10/06/2003 11:00PM

In Reality grows by one


MIAMI - The prospective starting lineup for Saturday's $400,000 In Reality Stakes, final leg of the open division of the Florida Stallion Stakes, grew by one on Monday after trainer Ronny Werner confirmed he was planning to run Perpetual Peace.

Perpetual Peace shipped down from Kentucky for the Affirmed on Aug. 30, but lost all chance when he was forced to steady after the start of the seven-furlong dash. He finished fifth in what was just the second start of his career. In his only previous outing, Perpetual Peace, a son of Montbrook, won a five-furlong maiden race at Ellis Park by a nose.

"He broke dead last, then rushed up and had to check on the turn the last time," said Werner of Perpetual Peace's race in the Affirmed. "I think he's a nice colt who just had a terrible trip the first time and one who deserves another opportunity in a race like this."

On Monday at Churchill Downs, Perpetual Peace worked a half-mile in 47.60 seconds with jockey Jose Martinez aboard.

"Jose's been working him, he knows that track because he's ridden there before, and he'll be on him in the stakes," Werner said.

Perpetual Peace, owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, has not started since the Affirmed, but Werner is confident he will handle the added distance of the 1 1/16-mile In Reality.

"I've worked him a mile a couple of times and he's been hitting that last turn well in practice," said Werner. "Jumping from seven furlongs to a mile and a sixteenth will separate them a bit, but breeding-wise ours is supposed to like the distance."

Werner was hoping to fly Perpetual Peace down from Kentucky for the In Reality, but with only one other horse making the trip to Florida from that area he was forced to put him on a van instead.

Werner said he had spoken to fellow trainer Steve Asmussen "and he told me when he ran Snuck In down there in the Stallion races he vanned him in for the first two legs and won both those races then flew him in for the finale and got beat."

A field of seven or eight 2-year-olds, led by the undefeated Sir Oscar, now appears likely for the In Reality.

Another In Reality hopeful to work Monday was All True, who went an easy five furlongs in 1:02.40 at Calder. All True finished a late-striding second behind Sir Oscar in the Affirmed and will be ridden Saturday by Jerry Bailey.

All True is owned by Buckram Oak Stable, which campaigns two of the premier 2-year-olds in the country: Silver Wagon, winner of the Hopeful at Belmont, and Eurosilver, impressive winner of Saturday's Lane's End Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland. Both All True and Silver Wagon are trained by Ralph Ziadie, while Nick Zito trains Eurosilver.

Baseball tie-in Games 3, 4 and 5 (if necessary) of the National League Championship Series between the Florida Marlins and Chicago Cubs will be played next door to Calder at Pro Player Stadium on Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoon.

Fans showing tickets for either Game 4 or 5 of will be admitted free for the Festival of the Sun program Saturday. A drawing will also be held here Saturday for tickets to a possible Game 5.