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I Luv The Nitelife looking good after knee surgery

02:26 PM 03 Dec 2013 NZDT
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I Luv The Nitelife after her knee surgery Monday
Photo by Joanne Young

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I Luv the Nitelife had knee surgery this morning at the New Bolton Center in Oxford, PA and is reported to be doing very well.

“When I got to see her she was standing in her stall and her ears picked up,” said owner Joanne Young of Coconut Creek, FL. “I brought her carrots and she ate them up. She looked great and is such a sweetheart.

“The veterinarian that did the surgery said everything went perfect,” Young explained. “They put a screw in her knee and said that it should heal up great and she should be as good as she was before.”

I Luv the Nitelife was scheduled to race in the $167,500 Nadia Lobell Pace last Saturday. After she jogged on the track early last Tuesday morning she was fine and then after being in her stall for an hour or so her caretaker saw that she was lame. The vet discovered she had a slab fracture of her right knee.

“We still don’t know what happened,” Young said. “Chris (Ryder) was beside himself. We have no idea how this came about. All we can do is hope she can return and race by next fall.”

The daughter of Rocknroll Hanover ended her 2013 racing season with 13 wins, one second and one third place finish in 15 starts. She won $1,253,757 in purses and took a lifetime mark of 1:48.3. Lifetime she has 17 wins in 25 starts with earnings of $1,943,287 for owners Richard and Joanne Young of Coconut Creek, FL. Her major stakes victories include the Breeders Crown, Jugette, Simcoe, Valley Forge, Miss New Jersey, Mistletoe Shalee, James Lynch and the Fan Hanover.

“Now she has to have at least six to eight weeks of stall rest and then hand walking,” Young said. “Then after four months of rest she can begin to start training again. She is doing so well that Chris Ryder is taking her back to his stable tomorrow at Winner's Training Center in New Jersey. I just hope that she will be fine and will come back and race again and be as good as she was this season. She is just a three-year-old so she can still grow and mature and if all goes well we may see her racing again by next August.”

The Young’s had also promised to donate 10% of I Luv The Nitelife’s earnings from the Nadia Lobell Pace to the Anthony Coletta Fund to help the young driver who was critically injured in a race accident at Harrah’s Philadelphia. But despite her not racing last Saturday, the Young’s said they were still sending a check for $2,500 for Anthony Coletta.

By Steve Wolf for

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