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The Battle of Lake Erie

May 21, 2016

Wiggle It Jiggleit Prevails in the 2016 Battle of Lake Erie

Wiggle It Jiggleit has traveled to Northfield Park’s Flying Turns on two occasions and has two track records to prove it. Winner of the 2015 Carl Milstein Memorial in 1:49.3, the fasted mile paced at Northfield Park by a three year-old gelding, Wiggle It Jiggleit is now also the fastest four year-old gelding on the half-mile oval by virtue of his easy victory in Saturday’s (May 21) $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie.

Wiggle It Jiggleit (Mr Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover-Jenna’s Beach Boy) is owned by the partnership of George Teague Jr. Inc. and Teague Racing Partnership. He is trained by Clyde Francis. Montrell Teague had the winning drive.

Entering the Battle off two runner-up finishes, many analysts were not eyeing Wiggle It Jiggleit, but rather (#5) Freaky Feet Pete as their selection. Freaky Feet Pete entered the event off a nine-race win streak.

“Almost every print I looked in has us picked for second, some even for third,” said owner George Teague. “I wondered if I was looking at the same program as them, but it even had me doubting our chances in here.”

As the gate pulled away from the stellar Battle field, Wiggle It Jiggle left no doubt who would reign supreme. He led his rivals from start to finish.

Wiggle It Jiggleit started from the rail and led his competition every step of the way through fractions of :28, :55.4, 1:23 and 1:49.4, besting his rivals by 4-1/4 lengths.

Pacing an initial quarter in a leisurely :28, and sprinting his final quarter in :26.4, there was no catching Wiggle It Jiggleit.

“My horse was unbelievably grabby and ready to roll,” explained Montrell Teague. “Although we went slow early, no one would have had a chance to get the lead anyway.”

Saturday’s win marks the 28th score for Wiggle It Jiggleit in 35 career races and increases his bankroll to $2,478,260.

May 18, 2016

Battle of Lake Erie Draws Sport’s Best Saturday at Northfield Park

If racing fans are looking for a nightcap to Saturday’s Preakness Stakes, Northfield Park has the perfect closing act – the $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie.

Since its inception in 1986, the Battle of Lake Erie has drawn the best veteran pacers the sport has to offer. Past Battle Champions include racing greats Falcon Seelster, Quite A Sensation, Jaguar Spur, Dorunrun Bluegrass, Cambest, Riyadh, Gallo Blue Chip and Maltese Artist. 

This year, the Grand Circuit one mile dash for veteran pacers has attracted Wiggle It Jiggleit, last year’s Horse of the Year and winner of the Little Brown Jug, Freaky Feet Pete, the 2015 Breeders Crown champ, and Foiled Again, the richest horse in the history of harness racing.

Wiggle It Jiggleit has drawn the rail and has been installed as the even-money favorite. Racing for George Teague and Teague Racing Partnership, the 4-year-old gelded son of Mr Wiggles has won 27 of 34 career starts and $2.3 million.

This will be his second trip to the Flying Turns. Wiggle It Jiggleit won last year’s $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial, the track’s premier event, in 1:49 3/5, establishing a track record for sophomore gelded pacers.

Freaky Feet Pete, who drew the No. 5 post and is the earlybird second betting choice at 2-1, arrives at Northfield with a sparkling record, a winner of 27 of 30 starts and $1.1 million.

The son of Rockin Image will carry a nine-race winning streak to the gate. His start in the Battle will be his first on a half-mile track.

“He trains on a half-mile track at home,” said Marty Rheinheimer, co-owner of Freaky Feet Pete. “I’m really not worried at all about him getting around the track. I think he will take to it just fine.”

Foiled Again will be making an unprecedented eighth consecutive start in the Battle of Lake Erie, a race he has won three times, including last year’s renewal. Now 12, the gelded son of Dragon Again, another Battle winner (2000), has won 86 of 253 starts and a record $7,372,138.

“Every time he steps on the track it’s history, so it’s cool” said trainer Ron Burke.

