DOO WOP HANOVER TAKES NJSS
Just leading from after the opening quarter mile was not good enough for Sweet Lou and driver Ron Pierce, they had to pour it on a bit in scoring their second straight victory at the Meadowlands, both in $50,000 preliminary round divisions of the TVG Free-For-All Pacing Series Saturday.
And pour it on was exactly what Sweet Lou did as the five-year-old stallion by Yankee Cruise scored by two and three-quarter lengths in 1:48. Only stablemate Clear Vision (Matt Kakaley) was nearing in second place with Thinking Out Loud (John Campbell) third.
The sixth race feature began with a flurry of lead changes as Golden Receiver (Corey Callahan) shot to the lead from post seven but just as Pierce looked to come first-over with Sweet Lou, Mark MacDonald vacated the two-hole and went right to the front. By the opening quarter mile in :26.1, Piece came up with Sweet Lou and the race was all but over.
Sweet Lou led the field past the half in :54.2 and then the three-quarters in 1:22 as Clear Vision and Kakaley came charging up first-over with Warrawee Needy (Tim Tetrick) following the outside flow and Bolt The Duer showing signs of being unable to keep the two-hole closed.
As they started down the stretch, Pierce opened up with Sweet Lou and they began to pull away from the field and won with ease.
Trained by Ron Burke and owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, L. Kerr and P. Collura, Sweet Lou paid $3.40 to win as the 3/5 wagering choice. It was his second win in five starts this year for the 2011 Dan Patch Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year.
Driver John Campbell bided his time with 3-5 favorite Doo Wop Hanover [$3.40], sitting in the outside tier, then fanning out to mid-track in the stretch and blowing by for a two and a quarter length victory in 1:50.4 on a racing surface rated good.
The Steve Elliott trainee put away runner-up Dancin Hill and Rock Out, who was third by three and a quarter lengths. All three top finishers are sons of Rocknroll Hanover.
At two, Doo Wop Hanover finished in-the-money in six of 12 starts and was second to Western Vintage in his 2014 debut last week. The $52,000 Harrisburg Yearling has now earned more than $87,000 for owners Peter Blood of Pompano Beach, FL; Rick Berks of Boca Raton, FL and Gary Piontkowski of North Smithfield, RI.
Sayitall BB and Act Now each paced career best miles in taking their respective $21,000 division of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies.
Sayitall BB [$3.20], driven by Ron Pierce and trained by Ron Burke, took the lead at the quarter and drew away to a three length victory in 1:51 flat in the first division, the third race.
The daughter of Tell All –Challo BB picked up her fourth win in six starts this year after winning all five of her outings at two.
Rockingham Park [Rocknroll Hanover] was second best while it was four and a half lengths to Fanticipation [Rocknroll Hanover] in third.
Sayitall BB has now banked more than $60,000 for Burke Racing Stable LLC of Fredericktown, PA and Weaver Bruscemi LLC of Canonsburg, PA.
Act Now [$2.80], a daughter of Western Ideal-CPA, was a wrapped up winner in 1:50 flat in the second division of three-year-old pacing fillies, the fourth race, finishing four and a half lengths ahead of Blixtra [Rocknroll Hanover]. It was four and three-quarter lengths to Highland Rockstar [Rocknroll Hanover] in third.
Act Now, driven by Tim Tetrick and trained by Nikolas Drennan, was a $40,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase who has now banked more than $200,000 for Joseph Davino of Clarksburg, NJ and Patrick O’Brien of New Hyde Park, NY.
This year she has a first and a third in two tries and last year she posted three wins, a second and a third in nine starts with her largest payday in the $394,950 Three Diamonds when she finished second by a neck to Delightful Dragon.
The $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes finals for all the three-year-old divisions will take place on May 31.
By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink and Carol Hodes, for SBOANJ