11/13/2008 12:00AM

Mile should suit Acting Zippy


Acting Zippy will be cutting back to a distance that suits him well when he starts in the $50,000 No Le Hace, which closes out the meet at Retama Park.

"This is a mile, and I think a mile might be his best distance," said trainer Don Bennett.

Acting Zippy will be shortening up from 1 1/8 miles for the No Le Hace, a race for 3-year-olds and up that drew 11 horses, including stakes winners Gold Wonder, Lee's Spirit, and Prince Krimmer. Acting Zippy finished third in the $350,000 Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park in his last start.

"I think the mile and an eighth probably was just a few steps farther than he wants to go," said Bennett.

Acting Zippy won his maiden at a mile at Prairie Meadows in May, drawing off by 8 1/4 lengths. He also won at a mile and 70 yards in a $20,000 optional claimer at Remington Park in September. He just missed the track record in that race, which he won by three-quarters of a length with a career-best Beyer Figure of 96. For the No Le Hace, the front-running Acting Zippy will break from post 10.

"He's got enough gas to get over," said Bennett. "That won't bother him, I don't think."

Rohan Singh has the mount on Acting Zippy, who is a son of City Zip.

Lee's Spirit is looking for his third straight stakes win behind the A.L. "Red" Erwin for statebreds at Louisiana Downs on Sept. 6, and the $50,000 Chick Lang Jr. Memorial on turf at Retama Sept. 20. Don Simington has the mount for trainer Bob Schultz.