Foiled Again’s score in last year’s Battle sent his bankroll over $7 million. No other Standardbred has earned as much as $6 million. Ready Cash, a retired trotter, is second to Foiled Again with a bankroll of $5.7 million.

Dave Bianconi, Northfield’s executive vice-president of racing and simulcasting, who put the race field together, believes the Battle lineup is strong enough to threaten the track record.

“They have a shot at breaking it,” he said. “I can see a sub-1:50 mile if the conditions are right.”

A Rocknroll Dance holds the record, a 1:49 1/5 mile in the 2013 Battle of Lake Erie.

An impressive undercard featuring three $20,000 Opens and three $20,000 late closer finals will support this year’s Battle of Lake Erie.

In addition, Battle night will also offer guests a sumptuous dinner buffet in Lady Luck’s clubhouse. The special Battle of Lake Erie Buffet is just $19.95. Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling 330/467-4101. 

Guests who want to be down close to all of the racing action can stop by the grandstand apron to sample the fare of some of northeast Ohio’s most popular food trucks. Live music by Unknown Reason can also be enjoyed on the apron, and patrons will receive a FREE spin on the Northfield Park Prize Wheel from 8 to 9 p.m.

The Battle of Lake Erie is scheduled as the 11th event on the 15-race program with a first race 6:00 p.m. post time. A Pick 4 will begin in race eight and offers a $10,000 guaranteed pool, while the Battle will offer a $25,000 guaranteed Superfecta pool.

The 2016 $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie Field:

Post        Horse                           Driver                Trainer                      M/L
1             Wiggle It Jiggleit           M. Teague         Clyde Francis            1-1
2             Ideal Cowboy                A.Merriman      Jeffrey Bamond Jr.    8-1
3             Roland N Rock              TBA                  Rob Harmon             25-1
4             Foiled Again                  J. Bongiorno     Ron Burke                10-1
5             Freaky Feet Pete            T. Tetrick          Larry Rheinheimer    2-1
6             Santa Fe Beachboy        R. Wrenn Jr.     Brian Brown            25-1
7             Luck Be Withyou           D. Palone          Chris Oakes            15-1
8             All Bets Off                    M. Kakaley        Ron Burke              12-1

May 4, 2016

All Bets Off, third in North America in earnings this year with $221,950 in the bank, heads the probable list of all-star pacers for the May 21st renewal of Northfield Park’s Battle of Lake Erie. The one mile dash also includes Foiled Again, harness racing’s all-time money-winner, and Freaky Feet Pete, a horse who wins a staggering 89.6 percent of his starts.

All Bets Off, a 5-year-old son of Bettor’s Delight, has competed at the highest level for four years, winning 20 of 58 career starts and $1.7 million in purses. A winner of two of eight starts this year, he’s off a runner-up finish (beaten a length) in the Apr. 23 $609,000 George Morton Levy Final at Yonkers. No stranger to Northfield, All Bets Off won the inaugural Milstein Memorial in 2014.   

Harness Racing’s longest shining star, Foiled Again, who at age 12, will be seeking to defend his Battle championship as well as seeking his fourth overall victory in the race’s 32 editions. His $7,369,138 bankroll, gleaned from 86 victories in 252 starts is the highest in the history of harness racing, both on the pace and trot.

Foiled Again’s other Battle triumphs came in 2009 and 2011. This will be his eighth start in the tradition laden race.    

Freaky Feet Pete is ultra-consistent. The 4-year-old son of Rockin  Image has won 26 of 29 career starts with two seconds, including last year’s Breeder’s Crown at Woodbine Raceway. He has banked $1,136,724.     

Local favorite Ameichi, from the barn of Brian Loney, is pointing for the Battle. He has won two of his last three starts at Northfield Park in the $13,500 weekly feature. The ultra-sharp six-year-old just paced his 1:51 2/5 lifetime mark on April 18 around the Flying Turns.

