Day At The Track

Woodlands stage coup by nabbing Sweet Lou

08:34 AM 12 Feb 2015 NZDT
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Sweet Lou
Sweet Lou - World Champion and "Pacer of the Year" as a 2-year-old

The southern breeding rights for the brilliant racehorse Sweet Lou 1:47 $3,478,894, one of the greatest pacers in the history of harness racing have been snapped up by New Zealand's leading stud, Woodlands

Sweet Lou has rewritten the record books throughout his career in North America and he was syndicated by Diamond Creek Stud in Pennsylvania at the end of 2014 for a substantial seven figure sum.

Right from the first time he stepped onto a track, Sweet Lou stamped himself as one very special horse.

As a two-year-old Sweet Lou faced the starters twelve times for ten wins and two seconds for $688,117 in stakes.

Anyone watching his win in the 2011 Breeders Crown final will quickly get an appreciation of how special Sweet Lou is.

He completely distanced a star studded field by seven lengths in the fastest time ever recorded by a two year old in the history of the sport.

Sweet Lou stopped the clock in 1:49 which is still the fastest time ever run by a two year old.

The scary thing is he looked to do it with something in reserve.

He was the unanimous choice for two-year-old of the year in 2011.

Sweet Lou came out at three and had another super season on the track.

He won eliminations of all the major stakes races with his biggest win coming in the final of the $510,000 Tattersalls Pace in 1:48.1.

Sweet Lou won eight from twenty at three alongside five placing’s and earned another $1,082,256 in stakes and reduced his best time to 1:47.4

At four all the racing at two and three seemed to get on top of Sweet Lou and although he earned a healthy $349,000 he just never seemed 100%.

Given a good break at the end of that season, Sweet Lou came back to the track at five and dominated the Free for All ranks last season.

Midway through his five year old season Sweet Lou put together a series of runs that rewrote the record book.

Sweet Lou won ten races straight at one point and six of those consecutive wins were in better than 1:48 which is the most ever achieved by any horse in the history of the sport.

As a five year old Sweet Lou won eleven of nineteen starts with four placing’s for $1,363,740 in stakes and reduced his best time to 1:47

What made the 1:47 so special was that Sweet Lou took that time on a 1000 metres track.

When you look at the overall stats for Sweet Lou you get some idea of how special he is.

1:50 miles or faster – 49

1:49 miles or faster – 32

1:48 miles or faster – 13

Sweet Lou is a son of the successful Yankee Cruiser 1:49.3 ($1,150,123) who has sired the winners of over $31,000,000 to date in North America.

Sweet Lou is out of the speedy Falcon's Future mare in Sweet Future 1:54.2 ($89,061) who has also left the champion Bettor's Delight gelding Bettor Sweet 1:47.4 ($2,782,353).

Sweet Lou is the quickest and biggest stake winning stallion to have ever stood in New Zealand and is still the quickest two year old of all time.

His first season fee has been set at a very competitive $6000+ GST

Harnesslink Media

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