07/13/2004 11:00PM

Irish Flyer tries again in Falls Amiss


OMAHA, Neb. - Irish Flyer seeks to improve from last year's third-place finish when she heads a field of seven in the $27,500 Falls Amiss Handicap on Friday as Horsemen's Park enters day two of its four-day festival meet. A crowd of 8,000 to 10,000 is expected to turn out for Friday's four-race card, which has a 6 p.m. Central first post.

The Falls Amiss is a one-mile race for older Nebraska-bred fillies and mares.

Irish Flyer comes into the Falls Amiss off a front-running three-quarters of a length victory in the Matchmaker Handicap on June 19 at Lincoln, where she held off Bright Flame under a confident ride by R.D. Williams. Trained by Terrell Hemmer, Irish Flyer has an allowance win at Lincoln and a second in the Bluegrass Handicap there, giving her a 2-1-0 record from four starts this year.

Irish Flyer has shown she can handle the one-mile distance, but may have trouble getting a clear lead in this spot. Williams returns to ride from post 2 under top weight of 120 pounds.

Trainer Don Cheloha has shipped back from his summer base at Canterbury Park with Run Around Sue, and may have her poised for a top effort. Run Around Sue is coming off a strong second against $20,000 claiming company on turf at Canterbury but has yet to win this year. She has displayed a close-up stalking style and has Armando Martinez riding from post 4 at 117 pounds.

Mayihavethisdance and Magic Trump make up a coupled entry for trainer Herb Riecken. Mayihavethisdance was second in the Falls Amiss last year and has Dennis Collins riding from post 2. Magic Trump has Dan Beck aboard from post 3.

Three $25,000 races accompany the feature, including a 1 3/8-mile starter allowance. In that race, My Dad's Bad will face Therlo and eight others.

My Dad's Bad is the two-time defending champion of Lincoln's two-mile Budwei-ser Marathon series. Therlo is at his strongest going a mile and 70 yards or 1 1/16 miles.