08/06/2014 5:38PM

Hoosier: Dancin Yankee goes for seventh straight in Dan Patch

Derick Giwner
Dancin Yankee was the last horse to beat Sweet Lou back in May.

When the older pacers gather at Hoosier Park on Friday (August 8) for the $250,000 Dan Patch, Sweet Lou will put his eight-race win streak on the line versus a quality field of eight competitors. While it has been a sweet ride for “Lou”, he is not the only horse vying to keep the good times rolling.

Dancin Yankee, a 6-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser, has a six-race winning streak of his own. The strong run began on June 9 at Pocono and has seen the Amber Buter trainee post one easy win after another, including a lifetime mark of 1:47 3/5 in his first start for the 28-year-old conditioner.

Buter took over the care of Dancin Yankee after regular trainer Josh Green was handed a 120-day Clenbuterol overage suspension and she is expecting owners Baron Racing Stable and Richard Lombardo to keep the status quo.

“He’s been racing very well, so I think we’ll hold onto him for a while,” chuckled Buter, who reviewed the horse’s recent accomplishments. “He won a race for us in 1:47 2/5 at Pocono and won his last two very easily without even pulling his ear plugs.”

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The task of beating Sweet Lou will be daunting, but Dancin Yankee knows how to get it done. It may be difficult for many to remember, but the last time Sweet Lou tasted defeat was on May 3 at Pocono Downs and the slayer of the top ranked pacer in the sport was Dancin Yankee.

Although Dancin Yankee did it once in 2014, Buter’s expectations of victory for Friday’s Dan Patch are grounded. “I think so,” said Buter when asked if her horse could win. “I don’t know if there is any beating (Sweet Lou) right now, but if we did it once maybe we can do it again.”

Two advantages certainly in Dancin Yankee’s corner are location and freshness. While contenders Sweet Lou, Thinking Out Loud, Heston Blue Chip, Bettor’s Edge, and State Treasurer all raced at the Meadowlands on August 2 and still have a long trip from New Jersey to Indiana ahead, Dancin Yankee has been acclimating since July 31.

“We had the time so we figured we’d get here early and make sure he is comfortable,” said Buter, who described Dancin Yankee as one of the best feeling horses with the best attitude in her barn.

Husband Tyler will drive Dancin Yankee from post one in the twelfth race feature on Hoosier’s 14-race card, post time 5:15 PM.

With a victory on Friday, Dancin Yankee will eclipse the $1 million mark in career earnings and join another millionaire in the barn, Feeling You. Buter said the older pacing mare got injured after her race on June 1 and needed time to recuperate.

“She was headed to the Roses Are Red (at Mohawk) but she got injured,” said Buter. “We are jogging her back now. Having her ready for the Breeders Crown (mid-November) might be pushing it, but hopefully she’ll be back by the end of the year.”

The Friday Hoosier card also features a $10,000 guaranteed pick three pool (races 7-9) encompassing three Driver Challenge races pitting top Hoosier drivers versus some of the best from the eastern tracks. Buter will represent the points east of Hoosier along with Ron Pierce, John Campbell, Corey Callahan, and Aaron Merriman.

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