09/05/2003 11:00PM

The Name's Bond scores again in an off-the-turf stakes race

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MIAMI - Frank Gomez has been trying to find out all summer if The Name's Bond is a turf horse. Instead the veteran trainer and his talented 3-year-old have continued to pile up stakes victories and enrich the coffers of owner-breeders Annabell and William Murphy when their grass races have been switched to the main track.

Such was the case again Saturday when The Name's Bond rallied to an easy 3 3/4-length victory over 60-1 Me My Mine and eight other overmatched 3-year-olds in the $75,000 Needles Stakes. The Needles was run over a "good" main track after several inches of rain fell on the turf course overnight. Manoel Cruz rode The Name's Bond, who paid $3.80.

"I'd like to get to try him at least once more on the grass to see if he's a turf horse," said Gomez, who is far and away the leading stakes-winning trainer in Calder history. "The one time he ran over the grass here he got a bad trip so that race was a throw out. And the one he won on the grass at Gulfstream came late in the meet when their turf course was pretty chewed up and was more like a dirt track."

The Needles marked the third time in his last four starts that The Name's Bond had a stakes race switched from the grass to the dirt. He won the Simply Majestic Stakes by nearly seven lengths under similar circumstances in late May and finished second behind the odds-on favorite Supah Blitz when returning to action after a minor foot injury two months later in the Roman Brother Stakes.

I guess we'll bring him back in the Calder Derby," said Gomez. "That's what we have in mind at the moment."

The Grade 3, $200,000 Calder Derby is scheduled at a 1 1/8 miles on the grass on Oct. 11.

"But if it rains and that one comes off the grass I guess we won't mind," Gomez said.

Chispiski vs. six in Going Up Stakes

Chispiski was perhaps the premier filly and mare sprinter on the grounds here a year ago with eight victories in 12 starts, including three stakes scores. One of her wins came in the Grade 3 Chaposa Springs, a race in which she successfully stretched her abundant speed to seven furlongs while outlasting Abundantly Blessed by a neck.

But after finishing third, beaten a neck, in the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Sprint, trainer Ron Spatz sent her to the sidelines for nearly six months. She will make her third start on the comeback trail in Monday's $40,000 Going Up Stakes when she takes on six rivals at seven furlongs.

Chispiski looked like her old self in her last appearance, leading throughout to defeat Vision in Flight and Four Pennies in the Kimscountrydiamond Stakes. Vision in Flight had finished second in the Grade 2 Princess Rooney Handicap three weeks earlier.

While Vision in Flight shipped to Delaware for Saturday's Endine Handicap, Four Pennies will seek a measure of revenge in the Going Up. She too has been lightly raced this season and will be making only her fifth start.

* Jockey Manuel Martinez, who recently arrived from Chile, wasted little time making his presence felt locally. Martinez won with his first mount of the meet, guiding Run N Love to victory for trainer Angel Salinas in Saturday's sixth race.

* Runaway Rizzi, a 2-year-old daughter of Rizzi making her career debut, lit up the tote board at $124.40 after finishing full of run to win Saturday's eighth race. The victory gave trainer Walter Rosas-Canessa his first victory in 2003.