08/06/2006 11:00PM

'Abundance' tries again in De La Rose

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - An inside post, her versatile running style, and a turn back to one mile may combine to give Bright Abundance a slight edge in a highly competitive $70,000 De La Rose Stakes, the featured event on a 10-race Wednesday card at Saratoga.

, trained by Christophe Clement, finished seventh in this race last year when it was run in divisions. She caught the division with no pace, and was compromised by an opening half-mile that went in 51 seconds. There is ample pace in this year's De La Rose, and she should work out a stalking inside trip under Richard Migliore. Bright Abundance has recorded four of her five victories at the De La Rose's mile distance.

Bright Abundance is coming off two solid second-place finishes, including a one-length loss to the graded stakes winner Melhor Ainda in the Capades Stakes at 1 1/16 miles at Belmont Park. Furthermore, she has held that form while training at Saratoga.

"She's doing better than last year," Clement said. "I didn't think she trained that well last year at Saratoga."

, who drew the rail, is one of the primary speed horses in the race. She has won three straight races dating back to last year. Virden was turned over to trainer Bobby Frankel in the spring and won an allowance race at Churchill Downs that produced several next-out winners.

"She was a little rank early, and it looked like when they came to her she was beat," Frankel said. "But she took off again."

Virden has won five of eight starts, including the Grade 3 Senorita at Hollywood last May.

While Virden figures to use her inside post to her advantage, she may have to deal with the likes of Art Fan and Radiant Avie on the front end.

Asi Siempre would appreciate a fast pace.

A graded stakes winner at 3, Asi Siempre has finished fourth to the likes of Honey Ryder and Noble Stella this year. The question is whether she can get up going one mile.

make up a strong uncoupled entry for trainer Bill Mott, though they drew the two outside posts. Connie Belle came off a nine-month layoff - precipitated by a bout of colic - to win a third-level allowance race at Monmouth Park last month. My Lordship has won three of four starts this year, including a victory in the Miss Liberty Stakes at the Meadowlands on June 19. Before that, she suffered a strained hind-end muscle while finishing last in the Hollywood Wildcat Breeders' Cup Handicap at Calder.