Foiled Again notches third Quillen title

by Matt Sparacino, publicity director, Harrington Raceway

Harrington, DE — The venerable 10-year-old pacing superstar Foiled Again ($3.20, Yannick Gingras) prevailed in the eighth annual $220,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial Monday (Sept. 15) at Harrington Raceway in 1:50.2.

A large crowd filled the Harrington grandstand, watching harness racing’s heavyweights among the older pacing horse ranks battle it out on Delaware’s half-mile racetrack.

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Foiled Again held off Clear Vision to win the Quillen Memorial in 1:50.2.

Owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables, the 10-year-old Foiled Again assumed command from his rail post position just past the quarter-mile in :26.3. He led the rich field of eight, whose combined lifetime bankroll is near $15 million, to the half-mile in :55.1 and three-quarters in 1:23.1.

Stablemate Clear Vision, who won the 2013 Quillen, received his marching orders from driver Brett Miller at the half-mile and battled first over but could not get closer than a half-length from Foiled Again at the wire. Bettor’s Edge finished third.

“It seems like every year, he rewrites the record books,” said Gingras. “It was great to come out on top tonight.”

Foiled Again, the richest horse in harness racing history, boosted his lifetime bankroll to more than $6.6 million. It was his sixth consecutive year in Harrington’s marquee event. Clear Vision was making his fourth consecutive start. Both horses are trained by Ron Burke.

The race honors the memory of the late Delaware legislator Bobby Quillen, who was a racetrack regular and always had the horsemen’s best interests at heart. Quillen’s sister Grace Wanda Quillen, and brothers Francis and Frank Quillen, were on hand for the winner’s circle presentation.

In the overnight feature, John Dayton’s Just A Jolt ($5.20, Victor Kirby) recorded a 1:51.1 triumph in the $17,000 Open for trainer Jim King Jr.

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