Foiled Again has drawn post 7 in Saturday's $150,000 Battle of Lake Erie and has been named the 3-1 slight morning-line favorite by Northfield Park executive vice president of racing and simulcasting Dave Bianconi. Foiled Again will appear in the Battle an unprecedented six times, and Saturday will reveal if he is successful in becoming the first horse in Northfield Park history to win this event three times.
The 10 year-old son of Dragon Again (2000 Battle Champion) won in 2009 and 2011, joining Jaguar Spur (winner in 1988-89), Peruvian Hanover (winner in 2002-03) and Maltese Artist (winner in 2005 and 2007) as the only four horses to win the Battle of Lake Erie twice.
Age does not seem to be slowing Foiled Again. He has paced his last four races in under 1:50. Foiled Again is trained by Ronald Burke and has garnered 80 career victories and sports earnings of $6,313,068. Those career earnings rank him as the richest pacer in the history of harness racing.
The 2014 Battle of Lake Erie field:
Horse Driver Trainer M/L
1-Night Pro--Peter Wrenn--Dale Decker--4-1
2-Beach Memories--Josh Sutton--Brian Brown--5-1
3-Bolt The Duer--Mark MacDonald--Pete Foley--7-2
4-Clear Vision--Brett Miller--Ron Burke--9-2
5-Fool Me Once--Aaron Merriman--Mark Austin--6-1
6-Twilight Bonfire--Tony Hall--Rich Gillock--12-1
7-Foiled Again--Yannick Gingras--Ron Burke 3-1
8-Apprentice Hanover--Ben Wallace--Jody Jamieson 10-1
Since its inception in 1986, the Battle of Lake Erie has drawn the best veteran pacers the sport has to offer. Past Battle Champions include racing greats Falcon Seelster, Quite A Sensation, Jaguar Spur, Dorunrun Bluegrass, Cambest, Riyadh, Gallo Blue Chip and Maltese Artist.
This year's Battle of Lake Erie program carries total purses of $554,500. The 15-race program boasts an impressive undercard featuring nine $40,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes for 2- and 3-year-old colt pacers and trotters.
Superfecta wagering has been added to Saturday's twelfth race, the Battle feature. First race post time is 6 p.m. (Northfield Park)