picture This, who found a seam late and was up for the place spot. Dontyouforgetit came up the passing lane but hung a bit late for third.

Earlier on the card, before the rains came, records were set at Pocono. Uncle Peter lowered his own mark of 1:51 1/5 to set a new world record of 1:50 3/5 for a trotter on a five-eighths track. Beach Memories, starting in the Max Hempt consolation, posted a 1:48 3/5 track record winning mile. The fastest clocking of the evening went to Bolt The Duer. He bested Heston Blue Chip in a 1:47 4/5 final time to take the Ben Franklin consolation.