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Ryder In ‘Luv’ With Record-Setting Filly

Published: August 29, 2012 10:15 pm ET

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After watching I Luv The Nitelife set the world-record of 1:50.1 for two-year-old filly pacers on a mile track last weekend, trainer Chris Ryder is only hoping for more of the same in Saturday’s $610,000 Shes A Great Lady final at Mohawk Racetrack.

“We’re not going to change anything,” Ryder said after I Luv The Nitelife won her Shes A Great Lady elimination by 4-1/4 lengths over Cult Status last Saturday. “We’re just going to keep doing what we’ve been doing the last three weeks because she just keeps getting better. Our mission is to keep her as well as (in the elimination).”

I Luv The Nitelife, owned by Richard and Joanne Young, was winless in three starts before getting victory No. 1 in a division of the Eternal Camnation Stakes on August 18 at Mohawk. The Youngs also co-own world champion pacing mare Put On A Show, who is competing in the Spring of Hope Invitational on Saturday.

A daughter of stallion Rocknroll Hanover and the mare Lisjune, I Luv The Nitelife was purchased under the name Hard Rock Deo for $60,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and is a half-sister to this year’s Diplomat Series winner I’m The Pied Piper. Her granddam, Lisheen, won the 1994 Mistletoe Shalee and is the mother of standouts Lis Mara, who was voted the Dan Patch Award for best older male pacer of 2006, and Lisagain.

In her Shes A Great Lady elimination, I Luv The Nitelife was third through the opening quarter-mile, before driver Jack Moiseyev made a quick move for the lead as the field neared the final turn and cruised to victory.

“When she made the front I got a little nervous; that’s human nature,” Ryder said. “But we’ve just been so happy with her, she’s been racing so well, I figured Jack knew what he had between the shafts. I had a bit of confidence.”

I Luv The Nitelife was joined by L Dees Lioness in winning an elim. L Dees Lioness was victorious by 1-1/4 lengths over Macharoundtheclock in 1:50.2.

Driven by Scott Zeron and trained by Casie Coleman, L Dees Lioness has won three times and finished no worse than third in any of her six starts. She also won a division of the Eternal Camnation in preparation for the Shes A Great Lady.

L Dees Lioness is owned by breeder Lawrence Dumain and Carlo Lattinelli. She is a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, out of the multiple-stakes-winning mare L Dees Val.


This story courtesy of Harness Racing Communications, a division of the U.S. Trotting Association. For more information, visit www.ustrotting.com.


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