03/27/2003 1:00AM

Leaping Plum goes for victory 32

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. - Twelve-year-old Leaping Plum will make his last stakes start of the Fonner Park meeting when he heads a field of nine in the $25,000 Budweiser-Tondi Handicap at six furlongs.

Leaping Plum is the co-highweight, with Tate's Way, at 121 pounds. Leaping Plum will be spotting his rivals from 4 to 8 years of age in a race he won in 1995 and 1998.

Newil Wall will be aboard as Leaping Plum seeks his 32nd career victory and looks to push his earnings past the $400,000 mark. On

Feb. 22 he reclaimed his title in the four-furlong Grasmick Handicap, scoring his eighth win from nine starts in that race.

Owned throughout his career by Clyde Woods and Paul Miskimins and trained by Joe Moss, Leaping Plum has been beaten, but not often, over the five-eighth-mile surface here. His record over the track is 19-6-2 from 30 starts, most of them stakes.

Tate's Way comes off a solid 1 3/4-length win over statebred rivals in the Ogataul Handicap on March 8 for trainer David Anderson. Anderson will also send out the coupled entry of Dirt Road Devil and Medical First. Leading rider Perry Compton has the mount on Tates Way.

High Dice closed well to be third in the Ogataul. Dan Beck rides at 119 pounds. High Dice has compiled a lifetime mark of 15-12-10 from 54 starts and earnings of over $237,000.

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