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Abounding Truth flourishes despite lengthy layoff in $50,000 Prairie Rose Stakes


April 30, 2005     E-mail this page to a friend!

Contact: Mary Lou Coady [515] 967-8247
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PRAIRIE MEADOWS, Altoona, IA--Abounding Truth settled the score at Prairie Meadows in Saturday's seventh running of the $50,000 Prairie Rose Stakes.

Coming from a 12-month layoff and a sixth place finish in last year's Prairie Rose, tonight's 16-1 longshot acquired the lead at the quarter-pole going six furlongs for a new stakes record in 1:09.31. Answer to Jordan previously held the record in 1:09.37, which she set back in 2000.

"She runs good first time every year," said Abounding Truth's trainer, Dick Clark. "I didn't think she'd be fit enough to do this, but she's a tough mare."

"She's always been my favorite," said owner Maggi Moss, who reports she paid $10,000 two years ago for the horse. Since that time, Abounding Truth has won for Moss nearly $72,000, which includes $30,000 from tonight's purse winnings.

"She's just a (true) racehorse," said Moss after tonight's race. "If I can get her to the track, she'll win. She's had a lot of small problems, nothing major. She always showed so much talent, but she's temperamental. It takes four people to saddle her. I had no expectation of her winning this race. Yesterday, I called my trainer and said maybe we should scratch her and run her Tuesday in a lesser race. I thought he was asking a lot. He said, 'Trust me.' She's just a neat horse. I always want to do the right thing by her and just let her be herself. She's my pet. Now she'll be a little more valuable as a broodmare-my broodmare. That's more thrilling just because I took so much time with her. She will have a home with me for life. She's just so beautiful."

Glenn Corbett, the meet's fourth leading rider following seven days of the new season, was confident about Abounding Truth's front-running style, but he had also figured there would be more speed in the early stages of the race.

"The way this filly runs," said Corbett following his victory, "the only time she wasn't in front when I rode her was the race in Chicago when she stumbled out of the gate and got taken back. Other than that, she has a lot of natural speed, so it's just basically trying to keep her relaxed. I thought there'd be a faster pace the first part (of tonight's race), but she's been training so well. She actually relaxed for me down the backside. She was just running comfortable the whole way. Then, when I called on her as we turned for home, she really extended herself and finished very strong. I've got to give all the credit to Dick Clark, because he's just done a phenomenal job. He had her off for a year and then brought her back to win. At this level of competition, it's just a super job of training. All the credit goes to Dick."

Abounding Truth is the 5-year-old daughter of Proudest Romeo out of the Lyphard's Ridge mare, Abounding Mystery. Drs. K.K. Jayaraman and Vilasini Jayaraman foaled Abounding Truth in Florida.

Wildwood Royal, Jimmy Zook's trainee who was nearly even-money odds with four previous stakes-shattering performances here, was hemmed in tonight and was unable to find racing room as the field headed into the top of the stretch. An opening presented itself just a few strides before the wire but, not in time to improve her position as she finished behind Abounding Truth by 1 ? lengths.

Glitterbdancing, racing at 35-1 odds for Bob and Nancy Bartels, finished third about four lengths off the winner.

Official order of finish: Abounding Truth, Wildwood Royal, Glitterbdancing, Caviar Emptor, Wadena, Miss Elsie, It's Spooky.

Payoffs: Abounding Truth-$34.20, $5.80, $4.00. Wildwood Royal-$3.40, $2.80. Glitterbdancing-$6.60. 7-2-3 Trifecta $1,095.20; 7-2 Exacta $88.60; 2-7 Quinella $30.60.

PRAIRIE MEADOWS 2005 Racing Schedule

Thoroughbred Season, April 21-July 4
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 1st Race-6:30pm
Tuesdays 1st Race -3:30pm

Thoroughbred Season Special Race Dates
Sunday, May 29, 1:30pm Monday, May 30, 3:30pm
Sunday, July 3, 3:30pm Monday, July 4, 1:30pm

Thoroughbred and American Quarter Horse Season
July 8-September 24, 2005

Harness Season
October 1-29, 2005