10/10/2001 11:00PM

In Reality, Booklet looks best


MIAMI - Carey's Gold has the opportunity to become only the sixth horse to sweep all three legs of the Florida Stallion Series in Saturday's $400,000 In Reality Stakes. But it is Delaware invader Booklet who appears to stand out among a field of 14 2-year-old colts and geldings in the 1 1/16-mile race.

The In Reality and its counterpart for 2-year-old fillies, the $400,000 My Dear Girl Stakes, highlight the $1.5 million Festival of the Sun program, Calder's marquee event. Saturday's 13-race card also includes five other stakes, topped by the $200,000 Calder Oaks for 3-year-old fillies on the turf and the $200,000 Smile Sprint Handicap. There will be a pick four comprising those two races and the two Stallion Series finales.

Booklet is the only horse to ship in for the In Reality. He has won three of four starts, with his only setback a third-place finish in the Grade 2 Saratoga Special. He also owns a decided Beyer Speed Figure edge over his rivals. He comes into the In Reality off a 4 3/4-length victory in Delaware Park's Dover Stakes, which is run at a mile around two turns.

"He's adapted well to the track and climate and I couldn't be happier with the way he's coming up to the race," said Steve Klesaris, who trains Booklet for owners Phil and Marsha Cohen. "I wouldn't trade places with anybody."

Eibar Coa, who rode Booklet in the Dover, rides him on Saturday.

Carey's Gold has won all three of his starts, including divisions of the Dr. Fager and Affirmed stakes. A son of Gold Alert, Carey's Gold was purchased for just $1,200 as a yearling, and was bought privately by current owner Adam Thompson shortly after winning his maiden.

Thompson, a New Jersey trial lawyer, said he will donate $10,000 of his winnings to a children's cancer fund if Carey's Gold wins the In Reality. A sweep of the Stallion Series would earn him a $50,000 bonus.

Carey's Gold will have to prove he can stay the distance and overcome the disadvantage of breaking from post 14. Jorge Chavez will replace Roger Velez on Carey's Gold Saturday. Velez rode Carey's Gold to victory in the opening two legs of the series.

Velez will not be without a mount for the In Reality, having drawn the assignment on O'Rocky, who captured a division of the Dr. Fager. Bog Hunter, who upset a division of the seven-furlong Affirmed, is also among the key contenders, along with Cosmic Sea and Mountain Forum.

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