Foiled Again was denied a third titleholder of the George Morton Levy Memorial, as PH Supercam took the crown Saturday night at Yonkers.
"At the half, I knew I was in trouble,” was the post-mortem of Yannick Gingras after Foiled Again—despite everything seemingly going his way—faded to third in Yonkers Raceway's early-rain-impeded $567,000 final of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series.
"Trouble” was of no consequence of PH Supercam (Jason Bartlett), the reformed claimer who scooted up the passing lane to win North America's richest race of the season to date and the richest edition in this race's history.
At the outset of the 27th Levy—honoring the Hall of Fame founder of Roosevelt Raceway—it was as expected. Foiled Again, eying a third series title, was in play from post position No. 3. He worked around pole-sitting Sapphire City (Eric Carlson), with PH Supercam—from post No. 2—away third.
Meanwhile, Bettor's Edge (George Brennan), coupled with Foiled Again as the 7-10 favored entry, left enough from post No. 6 to act as a traffic impediment. A :27.2 opening quarter led to a spongy :56.2 intermission, and the sport's richest-ever looked to be comfy.
Going toward the 1:24.4 three-quarters, Dancin' Yankee (Ron Pierce) went wide, while Apprentice Hanover (Jody Jamieson) wound up from last.
Foiled Again owned a length-and-a-quarter lead entering the lane, but this was not to be his finest hour. PH Supercam rallied inside, while "Apprentice” closed like a train outside. In the end, the shorter route was the better route, with "Supercam” whipping Apprentice Hanover by a neck in 1:52.3. Foiled Again settled for third—beaten three-quarters of a length—with Sapphire City and Dancin' Yankee grabbing the minor awards. Texican N (Brian Sears), Bettor's Edge and Mach it So (Tim Tetrick)—coupled with the winner--completed the order.
For second choice PH Supercam, a 7-year-old Million Dollar Cam gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by PJ Fraley, he returned $6.40 for his third win in a dozen seasonal starts. The exacta paid $49.20, with the triple returning $105.50.
"I love him,” said Bartlett—who won this race (ironically, with Foiled Again) in 2010—said. "He's so quick, and once he saw the hole, he just exploded.
"It's a horse race, and even if Foiled Again wasn't at his best, mine was tremendous. It's a big honor to win a race like this.”
As for the runner-up, "He was awesome,” Jamieson said. "I wish I had a better trip, but he proved himself to me, (trainer) Ben (Wallace) and everyone.”
A $100,000 series consolation was won by Clear Vision (Brennan, $2.10, part of entry) in 1:53. (Yonkers)