09/17/2002 11:00PM

Lawbook to forgo Foolish Pleasure

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MIAMI - Lawbook, who can become the fifth horse to sweep all three legs of the open division of the Florida Stallion Stakes if he wins the $400,000 In Reality Division on Oct. 12, will be somewhat conspicuous by his absence in Saturday's $100,000 Foolish Pleasure Stakes.

Lawbook already has won both the six-furlong Dr. Fager and seven-furlong Affirmed divisions of the Stallion Stakes, and will seek to join Smile, Seacliff, Naked Greed, and Express Tour as the only colts or geldings to win all races in the series.

Unlike the restricted Florida Stallion Stakes, the one-mile-and-70-yard Foolish Pleasure is open to all 2-year-olds, affording potential In Reality contenders their first opportunity to stretch out around two turns. But Thomas Heard Jr., who owns and trains Lawbook, has decided to forgo a two-turn prep for his colt and instead train him up to the In Reality.

"He's already run a lot and I didn't want to get greedy," said Heard. "The key is for him to be fresh and in good shape going into the In Reality. I don't think he needs a two-turn race. He certainly acts and runs like a horse who want to go long.

"He's had a couple of slow works since the Affirmed, but I'll really start getting into him now beginning with a good work on Saturday."

Heard will have history on his side by passing the Foolish Pleasure. Despite the fact it serves as a logical prep for the In Reality, no horse has ever won both races. But Heard admits he will pay attention to the Foolish Pleasure with the likelihood that several of Lawbook's chief rivals for the In Reality will come out of that race.

"I'll be watching closely since new faces come up all the time with these young Florida-breds," said Heard. "It will be interesting to see if one of these other 2-year-olds wakes up on Saturday."

Ivanavinalot to go in Brave Raj

While Heard has decided to pass the Foolish Pleasure, trainer Kathleen O'Connell will run Ivanavinalot in Saturday's $100,000 Brave Raj Stakes. The Brave Raj is the filly counterpart to the Foolish Pleasure.

Ivanavinalot was an easy 10-length winner of the Susan's Girl Stakes, middle leg of the filly division of the Florida Stallion Series. A slow start and subsequent fourth-place finish in the opening leg, the six-furlong Desert Vixen, cost Ivanavinalot, a 2-year-old daughter of West Acre, any chance of winning all the races in the series.

"There is no way I could keep her on the ground for the six weeks between the last two Stallion races if she doesn't run," said O'Connell. "Besides, I'd really like to get a two-turn race under her."

Like the Foolish Pleasure, the Brave Raj has not exactly been the most important of preps for the finale of the filly division of the Stallion Stakes, the $400,000 My Dear Girl. Only Doradoradora in 1990 won both races. Ms Brookski finished second in the 2001 My Dear Girl after winning the Brave Raj.

Sir Bear in $40,000 My Mac

Three-time Grade 1 winner Sir Bear will be among the seven starters in Friday's $40,000 My Mac Handicap, an overnight race that serves as a prep for the $100,000 Spend a Buck Handicap on Oct. 12.

Sir Bear will shoulder high weight of 121 pounds in the 1 1/16-mile My Mac, five more than Dancing Guy and six more than both Groomstick Stock's and Pay the Preacher.