Delaware, Ohio – “I Love The Nightlife” at the Delaware State Fair will be sung well into the night in the harness racing world as I Luv The Nitelife set the world record for two heats as she captured the 43rd annual $257,750 Jugette Final in 1:51 and 1:51.2 respectively Wednesday afternoon.
Her time set the world record for two heats on a half mile track. For I Luv The Nitelife it was her 11th and 12th wins on the year in just 13 starts. She is owned by Richard and Joanne Young of Coconut Creek, Florida.
Trained by Chris Ryder it was a tough decision on whether or not to race her because I Luv The Nitelife had never raced on a half mile track in her career.
“It worked out better than I expected,” Ryder said. “We had trained her last week at Freehold Raceway just to make sure she could handle a half mile track and she was fine. Her mile today was just fantastic.”
Both heats of the Jug were like déjà vu with I Luv The Nitelife and driver Tim Tetrick shooting out to the early lead with Jerseylicious (Corey Callahan) sitting in second place. Then at the half mile marker Brian Sears came first-over with Social Scene but was unable to collar I Luv The Nitelife and she sped away to a three and one-half length triumph in the final heat. Carols Desire (Matt Kakaley) was second with Jerseylicious third.
In the first heat, I Luv the Nitelife just missed tying the world record by one-fifth of a second with her 1:51 triumph by one and one-quarter lengths. Jerseylicious was second with UF Dragon’s Queen (Ron Pierce) third.
What did Ryder do to prepare his filly between the two heats?
“We gave her a good bath,” Ryder said. “Made sure she got all the water to drink she wanted and then walked her a bit.”
What’s next for I Luv The Nitelife?
“She is going to get a great rest now,” Ryder said, “Then we will prepare for the Breeders Crown in October at Pocono Downs. I don’t think we will race her at all, maybe go in a qualifying race. She will not go to Lexington and race.”
By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com