Aaron Parsley and Michele Stueven
October 18, 2011 04:00 PM

Karina Smirnoff is pushing back her Jan. 21 wedding date – so why is she so ebullient?

The Dancing with the Stars pro has a happy reason to postpone her big day with baseball player fiancé Brad Penny, and he goes by J.R. Martinez.

Actually, make that “frontrunner” J.R. Martinez, who sits happily atop the leader board after Monday’s ’80s-night competition.

“I got an amazing partner and we spend so much time at the studio because we have a great shot at [winning the mirror ball trophy],” Smirnoff, 33, said after the show Monday. “And we truly enjoy putting together these great routines.”

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So the wedding will wait. “There’s absolutely no time,” she said of all the work she and Martinez, 28, are putting into their dancing. “I want to enjoy this and I want to enjoy the wedding and doing it together is just really hard.”

Plus, Penny, 33, who pitches for the Detroit Tigers, has just recently wrapped up his baseball season.

“Once [Dancing] is over, we’re going to concentrate on the rest of the life,” Karina says of resuming wedding planning.

And it sounds like she’ll have all the help she needs. Says Martinez: “I want to be one of the bridesmaids.”

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