09/24/2009 11:00PM

Jackson Bend getting ready

Jim Lisa
Jackson Bend will try to become the seventh 2-year-old to sweep the open division of the Florida Stallion Stakes.

MIAMI - While his future opponents prep for the In Reality Stakes on Oct. 17 in races like Saturday's Foolish Pleasure, local 2-year-old kingpin Jackson Bend has been taking it relatively easy since his popular victory in the seven-furlong Affirmed division of the Florida Stallion series on Aug. 29.

Trainer Stanley Gold has opted to give Jackson Bend seven weeks off and work the once-beaten horse up to the 1 1/16-mile In Reality. The second of those works came here Wednesday morning, when the son of Hear No Evil breezed a mile in 1:42.40. To put that work in perspective, the final time for Friday's opener at a mile was 1:44.80.

"He's doing very well," said Fred Brie, Jackson Bend's owner-breeder who races under the nom de course of Jacks or Better Farm Inc.

Jackson Bend has won four races in a row since dropping his debut by a half-length going 4 1/2 furlongs on May 9. His winning streak includes victories in the opening two legs of the Stallion series as well as a half-length decision over D' Funnybone in the Frank Gomez Memorial. D' Funnybone has since moved to the top of the national 2-year-old division following a pair of graded stakes wins in New York.

Jackson Bend will attempt to become the seventh 2-year-old to sweep the open division of the Florida Stallion Stakes, and second in two years, with a win in the In Reality. Big Drama accomplished the feat in 2008.

"We've felt all along he was going to be a better distance horse and have been pleasantly surprised with the success he's had so far sprinting," Brie said. "And we have every confidence he'll handle the added distance of the In Reality, even without a two-turn prep race."

Brie also said he is not looking down the road at anything beyond the In Reality for Jackson Bend, including the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

"I believe in taking things one step at a time," said Brie who campaigned both Jackson Bend's sire and his dam, Sexy Stockings.

Trippi's Greatstar makes 2009 bow

Sunday's featured eighth race will mark the return of Trippi's Greatstar, who was among the leaders of the 2-year-old filly division here last summer and fall. Trippi's Greatstar ran in all three legs of the 2008 Stallion series, finishing fourth in the Desert Vixen; third, beaten a neck, in the Susan's Girl; and second behind La Chica Sensual in the 1 1/16-mile My Dear Girl. She also was second behind the odds-on Frolics Dream in the Jack O'Farrell Stakes before ending her juvenile campaign by finishing sixth over the turf on Dec. 4.

Trained by Ralph Ziadie, Trippi's Greatstar will make her 2009 debut against a field that includes the red-hot Shoeshone Girl, who brings a four-race winning streak into the seven-furlong headliner for fillies and mares.

* Kristi Chapman, once a regular on the local circuit but who took a sabbatical from riding this season, was back in the winner's circle on Thursday after guiding Cake Walk to victory for trainer Marty Wolfson in the opener. The mount was just the sixth this year for Chapman, who has been working as an exercise rider for Wolfson.