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SWEET LOU & INTIMIDATE CAPTURE TVG FINALS

MANALAPAN, NJ – November 29, 2014 – Sweet Lou and Intimidate captured the finals of the TVG Series on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at the Meadowlands, the last major free for all events of the year.

Ron Pierce made a winner’s circle appeal to keep Sweet Lou racing next year but the five-year-old’s victory in the $500,000 TVG Pace Final, the seventh race, was his career finale.


Sweet Lou [Photo by Lisa Photo Inc.]


“He was better tonight than he ever has been,” said Pierce. “He’s just unbelievable. He’s the whole package.”

Pierce brushed Sweet Lou to the lead in mid-backstretch and then pulled away from the seven other free for all pacers to win by three and three-quarter lengths in 1:48 flat.

Foiled Again, was first over and finished second, and it was four and a half lengths to Clear Vision in third. Thinking Out Loud, who nipped Sweet Lou by a head to win last week’s Breeders Crown, finished fourth by five lengths.

Sent off as the 4-5 favorite, Sweet Lou picked up his 11th win of the year. He has finished in-the-money in 15 of 19 starts this year for earnings of nearly $1.4 million. His 2014 campaign included a 10-race winning streak that spanned May 10 through August 23 and included stakes tallies in the Roll With Joe at Tioga, the Ben Franklin at Pocono, the US Pacing Championship at the Meadowlands and the Dan Patch at Hoosier.

Lifetime, the future Diamond Creek Farm stallion has 33 wins, 11 seconds and 10 thirds from 74 starts for a bankroll of $3,478,894.

Trained by Ron Burke, Sweet Lou races for the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC of Fredericktown, PA; Weaver Bruscemi LLC of Canonsburg, PA; Lawrence Karr of Randolph, NJ, and Phllip Collura of Mountain Top, PA.

Burke also trains the runners-up Foiled Again and Clear Vision.

When the dust settled in the stretch drive, 14-1 Intimidate, who was six wide, got up to win the $500,000 TVG Trot Final, the tenth race, in 1:51.2.


Intimidate [Photo by Lisa Photo Inc.]


As expected, Sebastian K, the first to trot in 1:49 and the even-money favorite, rushed to the lead with driver-trainer Ake Svanstedt in an opening quarter of 26.1. First he was pressured by Maven and then by Creatine through a half in 54.1 and a three-quarters in 1:23. Sebastian K eventually faded to ninth.

Intimidate, driven by Scott Zeron and trained by Luc Blais, was third over and pealed out in the stretch to catch the tiring leaders.

Intimidate won by a length and a quarter over Market Share with a length and a half to Creatine in third.

“This race was stacked with the best horses in North America,” noted Zeron, 25. “When I saw the draw, I hoped I would follow Market Share, and it worked out. We were coming off the pace.”

The Maple Leaf Trot winner, Intimidate improved his record to five wins, three seconds and one third in 14 starts this year for earnings of $626,450. Lifetime, he has finished in-the-money in 33 of 43 starts and leaped over the million-dollar mark with this victory for a total of $1,224,008.

Co-breeder Judith Farrow of Hemmingford, Quebec owns the five-year-old son of Justice Hall with Determination of Westmount, Quebec.

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