Lou Annie came back fresh and ready, dominating Maywood Park’s $15,000 Ideal Angel stake for state-bred for fillies and mares in her usual front-end fashion on Thursday night (July 21).
Hammered down to 3-10 odds despite a two-plus month layoff, Lou Annie only had to work hard the first and final quarters of her winning 1.54.1 mile.
As expected, driver Tim Tetrick urged Lou Annie out from the pole position while Mike Oosting did the same with Neat Nicole from the seven-slot in the fifth race feature.
Neat Nicole cleared Lou Annie coming out of the first turn but Tetrick had the heavy favourite out and going a few strides later and Lou Annie regained command at the 26.4s opening quarter.
Tetrick was able to get Lou Annie a .29s second quarter breather and when the first up Nasti Nicky (Sam Widger) was contend to sit outside of the pacesetter, Lou Annie strolled to a 29.2s third quarter, and this race was pretty much over.
At the 1.25.1 three-quarter pole Tetrick asked the 6-Year-Old daughter of Doc’s Hop to step it up a notch and she did, drawing away in the final turn and ending up 7 ¼ lengths ahead of the pocket horse Neat Nicole.
CJB Bogert (Pat Wolf) came on for third another ½ length back.
“Lou Annie had been off a long time, but she was full of pace tonight,” Tetrick said.
“It does take her a little time to get into gear, and if you had to pass a horse in that first turn she might not handle it real well, but she’s a very classy mare.
“I had driven her only once before, and that was on Super Night three years ago,” Tetrick recalled.
“Tonight I just yelled at her in the stretch and she went right on. I tapped her a few times to let her know that she hadn’t finished her job yet.”
Lou Annie’s victory was her sixth in 17 season starts for trainer-owner James Rowney of Marseilles, IL and increased her 2005 earnings to $68,814. The mare’s career bankroll now stands at $411, 292 with 32 wins in 97 trips postward.
ourtesy Of Mike Paradise, Publicity Director, Maywood Park