Since its inception in 1986, the Battle of Lake Erie has drawn the best veteran pacers the sport has to offer. Past Battle Champions include racing greats Falcon Seelster, Quite A Sensation, Jaguar Spur, Dorunrun Bluegrass, Cambest, Riyadh, Gallo Blue Chip, and Maltese Artist.

Official entries for the Battle will be drawn May 17. The card, which will follow Northfield’s simulcast of the second leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes from Pimlico Race Course, will also include a trio of $20,000 late closer finals along with three $20,000 opens events.  

Complete list of horses nominated to the 2016 Battle of Lake Erie:

All Bets Off
Beach Memories
Dreams Beachboy
Foiled Again
Freaky Feet Pete
Ideal Cowboy
Let’s Drink On It
Limelight Beach
Luck Be With You
Michaels Power
Remember Me VK
Roland N Rock
Santa Fe Beachboy
Seventh Secret
Sports Sinner
Sunfire Blue Chip
Twilight Bonfore
Wiggle It Jiggleit

June 12, 2015

Foiled Again Wins His Third Battle of Lake Erie

Harness racing’s longest shining star, Foiled Again, became the first three-time champion of Northfield Park’s Battle of Lake Erie when he crossed the wire a winner on Friday (June 12). Approaching the start the 11 year-old was already the richest Standardbred of all-time and became the first horse to earn in excess of $7 million with his triumph.     

Foiled Again (Dragon Again-In A Safe Place-Artsplace) is owned by the partnership of Burke Racing Stable of Fredericktown, Pennsylvania, Weaver Bruscemi of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania and JJK Stables LLC of Fort Lauterdale, Florida. He is trained by Ron Burke, who called upon Matt Kakaley to drive.

Foiled Again started from post five and sat fourth through the :26 opening quarter. Kakaley pulled Foiled Again in the second panel and he remained first over through times of :53.4 and 1:21.3. Foiled again took advantage of his chance when Luck Be Withyou, who had led throughout, went off stride entering the final turn. Foiled Again inherited the lead and fought off his competition in the stretch to win by a neck, stopping the timer at 1:50.3.

“I knew if I was close turning for home the he would out grit them,” said Kakaley “He is the toughest horse ever in the history of harness racing, for sure.” 

The win pushes Foiled Again’s earnings to $7,012,531. Following Foiled Again were Clear Vision, Cammikey, Big Boy Dreams, State Treasurer, Duc Dorleans, Night Pro and Luck Be Withyou.

Foiled Again started this year a bit sluggish and many people were calling for Ron Burke to retire the champion pacer. However, Burke discovered that the horse had an entrapped epiglottis and scheduled the minor surgery in early May. Friday’s performance was Foiled Again’s first start post-operation. “He is as good as ever and still has a lot of racing left in him,” said Burke. “He is the horse that has built our barn. I cannot say enough good things about him. I love this horse.”  

June 11, 2015 

Northfield Park’s Battle of Lake Erie Draws Excellent Field
The Battle of Lake Erie, one of Northfield Park’s premier races and a Grand Circuit event, is set for its 30th edition on June 12, 2015. The Friday feature is scheduled as the 11th of 15 races with a 6:00 p.m. first race post time. This year’s Battle carries a purse of $175,000, the largest in its history. The race is the fourth leg of the evening’s pick 4, which has a $10,000 guaranteed pool, and Superfecta wagering has been added.    

Since its inception in 1986, the Battle has drawn the very best veteran pacers the sport to compete on Northfield Park’s Flying Turns. Past Battle Champions include racing greats Falcon Seelster, Quite A Sensation, Jaguar Spur, Dorunrun Bluegrass, Cambest, Riyadh, Gallo Blue Chip and Maltese Artist. 

In addition to superior racing action, Battle night will also offer guests a sumptuous buffet in Lady Luck’s clubhouse dining room. The buffet is just $19.95. Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling 330-467-4101.

Guests who want to be close to the racing action can stop by the grandstand apron to visit Seti’s Polish Boys food truck. Live music by The Attraxxion will be part of the apron scene from 6-10 p.m. and spin the prize wheel with WMJI’s Chip Kullik from 7-9 p.m.

