Delaware, OH – When you glance over the race program for Wednesday’s 43rd annual Jugette for three-year-old pacing fillies there is some missing line that you sorta have to read between the lines to understand. Almost none of the nine fillies entered have any real half mile experience!
Macharoundtheclock (post 6) raced at Grand River’s half mile oval in Canada. She made a break at the start and was pulled up at the three-quarter mile pole and it may have been broken equipment but she has never raced back on a half mile. Belle Boyd (post 8) raced at Yonkers Raceway in an $88314 division of the New York Sire Stakes. She looked good in third place almost the entire mile, then spit out the bit in the stretch and finished 7th. She never raced back on a half mile, skipping most of the other NYSS legs but has done very well in Canada on the bigger tracks.
As for the rest of the field, the show no lines on a half mile track and that includes the great I Luv The Nitelife, who is the 4/5 race favorite in the $257,750 Jugette, which require the fillies to race twice tomorrow. The first heat is for $103,100 and the final heat is for $154,650 and the Jugette Crown/Tiara.
So now the majority of these fillies have to race, many for the first time, on a half mile track, not once, but twice!
Except for one filly named Social Scene. She drew the rail in the first heat of the 12th race Jugette. She sports six wins in eleven starts this year for trainer Casie Coleman and she loves racing on a half mile track.
“She’s got four track records on half mile tracks,” Coleman said with confidence. “I don’t know how the other fillies will handle racing on a half for the first time, but my filly has no issues handling it. I know she will not have a problem with racing two heats tomorrow either. I have gotten plenty of fluids in here and she will be ready to go.”
Now we also talked with the trainer of I Luv The Nitelife, Chris Ryder about his top filly never racing on a half mile track.
“I worry about everything,” Ryder said. “Of course I am concerned about my filly not ever racing on a half mile track. So we took her to Freehold Raceway a week and she trained really well. I think Delaware’s track is better than Freehold’s so I am hoping she will be fine here. She was never really good about the turns on any size track earlier in the season but she got better and better with every start.”
In less than 24 hours everyone in the racing world will all see how Chris Ryder’s I Luv The Nitelife does on a half mile track and also how she copes with racing two heats in one day. And the same goes for Casie Coleman’s Social Scene, which is going to make for one of the best Jugette tests in years.
By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com