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Breeders' Cup 2017
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Can Sweet Lou rewrite history in The North America Cup final?


We may just see, feel and become a part of it this Saturday night at Mohawk Raceway in Campbellville Ontario. You see, there’s this 3-year old pacing colt named Sweet Lou, a dynamic son of stallion Yankee Cruiser (himself an NA Cup winner) who seems to be getting faster with every start and no sign of him hitting the bottom of the tank yet.  In one of two eliminations raced over Mohawk last week, Lou was pushed a bit by local rival Warawee Needy (making his 2012 debut) who limbed Lou out for a bit until just past a scorching 53.0 first half. Lou kept right on truckin’ though, carving what is an incredible ¾ mile time for an elimination race of 120.1 and still had enough left to close out the mile with a 27.3 kicker and a 147.4 mile. So, with $1.5 Million on the line this Saturday night and warm temperatures and no wind in the forecast,  it’s pretty exciting thinking what we might be in store for. Dare I saw an ALL-time World Record mile? Before you say “naaaaah”, “doubt it”, or “impossible!”, I ask you to consider a couple of things: 1) when Sweet Lou destroyed his competition in his coming-out party at Woodbine Racetrack last year winning the 2YO Breeder’s Crown Pace, he only stepped off the fastest mile (149 flat) EVER by a two-year-old in the history of the sport. Last week, making only the third start of his sophomore campaign, the Ron Burke trainee paced the fastest mile EVER by a three-year-old in Canada.

It appears records were be set to be broken by Sweet Lou, and,  it may seem a bit outrageous to suggest a 3YO making only the 4th start of his campaign could come close to a record shared by the great Somebeachsomewhere (with Holborn Hanover). Still, the “perfect storm” required to set up history may just be staring us in the face. First,  the weather is expected to be perfect - very warm with no wind. Second, there are a number of “quick leavers” in the field, including a horse leaving from the far outside post, Simply Business, who last year in $1 million The Metro Stakes left hard from the 9-hole, taking the top early then  parlaying a pocket trip behind Rock N Roll Dance into an upset victory. Do ya think Ron Pierce might remember how that strategy worked? Uh…yeah…me too. Now let’s not forget about the incredibly speedy Warawee Needy who will be starting for last year’s winning connections, part-owner/trainer Carl Jamieson and driver son Jody. If “Needy” could push Sweet Lou to a 53 half last week in the former’s 2012 debut, and still hang on for a game second, he may be able to at the very least heat the pace up even more. I have to think the first half of this edition of the Cup may be carved out somewhere close to the 52.0 mark, and if it is, look out World Record! If Sweet Lou sweeps to the top down the backside off a 52.0 half, he would only be required to produce two 27.2 quarters to tie the all-time mark. Maybe it doesn’t seem so impossible, now, does it?

In Saturday’s DriveOn blog, we will discuss a couple of outsiders with a real chance and post our DriveOn bets, still seeking an initial score after suffering two more painful 3 of 4s in last Saturday’s Mohawk Pick 4s.


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Middleton is one of the best race callers of either breed, out there today
Thanks guys - I'll be posting again in a bit - and vic's right - Kenny is great to follow on Twitter as is Greg Gangle and Greg Blanchard. ALL very knowledgable and personable, down-to-earth gentlemen.
The caller, Ken Middleton, gives out intersting info on his Twitter site. His father writes chocies in the Woodbine harness program. GOOD SOURCES TO TAP
Have fun Tonight Drive On. Will be watching on Tv.
Been following Sweet Lou and really like him. Also really like GoogooGaaGaa. Set a world record this week.
I'm tuning for all of tonight's action for sure.
track record hollder from his big win in the Breeder's Crown last year at Woodbine.
Thanks for the great post. I watched Sweet Lou's second start at the Meadows. He looks like a good one. A buddy of mine talked to one of the owners at Thistle Downs on Preakness day and the owner said they hope to run him in the triple crown races. I hope to see him compete in the Little Brown Jug in September.
I don't know too much about harness, but I know enough to know that tonight is a big night ... Good luck, Garnet!

Meet Garnet Barnsdale


I am an Honours Graduate from Humber College School of Journalism and a lifelong race fan and handicapper who has been watching and wagering on harness racing for more than 30 years. I was a staff writer for The Standardbred magazine in the late '80s. I will attempt to provide both beginners and veterans with valuable information and handicapping tips and advice on the top events from all major harness circuits.

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