04/17/2013 12:25PM

Yonkers: Foiled Again hopes for spot in Levy Series Final

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Yannick Gingras hopes to be in the winner's circle with Foiled Again after the $450k George Morton Levy Final on April 27.

Right now Foiled Again is third in the George Morton Levy series standings. That placement, directly behind stablemates Something For Doc and Annieswesterncard, would keep Foiled Again out of the $450,000 series final on April 27 if the status quo would remain following Saturday’s final preliminary leg at Yonkers Raceway.

Driver Yannick Gingras, who has driven all three horses for the Ron Burke stable during the series, confirmed that the stable would like to see Foiled Again in the final.

“I know they are working hard on selling one of the horses,” said Gingras, who hopes to be driving Foiled Again in the final. "He gives us the best shot. He's the best of the three."

The Levy rules prohibit any stable or owner from entering more than two horses in the final whether they are among the point leaders or not.

While there is a chance that Foiled Again could win this week and his stablemates not, Gingras didn’t see that as a reasonable possibility following the draw.

“They all drew well and I think they will all race well,” Gingras said.

As for Foiled Again, the richest pacer of all time has not been posting times as fast as the other two but that doesn’t seem to concern Gingras in the least.

“They (Something For Doc and Annieswesterncard) came into the series ready to go. Foiled Again takes some time to get into top shape. I think we’re going to use this week to stretch him out a little bit and get him tighter for the final.”

Something For Doc tasted defeat for the first time in the series last week finishing third behind Razzle Dazzle and Sapphire City.

“I think he raced real well,” said Gingras, “Eric (Goodell behind Rockincam) came at me pretty hard down the backstretch. It hurt both of our horses, but I really can’t blame him, he’s trying to make the final. Something For Doc went two sub-:27 quarters.”

As for Annieswesterncard, the driver has been more than impressed by his resilience in this series.

“I drove him last year and I really didn’t think he was going to be any good on the half-mile track, but he’s surprised me. He’s been very strong throughout the series,” said Gingras.

Annieswesterncard starts from the pole position in the first of four $50,000 divisions of the Levy, race four, on Saturday’s 11-race program. Despite winning in three of the first four legs and landing inside, the race shapes up as one that should be highly competitive. Dancin Yankee has already captured a leg of this series and he will be looking to post a mild upset from post three. The Levy series veteran looked to be full of pace last week while trapped behind a wall of horses. He has previously won in 1:51 4/5 for trainer Gary Green.

Sapphire City just missed as a 55-1 shot last week and landed post two in this division. A 10-time winner in 2012, the five-year-old has not seen the winner’s circle this year, but landed post two and could be ready to break out of his slump.

Something For Doc will be in quest of his seventh win in 2013 from post two in the second division of the evening (race six). First round winner Versado may need a victory to assure a position in the final. The Nick Surick-trained veteran landed post three.

Bet On The Law, twice second in the series, could be looking for a spot in the consolation. The former New York Sire Stakes star landed the pole position.

Razzle Dazzle, the conqueror of both Foiled Again and Something For Doc in this series, landed the pole position in the seventh race, third Levy division of the night. The son of Real Desire has been hampered by difficult draws and overland trips but seems assured of a shorter journey this week for driver Brian Sears and trainer Mark Silva.

Leg winner’s Second Wind N (post four), Classic Rock NRoll (post six) and Rockincam (post seven) will all need big efforts if they are to reach the final from this division.

Foiled Again drew into what could be one of the easier divisions in race nine. Over the last two weeks he’s had the luxury of inside posts and easy paths to victory. While Gingras is promising to “air him out” a little from the rail position, he may see some early action from Casimir Jitterbug in post seven. That rival, from the Tony O’Sullivan stable has been a consistent force throughout the series and did upset Foiled Again in second round action, but that came after he sat well off a bitter speed duel. George Brennan will guide Casimir Jitterbug.

Post time on Saturday at Yonkers is 7:10 pm.