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After the North America Cup loss by even-money shot Sweet Lou, trainer Ron Burke made no excuses. Nor did he explain why his speedball was short for the first time. After a few days silence Burke met the press.
“There are things I can do to help [Sweet Lou],” the trainer said. “He’s starting to grow up even a little bit more, so I plan to tinker with his equipment in the next two weeks.”
Sweet Lou will not race again until he goes in a Meadowlands Pace elim this July, looking to get into the $1-million final and go back to being his fiery self.
“I’ll look at hopple length, bridle and shoes to try to get him to stretch out a little bit more, try to get a little bit more out of him,” Burke told Evan Pattak at the Meadows.
Burke said that he usually doesn’t “let loose” on his sophomores until the Adios Stakes, in August, “but with this one I’ll look for a better way now.”
Burke confirmed that nothing bad happened to Sweet Lou in the Canadian classic. “He had two tough trips,” he said about his colt’s two races before the final, “and raced well both times.”
Burke offered his opinion that this is an exceptional soph-colt pacing crop. “There are really five or six great horses … I’ve had a lot of great horses and they all got beat.” He said he still feels that Sweet Lou is the cream of this crop, citing the breathtaking North America Cup Final mile as an example. “The colts who went with him at the beginning of the mile were way back while he was still around at the wire. I’m not losing faith in him.”
Ray Cotolo contributed to this edition.