Hall of Fame


sweet lou

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Yankee Cruiser
Sweet Future
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Falcons Future

Bred by Birnam Wood Farms of Boca Raton, Florida and foaled on March 4, 2009 in Milton, Pennsylvania, Breeders Crown winner and two-time world champion pacer Sweet Lou has a lifetime race record of 74-33-11-10. He ranks as the 9th-leading moneywinning pacer of all time. Trained by Ron Burke and driven by Dave Palone and Ron Pierce, Sweet Lou was owned during his racing career by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Lawrence Karr and Phillip Collura.

In 2011, two-year-old Sweet Lou won 10 of his 12 starts with 2 seconds, earning $686,647. Victories included the Breeders Crown (in a world record 1:49 for two-year-old colt pacers on a mile track), Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship and the Elevation. He was voted 2011 Dan Patch Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year.

Three-year-old Sweet Lou earned $1,082,176 in 2012, finishing on the board in 15 of 20 starts. His major win was the $510,300 Tattersalls Pace. In the following year, four-year-old Sweet Lou earned $348,638 in 23 starts, including a victory in the Meadowlands Maturity.

In 2014, five-year-old Sweet Lou won 11 of 19 starts, which included a 10-win streak with 6 consecutive sub-1:48 times. Victories included the Ben Franklin in a world record 1:47f which he shares with 2016 Horse of the Year Always B Miki and still stands as the fastest Standardbred mile on a five-eighths mile track, the William Haughton Memorial, U.S. Pacing Championship, Dan Patch Invitational and the Roll With Joe. Sweet Lou wrapped up his racing career by winning the $500,000 TVG Pace at the Meadowlands. In addition to earning $1,361,433, Sweet Lou was voted 2014 Dan Patch Pacer of the Year and Dan Patch Older Pacing Horse of the Year.

As a stallion with two crops racing, Sweet Lou has 425 registered foals at gait and total earnings of $10,699,883. He is the sire of 2018 Dan Patch Two-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year and two-time Breeders Crown winner, world champion Warrawee Ubeaut p,2,1:48.3 ($1,597,605).

Sweet Lou is currently owned by Sweet Lou Syndicate of Wellsville, Pennsylvania.