08/15/2013 11:33AM

Saratoga Harness: Foiled Again heads Gerrity Memorial; will race at age 10

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Foiled Again has earned over $5.1 million in his career.

The surest bet in harness racing is Foiled Again. Despite his advanced age and 186 lifetime races, the Ron Burke trained gelding is once again atop the money-winning leader board for older pacers and heads the richest race of the year at Saratoga Raceway on Saturday, the $275,000 Joe Gerrity, Jr. Memorial.

“Obviously he is a freak,” said Burke of the 9-year-old Foiled Again and his accomplishments.

Already the richest pacer of all time heading into this year, Foiled Again has amassed an additional $556,460 to increase his career bankroll to $5,182,444. The current-year total is impressive in itself but even more so when you consider the dominance of returning 4-year-olds, who have recorded five of the six fastest miles in the older pacing ranks.

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Somehow overcoming father time, Foiled Again even set a lifetime mark of 1:48 in an elimination of the Ben Franklin at Pocono on June 22.

“I didn’t think he’d do that,” said Burke of the lifetime mark. “But physically he is the same as when he was six or seven. He is as sound as he has ever been.”

While Foiled Again’s overall statistics for the year are strong, many will question his recent form. He has not won a race since the Ben Franklin final on June 29 and finished tenth in the U.S. Pacing Championship final in his last start.

“We tried to come up with every possibility of getting into the race,” said Burke of the Pacing Championship where Foiled Again drew post 10. “Those horses (older division) just don’t slow down and the Meadowlands is just not his cup of tea.”

Where Foiled Again excels is on half-mile tracks and luckily for him Saratoga has that configuration. In eight years of racing he has found the winner’s circle at every half mile track he has competed. Yonkers, Freehold, Western Fair, Harington and Batavia have all been kind to him. Now he’ll step on the Saratoga surface for the first time.

“The Gerrity is a great opportunity,” said Burke. “It is on a track that will favor his style of racing. On smaller tracks he’ll go with everybody.”

One change Foiled Again may notice on Saturday is the man in the bike. With regular driver Yannick Gingras and backup Matt Kakaley both at Pocono Downs on Saturday night, Burke enlisted veteran Jim Morrill, Jr. for the assignment. Should he guide the son of Dragon Again to victory, it would be the first time since November 13, 2010 (Jason Bartlett) that Foiled Again has won a race without Gingras or Kakaley in the sulky.

The road to the winner’s circle may go through Foiled Again (post 4), but the speedy Bolt The Duer starting one spot to his outside is sure to have a major say in the outcome. Bolt The Duer is very fast off the gate and a millionaire in his own right. Although he won nine races as a 3-year-old, he has been the victim of traffic trouble that has limited him to only two wins in 2013.

Win or lose on Saturday, Foiled Again is far from calling it a career. While Burke will protect the “old guy” he is already looking forward to next year.

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“For sure we are going to keep going with him (next year),” said Burke, who currently trains around 220 horses. “We’ll never embarrass him. If he slows down we’ll stop with him, but he still enjoys himself out there.”

The Gerrity Memorial is race eight on a 13-race card at Saratoga that also features two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers. Post time is 7:05 pm.

$275,000 James Gerrity Memorial, Jr. Memorial - Race 8

PROGRAM NUMBER/POST HORSE DRIVER MORNING LINE
1 / 2 Clear Vision B.Miller 3-1
1A / 4 Foiled Again J.Morrill,Jr. 3-1
2 / 1 Shoobees Place P.Lachance 10-1
3 / 3 Versado P.Berry 4-1
4 / 5 Bolt The Duer M.Macdonald 5-2
5 / 6 Domethatagain M.Miller 9-2
6 / 7 Sapphire City S.Gray 6-1
7 / 8 Great Vintage L.Stalbaum 8-1

 

Jerry de Thomas More than 1 year ago
oops just noticed the entry (Foiled Again & clear vision) make them 2-1...
Warner Robbins More than 1 year ago
oh yea??? my Uncle Marty says your full of pooh pooh...I'm sorry I used such nasty language but you wise-guys make me sick...wait...when I said 'wise guys make me sick'...I didn't mean you nice gangsters...my Uncle Ozzie was on of 'yuz guys'...
Jerry de Thomas More than 1 year ago
just love those 'morning line odds'...the final odds will not be remotely like those listed...if they can't at least try to get them close enough to give the betting public a reasonable idea of each horse's value, then just print 'happy faces' or post pictures of the guy's dog next to the horse's name...cripe's sake....Clear Vision 12-1 Foiled again 2-1 (depending on 'which' horse' shows up) Bolt de duer 6-5 Domethatagain 15-1 Sapphire City 18-1 Great Vintage 20-1 the rest 50-1 at best...