Top pacers in harness racing will now meet in final on August 3!
East Rutherford, NJ – Both Sweet Lou and Warrawee Needy were very impressive in winning their respective $50,000 divisions of the US Pacing Championships Saturday at the Meadowlands.
It was Bolt The Duer and driverwho started off the sixth race first division going to the opening quarter mile in a quick :26.3 with Dynamic Youth (Andrew McCarthy) sitting in the pocket seat.
But right after the first quarter,sent Sweet Lou to the front by the half mile pole in :55 and from that point on Sweet Lou would not be passed. After the three-quarters in 1:24.4, A Rocknroll Dance had tried coming first-over but could not catch up to the leader and down the stretch there was no room for Bolt The Duer, who was blocked from any attempt until late in the mile as Sweet Lou went on to win by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:49.1.
Bolt The Duer was second with A RocknRoll Dance third, Modern Legend (Dave Miller) fourth and thinking Out Loud (John Campbell) fifth to complete the finalists for next week’s championship final.
For Sweet Lou () it was his third win this year for trainer Ron Burke and the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Lawrence Karr and Philip Collura. Sweet Lou paid $5.80 to win.
“The first quarter was pretty fast,” Gingras said, “But the minute I got the lead he slammed the brakes pretty good. Knowing this horse, he likes the two-hole, he was probably waiting for someone to come and cover him up.”
In the 7th race second division of the US Pacing Championship it was Warrawee Needy and driverwho barely collared pacesetter Golden Receiver (Corey Callahan) at the wire to win by a nose in 1:48.2.
Golden Receiver left right out of the gate and went to lead with Warrawee Needy (Jody Jamieson) sitting on his back to the opening quarter mile in :26.3 and then the half in :54.2 and that is when the action picked up as Pet Rock and driver David Miller came marching up first-over and press the leaders to the three-quarters in 1:21.3.
Pet Rock has actually ground his way to lead the field as they started down the stretch with Hurrikane Kingcole (Tim Tetrick) second-over and closing in. But Golden Receiver and Callahan dug in and put away Pet Rock and as Pet Rock began to tire that opened the way for Warrawee Needy and Jamieson, who had looked blocked in for sure at the top of the stretch, to swing out and start chasing down Golden Receiver step-by-step until they nosed them out at the wire.
Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras) was able to rally, while never a factor in the race, and finish third with Hurrikane Kingcole four and Pet Rock fifth to complete the ten finalists for next week final.
Sired by, it was Warrawee Needy’s seventh win this year and his third win in his last four starts. He is trained by and is owned by Dr. Michael Wilson, Thomas Kyron, Floyd Marshall and Carl Jamieson of Ontario. He paid $5.40 to win.
“I was hoping for something conservative (getting a trip),” Jamieson said. “It’s been a couple of weeks (having to go first-over). Now we will take him home to Canada. The Canadian air is good to this big guy,” added Jamieson, “He is a great horse, a world champion, so if he didn’t get out tonight it would have been fine.”
By Steve Wolf