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Harness Highlights: Anatomy Of A 109-Race Winner (Part 1)

by Frank Carulli

January 22, 2019

Foiled Again was forced into retirement January 1, but the now 15-year-old gelding left an indelible mark in harness racing annals. He compiled a 331/109-70-46 record and earned an all-time record $7,635,588 in purse money. Part 1 of our two-part series on his illustrious career also reveals: 

* Foiled Again is one of 15 pacers to win 100 races, but his earnings are more than the 14 others combined. He won his 100th race at Harrah’s Philadelphia on July 9, 2018. 

* He won races at 22 tracks, spanning 12 racing seasons. He made at least 22 starts the last 11 years. He started 39 times in 2008, the year trainer Ron Burke took over his reigns for owners Sylvia Burke, Mark Weaver, Mike Bruscemi and JJK Stables (Joseph Koury Jr., Kevin Koury and their father, the late Joseph Koury Sr.). He visited 18 tracks on his 2018 Farewell Tour. 

* He won 10 or more races in a year six times. He won 15 in 2009, the only time he ever he was put up through disqualification. Foiled Again won six in a row in 2009 and 2013-14. He finished first or second in 19 consecutive races from August 2009 to May 2010. His longest winless streak was 17 races as a 3-year-old in 2007. 

* Yannick Gingras was in the bike for 64 of Foiled Again’s victories. Matt Kakaley won eight times and Dave Palone, Jason Bartlett and John Baggitt Jr. won five each. In all, eighteen drivers had a hand in his success. 

* Foiled Again was favored to win 116 times and part of a favored entry 22 more. He led at every call in a race 53 times, 36 as the odds-on favorite.