01/13/2007 1:00AM

Bright Abundance wins for Clement


Trainer Christophe Clement took exception to a comment from the crowd after his 6-1 Bright Abundance defeated 3-5 stablemate Naissance Royale by a half-length in the $75,000 Marshua's River Stakes on Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

"Somebody said to me I won with the wrong horse," Clement said in the winner's circle. "But that's not true. Bright Abundance is a very good filly who got a great trip today, while the other filly didn't have such a great trip. Sometimes horses run well and don't win."

Bright Abundance raced within striking distance of the leaders from the outset of the 1 1/16-mile race, split horses under jockey Kent Desormeaux while rallying through midstretch, and outfinish Naissance Royale by a neck.

It was her first victory since she the Grade 3 Noble Damsel Handicap at Belmont Park in September 2005.

Naissance Royale was forced wide while rallying into the stretch when the tiring pacesetter Aeorcat bore out leaving the turn. She continued on once straightened away in early stretch, but could not keep pace with Bright Abundance in the final yards.

It was the second tough loss in four weeks for Naissance Royale, who was beaten a nose in Hollywood's Grade 2 Dahlia Handicap in her 2006 finale.

Bright Abundance, a 6-year-old daughter of Quiet American, covered the distance in 1:39.77 over a firm course and paid $14.60.

o One bettor took home $317,551.20 for hitting Saturday's pick six. The pool had carried over since opening day. The payoff fell far short of the track record pick six payout of $799,191 set on Feb. 3, 2005.