Day At The Track

Betterluvnexttime returns tonight Balmoral

02:15 PM 19 Jan 2013 NZDT
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After a four-week absence the Al Tomlinson trained mare Betterluvnexttime is back at Balmoral Park Saturday night where she's the 3-1 morning line harness racing favorite in the $16,000 Open Pace for distaffers.

Betterluvnexttime closed her 2012 season with a victory in Balmoral's December 23 Open with tonight's driver Mike Oosting who changed tactics with the now five-year-old mare, putting her on the front-end.

The result was a career fastest 1:52.2 mile, her third Open victory on the Crete, IL big track. The mare won the first two coming from far out of it for her Michigan owner Daniel Mitchell.

Betterluvnextime was assigned the outside nine-slot by the Balmoral Racing office while last week's Open winner Fox Valley Touche (4-1, Trace Tetrick) was allocated the eight. The Joel Smith trainee does her best racing on or close to the front but the same can be said for a number of mares in the ninth race feature.

The first seven posts belong to Weekend Update (10-1, Bobby Smolin), Yippy (12-1, Kyle Husted), Let's Talk About Me (8-1, Sam Widger), Love This Place (6-1, Marcus Miller), LC Tiffany (6-1, Dave Magee), LR Dancing Dream (8-1, Todd Warren) and Tamarac Sassy (9-2, Casey Leonard).

Betterluvnexttime is back from Canada where she had an unsuccessful start at Woodbine in a $25,250 conditioned pace, finishing sixth. The mare did end her 4-year-old campaign with over $116,000 on her card.

Sectionline Yankee, who traded victories with Betterluvenexttime the last four times they met in Balmoral Opens, hasn't raced since mid-December. She was scratched out of her scheduled December 23 start by her trainer Steve Bauder.

"Sectionline Yankee got sick on me and she's been having a little trouble completely healthy," said Bauder. "It's a virus that's hung on longer than I thought it would but she'll be all right. It wasn't a serious virus.

"My filly needed a break anyway. She was only a 3-year-old when she was racing in those Balmoral Opens against older mares at the end of last year."

No Invite: Balmoral's $17,000 Invitarional was skipped this week due to an insufficient number of entries.

The secondary feature on the Saturday card is the $8,950 Incredible Finale Series Final for ICF colts and geldings which will go as race seven.

LD's Dash, a romping winner debuting for his new connections, is the 5-2 first flash favorite when he leaves form post five as an entry with News In Place (Pat Curtin). Both are trained by Rod Allums Jr. and owned by John Bernard.

LD's Dash was taken out of a $7,000 claimer for non-winners of one event10 days prior to her 1:54.3 romp in the park for hew new Orland Park owner.

By Mike Paradise

The Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association

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