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I Luv The Nitelife rolls at Pocono

August 17. 2013 11:31PM
TOM FOX For The Times Leader

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PLAINS TWP. – Tim Tetrick and I Luv The Nitelife must really love the nightlife in Luzerne County.

The filly put on another impressive performance at Pocono Downs as part of the Superstakes Saturday festivities at Pocono Downs, rolling to a pull-away victory in the $350,000 Valley Forge.

The Valley Forge was part of three major races at Pocono. In the annual Colonial, it was Spider Blue Chip and Ron Pierce picking up the win in world-record pace. The $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine was also contested last night.

This was the first year that Pocono Downs hosted the annual Battle of The Brandywine and also The Colonial.

And for Tetrick and I Luv the Nitelife, it was another strong performance at Pocono.

Coming off a close victory in the Lynch Memorial on June 29, Tetrick made sure the competition didn’t have a chance last night.

Breaking out of the No. 2 spot, Tetrick watched Somewhereovrarainbow and Charisma Hanover break quick around the first turn.

That’s when I Luv the Nitelite, the 2/5 race favorite, took over, grinding into another gear the first time past the grandstand and never relinquished the lead from there, pulling away down the home stretch.

The fractions were blistering, evident by the 25-second first-quarter time. And when Tetrick crossed the finish line, it was a new world record.

Somewhereovrarainbow was second and Novascotia Hanover was third. Belle Boyd rounded out the superfecta.

“As soon as the dust settled, I knew that I wanted to go and I decided to move her,” Tetrick said. “I felt that we were in a good position, but you just never know. She is a good horse.”

For I Luv the Nitelife, it was the female’s eighth straight win and 13th of her career. For her career, she has amassed more than $1.2 million.

The horse’s last defeat was a third-place finish at the Meadowlands on June 1.

“There is just something special about this horse,” trainer Chris Ryder said. “I’m just pretty fortunate to have the opportunity to be around her. She is something special.”

In probably the most wide-open of the three major races Saturday, it was Spider Blue Chip, the third choice on the board, that stole the show.

Piloted by Pierce, the trotter kept a nice pocket trip around the first turn and watch a speed race break out between Smilin Eli and Royalty for Life.

The two horses, which posted a half-mile time of 54.1, battled around the final turn for position. That’s when Pierce shot the rail and slipped by Smilin Eli for the top spot.

Spider Blue Chip returned $10.20 on a $2 bet.

Smilin Eli finished second, while Corky rounded out the trifecta.

“We felt that we had a nice chance in this race,” Pierce said. “I just wanted to get on Smilin Eli’s back and see what happened from there. My horse was super sharp. I knew that I just needed a little room to run and he would get the job done. That’s what happened.”

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