By Mike Paradise
Can the Steve Searle trained filly trotter Loulita follow in the footsteps, or should I say hoof steps, of her stablemates Louzotic and Lous Abigail and deliver a third consecutive Beulah Dygert championship to her connections?
Looking at how good the talented filly has been in her last few starts, you certainly must like her chances of doing so for Flacco Family Farms (Alexis, Illinois), the breeder and co-owner of Loulita with Dr Patrick Graham (Pittsfield, Illinois).
Loulita (Casey Leonard) goes for her fourth straight Hawthorne victory in Sunday night’s $15,000 third leg of the Beulah Dygert Memorial stake series and will undoubtedly be the public’s choice.
Some 15 days ago Loulita won a conditioned trot where she was used twice, once when she left from the gate for early position, and again in the last turn when she was first up to clear the pacesetter. The filly when on to a 1:58.1 clocking on a sloppy track.
“It you look at the replay it looks like she had a tough trip,” said her driver, Casey Leonard. ‘However, she was strong to the wire. It was the best effort she has given me this year.”
One-week later Loulita put on a dazzling performance, winning a three-year-old ICF trot against both other gals and “the boys.” At the end of her 1:56.3 mile her opposition was barely in the view of the TV camera as she drew away to a mind-boggling 18 length triumph.
Usually when a horse wins by that kind of margin, the rest of the field was hampered by horses breaking or an accident occurred, but that wasn’t the case, Loulita simply clobbered her foes.
Loulita opens as the even-money choice in Sunday’s seventh race co-feature. She starts from the four post for Casey with her main threat inside of her, Breeze At Sunset (Atlee Bender)., with the pole position.
Breeze At Sunset has rounded into top form for the Midwest division of the Erv Miller stable, as indicated by her last two outings, both wins with sub :28 last quarters.
Tonight they’ll be challenged by Lous Voodoo Woman (Jordan Patton) and Luck Valarie (Travis Seekman), with posts two and three, respectively
The five through six slots will be staffed by BC’s Rose (Kyle Wilfong), Lou Lou Lamour (Juan Franco), Myonly Sin (Ridge Warren), BBR Lady (Cornelius Cavett), Ting Ting (Todd Warren) and Lous Liva (Kyle Husted).
Even Money as Well: The co-featured third round of the $15,000 Erwin F. Dygert Memorial stake, goes off two events earlier as the fifth race and it’s another 10-horse field with a likely heavy favorite, and that would be Coco D’Lascito, with trainer J D Finn in the sulky.
Coco D’Lascito was on the sidelines with an injury when the first leg of the Night of Champions series was conducted early in the meet but the Lou’s Legacy sure was fit and ready when it was time for the May 26th Cardinal, and a month later for the second leg of the Dygert, breezing to victories in both.
Rndmnunpredictable (Casey Leonard), the other Cardinal division champion, landed the outside nine-slot making tonight’s task a difficult one his driver.
Emsroscopcoletrian, who came out on top in his first leg of the Erwin Dygert back in late May, didn’t fare very well either with the eight-hole. Trainer Cornelius Cavett turns over his lines tonight to Kyle Wilfong.
The other Erwin Dygert candidates are Sudden Approach (Cliff Bell), Sumbodygetdisfool (Todd Warren), I’mnotalocaldude (Kyle Husted), Shady Maple Spirit (Randall Finn), Fistfullofdollars (Cordarius Stewart) and his stablemate Salute The Hero (Ridge Warren).
Plum Peachy Perfect: Hart’s Heart ($3.80) made it three straight wins last night in the $15,000 Plum Peachy stake series for ICF the-year-old filly pacers.
Dropped back at the start by her driver Kyle Wilfong to sixth in a seven-horse field, the Mike Brink trained pacer made a big move at the quarter mile pole, making up seven lengths to take over the lead and going on to be one length better than runner-up Princess Mooss (Ridge Warren).
Hart’s Heart covered the mile in 1:55.2 for Illinois owners, and breeders, Donna Crebs and Judy Conzo.
Wilfong Shines: Later Saturday night Wilfong was back in the winner’s circle with Rock It Out ($11.8) after the Donna Holt trained four-year-old mare captured the $10,000 Open II for fillies and mares.
The Kentucky owned Rock It Out held off a furious late rally from Tempus Seelster (Atlee Bender) for her fourth season win in nine starts. The 1:51.2 mile was a new lifetime mark for Rock It Out.
Wilfong bagged five winners on the eleventh race program.