It was a horse race to the opening quarter mile but after that is was just a race for second money as Sweet Lou held the field at bay in capturing the $160,000 Roll With Joe Pace at Tioga Downs Sunday in 1:48.3.
The tenth race feature started off with Bolt The Duer (Mark MacDonald) leaving hard from post four and getting the early lead with Sweet Lou on his back. Then before the quick :26.2 opening quarter mile, driver Ron Pierce came right out and sent Sweet Lou to the lead for good.
Going to the half mile marker, Sweet Lou held the field at bay with a two length advantage in :53.4. Dovuto Hanover (Scott Zeron) came first-over after the half but could not muster a challenge to the leader as he tripped the teletimer at the three-quarters in 1:20.2.
From that point, Pierce opened up on the lead starting down the stretch and then eased up on the classy pacer as they won in-hand by one and one-quarter lengths over the closing Heston Blue Chip (Tim Tetrick) with Bolt The Duer third.
It was the third straight win this year, all in major stakes events, for Sweet Lou. The five-year-old stallion by Yankee Cruise is trained by Ron Burke and owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, L. Karr and P. Collura. Sweet Lou was the 2011 Dan Patch Award winning Two-Year-Old Colt Pacer of the Year. With the $80,000 winner’s share of the purse, Sweet Lou now sports $2,265,961 in career earnings. Sent off as the 1-4 overwhelming wagering favorite, coupled with stablemate Clear Vision, Sweet Lou paid $2.60 to win.
“He is such a powerful horse,” Mickey Burke said. “We are just so happy with the way he has come back this year. The biggest thing with Sweet Lou is keeping him healthy. He has had some issues with breathing, but this year he has been very good. He will be tough to beat this year.”
By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com