Updated on 09/17/2011 9:53PM

Beter Man Can wheels back

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Lou Hodges Jr.
The Beter Man Can, E.J. Perrodin up, wins the $75,000 Battler Star Handicap for Louisiana-bred 3-year-olds Sunday at Fair Grounds Race Course.

NEW ORLEANS - The Beter Man Can will be the heavy favorite Sunday when she returns to competition against Louisiana-breds in the $75,000 Battler Star Handicap for 3-year-old fillies at Fair Grounds.

The six-furlong race comes just two weeks after her fourth-place finish behind Summerly in the Grade 3 Silverbulletday.

"I know it's a little soon," said trainer Patrick Mouton, "but the race didn't take too much out of her. She came back very fresh, and we know she's fit. We just decided to give her light training between the races."

is an impressive-looking filly who stamped herself as something special at Louisiana Downs last fall, winning her maiden in September and the $50,000 Laurel Lane in October. She returned as the 4-5 favorite in the Louisiana Champions Day Lassie at Fair Grounds in December, but finished fifth behind Equestrian Girls.

and The Beter Man Can will meet again in the Battler Star. Indigo Girl and Forty Babes, who finished second and fourth in the Lassie, will also try The Beter Man Can again, along with My Foriels On, who finished 1 1/4 lengths behind The Beter Man Can in that race. Maid in China, undefeated in three starts, and three others are also entered.

"I don't want to take anything away from [Equestrian Girls], but my filly was just not right that day in the Lassie," said Mouton. "I don't know what happened - she might have been in heat, I don't know, but it was just not her day. I think she'll do a lot better Sunday."

After losing the Lassie, The Beter Man Can followed with a powerful score in the Louisiana Futurity, winning by six lengths with something extra. That performance earned her a spot against the best fillies on the grounds on Jan. 15 in the Tiffany Lass, which she won by a neck. The filly's connections then entered her in the Grade 3 Silverbulletday hoping for a graded-stakes placing, but she finished fourth.

"We were trying to get her stakes-placed; both for her and her dam, it would have been a very good thing," said Mouton. "That was disappointing, but she just didn't seem to run her race."

The Beter Man Can bounced back after her only other loss with one of her biggest races, a pattern Mouton hopes she will repeat.

"She's had a very demanding campaign at Fair Grounds, but she's a very good filly," he said. "After this race, we'll give her a month off. There are races for Louisiana-breds at the end of the meet."