Sunday, March 30, 2014


Foiled Again, Burke Dominate in Levy


On a miserable, rainy night the story at Yonkers was no different than it was last week and it probably will be more of the same as the Levy series continues. You can’t beat Ron Burke and you can’t beat the 10-year-old Foiled Again.

In a virtual re-run of last week’s rendition of the Levy Burke won three of the four legs and failed only in the third Levy on the night when the P.J. Fraley-trained Mach It So scored an upset win at 20-1. That’s the same Mach It So who won last week over Burke. Fraley and Burke are the only trainers to have won 2014 Levy races so far.

The betting public was so enamored with the Burke entry, which consisted of Foiled Again, Aracache Hanover and Hillbilly Hanover, in the 11th race that there were bridgejumpers in the win pool. Yonkers did not allow place or show betting. Of the $56,387 bet in the win pool. $54,143 of it was on the Burke trio.

“He can’t surprise me anymore,” driver Yannick Gingras said of Foiled Again prior to the race. “He’s done so much in his career and he’s not done yet.”

This was Foiled Again’s 200th career start and it’s hard to imagine any were any easier. Having drawn the four post, Gingras didn’t waste any time as he took his geriatric wonder right to the front, controlled the pace through modest fractions and was never seriously challenged. Stablemate Aracache Hanover was second. It was the 78th career win for Foiled Again.

Burke’s first Levy win on the night came with Bettor’s Edge in the fourth race. He finished 1 1/12 lengths ahead of stablemate Clear Vision and went in 1:53.4 over the sloppy track. The win was his second straight in the series.

Written by Bill Finley of Harness Racing Update

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