East Rutherford, NJ---Sweet Lou overpowered a stellar field of fast-class pacers to win the $50,000 second leg of the TVG Free For All Championship Series in 1:48 on Saturday night (May 24) at The Meadowlands.
|Sweet Lou won the second leg of the TVG Free For All Championship Series in 1:48.|
Ron Pierce was in the driver's seat again and used Sweet Lou's speed to get into the race early from post 10, tucking third as first Golden Receiver then Bolt The Duer took turns on the lead through the 26.1 opener. Pierce edged Sweet Lou to the outside and had command in a matter of strides, clicking off a half in 54.2 and three quarters in 1:22 before streaking home in 26 flat for the win. Clear Vision parlayed an uncovered move into the place finish behind his barnmate for Matt Kakaley (who won both ends of tonight's Daily Double). Thinking Out Loud closed to be third with John Campbell aboard for conditioner Bob McIntosh.
Now 5, Sweet Lou is in career form currently for the Ron Burke stable and the partnership of Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura. The 1:48 mile is a mere fifth of a second off his lifetime best, taken in an elimination for the North America Cup at age 3.
Owner Larry Karr mentioned in a post-race Bob "Hollywood" Heyden interview that a trip to Tioga Downs for next Sunday's $160,000 Roll With Joe FFA Pace may be the next objective for the partnership's star player.
Doo Wop Hanover leads NJSS winners
Doo Wop Hanover exploded in mid-stretch and drew away from the field to win the $48,500 second leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings.
|Doo Wop Hanover was a 1:50.4 winner in the New Jersey Sire Stakes for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers.|
Driver John Campbell bided his time with 3-5 favorite Doo Wop Hanover [$3.40], sitting in the outside tier, then fanning out to mid-track in the stretch and blowing by for a 2-1/4-length victory in 1:50.4 on a racing surface rated "good."
The Steve Elliott trainee put away runner-up Dancin Hill and Rock Out, who was third by 3-1/4 lengths. All three top finishers are sons of Rocknroll Hanover.
At 2, Doo Wop Hanover finished in-the-money in six of 12 starts and was second to Western Vintage in his 2014 debut last week. The $52,000 Harrisburg yearling has now earned more than $87,000 for owners Peter Blood of Pompano Beach, Fla.; Rick Berks of Boca Raton, Fla., and Gary Piontkowski of North Smithfield, R.I.
Sayitall BB and Act Now each paced career-best miles in taking their respective $21,000 division of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for 3-year-old pacing fillies.
Sayitall BB [$3.20], driven by Ron Pierce and trained by Ron Burke, took the lead at the quarter and drew away to a three-length victory in 1:51 in the first division, the third race.
|Act Now was a 1:50 winner in her NJSS split for 3-year-old pacing fillies.|
The daughter of Tell All–Challo BB picked up her fourth win in six starts this year after winning all five of her outings at 2.
Rockingham Park [Rocknroll Hanover] was second best while it was 4-1/2 lengths to Fanticipation [Rocknroll Hanover] in third.
Sayitall BB has now banked more than $60,000 for Burke Racing Stable LLC of Fredericktown, Pa., and Weaver Bruscemi LLC of Canonsburg, Pa.
Act Now [$2.80], a daughter of Western Ideal-CPA, was a wrapped-up winner in 1:50 flat in the second division of 3-year-old pacing fillies, the fourth race, finishing 4-1/2 lengths ahead of Blixtra [Rocknroll Hanover]. It was 4-3/4 lengths to Highland Rockstar [Rocknroll Hanover] in third.
Act Now, driven by Tim Tetrick and trained by Nikolas Drennan, was a $40,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase who has now banked more than $200,000 for Joseph Davino of Clarksburg, N.J., and Patrick O’Brien of New Hyde Park, N.Y.
This year she has a first and a third in two tries and last year she posted three wins, a second and a third in nine starts with her largest payday in the $394,950 Three Diamonds when she finished second by a neck to Delightful Dragon.
The $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes finals for all the 3-year-old divisions will take place on May 31.
Alston wins voucher giveaway
Roger Alston, of Newark, N.J., won $2,500 in Saturday’s Mystery Mutuel Voucher Promotion. Mystery vouchers were sent to the Meadowlands promotions list in the Championship Meet mailing. Alston had a 1-in-14,000 chance of cashing the grand prize voucher.
Alston, a retiree, is an avid race fan that has been coming to the Meadowlands since 1976.
When asked which track he favors he stated, “Whatever track I can win on.”
Despite less than stellar weather conditions, live handle at The Meadowlands showed gains of 15 percent.
Racing returns to The Meadowlands on Friday with first post time of 7:15 p.m. Saturday is the next blockbuster night at the Big M, including the New Jersey Sire Stakes Championships, Jerseyfest and an appearance from Victor Espinoza who will ride California Chrome in search of a Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes. Go to PlayMeadowlands.com for details.