Day At The Track

Wholly Louy 'beneficiary of a hot pace'

01:37 AM 13 Sep 2009 NZST
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Wholly Louy
Wholly Louy - A 5-year-old Camluck gelding
Tom Berg Photo

Wholly Louy was the beneficiary of a hot pace and a heady harness racing drive Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $50,000 Open Handicap Pace. With Dan Dube deftly doing the honors for trainer Casie Coleman, 'Louy' leaving from post position No. 5 as the tepid 5-2 second choice-found an early seat.

He obviously tipped the maitre d' for a good one, because "Louy" was able to watch the early floor. Slight 5-2 favorite Southwind Tabor (Greg Grismore) parked out Pandora's Sox (Billy Dobson) through quick quarters of :27.1 and :55.3.

Wholly Louy then edged out to catch "Pandora," sizing things up down the backside the second time. Dube sent "Louy" three-wide, up and over the done-for-the-night dueling duo before the 1:24.1 three-quarters.

Wholly Louy owned a length-and-a-three-quarter lead entering the lane, then kept those on his back--Special Report (Larry Stalbaum) and last week's winner, Jeremy's Successor (Ryan Anderson)--at bay.

"Louy" beat "Jeremy" by that length-and-three-quarter margin in 1:53.3, with Royal Man (Pat Berry) and 47-1 rank outsider Dark Sign (Cat Manzi) completing the cashers.

For Wholly Louy, a 5-year-old Camluck gelding owned by Bob Hamather, he returned $7.60 for his eighth win in 26 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $63.50, the triple returned $281 and the superfecta paid $1,397.

New York Sire Stakes action here continues Monday night, with the $210,566 Bronxville Trot (3-year-old colts/geldings). Thursday night finds the $181,368 Lew Barasch Trot (2-year-old colts/geldings) and the $219,654 Jim Crawford Pace (3-year-old colts/geldings).

Yonkers' regular five-night-per-week schedule (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday) remains in effect. First post for all racing programs is 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available around the NYRA schedule.

Frank DRUCKER

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