Longtime trainer Terry Hemmer has just one horse racing these days, but fortunately it’s a very good one.

Love At Night rolled to victory Saturday in the $20,000 Falls Amiss Stakes at Horsemen’s Park. It was the 6-year-old mare’s fifth stakes victory in six starts this year and 11th win in 18 career races.

“She’s fabulous,’’ Hemmer said. “She’s bred to be a sprinter and she showed that again today.’’

The lone blemish on Love At Night’s 2019 record happened May 18. She led the 1-mile Nebraska Queen Stakes that day but couldn’t hang on over the longer distance and finished second.

“She tried hard,’’ Hemmer said. “But she likes the 6-furlong distance better.’’

Jockey Chris Fackler sent Love At Night to the lead, which is exactly the advice Hemmer had given him before the race.

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“I got orders from the boss to get her out and go,’’ the rider said. “She likes to run, that’s for sure.’’

Sent off as the heavy 1-5 favorite in the five-horse field, Love At Night went wire-to-wire and returned $2.60 to win.

“Chris couldn’t have ridden her any better,’’ Hemmer said. “Five wins and a second for her this year, so that’s not bad.’’

Hemmer has been a part of the Nebraska racing circuit for a long time. He got his first training license in 1966 and saddled horses at several tracks, including Omaha’s Ak-Sar-Ben.

The trainer had two horses at the start of the Horsemen’s Park meet but one recently was claimed, leaving him with Love At Night.

“They claimed half of my stable,’’ he said. “But at least I still have this one.’’

The stakes win was part of a big day for Fackler, who rode three winners on the seven-race card. He also was victorious with Flying Tom in the sixth and Luck Check in the seventh.

“I’m more than happy with the way the meet is going for me,’’ Fackler said. “You can’t win every race, so you’ve got to be happy with the ones you get.’’

Hemmer, who turns 71 on Thursday, said he had no immediate plans for his only horse.

“I’m going fishing next week,’’ he said. “I’ll figure it out on the boat.’’

An estimated 6,000 watched the races Saturday. The on-track mutuel handle was $85,084 and the overall handle was $133,518.


Alberto Pusac also rode three winners Saturday. He won aboard Karner Blue in the second, Wirewirewire in the fourth and Phantom Menace in the fifth. ... The only jockey not named Fackler or Pusac to reach the winner’s circle was Dakota Wood, who captured the third race aboard Alexandrias Throne. ... Marissa Black had two winners and now leads the trainer standings with six victories. ... It doesn’t happen often, but Love At Night paid more to place ($3) than she did to win ($2.60). ... The facility will hold its final two days of live racing Friday and next Saturday.