Updated on 09/16/2011 8:25AM

Lawbrook the favorite, but not a scary one


MIAMI - Despite the presence of Lawbook, winner of the first two legs of the open division of the 2002 Florida Stallion Stakes, a full field of 14 juvenile colts and geldings was entered Wednesday for the series finale, Saturday's $400,000 In Reality Stakes. The In Reality shares top billing with its filly counterpart, the $400,000 My Dear Girl Stakes, at Calder's signature event, the $1.65 million Festival of the Sun.

Along with the In Reality and My Dear Girl, Saturday's 13-race program has seven other stakes, including the $200,000, Grade 3 Calder Derby and $200,000 Calder Oaks.

In contrast to the In Reality, the My Dear Girl will have a field of just eight 2-year-old fillies, including odds-on favorite Ivanavinalot. Ivanavinalot was an easy winner of both the seven-furlong Susan's Girl and 1 1/16-mile Brave Raj Stakes in her last two starts. Her only setback in five tries came in the opening leg of the filly division of the Stallion Stakes, the six-furlong Desert Vixen, when she finished fourth following trouble at the break.

Lawbook, who has yet to run beyond seven furlongs, drew post 1 for the 1 1/16-mile In Reality.

"I don't know where they got 14 horses from. I thought there would be only about nine in the race, but post 1 is better than 14," said Lawbook's owner-trainer, Thomas Heard Jr. "He's got natural speed to get position, which is important in a big field like this. I don't want him to get too far back and I don't think he has to. In fact, he could probably be on the lead, but I wouldn't want to see him in front because he really likes to run at horses."

After losing his first six starts, Lawbook has won his last three races including the six-furlong Dr. Fager and seven-furlong Affirmed stakes. Heard chose to train Lawbook, a son of Notebook, up to the In Reality instead of getting a two-turn prep under his belt. Regular rider Roger Velez will again have the assignment.

Trust N Luck, who defeated Lawbook in his career debut, but was a beaten favorite in each of his last three starts, will break from post 7 under Cornelio Velasquez and will likely be a solid second choice.

Trust N Luck finished second after contesting a fast pace making his two-turn debut in the Foolish Pleasure Stakes on Sept. 21.

Mister Deux and Max a Million have shipped in for the In Reality. Mister Deux won his debut at Saratoga on July 31 and finished second in Delaware Park's NATC Futurity in his only other start.

Ivanavinalot will break from post 2 for the My Dear Girl. M.R. Cruz again gets the call from trainer Kathleen O'Connell.

Dakota Light and Heavenly Miss, second and fourth in the Brave Raj, lead the opposition in the My Dear Girl, which also includes Fortunate Card, Pitch a Penny, Stars Go Blue, Miss Delia, and Endless Pleasure.

Derby and Oaks draw big fields

The Calder Derby and its filly counterpart, the Calder Oaks, drew large and competitive fields. Both are run at nine furlongs on the grass The Calder Derby is led by Miesque's Approval, Union Place, and the locally based The Judge Sez Who.

Miesque's Approval has won two stakes. He comes off a wide trip in the Grade 2 Jamaica Handicap, in which he finished fifth for trainer Bill Mott.

Union Place finished second in each of his last three starts.

The Judge Sez Who won the Grade 3 Oklahoma Derby and finished fourth in the Grade 2 Super Derby in his last start. He was unplaced in his only previous try on grass.

Mott has also shipped down his two-time stakes-winning filly Maliziosa for the Oaks. The locally based Cellars Shiraz, a five-time stakes winner in 2002, is the horse to beat.

Defending champions Best of the Rest, Coolbythepool, and Texas Glitter will all be back to defend their titles on Saturday.

Best of the Rest will be the 121-pound highweight when he takes on High Ideal, Sir Bear, and Sea of Tranquility in the $100,000 Spend a Buck.

Coolbythepool heads a field of seven, including arch-rival Castlebrook, in the $100,000 Shocker T. Handicap.

Texas Glitter will be favored for his second victory in the $100,000 Calder Turf Sprint, with his chief competition likely to come from the speedy filly Flying Birdie.

Some of the best 2-year-old sprinters on the grounds will contest the $75,000 Birdonthewire and Cassidy Stakes.