07/24/2002 11:00PM

Prairie: Back on short rest


ALTOONA, Iowa - Mr Clearwater goes after his second stakes victory in less than a week when he starts as the likely favorite against five rivals in the $40,000 Iowa Stallion Stakes at Prairie Meadows.

Mr Clearwater led throughout to score a 4 3/4-length win in the Horsemen's Park Breeders Derby at a mile last Sunday during the Omaha, Neb., track's three-day meeting.

The victory was Mr Clearwater's fourth straight win and his fifth overall in 10 career starts for trainer David Anderson. Greg Schaefer, who rode Mr Clearwater to an allowance win here to start his streak on May 1, will be in the saddle in the Stallion Stakes, which is restricted to 3-year-olds and will be run at a mile and 70 yards.

Mr Clearwater figures to set the pace on Saturday and should prove very tough to catch.

Yoyo Jabo, who has finished on the board in three straight races since being claimed for $10,000 here June 14, is the main threat to the favorite in the Stallion Stakes.

Yoyo Jabo sports a career record of 2-2-2 from 11 starts and has finished on the board in all five of his career starts around two turns.

Yoyo Jabo figures to make a late run under jockey David Essman and will benefit if another runner is able to hook Mr Clearwater early.

Dick Clark trains Yoyo Jabo, a gelded son of Blumin Affair, for owner Maggie Moss.

A win by any of the other four runners in the Stallion Stakes would be a surprise.