 The 2015 Battle of Lake Erie Field:

#1 Clear Vision is this event’s returning champion. He is one of two starters from the powerful barn of Ron Burke. Owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC of Fredericktown, Pennsylvania, Weaver Bruscemi LLC of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania and The Panhellenic Stable Corp. of Oyster Bay, New York, he has won 29 and has been on the board in 95 of 175 career races. His lifetime mark is 1:48.2 (TgDn 5/8) with a career bankroll of $2,346,732.  2015 marks Clear Vision’s third Battle of Lake Erie appearance. He won last year and finished third in 2013. His richest victory was in the $223,500 Bobby Quillen Memorial at Harrington Raceway in 2013.  Burke has named Chris Page to drive this 8-1 morning-line competitor.

#2 Cammikey has the highest win percentage of any starter in this year’s edition. He has been victorious in 10 of 21 career races, taking a 1:49.4 (Mea 5/8) mark in 2014 and earning $252,037.  The four year-old is owned by Cam Land LLC of Washington, Pennsylvania.  Cammikey enters this race off three consecutive victories.  He is conditioned by William Zendt. The Meadows regular and customary Cammikey driver Brian Zendt has been named to steer the 12-1 morning-line contender.

#3 Luck Be Withyou sports career earnings of $738,176. He has 35 lifetime starts and 13 career victories.  He is a four year-old son of Western Ideal with a lifetime mark of 1:48 (PcD 5/8).  Luck Be Withyou is owned by John Craig of North York, Ontario, Canada and is trained by Chris Oaks. He has won three of his last four races and has been assigned a morning-line of 7-2. Ronnie Wrenn Jr. is making his first Battle appearance. Wrenn is Northfield Park’s leading driver and won the national driving title in both 2013 and 2014. 

#4 Duc Dorleans will start for Canadian owners Gestion C. Levesque 2005 Inc. and Les Ecuries Dorleans Inc. of Quebec. He has 25 career victories in 75 lifetime starts.  This five year-old son of Shanghai has career earnings of $487,418 and sports a 1:49 (PPK 5/8) lifetime mark.  With eight firsts already in 2015, Duc Dorleans has more wins this year than any of his Battle contenders. This 12-1 morning line selection is trained by Marie Dupont and will be driven by Daniel Dube.  


#5 Foiled Again is attempting to become the first horse to win this event three times and is making his seventh Battle of Lake Erie appearance.  He won in 2009 and 2011, finished third in 2010 and was second in 2012.  Ron Burke trains Foiled Again for owners Burke Racing Stable of Fredricktown, PA, Weaver Bruscemi of Canonsburg, PA and JJK Stables of Fort Lauderdale, FL.  Foiled Again has garnered 83 career victories and has been in the money 173 times in 228 career starts, earning a mark of 1:48 (PcD 5/8) and earnings of $6,925,031.  Those career earnings rank him as the richest pacer in history. Former Northfield standout Matt Kakaley is scheduled to pilot this 4-1 third favorite.  


#6 Big Boy Dreams is owned by Robert Hamather of Exeter, Ontario, Canada, Rene Allard of Milford, Pennsylvania and Mary Lou Poliseno of Hartly, Delaware. The four year-old has 30 career starts with 12 wins.  He earned a 1:49.4 (PcD 5/8) lifetime mark and has career earnings of $517,342.  Big Boy Dreams enters this race off two straight wins, posting that lifetime mark in his most recent performance. Rene Allard trains Big Boy Dreams and calls upon North America’s leading driver, Aaron Merriman, to pilot. Merriman has won more races than any other driver over Northfield Park’s Flying Turns. Big Boy Dreams ships in as a 9-2 morning-line starter.

