08/23/2014 10:31PM

Mohawk: Sweet Lou rolls to 10th straight win

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Sweet Lou hasn't lost a race since the first week of May.

On a day when the NY Yankees retired the number of four-time World Series-winning manager Joe Torre, Sweet Lou, named after another Yankee great (manager and player Lou Pinella), rolled to his tenth consecutive victory in the first of two C$40,000 eliminations for the Canadian Pacing Derby at Mohawk Racetrack.

The early pace was hot with Thinking Out Loud hustled away from the inside and pocketing Foiled Again in 25 seconds, equaling the all-time Mohawk mark for first quarter speed.  At that point driver Ron Pierce made his move with Sweet Lou and cleared well before the half in 53 3/5.

Positions remained unchanged until just prior to the 1:22 three quarter marker when Foiled Again edged off the cones ahead of Sunshine Beach. Foiled Again gained nicely into striking position and paced strongly to the wire, but Sweet Lou was too tough, winning by one length in a solid 1:48 1/5.

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Domethatagain split foes late to just miss second in a place photo. Thinking Out Loud and Captive Audience rounded out the top five to make the final.

“He was just on cruise control,” said Pierce after the race. “This horse just paces so fast, so easy. I have no idea where his bottom is.”

Sweet Lou is trained by Ron Burke for Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr, and Phillip Collura. The three-time millionaire paid $2.30 to win and will get to pick his post in the C$634,000 final.

In the second Pacing Derby division, only five contestants (due to the early scratch of Captaintreacherous) ensured that no eliminations would occur. The quintet would all advance to the final. The prizes at stake were only the winner’s share and a chance to pick a post in the August 30 final.

Bettor’s Edge would control the action, posting very slow fractions of 26 3/5 and 56 2/5 before Clear Vision came to the rim to create the outer flow. As the field approached three quarters in 1:24 3/5, State Treasurer would pull in front of Clear Vision and edged closer to Bettor’s Edge.

Bettor’s Edge figured to have plenty left in the tank, but Clear Vision was loaded with pace and just got up in the final stride with a 25-and-change final quarter. Bettor’s Edge finished just ahead of State Treasurer for second in the 1:50 3/5 mile. Modern Legend and Ellis Park also made the final.

“With a five-horse field, I assumed it would be slow fractions,” said winning driver Brett Miller about how the race played out. “If you can sit in with him and rate him, he can fly home, and he showed that tonight.”

Clear Vision paid $10.30 to win for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi and The Panhellenic Stable Corp.

Ron Burke finished first and second in both eliminations on the training end.

Canadian Pacing Derby Final - Saturday 8/30

POST HORSE ELIM DRIVER DRF HARNESS M/L
1 MODERN LEGEND JA.MACDONALD 50-1
2 CLEAR VISION B.MILLER 4-1
3 SWEET LOU R.PIERCE 4-5
4 DOMETHATAGAIN T.TETRICK 12-1
5 CAPTIVE AUDIENCE JA.MACDONALD 50-1
6 STATE TREASURER C.CHRISTOFOROU,JR 15-1
7 FOILED AGAIN Y.GINGRAS 5-1
8 BETTOR'S EDGE M.KAKALEY 8-1
9 THINKING OUT LOUD J.CAMPBELL 30-1
10 ELLIS PARK S.CONDREN 100-1

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