03/18/2016 3:49PM

Yonkers: Foiled Again headlines wide-open first round of Levy Memorial

Derick Giwner
Foiled Again makes his 2016 debut on Saturday at Yonkers Raceway.

With the 2016 George Morton Levy Memorial series at Yonkers Raceway it is a whole new ball game. At least in Saturday’s first round preliminary legs featuring a half-dozen seven-horse fields, there is nary an odds-on favorite to be found.

From 50 Levy nominees, 42 older pacers led by Foiled Again were entered to compete on Saturday. Coming off a pair of sharp qualifiers at the Meadowlands, Foiled Again makes his 247th career start while looking to increase his lead as the all-time richest standardbred at $7,338,988.

“I look forward to him coming back every year,” said Mickey Burke, who handed over training duties for the now 12-year-old to his son, Ron, back in 2008. “We would love to see him reach $10 million, but that might be unrealistic.”

Foiled Again, a two-time Levy champ (2009 & 2010), drew post two in race 5 and faces a strong field that includes Lucan Hanover, who is perfect in two starts this year. The Andrew Harris-trained Lucan Hanover is coming off a 1:49 winning mile at Dover Downs and should be on the go early from post five.

The King of the Levy hill in 2015, Domethatagain, drew post seven and figures to be a longshot behind Foiled Again and Lucan Hanover.

P H Supercam, the 2014 Levy Champion, is also signed on this Saturday while also stuck with a poor starting spot in post seven. His ninth race opponents figure to make life difficult, with Limelight Beach the likely lukewarm favorite from post three and the late-blooming The Real One drawing pole position.

Leading the pack in entrants on Saturday are trainers Burke and Harris. In addition to the aforementioned starters, Burke could have the favorite in two other legs on Saturday with Take It Back Terry (race 4) and All Bets Off (race 10). Both horses figure to be sent off at odds in the 6-5 to 8-5 range.

Harris has Down Under import Bettor Rock On N rolling heading into the Levy. Since arriving here in February the 7-year-old son of Bettor’s Delight has beaten up mid-level foes and tries to prove his class in his first stakes assignment. George Brennan will drive from post four in the seventh of 12 races on the card.

"I haven't gotten him right yet. He has improved every time on the track, but I don't even know what the problem was," said Harris, who was hoping that he the mystery has finally been solved. "If you watch the replay, he was half sideways in his first start. We added a head pole last week and he was going sideways the other way. Now he has two head poles on and I think we have him right. He finally went straight the other day."

Bettor Rock On N will square off against another cross-continent traveler in Polak A, who followed the same route into the Levy in 2015 and had good success with a pair of preliminary wins. Polak A has been on a tear this year winning four times in six starts, all at Yonkers. He begins from post five with Brian Sears in a field that also comprises of millionaire Mach It So from post one.

One of the more interesting races on paper could be the third division (race 6). Burke has possible favorite Always At My Place, a 1:47 2/5 winner in 2015, from post one against the always competitive Sunfire Blue Chip (post five) and Sapphire City (post six). But the most intriguing horse in the field could be Santa Fe Beachboy, who put up an eye-popping 1:50 4/5 winning mile last week at Yonkers, his first start for new trainer Richard Banca.

Harris even felt his starter could get into the fray despite post seven in the field. "I really like Phil Your Boots and think the race could set up nicely for him,” said the trainer.

The Levy series continues each Saturday night through April 23, where an estimated final of $600,000 will be offered.