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Mamie Eisenhower Stakes at Prairie Meadows

May 15, 2005     E-mail this page to a friend!

(photo by Coady Photo)
Switch Lanes Follows Plan B in Saturday's
$60,000 Mamie Eisenhower Stakes at Prairie Meadows

PRAIRIE MEADOWS, Altoona, IA-Leading Prairie Meadows Thoroughbred owner Maggi Moss tacked on her third straight stakes victory in Saturday's $60,000 in the Mamie Eisenhower Stakes in Altoona.

Switch Lanes, the 6-year-old daughter of Deerhound coupled for wagering with Only At Night as Moss's other half the paired entry, pressured the speed of Walks Lik'n Angel all the way to the top of the stretch. Heading for the finish line, she gamely emerged from the speed duel with Walks Lik'n Angel, prevailing by a nose in 1:11.68 for six furlongs.

Only At Night, Switch Lanes' running mate trained by Suzanne Evans, broke a step slow but made an impressive effort in third place with jockey Dave Essman. The Shattuck filly, Hollywood and Wine, stalked from fifth off the lead, advancing to fourth place at the wire. The pace-setting Walks Lik'n Angel weakened to fifth. Gamblers Passion dropped back to last place in the field of six.

Maggi Moss said after the race she had no expectations leading up to tonight's victory.

"I feel really blessed. I feel really lucky," said Moss from the winner's circle. "I really didn't think I could win three in a row. She is such a great filly and she just tried so hard. I had no expectation and that's what made tonight's win even greater."

"I think (Only At Night) would have beaten Switch Lanes if she hadn't been left at the gate," Moss added. "They're both so game, they're both such great fillies, and I love them both."

That leaves Moss in a quandary about which horse to root for.

"Only At Night is (somewhat) indifferent," explained Moss. "Switch Lanes is real temperamental and doesn't want to be messed with and for that reason I'm kind of partial to Switch Lanes because she's so much like me. She is so game; she just wants to win."

When the race did not unfold the way jockey Glenn Corbett anticipated, he went with an alternate plan for Switch Lanes.

"I figured Only At Night would be on the front end and I could just stalk her and maybe hold off some of the other horses," said Corbett. "(Only At Night) didn't break and I ended up on the front with Walks Lik'n Angel."

"Walks Lik'n Angel was pushing the pace pretty good," Corbett explained. "There wasn't much for me to do at that point but try to stay with her and maintain position. I thought after we turned for home they put a neck or so on me and got in front of me."

"I wasn't sure if my filly would come back or not, but she has a lot of guts. She finished that way for me in Kansas City last year. A horse shot by her by about a length (in that race). This filly went on and beat her. I knew she'd keep trying tonight."

Through May 13, Maggi Moss is the nation's sixteenth winningest owner. She ranks in the 61st percentile in top three finishers, a result that so far this year only 20 others from the country's top 100 owners have equaled or exceeded, putting Moss in the same company with the Calabreses, Asmussens, and Heiligbrodts of racing.

Maggi Moss also won the last two weekends' stake races at Prairie Meadows, each valued at $50,000-the Prairie Rose with Abounding Truth on April 30, and the Prairie Express on May 7 with Premium Saltine.

Switch Lanes earned $36,000 of tonight's purse, bringing her acquisitions to$286,651. On the board, Switch Lanes has been third or better in 77 percent of her races.

The Prairie Meadows Mamie Eisenhower Stakes is named in memory of Mary 'Mamie' Geneva Doud, born in Boone, Iowa in 1896. In 1916, she married Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was the nation's 34th president and she its First Lady, from 1953-1961.

Moss, Clark and Corbett also won the night's third race. Acreditado, a Brazilian-bred, rallied to his fourth lifetime win in $15,000 claiming conditions. It was the horse's second start of the Prairie Meadows meet, following a second place finish back on May 3. Acreditado covered 5 ? furlongs in 1:05.31. Before that the horse had two outs at Aqueduct after being claimed from owner Heiligbrodt Racing Stable and trainer Steve Asmussen. Second by a neck was Foolish Raja followed by Fynmarr, reporting third only a half-length off the winner.