09/01/2001 12:00AM

Carey's Gold wins, sets up sweep try


Carey's Gold kept his hopes alive of becoming the second straight horse to sweep all three legs of the open division of the Florida Stallion Series, rallying to a 2 1/4-length victory over Mountain Forum in the second division of Saturday's $125,000 Affirmed Stakes.

Bog Hunter won the opening split of the Affirmed, by a convincing three-length margin over the 44-1 Thiscannonsloaded.

Carey's Gold, purchased privately by the Thompson Stable shortly after winning his career debut under a $40,000 claiming tag, will attempt to become the sixth horse in FSS history to sweep all three legs when he runs in the $400,000 In Reality Stakes on Oct. 13. Express Tour swept all three legs of the open division in 2000.

Ridden by Roger Velez and trained by Henry Collazo, Carey's Gold rallied from off the pace Saturday, after leading throughout in both previous starts, including a division of the Dr. Fager in the first leg of the FSS. He returned $4 and covered the seven furlongs in 1:26.16 over a fast track.

"I was confident he would go this far and I'm confident he'll go a mile and a sixteenth," said Collazo.

Bog Hunter used similar tactics to wrest the opening division of the Affirmed, drawing off with a strong outside run on the turn before maintaining a safe advantage over Thiscannonsloaded through the final furlong. O'Rocky, who won the other division of the Dr. Fager, finished a troubled fourth as the 8-5 favorite.

Eduardo Nunez rode Bog Hunter, a son of Hunting Hard, for owner Nelson Jones and trainer Debbie Thacker. He paid $20.60. His final time for seven-eighths was 1:26.52.

Bold World, a maiden entering the $125,000 Susan's Girl Stakes, upset 3-5 favorite Pharmstar to score a 1 3/4-length victory in the middle leg of the filly division of the FSS. Pharmstar was an easy winner of the six-furlong Desert Vixen Stakes on Aug. 11.

Bold World, who was beaten a length in her only previous start, four weeks earlier at Ellis Park, prompted the pace, then turned back a bid from Pharmstar through the final furlong. She paid $8.80 as the second choice in a field of 11 2-year-old fillies.

Calvin Borel rode Bold World, a daughter of Fortunate Prospect, for trainer Ron Taylor.