Foiled Again finally got his Molson Pace victory in his third attempt, capturing the $300,000 race on Friday night at Western Fair Raceway in London, Ont. With Yannick Gingras driving, Foiled Again pulled away in the homestretch to score by three lengths in 1:51.3.
The trip to the winner's circle was a lot easier for Gingras than his landing in Ontario. He traveled via plane with Dave Palone but the plane's brakes partially failed. "We had no brakes on the right side of the plane, so we missed the runway and had to push the plane in the grass, but we made it," reported Palone.
The race got underway with Legal Litagator blasting away from post one and opening putting about six lengths of daylight between himself and his closest rival, Foiled Again, in the first turn. Brett Miller finally got the brakes to engage and Yannick Gingras settled Foiled Again in the pocket.
The first quarter was passed in :27.2 and the half time flashed :55.4 when Gingras pulled to take his shot. By the middle of the backstretch Foiled Again had edged to the front and then cleared before pacing into the last turn. After a three-quarter clocking in 1:23.1, Gingras allowed Foiled Again to open up on the field.
Art Professor, with Jody Jamieson in the sulky, finished second, but never threatened Foiled Again. Atochia, with Dave Palone driving, took third while Miller, who substituted for the injured Mark MacDonald, got Legal Litagator home fourth.
Ron Burke trains Foiled Again and Atochia. Foiled Again, with career earnings of approximately $2.5 million, is a 7-year-old gelded son of Dragon Again. He's owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables.
Ontario Sire Stakes Gold finals for 3-year-old fillies were also featured on the Molson card at Western Fair and the winners were Luke's Sophie (by Here Comes Herbie) in the trot (1:57.4) and Village Janus (Modern Art) in 1:55 in the pace.