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Author Topic: I Luv The Nitelife rallies for Crown  (Read 823 times)
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« on: October 19, 2013, 10:25:07 PM »

Wilkes-Barre, PA -- I Luv The Nitelife made it 12 consecutive wins with a powerful pocket-trip win in the $500,000 Breeders Crown final for 3-year-old filly pacers in 1:50 on Saturday night (Oct. 19) at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

Authorize was second with Aunt Caroline third.

As the gate folded, Aunt Caroline was the first away. I Luv The Nitelife, the 1-9 favorite, managed to clear to the lead past the quarter in a sharp :25.4, but immediately yielded to second choice Shebestingin. As the field passed the half-mile pole in :54.3, defending Breeders Crown champion Somwherovrarainbow came first-over, pushing Shebestingin to a three-quarter time of 1:21.4, with I Luv The Nitelife sitting chilly in the pocket the entire time.

Into the homestretch, driver Tim Tetrick pulled I Luv the Nitelife ($4.00) from the pocket to loop Shebestingin to win by 3-3/4 lengths.

Chris Ryder trains I Luv The Nitelife for co-owners Richard and Joanne Young. He sent a filly into the Breeders Crown final that hadnt raced since winning the Jugette on Sept. 18. The daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-Lisjune had qualified at Pocono on Oct. 3 and Oct. 10.

I think its fantastic; you know its been a long time between races; it seemed like an eternity, said Ryder. Shes a great horse and great horses do great things.

There were no suitable races, so we just qualified her. We didnt have her eligible for Kentucky, so she had no races.

I Luv The Nitelife came into the race with a single first-place vote in the Hambletonian/Breeders Crown poll behind Bee A Magician and Captaintreacherous, but Young still thinks his filly should be in the conversation for Horse of the Year. I Luv The Nitelife now sports a bankroll of $1,218,337 in 2013 with 13 wins in 14 starts. The win gives her $1,907,867 in purse earnings at ages 2 and 3, which vaults her past Put On A Show as the richest pacing filly at ages 2 and 3. Young also owned Put On A Show, the 2010 Breeders Crown champion.

I honestly believe that the 3-year-old pacing filly division is the toughest of the three divisions that each one races in, said Young. I have to admit that its not their fault that they are racing against easier competition, but when you are making a vote, you vote off the one that is most impressive.

MJG Racing Stables and Louis Willinger bred the champion filly.

By T.J. Burkett, for the Breeders Crown
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