Two of the brightest stars in harness racing, Foiled Again and John Campbell, will both be at The Raceway in London on Friday night for the Molson Pace eliminations.
Foiled Again winning last year's Molson Pace final. (Iron Horse photo)
Foiled Again, one of the most talented pacers to step on a racetrack in recent years, will attempt to defend his Molson Pace title in the second of two $20,000 Molson Pace eliminations on the stakes packed card.
The Molson Pace, the signature race at the London, Ontario, oval, will be contested for $300,000 on Friday, May 25. However, the horses will have to contest elimination races this Friday night to earn a berth into the rich final.
For Foiled Again it will be his fourth appearance in the Molson Pace. In 2009 he won his elimination but finished fifth in the final after a being locked in for most of the mile. The following year he finished a close second in both his elimination and final and in the 2011 event he was an impressive three length victor in both his elimination and the final.
The eight-year-old gelding by Dragon Again has drawn post three in his elimination with regular pilot Yannick Gingras making the trip to London to guide him as usual. So far this year Foiled Again has earned $228,000 from just eight starts to give him $3.6 million lifetime.
John Campbell will return to his roots Friday to drive Razzle Dazzle in the Molson Pace elim. (New Image Media photo)
For John Campbell, who will be driving Razzle Dazzle in the same elimination, it will be a home coming of sorts. The sports richest driver of all time got his start in racing at Western Fair Raceway before making his home in New Jersey at the Meadowlands.
The two Molson Pace eliminations will face the gate as follows (note final driver assignments to be made) with the top four in each returning for the final:
Race 4 First Elimination
1. Up The Credit Jody Jamieson
2. Clear Vision Yannick Gingras
3. St Elmo Hero Jody Jamieson
4. Atochia Yannick Gingras
5. Stonebridge Tonic Doug McNair
Race 9 Second Elimination
1. Aracache Hanover Doug McNair
2. Valentino Jody Jamieson
3. Foiled Again Yannick Gingras
4. Machal Jackson JR Plante
5. Razzle Dazzle John Campbell
6. Secret Weapon Scott Young
It is a stakes packed card on Friday as it also features the first Ontario Sires Stakes event of the 2012 racing season, for three-year-old trotting colts, in three $40,000 Gold Series eliminations as well as several City of London events.
The Raceway is also pleased to feature the induction of Terry Provost into the Wall of Fame on Friday evening following a race in his honour, race six. This award is the highest bestowed by The Raceway and well deserved by the long time race secretary who spent almost two decades working at the London race office.
Also of note representatives from HorsePlayer Interactive will be on hand to sign up new accounts. Everyone who signs up for a new account will receive a $20 deposit into their account and all HPI account holders in attendance can enter a draw for a grand prize of a $500 cash deposit.