09/05/2002 11:00PM

Sir Bear's Kentucky trip canceled


MIAMI - Sir Bear will run next in the $100,000 Spend a Buck Handicap on Oct. 12 here, rather than in the Grade 2 Kentucky Cup Classic next Saturday at Turfway Park as originally planned.

"We decided it was just too far to ship not knowing who you might catch in the race," said Sir Bear's trainer, Ralph Ziadie, on Friday.

Sir Bear worked a half-mile in 48.60 seconds here Friday morning.

Ziadie also has changed plans for Royal Lad, who was to race in Turfway's Grade 3 Kentucky Cup Sprint, also next Saturday. Royal Lad, who won the Carry Back Stakes in his last start here on July 14, bled following a recent workout.

"He's okay, but I'll probably give him another six weeks or so before looking for a race," Ziadie said.

No 'Judge' in Needles

The Judge Sez Who, winner of the Grade 3 Oklahoma Derby on Aug. 25, is among the nominees for next Saturday's $50,000 Needles Stakes for 3-year-olds on the turf, but he will bypass the race in lieu of the Grade 2 Super Derby on Sept. 21 at Louisiana Downs.

While The Judge Sez Who has richer paydays in sight, the Needles did draw a couple of interesting nominees in Bernard's Candy and Worldly Victor.

Bernard's Candy has won his last two starts over the main track, posting Beyer Speed Figures of 94 and 98. An Ohio-bred son of Candy Stripes, Bernard's Candy would be making both his two-turn and turf debut if he starts in the Needles.

Worldly Victor won the Dave Feldman Stakes over the Gulfstream Park turf course in his 3-year-old debut, but failed to hit the board in four subsequent starts for trainer Phil Gleaves. Idle since finishing seventh and last in a third-level allowance race at Belmont Park on May 26, Worldly Victor returned to south Florida earlier this summer and is now being trained by Dave Vivian.

Human races pretty much over

There are nearly two months remaining before the end of the Calder summer meet, but the battle for leading jockey, trainer, and owner honors at the meet are all but decided.

Jockey Cornelio Velasquez has a 30-win lead over his nearest pursuer, M.R. Cruz, with Manny Aguilar another three back in third position. Bill White has a 46-28 advantage over runner-up Angel Salinas in the trainer standings. Seven others are within five wins of the second spot.

Owner-breeder Michael Sherman is seemingly home free atop the owners standings, with a 28-15 advantage over Monarch Stable's Frank Bertolino.

Three-win day for Bain

Gary Bain, who had won only nine races from 232 mounts this meet, was a perfect 3 for 3 on Friday's card. Two of those victories came for trainer Fred Warren, including a shocker aboard Yes She Will,who paid $117.40 after winning a race for mid-priced 2-year-old claimers in the seventh.

Bain completed the hat trick when he guided the class-dropping Watch Your Pennies to his first victory since 2000.

* Ivanavinalot, easy winner of last Saturday's $125,000 Susan's Girl division of the Florida Stallion Stakes, is in a tie for eighth in the world Thoroughbred rankings for the Juvenile Fillies division of the Breeders' Cup on Oct. 26. Ivanavinalot will make her next start in the $400,000 My Dear Girl Stakes here on Oct. 12.

Ivanavinalot is trained by Kathleen O'Connell for owner-breeder Gil Campbell.

* Stall applications for the 2003 Gulfstream Park meet are out and due no later than Oct. 2. The 2003 Gulfstream meet runs from Jan. 3 through April 25. The stall applications apply to both the main stabling area and the new Palm Meadows training complex in Boynton Beach. The training complex is expected to be open by Nov. 25.