Live Out Loud made a triumphant return to the Chicago circuit, winning the $35,000 Cook County Stake Thursday night (July 7) at Maywood Park in 1:52.3 in comfortable fashion with driver Tony Morgan.
Owned by M & M Harness Racing and trainer Dave Mc Caffrey, Live Out Loud brushed pass the early leader Taser Gun (Andy Miller) right before a quick :27.1 first quarter and was never headed in his first season start in the windy city after a very successful ($113,399) five month campaign at The Meadowlands where he swept the Aquarius Series.
Morgan rated the Art’s Conquest offspring to :28.3 and :28.2 middle quarters, putting away a bid by Moxie (Pat Berry) and a three-wide effort by Fox Valley Gallant (Mike Oosting) at the 1:24 flat three-quarter marker.
Taser Gun, who enjoyed a pocket trip, finished second best by a half-length. The photo for third went to Fox Valley Gallant, who edged out Dashing Diplomat, two lengths behind the winner. Papa Deck took fifth, another quarter of a length behind.
In his usual fashion Taser Gun fired out and grabbed a quick lead from the three-post. Morgan settled Live Out Loud into third from the two slot but once they came out of the first turn Tony made what turned out to be the winning move when he cleared to the front.
‘The first time I qualified him as a two-year-old I thought he (Live Out Loud) was a top colt, in fact, I thought he was the top colt of the year until Chevie Duramax came along,” Tony said.
“This horse used to be a little speed crazy and I always thought he’d be better off the pace if they could get him quiet.ier this year they sent him to The Meadowlands and that’s where he really learned to race like a good horse. (Trainer) Pat Lachance got him quieted down and now he’s much more manageable. Before, it really compromised him in that you couldn’t drive him out of a hole.
“He’s the type of horse that is really sloppy going when he’s going slow,” continued Morgan, who drove three winners Thursday night. “The horse has got tons of speed and I wasn’t sure he’d hold up being because he got so hot and wanted to go so much. Now that he’s manageable he’s a much more useful racehorse. He’s very talented with just a ton of speed. He was given a month off simply because he had raced really tough out East and I they thought just felt he needed a break.”
Live Out Loud’s victory boosted the four-year-old gelding’s season earnings to $130,899 and his lifetime bankroll to $370,189.
Thursday’s Cook County stake was the first leg of the Maywood Park Pacing Series for state bred pacers age three and up.
Courtesy Of Mike Paradise, Publicity Director, Maywood Park