04/16/2006 12:00AM

Abounding Truth takes Whimsical

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Abounding Truth wins the $128,200 Whimsical Stakes at Woodbine on Sunday.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Abounding Truth parlayed an ideal stalking trip into a narrow victory Sunday at Woodbine in the $128,200 , a six-furlong sprint for fillies and mares.

Abounding Truth, a Southern California import trained by Josie Carroll, raced behind a five-horse speed duel on the backstretch under jockey Patrick Husbands. High Button Shoes emerged with the lead after pressing fractions of :22.17 and :45.04 seconds, but was overtaken in the final strides by Abounding Truth, who won by a neck in a final time of 1:10.55.

Kentucky shipper Listen was another length back in third in the 13-horse field. Gold Strike, the morning line favorite, and Bellini Sunrise were scratched.

"I wanted to get a nice position, because speed has been holding today," said Husbands. "I bided my time, and got lucky."

Abounding Truth returned $6.40 as the favorite in the Grade 3 event, earning $75,000 for owner Douglas Kent Racing.