BURKE WINS SECOND DIVISION WITH CLEAR VISION
With what seemed like little or no extra effort whatsoever, Sweet Lou posted his tenth straight victory with an easy one length triumph over stable mate Foiled Again and Domethatagain in capturing his $40,000 elimination division for the Canadian Pacing Classic Saturday at Mohawk Raceway.
The action was fast and furious from the start as Thinking Out Loud (John Campbell) forced Foiled Again (Yannick Gringras) to get into the two-hole early on and pushed the opening quarter to go in track record time of :25 seconds.
Once the field entered the backstretch it was Ron Pierce who came charging on the outside with Sweet Lou and they took command for good before the half mile marker in :53.3. On to the three-quarters in 1:22 was when Gingras came first-over with Foiled Again.
Then in the stretch, Pierce and Sweet Lou pretty much held the field at bay to win in 1:48.1 with Foiled Again second and Domethatagain third. Also making it to the $634,000 final next week were Thinking Out Loud in fourth and the fifth place finisher, Captive Audience.
“He was just on cruise control,” said winning driver Ron Pierce. “I have no idea where his bottom is. No idea. He just goes so fast so easy. It does not matter where I race him from. He can do it from anywhere. He is all racehorse and he will do anything you want with him. I love his gait, his speed and he is scary fast.”
Sent off as the overwhelming 1/9 betting choice, Sweet Lou paid just $2.30 to win.
The five-year-old stallion by Yankee Cruiser is trained by Ron Burke and is co-owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver-Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phillip Collura. This was his tenth straight win on the year in just 13 starts.
Clear Vision by a long nose over Bettor’s Edge
In the $40,000 second elimination division for the Canadian Pacing Derby first saw the field reduced to just five starters with the previous day scratch of Captaintreacherous.
The race began with Bettor’s Edge and Matt Kakaley outdueling Ellis Park (Stephen Condren) to the opening quarter mile in :26.3.
Kakaley was then able to back off the pace in :29.4 as they hit the half mile marker in :56.2. That forced Chris Christoforou with State Treasurer to come first over and press the field to the three-quarters in 1:24.3. Following State Treasurer second over was Clear Vision (Brett Miller).
Then in the stretch drive to the wire, Kakaley looked to have things his own way with Bettor’s Edge but as they drew closer to the wire State Treasurer inched closer and closer and then on the outside came Clear Vision and he was flying to wire to win by a long nose in 1:50.3 with Bettor’s Edge second and State Treasurer third.
The last quarter mile was in :26 seconds and Clear Vision may have paced it in :25. Also making it to the final next week are Modern Legend (James MacDonald) and Ellis Park.
“With a five horse field,” Brett Miller said, “I kinda assumed there would be slow fractions but honestly, for Clear Vision that’s his strong suit. If you can sit in with him and really rate him, he can fly home and he showed it tonight.
“I didn’t see the three-quarter time,” Miller admitted, “but I knew we were not going really fast, but as close as I was to the leader, I was still confident we would win it because I know how fast my horse can kick home. He is now going into the final very sharp next week. There are a lot of other horses in there that are very sharp too. Hopefully the trip will work out.
It was the fourth win this year for Clear Vision. He is trained by Ron Burke and owned by the Bruke Racing Stable, Weaver-Bruscemi, Panhellonic Stable and James Koran. Clear Vision paid $10.30 to win.
Following the eliminations, the post positions were drawn for next week's $634,000 final. Elim winners were able to select their post for the final.
1. Modern Legend – David Miller
2. Clear Vision – Brett Miller
3. Sweet Lou – Ron Pierce
4. Domethatagain – Tim Tetrick
5. Captive Audience – James MacDonald
6. State Treasurer – Chris Christoforou
7. Foiled Again – Yannick Gingras
8. Bettors Edge – Matt Kakaley
9. Thinking Out Loud – John Campbell
10. Ellis Park – Steve Condren
AE: Sunshine Beach – Chris Christoforou
By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com