#7 State Treasurer, one of three millionaires in this Battle field, is the 5-2 slight morning-line favorite. He enters off two straight wins, the $120,000 Molson Pace at Western Fair on May 29 being is his most recent victory. State Treasurer has 75 lifetime starts and 23 career victories.  The six year-old son of Real Desire brings a lifetime mark of 1:48.1 (Moh 7/8) and career earnings of $1,016,103. He is owned by Sally MacDonald of Souris, Prince Edward Island, Canada and Paul MacDonald of Toronto, Ontario, Canada and is trained by Ian Moore. Hall of Famer and Buckeye native David Miller drives. 

#8 Night Pro, 20-1, was the runner-up in the 2014 edition of the Battle. He has a 1:49 (HoP 7/8) lifetime mark and earnings of $510,549.  He is the son of Pro Bono Bests (sire of Bono Bests, 2008 Battle of Lake Erie champion).  His dam, Midnight Jewel, was an accomplished race mare at Northfield Park and throughout the Midwest.  This five year-old has won 30 of 51 career starts and is six of 10 this year.  Night Pro won his career debut here in a $2,000 NW1 in 1:57.4 in March, 2013.  Dale Decker of Temperance, Michigan owns and trains Night Pro. Greg Grismore has been given the driving assignment.



June 9, 2015

Two Battle of Lake Erie Champions Face Tough Rivals in Their Efforts to Win Again at Northfield Park

Clear Vision and Foiled Again will go to the gate at Northfield Park this Friday as former winners of the Battle of Lake Erie. However, they face six strong competitors attempting to garner a Battle score of their own. 


State Treasurer drew post 7 and has been named the 5-2 slight morning-line favorite in this year’s $175,000 Battle field by Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting, Dave Bianconi. Entering Friday’s race off two consecutive victories, he attracts national star and Buckeye native David Miller to drive. State Treasurer won the $120,000 Molson Pace at Ontario’s Western Fair on May 29 in 1:51. He has career earnings of $1,016,103 with a 1:48.1 lifetime mark on Mohawk’s 7/8’s mile track.


Clear Vision, last year’s Battle winner, has drawn the rail in his quest to repeat in 2015. He is 8-1 on the morning line. Clear Vision has been second or third in six of 10 starts this year but has yet to visit the winner’s circle. He has 29 lifetime scores and has earned $2,346,732.     


Foiled Again drew post 6 and is the 4-1 third choice. He will make his unprecedented seventh Battle appearance. Friday will reveal if he is successful in becoming the first horse in Northfield Park history to win the event three times. The 11 year-old son of Dragon Again (2000 Battle Champion) won in 2009 and 2011, joining Jaguar Spur (winner in 1988 and 1989), Peruvian Hanover (2002 and 2003) and Maltese Artist (2005 and 2007) as the only four horses to win the Battle of Lake Erie twice.


Foiled Again became a Battle of Lake Erie champion before five of this year’s competitors were even born. He has paced his last two times behind the gate in 1:51 at The Meadowlands. Both were qualifiers in the aftermath of a five-week layoff for minor throat surgery for an entrapped epiglottis. Foiled Again is trained by Ronald Burke and has garnered 83 career victories and earnings of $6,925,031, ranking him as the richest pacer in the history of harness racing.



The 2015 Battle of Lake Erie field:


 Horse                       Driver                         Trainer                M/L

1-Clear Vision           Chris Page                  Ron Burke             8-1      

2-Cammikey               Brian Zendt                William Zendt       12-1

3-Luck Be Withyou    Ronnie Wrenn Jr.        Chris Oakes          7-2

4-Duc Dorleans          Daniel Dube               Marie Dupont       15-1

5-Foiled Again           Matt Kakaley              Ron Burke             4-1

6-Big Boy Dreams      Aaron Merriman         Rene Allard          9-2

7-State Treasurer        David Miller               Ian Moore            5-2

8-Night Pro                 TBA                            Dale Decker                20-1    


Since its inception in 1986, the Battle of Lake Erie has drawn the very best veteran pacers in North America. Past Battle Champions include racing greats Falcon Seelster, Quite A Sensation, Jaguar Spur, Dorunrun Bluegrass, Cambest, Riyadh, Gallo Blue Chip and Maltese Artist. 


