If any others in the harness racing business were hoping that Betterfrombehind would be slowing down soon . . . sorry. 

The fine four-year-old daughter of Kents On Nuke, who has dominated stakes races at Fraser Downs for two years, started 2006 in the same fashion. She overpowered a field of six last Sunday to capture the $37,950 Miss Valentine Pace in her first race of the year. 

Betterfrombehind won eight of her 15 starts last season while earning $176,715 for trainer Alan Anderson who co-owns with brother Mark Anderson of California and J J J Stables of Aldergrove. 

As a two-year-old, Betterfrombehind won all of her seven starts and more than $64,000 and shared honors as tops in B.C. for her age. 

Betterfrombehind, making her first start since winning the B.C. Sales Stake on Dec.11, was an impressive gate-to-wire winner. 

With Bill Davis again in the sulky, Betterfrombehind rushed to the front from her four spot on the gate and got stronger as the race progressed. She covered the mile in 1:54.4, just a tick off her lifetime best. The margin of victory for the 1-2 favorite was six lengths. 

Concrete Angel was fourth through much of the race but rallied to be best of the others. Jimmy Jams Jubilee, the 7-2 second choice who beat Betterfrombehind in the Sales Stake, sat in the two hole but was no match Sunday and finished third. 

Rounding out the finish order were Millbanks Arrow, Alldressedinvelvet, Red Star Ginny and Cameezy. 

Despite not racing for two months, Davis felt the mare was ready to go. 

“She was good and tight after qualifiers at Cal-Expo,” Davis told Dan Jukich after the race. “(Trainer) Al has done a good job.” 

Betterfrombehind raced in three qualifiers, including the most recent a win in 1:56.3, at Cal-Ex. 

“She likes to keep racing, otherwise she’s a little on the lazy side,” Davis added. “She would have had to race the fillies and mares open down there, so that's why they decided to keep qualifying her. She was really good today." 

Betterfrombehind will hang around Fraser Downs and compete next in the Miss Cloverdale stake. Eleven horses were nominated for the $30,000-plus but nine or fewer were entered. 

That means there will be no eliminations this Saturday with the combatants headed straight to the Feb. 25 final.