Updated on 09/18/2011 12:17AM

Willtosucceed comes back in one week


BOSSIER CITY, La. - Thursday's lone allowance race will see a field of seven Louisiana-breds, each gunning for his third win. Carded as the second race, the allowance carries a $33,000 purse and will be run over 1 1/16 miles.

Trainer Pat Mouton sends after claiming him for owner Stanley Seelig last Thursday for $65,000 out of a 7 1/2-furlong turf race. A 3-year-old son of Successful Appeal, Willtosucceed returns to the main track after finishing sixth in two turf attempts, the first of which came against open company in the $75,000 Grand Prairie Turf Challenge at Lone Star Park in late April. The last time Willtosucceed raced on dirt, he won a first-level allowance for statebreds at Evangeline on April 1 in front-running fashion and as the odds-on favorite.

Willtosucceed has been facing better, which should serve him well Thursday. E.J. Perrodin rides.

The powerful Steve Asmussen stable, where Willtosucceed resided before being claimed, wheels out Betnow on Thursday. Last time out, returned from a 10-week layoff and finished fourth in a seven-furlong allowance May 27. His last start at 1 1/16 miles came in the Lagniappe Classic on Jan. 22, when he finished fifth on a sloppy track. Tracy Hebert, who is 16 wins away from 3,000, will ride.

Leading trainer Cole Norman puts the blinkers on in an attempt to snap his eight-race losing streak. The added equipment could enhance Ten Steps's early speed. His last victory, in an allowance race last September, came in a gate-to-wire effort. Carlos Gonzalez will ride.

No turf racing this week

It is dirt only on the menu this week as the turf course gets its midsummer maintenance break.

An average of four races a day have been run on the turf course during the first six weeks of the meeting. The turf's resilience has proven even more remarkable given the above-average temperatures and below-average rainfall.

With the rains that produced a washout of most of last weekend's turf action, the surface should be in great shape for the extended Fourth of July holiday week of racing, which begins June 30.