Crazy Luv Bug captured the $9,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace on Thursday in Northfield Park's third race. She is trained by Paul Holzman for owner Ameer Najor of West Bloomfield, Mich. Aaron Merriman was aboard for the winning drive.
Crazy Luv Bug (American Ideal-Luv's For Ever-Storm Damage) started from post four and was third through an initial quarter of :28.2. Merriman tipped the mare to the outside in the second panel and she sustained a successful first over bid through times of :57.2, 1:26.1 and 1:55.2. Crazy Lug Bug gamely bested her competition by three-quarters of a length. Completing the race were Canaco Star, Petite Courageuse, Hugs Again, Shes Glorious, Bubbler and Classic Sakuri.
Thursday's win was the 18 career victory for Crazy Luv Bug and increased her bankroll to $213,258. She was the race favorite and returned $4.20 to win. (Northfield Park)