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The Battle of Lake Erie

 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

 

Post

Horse

Driver

Trainer

Owner

Odds

1

Foiled Again

Dave Palone

Ron Burke

Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, JJK Stables

2-1

2

Royalton Star

Ryan Stahl

Max Shaw

Max Shaw

15-1

3

Pilgrims Toner

Tony Hall

Frank Catalfamo

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

7-2

4

Hypnotic Blue Chip

Jody Jamieson

Kevin McDermott

Francis Azur

6-1

5

Cammabis

Mike Micallef

Paul Holzman

Melvin Fink

20-1

6

Jeremy’s Successor

Chris Page

Dean Eckley

Andrea Ann Hill

10-1

7

Won The West

Matt Kakaley

Ron Burke

Strollin Stable, Wm. Robinson & James Koehler

4-1

8

Corky Baran

Greg Grismore

Jean Drolet

S. Schneider & W. Siegel

12-1

 The 2007 Battle of Lake Erie

The 2008 Battle of Lake Erie    

Battle of Lake Erie History

Year

Winner

Driver

Odds

Favorite

Fave Odds

Time

Field $$

Purse

86

Falcon Seelster

Harmer

2-5

same

Same

1:55.2

??

$50,000

87

Quite A Sensation

Trevor Ritchie

2.9-1

same

Same

1:55.1

$3.90

$50,000

88

Jaguar Spur

Dick Stillings

6-5

same

Same

1:54.4

$4.10

$100,000

89

Jaguar Spur

Dick
Stillings

3-5

same

Same

1:54.3

$6.70

$100,000

 

(when Matts Scooter was disqualified for interference)

 

 

 

$100,000

90

Dorunrun Bluegrass

Herve Filion

2-5

same

Same

1:54.0

$3.50

$100,000

91

Dare You To

Pete Wrenn

22-1

DRR Bluegrass

1.4-1

1:53.1

$6.40

$100,000

92

Odds Against

Mike LaChance

6-5

same

Same

1:53.1

$6.00

$100,000

93

Cambest

W.Hennessey

6-5

same

Same

1:52.3

$5.30

$100,000

94

Arrive At Five

John Campbell

3-5

same

same

1:51.4

$5.40

$100,000

95

Lusty Leader

Joe Essig, Jr.

8.2-1

Pacific Rocket

.8-1

1:54.2

$5.10

$100,000

96

Riyadh

Jim Morrill, Jr.

4-5

same

Same

1:52.1

$6.30

$100,000

97

Village Connection

Luc Oullette

1-1

same

Same

1:53.3

$4.70

$100,000

98

Western Dreamer

Stephane Bouchard

3-5

same

Same

1:52.4

$5.40

$100,000

99

BJ's Whirlwind

David. Miller

1-1

same

Same

1:51.0

$5.40

$150,000

00

Dragon Again

John
Campbell

2-5

same

Same

1:51.0

$5.50

$150,000

01

Gallo Blue Chip

Walter Case, Jr.

4-5

same

Same

1:51.0

$6.40

$150,000

02

Peruvian Hanover

Ron Pierce

9-5

same

Same

1:52.2

$7.40

$150,000

03

Peruvian Hanover

Jim Pantaleano

9.7-1

Art Major

.4-1

1:51.3

$11.75

$150,000

04

Royal Mattjesty

Stephane Bouchard

2-1

Allamerican Captor

1.3-1

1:51.0

$5.46

$125,000

05

Maltese Artist

Brett Miller

1.00

Same

Same

1:51.2

$3.77

$125,000

06

Buckeye One

Dan
Clements

31-1

Spirit Of A Shark

1.3-1

1:51.2

$6.40

$125,000

07

Maltese Artist

Brett Miller

6-1 

Gold Dust Beach

8-5

1:49.4

$4.92

$125,000

08

Bono Bests

K. Kash, Jr.

9-2

Tigerama

1-5

1:52.2(SL)

$4.72

$100,000

09

Foiled Again      

Matt Kakaley

   3-5      

Same

Same

1:50.4

$3.45

$100,000

10  

Hypnotic Blue Chip  

Jody Jamieson

3-1

Foiled Again

1-2

1:49.4

$6.7

$100,000

 

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