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    FOILED AGAIN

    FOURTH times a charm….that’s what Foiled Again’s connections are hoping for at Yonkers Raceway tonight. Sitting on 99 wins, the world’s richest equine has... Is fourth time the charm?

    FOURTH times a charm….that’s what Foiled Again’s connections are hoping for at Yonkers Raceway tonight.

    Sitting on 99 wins, the world’s richest equine has drawn well in his latest attempt at a century.

    In what will be his 308th start, Foiled Again will begin from barrier three for trainer Ron Burke and driver, George Brennan,

    Should the 14-year-old – which has a bankroll of $7,570,878 – reach triple figures, he will become the 19th centurion in the northern hemisphere since 1973.

    Niffit tops the table, which includes 15 pacers and three totters, with 137 wins from 422 starts.

    PALEFACE ADIOS

    Former New Zealander Lady Netty is the only mare on the list, winning once on the Shaky Isles before being sold to American interests during the early 1990s.

    Another former Kiwi pacer, Lindsay, was retired with 105 wins from 452 starts.

    As it stands, Foiled Again is one of three pacers stuck on 99.

    Only the immortal Paleface Adios and former Queensland warhorse Cane Smoke have reached triple figures in Australia.

    Paleface Adios was the first ‘centurion’, notching the ton at Cranbourne on February 25, 1980 – exactly eight years to the day after he first graced a racetrack.

    Paleface Adios eventually registered 108 wins before being retired. Cane Smoke, which raced until he was 15, won 120 races in a 400-start career.

    Cult hero Destreos, which has been stood down by stewards pending an inquiry, is awaiting his chance to become the third Aussie ‘centurion’ as his tally sits on 99 wins and 135 placings from a southern hemisphere record 445 starts.

     

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