08/08/2014 9:16PM

Hoosier: Sweet Lou sets track record in Dan Patch

Jamie Linscott
Sweet Lou held off stablemate Bettor's Edge for his ninth straight win.

Sweet Lou is an unstoppable machine. Those are the hard facts after the son of Yankee Cruiser posted his ninth straight victory while setting a new Hoosier Park track record in the $250,000 Dan Patch for older pacers.

Bettor’s Edge assumed the early lead with an opening quarter of 25 seconds while Carol’s Comet and Sweet Lou chased along from second and third. The outer flow developed quickly with Heston Blue Chip and State Treasurer parked from the start while in mid-pack.

With Heston Blue Chip edging closer, driver Ron Pierce made his move with Sweet Lou and cleared just past the half in a sizzling 52 4/5. The duo of “Lou” and Pierce controlled the action with only token pressure from Heston Blue Chip as they approached three quarters in 1:20 1/5.

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Sweet Lou and his uncoupled stablemate Bettor’s Edge would draw away from the field in the stretch. Bettor’s Edge took a shot halfway down the lane, but Sweet Lou responded when called on by Pierce and stopped the clock in an all-age track record 1:47 2/5 for the victory by a long neck.

Carol’s Comet held third over Thinking Out Loud. Dancin Yankee saw his winning streak end at sixth with a fifth-place finish.

“I thought I gave him a breather, but you look at the clock and I didn’t give him a breather at all,” said Pierce about the third quarter. “He was just going so fast, so easily. I was amazed.”

Sweet Lou won for the ninth time in 12 starts this year for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr, and Phil Collura. The victory pushed his career earnings over $3 million to $3,033,961. The 5-year-old has now paced a record six consecutive winning miles under 1:48, with his last three wins just 13 days apart.

Mickey Burke, Jr., representing trainer Ron Burke, was thrilled with his one-two finishers.

“They both just raced awesome,” said Burke, who was not sure where they would race next but hinted at the Canadian Pacing Derby at Mohawk.



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David Clark More than 1 year ago
seen Sweet Lou every race and has been awesome his current form has been amazing to watch start after start. with that said I seen other streaks end eventually he has performed amazingly and been on a hand ride cruise control and won with ease. But DRF wrote how Betters Edge deserved a look two starts back and was second that week as was this but he also gave way to Lou at three quarters at what if he didn't give up lead. I see Sweet Lou streak ending in next start or two as drivers are going to try earlier in race to beat him the purse for second and third not very rewarding. Awesome run by Sweet Lou
John Cicale More than 1 year ago
Sweet Lou now is in a league of his own even among the all-time greats. He is absolutely awe-inspiring.