by Bob Heyden
Foiled Again will race in the 8th on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Here’s a look at his incredible career:
He was foaled on May 8, 2004, five days after Donato Hanover, the 2007 Horse of the Year.
Foiled Again earned $7,515 as a rookie in five tries in 2006.
Flash forward 11 years and he has a record of 302 98-65-43 and all-time record earnings of $7,557,278 in his career entering Dec. 23.
Cam Fella ($2,041,367), Rambling Willie ($2,038,219) and Foiled Again all were the all-time money leaders when they retired from the track, yet none of them ever raced in a million-dollar race.
At two and three, combined, Foiled Again was 7 for 27 with earnings of some $57,000. His best finish in a stakes race was a third in the $31,000 SRF Pace at Freehold.
On April 21, 2007, he went off at 108.40-1 at the Meadowlands finishing sixth in a 3yo open won by The Quiet Man.
Foiled Again, originally trained by Herman Heitmann, was purchased as a 4YO by the Ron Burke stable, the JJK Stable (Joe, Joe Jr. and Kevin Koury) and Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi and became a stablemate to another high earner — Won The West — $3,977,956.
The man driving the starting car at the Meadowlands — Jim Marshall, III — was the first driver of Foiled Again in 2006.
Foiled Again set the all-time earnings record going for his biggest ever purse — the 2012 Canadian Pacing Derby for $794,870. Foiled Again surpassed Gallo Blue Chip’s $4.2 million that had stood for seven years. (Foiled Again had been fifth in each of his two previous starts).
He took over the earnings title with his 63rd career win. He is now two wins shy of 100.
Three straight years he was the Pacing Horse Of The Year.
At age 8, Foiled Again became the oldest pacer to have a million-dollar season.
He is the first pacer to have three straight million-dollar seasons — at ages 7, 8 and 9.
He won the 2013 Breeders Crown at Pocono at age 9. (Trotter Commander Crowe the only older Crown winner at age 11 the next year at the Meadowlands)
Foiled Again took his career mark at age 9 at Pocono — 1:48.
Rambling Willie was 128-for-305. Foiled Again is three starts away from tying that mark.
Foiled Again has never been voted Horse of the Year and never led the earnings race in a year.
His longest winning streak is six (2014) and his longest losing streak is 17— his last 17 starts as a sophomore.
He’s competed in 19 $500,000+ events and hit the board in his last 10 tries.
He competed in 7 straight Levy Finals. Last year, at age 12, he competed again in the series but didn’t make the final.