Bill Finley

Bill Finley has been covering both thoroughbred and standardbred racing for more than 25 years. He is a racing columnist for ESPN.com and can also be heard on the Down the Stretch show on Saturdays on Sirius XM radio.

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Saturday, April 26, 2014


Can Foiled Again Be Beaten?


He's in great form, may be the best pacer of all time, drew well and is racing over what might be his favorite racetrack. Can they write out the Levy check to Foiled Again right now?

Coupled with Bettor's Edge, Foiled Again is the 3-5 morning line favorite for tonight's $567,000 Levy final at Yonkers, and it certainly looks like it is his race to lose But six horses and five trainers will take
a crack at him and simply hope for the best.

Two, Josh Green and P.J Fraley, say the only way Foiled Again can be beaten is if someone puts some pressure on him

With Yannick Gingras in the bike, Foiled Again will leave from the three post, That means he will either get the lead immediately or assume it shortly after the start. "I can't see him getting his way and then losing," said Green, who will send out Dancin Yankee. "He has to take a little bit of pressure."

Foiled Again won four in a row in the preliminary legs of the series before finishing sixth last week. But that race isn't cause for concern as he drew the seven post, didn't need any points to get into the finals and driver Yannick Gingras drove a conservative race. That won't happen again with $567,000 up for grabs tonight.

"Someone is going to have to soften him up," said trainer P.J. Fraley, who will send out the entry of P H Supercam and Mach It So. "I don't see him getting an easy lead. I think someone will take a run at him. Ronnie Pierce (with Dancin Yankee) is going to put that horse in play. Foiled Again is not going to be able to lope around the track."

The Fraley entry of P H Supercam and Mach It So is 5-1 in the line, as is Dancin Yankee. Mach It So appears to be the better of the two Fraley horses but will have to overcome the eight post.

"In this series, it's all about the draw," Fraley said. "It would be nice to win it and I'd be lying if I said I didn’t want to win this badly. I don't see it as just beating Foiled Again. I just see it as a horse race. Good ones get beat. That's why we line up eight behind the gate. Hopefully, this will be our week. My two are strong, at the peak of their game."

As for Foiled again, driver Yannick Gingras isn't feeling any pressure.

"It's fun," Gingras said. "He's become one of the fans' favorites and a lot of people are watching him. People appreciate him more now.

"Every race, he breaks his own record by adding to his earnings and hopefully he can keep doing it and make it a record that will be very hard to break. We just want him to keep adding (wins) to his resume. As a driver, this is the kind of horse you want to drive. There's no pressure. I'm excited to race him."

Written by Bill Finley of Harness Racing Update

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