YONKERS, NY, Saturday, December 7, 2013--Double-millionaire Sweet Lou () made a successful local debut Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $37,000 Open Handicap Pace.
Ordered outside his seven rivals (though inside one notch after a defection), 3-5 choice "Lou" worked around Sapphire City (), making the before a quick :26.3 opening quarter. It was a rated 30-second quarter (:56.3) with Ardyne Ace ( ) moving from fifth.
That one offered minimal grief in and out of a 1:24.3 three-quarters, with Sweet Lou taking a couple of lengths into the lane, The people's preference then held the gang at bay, whipping Sapphire City by a length in 1:52...snappy :27.2 final quarter.
Third went to a three-hole Lumberjack Willie (catch-driver), with Pan from Nantucket ( ) and Ardyne Ace rounded out the payees.
For Sweet Lou, a 4-year-old son ofco-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) , Weaver Bruscemi, Lawrence Karr and Philip Collura, he returned $3.30 for his fourth win in 23 seasonal starts. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $10.60, with the triple returning $49.
It should be noted that Sweet Lou's only half-mile experience prior to Saturday was the 2012 Little Brown Jug, when he won his heat before finishing second in the final. It is surmised he's going to join the Burke contingent in next season's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series.
The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon