Wilkes Barre, PA --- Champion 3-year-old pacing filly I Luv The Nitelife showed she loves the daylife as well on Thursday (Oct. 10) at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, staying sharp for next week’s $500,000 Breeders Crown divisional championship with a 1:52.4 in-command qualifying victory.
Tim Tetrick sent the sophomore dynamo straight to the lead from post six and she posted splits of :29, :57.4, and 1:25.4, then bulleted home in :27 to show that trainer Chris Ryder has kept a sharp edge on her all the way to the cooler months of the year (it was 52 degrees at Pocono this morning, and on average doesn’t figure to be any warmer next Saturday).
Another Breeders Crown entrant looking in top fettle today was the freshman Donato Hanover gelding Don Dorado, who trotted wire-to-wire in 1:55.4, last quarter :28, from post one for Tetrick and trainer Robert Baggitt, Jr. The recent winner of his Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, Don Dorado elected to take a bye directly into his Crown finale.
Finishing Lines: With final driver changes in place for this weekend’s 18 Breeders Crown eliminations, Yannick Gingras got the most sulky calls, at 15; he was followed by Brian Sears with 14, and David Miller and Tim Tetrick next at 12 each…Gingras and Tetrick both are listed on four morning line favorites to tie at the top of that column; John Campbell, the Breeders Crown’s all-time leading driver, is set to guide three early chalks…One driver is forecast to be favored on all his weekend drives -- Jimmy Takter listed himself for sulkysitting only behind To Dream On, who is the 2-1 favorite in her 3-year-old filly trot elimination.