Powerful Undercard


This year’s Battle of Lake Erie program carries total purses of $456,500. The 15-race program boasts an impressive undercard featuring five $40,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes for three year-old filly pacers and trotters. 

Superfecta wagering has been added to Friday’s 11th race, the Battle feature. A $10,000 Guaranteed Pick 4 has also been added and covers races eight through 11. First race post time is 6:00 p.m.

In addition to superior racing action, Battle night will also offer guests a sumptuous buffet in Lady Luck’s clubhouse dining room. The buffet is just $19.95. Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling 330-467-4101.

Guests who want to be close to all of the racing action can stop by the grandstand apron to visit Seti’s Polish Boys food truck. Live music by The Attraxxion will be part of the apron scene from 6-10 p.m. and spin the prize wheel with WMJI’s Chip Kullik from 7-9 p.m.


July 20, 2013 

A Rocknroll Dance Breaks World Record In Battle Of Lake Erie


A Rocknroll Dance broke the world record for four year-old horses on a half-mile track, posting a 1:49.1 win on Saturday (July 20). The 4-length world record victory came in the 28th edition of Northfield Park’s $120,500 Battle of Lake Erie. 

A Rocknroll Dance (Rocknroll Hanover-Wichita Hanover-Cam’s Card Shark) is buckeye owned by A Rocknroll Dance Stable of Wauseon, Ohio and trained by Jim Mulinix. Mulinix called upon Kayne Kauffman to drive. “I told Kayne, we’ve come here to race, so let’s race,” commented Mulinix.

A Rocknroll Dace started from post five and left alertly, finding the perfect trip behind dueling pacers Aracache Hanover and State Treasurer. He sat the pocket through torrid fractions of: 26.1, :53 and :1:21. “At the 5/8 I was just hoping to get out,” said Kauffman. A Rocknroll Dance found the room to pull and drew away in the stretch posting the final word record time 1:49.1.

The win pushes A Rocknroll Dance’s earnings to $2,021,154. Following A Rocknroll Dance were Rockin Finish, Clear Vision, Aracache Hanover, Thinking Out Loud, Foiled Again, Versado and State Treasurer.

A Rocknroll Dance paid $9.80, $6.20 and $6.20, Rockin Finish paid $38.60 and $34.00 and Clear Vision paid $34.80 to show. The exacta paid $234.60, the trifecta $5,019.80 and the $1 super paid $10,311.10.



May 8, 2012


Twenty Remain Staked to this Year’s Battle of Lake Erie


The $100,000 (est.) Battle Of Lake Erie is set for Saturday, July 21. Since its inception in 1986, it has drawn the best veteran pacers the sport has to offer. Past Battle Champions include racing greats Falcon Seelster, Quite A Sensation, Jaguar Spur, Dorunrun Bluegrass, Cambest, Riyadh, Gallo Blue Chip, Maltese Artist and Foiled Again.


Foiled Again could become the first horse in Northfield Park history to win the Battle of Lake Erie three times. The eight-year-old son of Dragon Again (2000 Battle Champion) won the event in 2009 and 2011, joining Jaguar Spur (winner in 1988-89), Peruvian Hanover (winner in 2002-03) and Maltese Artist (winner in 2005 and 2007) as the only four horses to win the Battle of Lake Erie twice.


The twenty horses sustained to the 2012 Battle of Lake Erie have combined earnings of more than $12,500,000, winning 290 races. Two millionaires, Aracache Hanover and Foiled Again, are among the eligibles.


