07/15/2016 9:34AM

Meadowlands: All The Time aims for a rebound of sorts in Del Miller

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All The Time has won 10 of 16 career starts.

In Harness Racing we are all too often reminded that performance is variable. One week you have a champion in your barn and just seven days later you could be left trying to figure out the puzzle that was your meal ticket.

Take for instance All The Time, the likely favorite in one of two Saturday Del Miller Memorial divisions for 3-year-old fillies. One week she looks like the best trotting filly in the sport and the next week you are left shaking your head.

On July 1 at The Meadowlands she raced like an absolute star. Despite racing the entire final turn uncovered, she drew clear from her competition in 1:52 3/5 with an impressive 27 2/5 final quarter. One week later (July 9), in the Reynolds Memorial, she was all out to get up by a neck as the 1-9 public choice despite a sitting a good trip behind cover.

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“Last week was the best I ever saw her; ever,” said trainer Jimmy Takter, who seemed just as surprised by the narrow 1:53 2/5 win. “It was weird tonight. I think she is the post time favorite for the Hambo Oaks and she didn’t look like that tonight.

“I saw that Yannick (Gingras, driver) had a little problem with her. She has been funny like that,” said Takter. “Something must have been stinging her. I have to check it out.”

While she may not have looked perfect every time, All The Time has won three of four starts in 2016 and owns an impressive 16-10-3-0 career record for owners Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld.

The waters get much deeper for All The Time (post 3) on Saturday when she faces last year’s champion 2-year-old trotting filly Broadway Donna. The Jim Campbell trainee has a win and second in two trips to the track this season after winning nine of 10 starts as a freshman. David Miller will be in the bike behind Broadway Donna from post 6.

Completing the field for the second $97,750 Del Miller split, race three of 13 on the card, are (from the rail out): Just Jess; Celebrity Eventsy; Sunset Glider; Kathy Parker; Windowshopper.

The first $95,250 divison, race one, finds a field of six competing: Thankful Reward; Miss Tezsla; Unica Steed; Haughty; Pink Pistol; Womans Will.

Six of the 13 entrants in the Del Miller are trained by Takter.

While most of the fillies on Saturday will be using the Del Miller as a stepping stone to the Hambletonian Oaks eliminations on July 30 at The Meadowlands, the Tony Alagna-trained Double Exposure, who finished fourth behind All The Time on July 9, has elected for a different route.

“I wasn’t happy with her but I thought coming back to the mile track that it might take her a couple of starts to get her where she was at before we went to the five-eighths. The five-eighths racing really doesn’t suit her style at all and it really changes her gait,” said Alagna, who has a seven-eighths track in mind for her next start. “She is going to go to Vernon next for the Zweig and if she doesn’t have enough money earned, she’ll go in the consolation. I think come Hambo Day she’ll be ready to rock.”

A total of 102 trotting fillies remain eligible to the Hambletonian Oaks. If All The Time and some of her fellow second-year ladies don’t step up on Saturday, there could be multiple eliminations needed to decide the 10 for the $500,000 final on August 6.