08/26/2009 11:00PM

Here Ye Hear Ye must show last was for real


MIAMI - As the favorite in the Affirmed Stakes, Jackson Bend may garner most of the headlines coming into Saturday's 13-race Juvenile Showcase program, even though some may argue he's not even the best 2-year-old in his own barn.

That distinction may go to the vastly improved Hear Ye Hear Ye, who came out of nowhere to earn a 93 Beyer Speed Figure when dominating a strong field of maiden special weight rivals earlier this month. Hear Ye Hear Ye will attempt to prove that performance was not a fluke when he stretches out to a mile for the first time against seven rivals in the $100,000 Seacliff Stakes.

Hear Ye Hear Ye, like Jackson Bend, is a homebred son of Hear No Evil owned by the Jacks or Better Farm and trained by Stanley Gold. Hear Ye Hear Ye struggled badly in his first three starts and flashed some improvement in his fourth try before putting it all together with a wire-to-wire 7 1/4-length victory on Aug. 2. Runner-up Thank U Philippe flattered the effort when he returned to win his maiden here last weekend.

Hear Ye Hear Ye figures to be among a bevy of horses looking for the lead going into the first turn of the one-mile Seacliff. Manny Who, Bernie the Maestro, and Full Horse Power are also coming off front-

running maiden victories, while Abdel's Ghost has shown speed in his four starts.

A hotly contested pace scenario could play into the hands of the improving Wave Me By, who rallied from near the rear of the pack to graduate going seven furlongs under a $32,000 claiming tag in his last start.

The $100,000 Lindsay Frolic is the filly counterpart to the Seacliff and couldn't be any more wide open. The highest Beyer Figure in the field belongs to a maiden, Seattle Zip, who earned a 70 for finishing second in her only start. The Isabella Angel, who overcame a slow start to win her maiden at first asking, also figures to garner plenty of support in a field that is made up primarily of maidens and horses who graduated under claiming tags.

The weather and where trainer Wesley Ward decides to run Girl Bar could be key to the outcomes of the $100,000 Catcharisingstar and $100,000 Fasig Tipton Turf Dash, both of which are carded at five furlongs on the turf.

Girl Bar, who Ward said he felt was his most talented 2-year-old earlier this year, is cross-entered in the Catcharisingstar and Turf Dash. A daughter of the highly regarded turf sire Atticus, Girl Bar won her only previous start, a 2 1/2-furlong maiden dash at Gulfstream Park on April 1, before developing a shin problem, which has kept her sidelined ever since. Girl Bar blew out three-eighths of a mile in 34.80 seconds over a yielding turf course on Monday.

The Catcharisingstar came up a very competitive event and also includes the undefeated Winey Taylor, stakes-placed Miss Delite, and well-regarded maiden winner Big City Diva.

With or without Girl Bar, the Turf Dash also drew a competitive lineup, with Cruzin With Cash, Gesu, Overtown, and Tutor among the leading contenders.