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Foiled Again shines in Battle of Lake Erie

June 28, 2009

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The favored Foiled Again ($3.20) won the $100,000 Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield Park on Saturday, going gate-to-wire in 1:50.4, and defeating Jeremy’s Successor by a head in the 24th annual edition of the race.

Blueridge Western was third.

Matt Kakaley drove the winner for Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stable. Ron Burke trains Foiled Again, a 5-year-old son of the 2000 Battle winner, Dragon Again.

Foiled Again thus became the first son of a Battle winner to win the Battle of Lake Erie. The win was his eighth in 11 season’s races, and pushed his career earnings $778,023.

Ohio Sires sophomores shine; Verban Memorial to Stringtowner

Sophomore colt and gelding trotters and pacers contested $16,000 second leg divisions at Northfield Park on Saturday night, and the action was fast and furious throughout.

The evening started with three straight splits for the trotters. The evening opened with a dominant performance by the Emile Angus gelding Colby D ($15.60). In line to trainer Jim Dailey, he waited patiently while My Mom’s Career and then Master In Charge took the field through fractions of :29, :59.1 and 1:28.1 before moving in the final turn to get an easy win in 1:58.2, a lifetime best. He defeated V Squared and Chewey.

Owned by Keith Ross of Bellefonatine, Ohio, the win was the fourth in 12 starts for Colby D, who was unraced at age two.

The second heat saw Golden Chip Chip ($12.60) score a minor upset for Daryl Sherman and owner-trainer Kent Sherman. In line to Ryan Stahl, he went past the tiring leader, Aloha Hooray, and then held-off Iliketherain to win in 1:58.3. The win was the second in eight starts this year for the Chip Chip Hooray gelding.

The third split went to the favored Sun Of A Victory ($3.60), who led at every call for owner James Shipley of Mount Vernon, Ohio, trainer Doug Rine and driver Robin Miller. The 1:58.2 mile, a lifetime-best, got him to the wire ahead of New Riegel Star and Touch Of Chip. It was the third win in six starts this year for the Victory Sam gelding.

After a one-race respite for overnight pacers, the fourth trotting heat was contested and the favored Chips And Wings ($2.80) easily turned back B Contemporary and Masters Cook to get the win in 1:58.1. The son of Chip Chip Hooray is trained by Ron Burke for Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and Frank Baldachino. The win pushed his 2009 summary to 6-3-2-1 and his earnings to $30,550.

The first pacing Sire Stakes split went to Worthy’s Magic and Chris Page, who won for the sixth time in nine starts. He is owned by Ed Mullinax, Ron Broadstone, and trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr. Noble Thought was second and Sadies Legacy, finished third. The winner is a gelded son of Cam’s Magic Trick.

The second pacing heat saw another favorite win as Dance With Dan ($3.00) was parked past the quarter but controlled the race after clearing, easily posting a 1:53.4 win for driver Rodney Bolon and trainer Kent McGee, who shares title of the Precious Bunny gelding with Charles Minger. Mr Shady got a perfect pocket trip to be second and J Cruise closed from well back to take home the show money. It was Dance With Dan’s ninth career win in 16 starts.

After Foiled Again won the Battle of Lake Erie, the undefeated Special D ($6.00) took the final Ohio Sire Stakes pacing split with a grinding, 1:54.3 effort, eventually wearing down a game Somethinsgotagive. Chris Page drove the Brian Brown-trained Stand Forever gelding for James Koehler, Daniel Wozniak and William Robinson.

The George Verban Memorial Invitational, honoring the late Elyria Chronicle-Telegram racing writer, was won by Stringtowner ($7.00) and Tony Hall, in 1:54.1. Bruce Riegle trains the eight-year-old Towner’s Big Guy gelding for Chuck Grubbs. Category Six was second and Coal Black Beauty third. (Northfield)

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