WILKES-BARRE PA -- I Luv The Nightlife ($4.00) proved to love the wet life as well Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, rocketing out of the pocket in the stretch to catch pacesetting Shebestingin as the rain started to come down heavily to win the $500,000 Breeders Crown three-year-old filly pace in 1:50.
I Luv The Nitelife, a daughter of Rocknroll Hanover bred by MJG Racing Stables and Louis Willinger and owned by Richard and Joanne Young, has been the division dominator, but the crowd only made her second favorite as even money against 4-5 Shebestingin, who paced the fastest mile ever by a mare, 1:47, at Lexington in her last start.
I Luv The Nitelife proved nimblest off the gate to make the lead easily for driver Tim Tetrick, who won his second straight Crown after Market Share in the previous race. Meanwhile, Shebestingin left only moderately, and was looped by the winner and three-wide throughout the 25.4 opener. Shebestingin finally made the top in front of the stands, with I Luv The Nitelife content to sit a pocket through a 54.3 half and a 1:21.4 3/4s, with defending champion Somwherovrarainbow battling the leader down the back and around the turn. When "Rainbow" tired, Tetrick tipped "Nitelife" out and the champion filly was full of pace to be without challenge on the money. Authorize and Aunt Caroline made up ground late to round out the board; a tiring Shebestingin and Parlee Beach caught the last checks.
The winner had last competed in a race on September 18, winning the Jugette; after the race, trainer Chris Ryder said, "That month seemed like an eternity. But she qualified well (twice winning at Pocono), and tonight she showed her best form. She'll go to Chicago next, and yes, we intend to bring her back to race (in 2014)."
FINISHING LINES -- With Shake It Cerry in race 5, Ron Pierce recorded his 27th BC victory, tying him with Mike Lachance for #2 in all-time Breeders Crown driving wins....Like Pierce in the 2FT, Tetrick won the 3FP Crown for the third time in four years....The hard rain caused the judges to shift the track rating from "fast" to "sloppy" for race 8....In the older trot, the changeto sped tactics did not prove effective for the noted closer Intimdate -- he faded to eighth, beaten 15 lengths.
by Jerry Connors for Harnesslink.com