Complete list of horses nominated to the 2012 Battle of Lake Erie:

Horse                   Owner(s)                                          Trainer

Aracache Hanover    William Switala and James Martin                  R Gregg McNair

Betterthancheddar    Steve Calhoun and West Wins Stable           Casie Coleman

Classic Rock Nroll     Frank Bellino                                                 Tony O’Sullivan

Clear Vision               Burk Racing Stbl, Weaver Bruscemi, etc.      Ron Burke

Dana’s Sharp Smart  Stanley Kaufman                                                Kevin Hough

Eighteen                     Dr. Ian Moore, RG McGroup, etc.                    Dr. Ian Moore

Flipper J                     Francis Azur                                                  Kevin McDermott

Foiled Again              Burke Racing Stbl, Weaver Bruscemi, etc.    Ron Burke

Hugadragon               Burke Racing Stable                                          Ron Burke

Nathan Feelsgood     Patricia Mulder and Gerald Mulder                Mark Ford

Picture Me                 Robert Key                                                    Walter Carroll

Powerful Mist           Legacy Racing, Niel Gargiulo, etc.                    Melvin Givens

Prodigal Seelster      Larry Menary, Denis Breton, etc.                       David Menary

Razzle Dazzle            Ira Kristel                                                        Richard Silverman

Shark’s Legacy         Joseph Smith                                                  Thomas Fanning

Something For Doc   Country Club Acres, William Robinson, etc.  Brian Brown

Stonebridge Tonic    Leonard Gamble and R Gregg McNair             Mark Ford

Trick Man                 Carolyn Brechler, Douglas Brechler, etc.          Ray Paver

Valentino                   KDM Stables                                                Nicholas Surick

Warning Zone          VIP Internet Stable                                          Boyd Hudson Jr.  


Foiled Again Wins Sloppy Battle of Lake Erie in 1:52

Matt Kakaley piloted Foiled Again ($3.80) to victory in the 26th Annual $100,000 Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield Park, leading at nearly every call to win in 1:52 over a sloppy track dulled by a night-long rain. Favored Foiled Again edged Giddy Up Lucky in a photo finish, with defending champ Hypnotic Blue Chip finishing third.

Foiled Again, who also won the Battle in 2009, took the lead and yielded to Fire On The Water, but retook at the 27-second quarter mile mark. He took the field to the half in 55.1 as Hypnotic Blue Chip challenged. Giddy Up Lucky went three-wide at the 5/8 and pulled close to the top two at the 1:23.2 third quarter, but Foiled Again had enough left to hold off all challengers in the stretch.


Ron Burke trains Foiled Again, a seven-year-old son of Dragon Again for Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and JJK Stables. The win was his eighth in 15 seasonal starts and pushed his career earnings to $2,556,808.

The 26th Annual $100,000 Battle of Lake Erie is Saturday July 23, 2011

ELEVEN ELIGIBLE TO BATTLE- We started to tell you about the $100,000 Battle of Lake Erie nominees last week, and now we can tell you the rest of the story, thanks to the United States Post Office, which delivered the final several hopefuls after press time last week. Defending Battle champ Hypnotic Blue Chip leads that group, along with This Is Wyatt and Giddyup Lucky, who sits just outside the Top Ten in the Harness Racing Communications weekly poll. They join Fire On The Water, 2009 champ Foiled Again, I Wanna Go Fast, Razzle Dazzle, Trick Man, Valentino, Vertical Horizon and All Tiger N on the list for the July 23 race. Declarations are due Wednesday morning, July 20 at 9 AM, and only the eight horses with the highest 2010-2011 earnings who declare in will race. That currently puts All Tiger N and I Wanna Go Fast on the outside looking in, with Trick Man, Fire On The Water and Vertical Horizon on the bubble.


The 2010 $100,000 Battle of Lake Erie Goes to

Hypnotic Blue Chip in 1:49.4... Win Equals All-age Track Record

Francis Azur’s Hypnotic Blue Chip ($8.60) won Saturday’s $100,000 Battle of Lake Erie with a track-record equaling 1:49.4 effort. He defeated Won The West by five lengths, with favored Foiled Again, who set the fractions, finishing third.

Foiled Again and Dave Palone battled Pilgrims Toner for the early lead and took the field to the quarter in 26 seconds. Pilgrims Toner backed off and Foiled Again hit the half in 54 second, but driver Jody Jamieson had Hypnotic Blue Chip underway. By the three-quarter pole, the pair were on even terms, and Hypnotic Blue Chip put the favorite away with a 27.4 final panel. Kevin McDermott trains Hypnotic Blue Chip, a four-year-old son of Art Major.

