Sunday, May 04, 2014

Milestones Set at The Meaodwlands

By Press Release

With over 12,000 people attending the Kentucky Derby festivities throughout the day, The Meadowlands inherited a huge crowd remaining from the Derby day afternoon's business and they were witness to two milestones on the program.

It's not every day that a world record mile occurs in a C-1 Pace, but that happened tonight at The Meadowlands in the 11th race as Mighty Young Joe lowered his lifetime mark again at age 11, to 1:49.3 for trainer/driver Stacy Chiodo.

That mark is the fastest mile ever for a female driver and the first sub-1:50 mile by a female driver, and Chiodo clearly knew it as she waived her whip in triumph when she crossed the wire and saw the teletimer. For Mighty Young Joe, this marked the 30th victory in his career, with earnings approaching $500,000.

On the heels of that milestone came another, as Dave Miller guided Dull Roar to a 1:50.3 victory in the 12th race C-2 Pace for the 11,000th win of his driving career. Miller will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this summer.

The Saturday night feature saw ten sophomore colt pacers assemble in the $47,253 “Albatross” John Simpson Memorial, a Grand Circuit stake. JK Endofanera made his sophomore debut a winning one via a long uncovered move in 1:49.4 for Yannick Gingras.

Away mid-pack as Allstar Partner rolled off fractions of 26.3, 55-, and 1:23.2 Gingras edged JK Endofanera into a first over position attacking the leader until he succumbed to the winner's unrelenting presence. Jet Airway was a fast closing second and Ideal Cowboy third.

The Art Major colt is trained by Ronnie Burke for the 3 Brothers Stable of New York who are both owner and breeder.

As April turns to May a number of three year olds are starting to show up in preparation for stakes engagements and trainer Tony Alagna sent out a pair of impressive Somebeachsomewhere colts making their 2014 debuts.

Maxi Bon (Knock Three Times) set a hot pace then drew away from a Non Winners of two in 1:49.4 with a 27.4 close. He is owned by Carver Stables, Dave Prushnok, Joe Sbrocco and Eagle Soar Partners.

A few races later in another division of the same class, That’s My Opinion (Boldnbrash Hanover) moved to the lead going to the half through slower splits and broke his maiden in 1:50.3. He is owned by the partnership of Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco and Jeff Gural’s Little E LLC. Scott Zeron drove both colts.

Tony also sent out Odds On Equuleus for his four year old debut in a B-2 overnight and the 2013 Meadowlands Pace runner up won his first race since September of 2012 in a career best 1:49.1. He was driven by Tim Tetrick and is owned by Odds On Racing of Ft Lauderdale.

B-1/A-2 pacers raced for $22,500 in race two with Rockin Amadeus winning for the second time in three 2014 starts, this one in a new personal record of 1:49.1. Corey Callahan sent him right to the front and rated even numbers before sprinting home in 26.3 to close the deal. Frankie’s Dragon was a very game first over and went right to the wire with the winner.

Rockin Amadeus is owned by Lothlorien of Ontario, Canada and hails from the Takter barn.

Total handle for The Meadowlands Saturday card was $3,287,734.

Written by John Pricci of Harness Racing Update

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

“Cam” Is Super As Foiled Again Fades to Third in Levy Final

Even the great ones have off nights. Despite getting a perfect trip, Foiled Again came up empty in the stretch last night at Yonkers in the $567,000 Levy final, which set the stage for a mini-upset by the P.J. Fraley-trained P H Supercam.

The former claimer benefitted from a perfect drive by Jason Bartlett, snuck through in the passing lane in the stretch and prevailed by a neck over Apprentice Hanover. Foiled Again led until mid-stretch but faded late to finish third, losing by three-quarters of a length.

P H Supercam is a consistent and game horse but he had already lost twice during the series to Foiled Again. That seemed to make his assignment a tough one last night and it became all that much tougher as Foiled Again and Yannick Gingras were able to get a dream trip.

Long shot Sapphire City left from the one post but Gingras was aggressive and had his 10-year-old superstar on the lead by the time the field rounded the first turn. They got to the first quarter in 27.2 and the half in 56.2, the type of pace that made it look like Foiled Again would be impossible to run down.

Better yet for the Ron Burke-trainee, stablemate Bettor's Edge and driver George Brennan were doing their part to get the sport's richest pacer to the winner's circle.

Brennan pulled with Bettor's Edge and then put on the brakes. Anyone who wanted to go after Foiled Again was going to have to go around his dawdling stablemate.

"I thought it was over at the half, that Foiled Again had it won, with that half in 56.2," Fraley said. "He even walked the third quarter, in 1:24.4, and George was on the outside. I didn’t think we would be able to make up a lot of ground."

Bartlett drove a smart race. Rather than trying to make a wide move, he stayed along the pylons and waited to make one dash down the passing lane. The strategy worked perfectly.

"The half was in 56 and I knew that was kind of soft for Foiled Again. but I knew my horse had not been used yet and I knew that he can sprint with a anybody for an eighth of a mile," Bartlett said. "I thought I just needed some daylight and I could be right there with them."

That P H Supercam won was not a huge surprise. That Foiled Again came up short after such an easy trip was.

"I have no idea what went wrong," Gingras said. "No idea at all. He didn't disappoint me. It's just that something went wrong. It's not like he sulked and decided not to race tonight. He's a horse that shows up every single time. Obviously, they'll figure out tomorrow or Monday what went wrong with him. You can't be disappointed. He tried his best and got beat less than a length for the whole thing."

The Levy final has now tripped up Foiled Again four straight years. He won it in 2009 and 2010 and since has been third, second, second and third.

“It’s a horse race that’s why we came here to race,” Bartlett said. “I guess everybody just thought they were going to give Foiled Again the money but we had to race and he’s an animal. They all get beat at some point.”

Written by Bill Finley of Harness Racing Update

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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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