07/23/2003 11:00PM

The Name's Bond clashes with Supah Blitz on turf


MIAMI - Over the past several months, The Name's Bond has quietly proven himself to be among the top 3-year-olds on the grounds. On Saturday he will get an opportunity to make some real noise if he can upset Supah Blitz in Calder's $50,000 Roman Brother Stakes.

The Roman Brother is on turf at 1 1/16 miles. The race drew a field of six and is restricted to 3-year-olds who have been kept eligible for the Florida Stallion Stakes program.

The Name's Bond has improved dramatically since the spring, winning three of his last four starts including his turf debut, against second-level allowance company at Gulfstream Park on April 19. In his most recent appearance, The Name's Bond rallied to a 6 3/4-length decision over Hear No Evil and Sea Pleasure in the Simply Majestic Stakes. Sea Pleasure and Hear No Evil won their next starts.

Trainer Frank Gomez had to hold The Name's Bond out of his last scheduled start, the $100,000 Unbridled Stakes on June 21, due to a minor foot injury. A son of Jules, The Name's Bond worked six furlongs in 1:14 here earlier this week. Regular rider Gary Boulanger will again have the assignment.

The Name's Bond will have a formidable opponent in Supah Blitz, who made a name for himself on the national stage by finishing second in the Grade 1 Fountain of Youth Stakes. He went on to finish 13th in the Kentucky Derby.

Trainer Manny Tortora gave Supah Blitz some time off after the Derby, then brought the him back on the grass. Despite a very wide trip, Supah Blitz easily defeated older in a second-level allowance by 3 1/4 lengths on July 1. The victory was the first on grass for Supah Blitz, who is by the two-time Grade 1 winner Mecke.

Jesus Castanon will ride Supah Blitz for the first time.

Magic Mecke finished a troubled fourth behind Supah Blitz in the pair's previous encounter and appears to have the best chance of upsetting the two favorites.