I Luv The Nitelife cruises to Jugette victory
September 18, 2013
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To no one's surprise, I Luv The Nitelife led from start to finish to win the first heat of the $257,750 Jugette for 3-year-old filly pacers on Wednesday afternoon at the Delaware, Ohio fairgrounds. Driven by Tim Tetrick, the 1-5 favorite led at every call to win in 1:51.
Again, to no one's surprise, I Luv The Nitelife led from start to finish to win the second heat of the Jugette in 1:51.2, earning the trophy for owners Richard Young and Joanne Young and trainer Chris Ryder. The combined time of 3:42.2 set a new world record for two heats.
Leaving from post 3 in the first heat, I Luv The Nitelife took control quickly as Corey Callahan and Jerseylicious settled in second, followed by UF Dragon's Queen (Ron Pierce) and Social Scene (Brian Sears). I Luv The Nitelife clicked off fractions of :26.2 and :54.3. At the half Sears tipped Social Scene first-over to the outside, and began to range up toward the leader, who tripped the three-quarter timer in 1:22.1.
I Luv The Nitelife paced a final quarter of :28.4 as she held control to the wire. Jerseylicious was second, with UF Dragon's Queen third and Social Scene fourth (just as they lined up at the start).
"Going into the race I thought she was the best and I raced her that way," Tetrick said in the winner's circle after directing the daughter of Rocknroll Hanover to her 10th straight win.
By virtue of the victory in the $103,100 first heat, I Luv The Nitelifestarted from post 1 in the decisive $154,650 second heat.
Win number 11 then came in the second heat as I Luv The Nitelife led through fractions of :28, :56.1 and 1:23 before coming home in :28.2 to seal the 3 1/2-length victory. Carols Desire and Matt Kakaley closed for second as Jerseylicious, who had sat the two hole again, finished third.
"She's tough as nails," Tetrick said after the decisive victory, I Luv The Nitelife's 12th in 13 starts this year. With her double scores, I Luv The Nitelife increased her career earnings to $1,792,867.