09/23/2005 11:00PM

Bright Abundance holds off My Lordship

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Bright Abundance, Richard Migliore up, holds off the competition to win the Grade 3 Noble Damsel by a half-length.

ELMONT, N.Y. - Earlier in the week, trainer Christophe Clement lost an overnight stakes at Belmont Park by a nose to trainer Bill Mott.

Saturday, Clement exacted some revenge when his Bright Abundance got the jump on Mott's My Lordship turning for home and held off that rival by a half-length to win the Grade 3, $150,000 before 7,324 at Belmont. It was one length back to Asti in third.

Bright Abundance received a perfect inside stalking trip from Richard Migliore, who kept his filly in fourth position behind a three-ply speed duel. Migliore found room to get off the hedge turning for home and made the lead inside the eighth pole. Bright Abundance, a daughter of Quiet American, covered the mile in 1:33.93 over a firm Widener Turf Course and returned $15.60 as the third choice.

"We fell into a nice trip, but my horse enabled me to get that trip," said Migliore, who had been 1 for 35 at this meet before that win. "She really broke clean and traveled in the bridle beautifully. That's what it's about. When you have horse, you can place them where you need to be. I had a lot of horse the whole trip."

My Lordship, the 7-5 favorite, was right alongside Bright Abundance for most of the trip but seemed to resent racing between horses. She rerallied in the stretch when she got in the clear under Jerry Bailey.

Bright Abundance was part of a two-win day for Clement, who had been 0 for 14 before Saturday. He also won the second race with Steel Light. On Wednesday, Clement was denied his first win of the meet when Mott's Connie Belle nosed Clement's Silver Charades in the Auntie Mame Stakes.

"He beat me in an overnight stakes by a nose. This is a Grade 3 by a neck. That's okay," Clement said.

It was the fifth victory in 18 career starts for Bright Abundance, who began her career in France with trainer Carlos Laffon-Parias. Three of her wins have come in one-turn races at Belmont Park.

Despite her affinity for the one-turn mile at Belmont, Bright Abundance will not be considered for the Breeders' Cup Mile against males, Clement said. More likely, Bright Abundance could run back in the Grade 3, $100,000 Athenia Stakes here Oct. 15 provided the turf is firm.