Foiled Again says farewell, cruises to victory in final Harrington Raceway appearance

Foiled Again and driver Montrell Teague turn the final corner before heading down the stretch in Monday night’s victory at Harrington Raceway. (Delaware State News/Ben Heck)

HARRINGTON — The richest horse in harness racing history, Foiled Again, made a stop at Harrington Raceway Monday night during the 14-year-old pacer’s farewell tour.

Trained by Ron Burke of Burke Racing, Foiled Again is set to retire from harness racing Dec. 31.

Driven by local 27-year-old harness racing driver Montrell Teague, Foiled Again competed in Monday’s third race of the evening and picked up his 105th career win. It was the first time Teague had the chance to drive him.

He is the lone horse to win Harrington Raceway’s signature race, the annual Bobby Quillen Memorial, three times, so it was only fitting that he made one last stop at the track.

“It’s definitely an honor. When I got the call that they chose me [to drive him], and that it was going to be one of the last times he races before he retires, it was definitely an honor and I’m appreciative of getting to drive him,” Teague said.

“They had a couple of other people to choose from, but they picked me. They wanted to be sure I didn’t have anything in the same class, but I said, ‘it doesn’t matter if I have someone in the same class, I’ll take him over anybody.’”

About an hour following the victory, the horse’s final race at Harrington Raceway, a meet-and-greet with the pacer was held. A group of fans had the opportunity to meet and take photos with Foiled Again.

In total, he’s earned $7.6 million over his racing career and has earned the United States’ Aged Pacer of the Year three times – 2011, 2012 and 2013. He was the first pacer to have three straight $1 million years.

“Money-wise, he’s made more than $7 million,” Teague said. “He’s the only horse who can say he’s won that much. I can get that picture and hang it on my wall for the rest of my life.”

Teague only had the opportunity to have two warm-up laps with Foiled Again prior to making his way to the starting line.

“I just got two laps around and then we went right to the gate,” he said. “I went to the trainer and he told me kind of what his mentality is like. He’s kind of more laid back now that he’s in his older age, but once he hit the gate it was all him.”

Teague has had the opportunity to drive many accomplished horses throughout his harness racing career, but he says Foiled Again was different.

He has closely followed the pacer’s racing career and always made a point to stick around and watch him in action.

“Every time I was in a big race, he was always in one of the upper-class races, so I would always watch him before I raced or after I raced,” he said. “In those big races, you always stick around and watch Foiled Again, so he’s kind of an icon for us. And there might not ever be another one.”

It’s estimated that Foiled Again will race 4-6 more times, with his final race set for New Year’s Eve, prior to the 14-year-old’s mandatory retirement.

Sports Editor Ben Heck can be reached at bheck@newszap.com.

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