09/18/2013 1:51PM

Florida notes: Best Plan Yet to face arch-rival again in In Reality

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Best Plan Yet (center) wins the Foolish Pleasure on Saturday. He goes next in the In Reality.

MIAMI – Trainer Stanley Gold couldn’t wait to stretch Best Plan Yet around two turns in last Saturday’s Foolish Pleasure Stakes. And after watching the son of Hear No Evil register a one-length victory over longshot Union Cash for his first stakes victory, he’s even more eager to bring him back for a third try at division leader My Brown Eyed Guy in the 1 1/16-mile In Reality Stakes at Calder on Oct. 12.

Best Plan Yet rallied from last down the backstretch, a half-dozen lengths off the lead, to capture the one mile and 70-yard Foolish Pleasure under regular rider Jeffrey Sanchez in his first start beyond seven furlongs. Best Plan Yet finished second behind My Brown Eyed Guy earlier this summer in both the six-furlong Affirmed and seven-furlong Dr. Fager divisions of the Florida Stallion Stakes.

“Taking him back to last like that on Saturday was by Jeffrey’s design, not mine,” Gold said. “I’ve always been a believer that when you pay a professional to ride your horse, you let them make the decision, so I don’t give them any instructions. Jeffrey has galloped and worked this colt many times and knows the horse. I admit I was a little worried that he had him back so far, but he had them measured, I guess.”

Best Plan Yet was bred and is owned by Fred Brei’s Jacks or Better Farm and is out of the mare Bayou Plans, whose progeny also includes Grade 1 winner Midas Eyes, three-time graded stakes winner Bayou Lassie, and six-time stakes winner Awesome Belle. His older brother Al Zir also was the sales topper at the 2009 Fasig-Tipton Calder sale, going to Godolphin for $1.6 million.

“Just about his whole family is distance and turf, so I was just waiting for the opportunity to stretch him out around two turns,” Gold said. “I think we were definitely at a disadvantage going six and seven furlongs the first two times we faced My Brown Eyed Guy. He was out of his element in those two races. But we’re not spotting anybody any advantage in the In Reality, and I’m really looking forward to trying that other horse again at a mile and one-sixteenth. And con1sidering his pedigree, his real future may wind up being on the grass.”

Kelso next for Jackson Bend

Gold also is excited about the prospect of sending Jackson Bend back to New York for the Grade 1 Kelso on Sept. 28. Jackson Bend is coming off a second-place finish, beaten a half-length by Strapping Groom, in the Grade 1 Forego at Saratoga on Aug. 31.

“I was thrilled with his effort in the Forego,” Gold said. “I thought for a moment we had it there in late stretch. He shipped back to us here at Calder right after the race, will work this weekend, and van to New York on Wednesday.”

Gold said he chose the one-mile Kelso rather than the six-furlong Vosburgh at Belmont for Jackson Bend’s next start because he thinks Jackson Bend is much better suited to the longer distance.

“He may run his race going six furlongs, but he’s just going to run out of ground,” Gold said.

Jackson Bend, a two-time Grade 1 winner, finished third as the favorite in the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Sprint.

Lopez gets 10 days for ride

The Gulfstream Park stewards gave jockey Paco Lopez a 10-day suspension for his ride aboard Curlin Hawk in Saturday’s third race. The stewards handed down the stiffer-than-usual penalty to Lopez for what they deemed “rough riding down the backstretch and into the turn” and for “severely impeding” Dixie Hotshot while astride Curlin Hawk, who was disqualified from third and placed fourth in the maiden special weight dash.

Lopez begins his suspension Friday but will be allowed to accept the calls he’s taken in the four stakes races Saturday at Parx Racing, where he is scheduled to ride Speak Logistics in the Pennsylvania Derby, Seaneen Girl in the Cotillion, City of Weston in the Gallant Bob, and Incisive Strike in the Alphabet Soup Handicap. His suspension will extend through Sept. 30.