08/15/2013 8:39AM

Pocono: I Luv The Nitelife seeks her eighth straight in $350k Valley Forge

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I Luv The Nitelife earned a picture with Miss New Jersey Cara McCollum after her victory in the Miss NJ Final on Hambletonian Day.

As dominant a force as I Luv The Nitelife has been in the three-year-old filly pacing ranks this year, she has had a flair for the dramatic in many of her eight victories. Going into Saturday’s $350,000 Valley Forge at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, trainer Chris Ryder sounded excited about her condition and her prospects.

“We found a problem with a foot that definitely hampered her in her starts before the Miss New Jersey,” Ryder said. “Everything cleared up and I’m happy the way she’s trained since then. She couldn’t be better.”

That’s good news to fans of the daughter of Rocknroll Hanover and probably a note of caution to her eight rivals in Saturday’s 10th race, part of Mohegan Sun at Pocono’s Super Stakes 14-race program with a first post at 6:30 p.m.

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The facts are quite clear coming into the Valley Forge, with I Luv The Nitelife riding a seven race win streak that includes the Fan Hanover, Mistletoe Shalee, Miss New Jersey and Lynch Final taken at Mohegan Sun at Pocono back in June.

With $1.26 million banked during her career, I Luv The Nitelife has been engaged in many battles and this year has emerged victorious when the wire approached. Ryder believes that the closeness of some races and the fact that his filly is on top is a testament to driver Tim Tetrick.

“He doesn’t want to see her get involved in speed duels,” said Ryder about strategy and execution that have been near flawless in 2013.

“I think he’s learned what works for her and she responds,” said Ryder. As far as the hair-raising moments the filly may have caused Ryder during races, he’s honest in saying “I have the utmost confidence in the filly, but yes, at times she can make you nervous.”

The Valley Forge has a collection of the finest pacing fillies in North America. Recent world champion Shebestingin, fresh off a 1:49 victory in the Empire Breeders Classic last Sunday at Tioga Downs, drew post nine as juxtaposed to I Luv The Nitelife’s post two. That could make things a little more challenging for the Dave Miller-driven daughter of Bettors Delight. The two fillies engaged in an epic battle in the Lynch, with I Luv The Nitelife overcoming the outside draw on that occasion. The tables will obviously be turned this Saturday.

Last year’s divisional champion Somwherovrarainbow has not shown the same aura she did as a freshman, but trainer George Teague appears to have the impeccably bred daughter of Somebeachsomewhere and his champion Rainbow Blue on the upswing. Most recently she has taken a division of the Adioo Volo at The Meadows and a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes event at Mohegan Sun at Pocono. Montrell Teague will guide her from post five.

Love Canal, one of the better fillies in Ontario this year, makes her first trip to Pennsylvania for the Valley Forge. The daughter of Badlands Hanover is known for her dramatic closing kick. She recently captured the Canadian Breeders at Mohawk and arrives for trainer Ross Croghan and new pilot Brian Sears. Love Canal landed post three.

Ryder will bring a couple of three-year-old pacing colts to the fray on Saturday night, with Martini Hanover entered in the $200,000 Battle of the Brandywine consolation, carded as race eight on the program. The son of Dragon Again drew post seven and will be looking for his third straight victory.

“He was up against it with post ten in the North America Cup,” said Ryder. “Then he was just no good in the Hempt with some sickness issues.”

Ryder thinks that Martini Hanover may be better suited for the level of competition he’ll face on Saturday.

“I think he likes consolations,” Ryder said with a laugh.

Rocnrolwilneverdie drew post three in the $100,000 Battle of the Brandywine second consolation, programmed as race four.

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“He’s been racing well at Yonkers,” said Ryder.

Ryder had expected to send his top two-year-old pacing filly Put On A Display to Mohawk Saturday to race in the Eternal Camnation.

“She had a little problem this morning with sickness,” said Ryder. “So we’ll have to skip the race and hope to get her ready for the Shes A Great Lady.”

$350,000 Valley Forge - Race 10

1 Novascotia Hanover B.Sears 6-1
2 I Luv The Nitelife T.Tetrick 5-2
3 Love Canal R.Pierce 7-2
4 Belle Boyd A.McCarthy 20-1
5 Somwherovrarainbow M.Teague 8-1
6 Jerseylicious C.Callahan 5-1
7 Charisma Hanover Y.Gingras 12-1
8 Summertime Lea M.Kakaley 15-1
9 Shebestingin Dv.Miller 4-1