07/08/2010 11:00PM

Lou Lou Larue tough in Breeders' Special


The presence of Lou Lou Larue was enough to scare off much of the competition in Sunday's $20,000-added Breeders' Special for 3-year-old fillies at Lincoln Race Course.

Nine Nebraska-bred fillies had been nominated, but only three will step up to face Lou Lou Larue, who seeks her third straight stakes victory this year. The resulting short field will have only win and exacta wagering.

Lou Lou Larue began her career at Lincoln last year, defeating males in the State Fair Futurity and the Capital City Futurity. She opened this year with a pair of losses, finishing second by a half-length behind Rubys Big Band in the Pepsi Stakes at Fonner Park and fourth against the boys in the Baxter Stakes at Fonner.

Lou Lou Larue then scored a three-length win as the 2-5 favorite against statebred fillies in the Fonner Park Special. Her only start here came May 22, when she won the Princess Stakes by 5 1/4 lengths at 1-2 odds.

The three who will challenge Lou Lou Larue are Sweet Violet, trained by Ron Westermann; Blarney Babe, trained by Terrell Hemmer; and Libbys Little Hawk, trained by Jesse Compton.

All are maiden winners this year and will have their work cut out for themselves.