09/19/2001 11:00PM

Nothing's better than Nut N Better

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Iowa-bred Nut N Better heads a field of five entered in Saturday's $50,000, 1 1/16-mile Central Iowa Stakes for fillies and mares at Prairie Meadows.

Nut N Better was Iowa's 3-year-old filly champion in 2000 and has had another good year in 2001 with a record of 3-2-1 from eight starts, and more than $134,000 in earnings. Nut N Better comes off a second-place finish against Iowa-breds in the $75,000 Donna Reed here at 1 mile and 70 yards on Sept. 1, beaten 4 1/2 lengths by loose-on-the-lead Sumthintotalkabout.

Nut N Better has succeeded against open company in the past, winning the Hoist the Flag Stakes at Canterbury in June and finishing a close second in the Iowa State Fair Stakes at Prairie Meadows in August. Mike Shaughnessy trains Nut N Better for owner-breeders Shady Bend Thoroughbreds. Regular rider Kelly Murray has the mount aboard Nut N Better, who will carry 118 pounds under the allowance conditions of the Central Iowa.

Trainer Elliott Walden ships in Livin for Love, a 4-year-old daughter of Tactical Advantage, searching for a stakes win. She has won just one of six starts this year, a no-condition allowance race at Churchill Downs July 4 at Saturday's distance - but exits the toughest race, finishing fifth, beaten 9 1/4 lengths, behind the very fast Tugger in an allowance race at Saratoga Aug. 19.

Walden has named the meet's leading rider Glenn Corbett to ride Livin for Love. She is the starting highweight at 120 pounds.

Lady Tamworth, the all-time leading money winner among Iowa-bred fillies and mares with over $540,000 in career earnings is not without a shot in this race. She enters off a third-place finish in the Donna Reed, where she was beaten 10 lengths. Lady Tamworth needs a hot pace to run at, which may not be in the cards with the short field entered in the Central Iowa. Ken Shino rides Lady Tamworth for trainer Jim Arnett.Iowa-bred Nut N Better heads a field of five entered in Saturday's $50,000, 1 1/16-mile Central Iowa Stakes for fillies and mares at Prairie Meadows.

Nut N Better was Iowa's 3-year-old filly champion in 2000 and has had another good year in 2001 with a record of 3-2-1 from eight starts, and more than $134,000 in earnings. Nut N Better comes off a second-place finish against Iowa-breds in the $75,000 Donna Reed here at 1 mile and 70 yards on Sept. 1, beaten 4 1/2 lengths by loose-on-the-lead Sumthintotalkabout.

Nut N Better has succeeded against open company in the past, winning the Hoist the Flag Stakes at Canterbury in June and finishing a close second in the Iowa State Fair Stakes at Prairie Meadows in August. Mike Shaughnessy trains Nut N Better for owner-breeders Shady Bend Thoroughbreds. Regular rider Kelly Murray has the mount aboard Nut N Better, who will carry 118 pounds under the allowance conditions of the Central Iowa.

Trainer Elliott Walden ships in Livin for Love, a 4-year-old daughter of Tactical Advantage, searching for a stakes win. She has won just one of six starts this year, a no-condition allowance race at Churchill Downs July 4 at Saturday's distance - but exits the toughest race, finishing fifth, beaten 9 1/4 lengths, behind the very fast Tugger in an allowance race at Saratoga Aug. 19.

Walden has named the meet's leading rider Glenn Corbett to ride Livin for Love. She is the starting highweight at 120 pounds.

Lady Tamworth, the all-time leading money winner among Iowa-bred fillies and mares with over $540,000 in career earnings is not without a shot in this race. She enters off a third-place finish in the Donna Reed, where she was beaten 10 lengths. Lady Tamworth needs a hot pace to run at, which may not be in the cards with the short field entered in the Central Iowa. Ken Shino rides Lady Tamworth for trainer Jim Arnett.