10/13/2009 11:00PM

Hear Ye Hear Ye makes slow track look fast


MIAMI - The racetrack was dry, cuppy and very much on the slow side here on Saturday morning, with horses kicking up dust as they struggled to make their way down the stretch completing workouts. And that was right after the renovation break at 7:30 a.m.

By the time Hear Ye Hear Ye made his way onto the track about 45 minutes and approximately 75 workouts later, conditions were even worse. But good horses have a way of making the slowest of tracks look fast and that's exactly what the speedy 2-year-old did during a five-furlong work that served as a final prep for next Saturday's $75,000 Birdonthewire Stakes.

Working alone, Hear Ye Hear Ye cut out splits of 23.36 seconds, 35.59 and 47.72 before completing five-eighths in 1:00.47 and galloping out six furlongs in 1:13.47. His final time was easily the fastest of the 30 recorded at five furlongs on Saturday.

The Birdonthewire will serve as the appetizer for trainer Stanley Gold and owner Fred Brie on next Saturday's Festival of the Sun program. The main course will come a couple of hours later when their Jackson Bend attempts to complete a sweep of the open division of the Florida Stallion series with a victory in the 1 1/16-mile In Reality Stakes.

Hear Ye Hear Ye recently returned home from New York where he set a demanding pace before tiring to finish sixth in the seven-furlong Futurity at Belmont on Sept. 19. The homebred son of Hear No Evil turned in arguably the most impressive maiden victory of the meet here when cruising to a seven-length victory and earning a 94 Beyer Speed Figure on Aug. 2.

"He used himself up early setting too fast a pace in New York," Gold said. "But he went up sound, came back sound and is certainly dead ready to go five and one-half furlongs here next weekend."

As for Jackson Bend, Gold said the leader of the local 2-year-old division has finished his serious preparations for the In Reality and will just gallop into the race. Jackson Bend posted a pair of very impressive one-mile workouts over the past couple of weeks, which included a 1:41.20 clocking Oct. 3.

"He galloped a strong two miles this morning," said Gold on Saturday. "He doesn't need another serious work. He's ready. The track is deep, but when it's deep it's safe and takes more out of them, so it helps them get ready quicker. Things look pretty good with both horses right now."

Aside from Hear Ye Hear Ye, other notable names on Saturday's work tab included Joanie's Catch (four furlongs in 50), upset winner of the Brave Raj Stakes in her most recent start and among the favorites for next Saturday's $400,000 My Dear Girl; Mambo Meister (bullet half in 48.60), who'll return to the main track for Saturday's Win and You're In Grade 3 Spend a Buck Handicap; Bim Bam (five furlongs in 1:01.80), a key contender for the In Reality; and the multiple-stakes-winning turf specialist Soldier's Dancer (six furlongs in 1:17).