05/25/2001 11:00PM

Buck's Best sharp for comeback race


ALTOONA, Iowa - Buck's Best returns from a nine-month layoff and heads a field of 10 Iowa-bred 3-year-old fillies in Monday's $60,000-added six-furlong Bob Bryant Stakes at Prairie Meadows.

Buck's Best has not raced since rallying to capture the Iowa Sorority here by 2 1/2 lengths last August for her owner-trainer Doug Anderson. She won two of her four starts to go along with two third-place finishes during her 2-year-old campaign.

Buck's Best has been working well for her return to the races, including a bullet five-furlong breeze in 1:00.03 here May 19. Anderson has named leading rider Terry Thompson, who was aboard for both of Buck's Best's victories, to ride in the Bob Bryant, a race in which all of the starters will carry 119 pounds.

Two recent debuting maiden winners from Mark Bader's barn figure strongly. Sharky's Review rallied from 11 lengths off the pace to score by a widening

3 1/2 lengths against open maidens at 5 1/2 furlongs over a sloppy track here May 5. Her ability to handle an off track could play a role as the Des Moines area has received several inches of rain over the past week. Luis Quinonez has a return call.

Bader's other starter is Seattle Prospector, who scored a gate-to-wire 5 3/4-length victory against Iowa-bred maidens here at six furlongs May 8. She adds Lasix for the Bryant. Kelly Murray retains the mount. Bader's horses races uncoupled due to separate ownership.