In addition to the track record, the mile equals the fastest ever on a half-mile commercial racetrack and equals the fastest at night on a twice-around mile. 

Diane Dylong is $10,000 richer when her assigned horse, Unknown Solider, won the George Verban Memorial in 1:52.2. Diane was one of nine finalists selected to participate in the contest. DeLong qualified with a winning Mystery Ticket she received in the mail. The $10,000 check is being presented by Vice President of Marketing Bill Seese and Executive Vice President of Racing/Simulcasting Dave Bianconi.



Defending Champ Foiled Again Favored in $100,000 Battle of Lake Erie
Draws Rail In Northfield Park’s Premier Event


Defending Battle of Lake Erie champ Foiled Again drew the rail for Saturday’s 25th edition of the race and has been installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite by Director of Racing Dave Bianconi. Foiled Again will be driven by Dave Palone, who will be inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame on Sunday. Ron Burke trains the millionaire pacer for owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and JJK Stables.


The 7-2 second choice, Pilgrims Toner, drew post three. The only horse owned by trainer Frank Catalfamo and partners Joe Spezio, Patrick Daley and Robert Mills, set an age-group 1:48.2 world record at Pocono Downs on May 29. Won The West, a career winner of $2.4 million, has been installed as the third choice at 4-1. He drew post seven and will be driven by Matt Kakaley, who drove Foiled Again to victory last year. Kakaley is the youngest driver in harness racing history to reach 1,000 wins. Last year’s runner-up, Jeremy’s Successor is 10-1 from post six.


The Battle of Lake Erie is the 12th race on a14 race-card that includes Ohio Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacing and trotting fillies. First race post time is 7:00 PM Eastern, with the Battle of Lake Erie set for about 11:05 PM


$100,000 Battle of Lake Erie 7/3/10
Race 12  Post 11:05 EDT









Foiled Again

Dave Palone

Ron Burke

Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, JJK Stables



Royalton Star

Ryan Stahl

Max Shaw

Max Shaw



Pilgrims Toner

Tony Hall

Frank Catalfamo

J. Spezio, P. Daley, R. Mills & F. Catalfamo



Hypnotic Blue Chip

Jody Jamieson

Kevin McDermott

Francis Azur




Mike Micallef

Paul Holzman

Melvin Fink



Jeremy’s Successor

Chris Page

Dean Eckley

Andrea Ann Hill



Won The West

Matt Kakaley

Ron Burke

Strollin Stable, Wm. Robinson & James Koehler



Corky Baran

Greg Grismore

Jean Drolet

S. Schneider & W. Siegel


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The 2008 Battle of Lake Erie    

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Fave Odds


Field $$



Falcon Seelster









Quite A Sensation

Trevor Ritchie








Jaguar Spur

Dick Stillings








Jaguar Spur









(when Matts Scooter was disqualified for interference)






Dorunrun Bluegrass

Herve Filion








Dare You To

Pete Wrenn


DRR Bluegrass






Odds Against

Mike LaChance

















Arrive At Five

John Campbell








Lusty Leader

Joe Essig, Jr.


Pacific Rocket







Jim Morrill, Jr.








Village Connection

Luc Oullette








Western Dreamer

Stephane Bouchard








BJ's Whirlwind

David. Miller








Dragon Again









Gallo Blue Chip

Walter Case, Jr.








Peruvian Hanover

Ron Pierce








Peruvian Hanover

Jim Pantaleano


Art Major






Royal Mattjesty

Stephane Bouchard


Allamerican Captor






Maltese Artist

Brett Miller








Buckeye One



Spirit Of A Shark






Maltese Artist

Brett Miller


Gold Dust Beach






Bono Bests

K. Kash, Jr.








Foiled Again      

Matt Kakaley








Hypnotic Blue Chip  

Jody Jamieson


Foiled Again






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