Updated on 09/16/2011 8:25AM

Slumping Trust N Luck seeks turnaround in In Reality


MIAMI - After winning his first two starts impressively, Trust N Luck was generally regarded to be the best of the local 2-year-olds. But now, with three consecutive losses at odds of 4-5 or less, Trust N Luck has much to prove in Saturday's $400,000 In Reality Stakes.

Trust N Luck was in good company in his final work for the 1 1/16-mile In Reality here Monday morning, breezing five furlongs in 1:01.80 seconds alongside the three-time Grade 1 winner Sir Bear. Sir Bear will also attempt to get back on the winning track Saturday, taking on defending champion Best of the Rest in the $100,000 Spend a Buck Handicap.

"Trust N Luck needed a work and I needed company for him," said Ralph Ziadie, who trains Trust N Luck for owner Eibar Robsham. "And I think he's as good as the older horses, so why not work him with Sir Bear?"

Cornelio Velasquez was aboard Trust N Luck, who finished about a neck in front of Sir Bear in Monday's work. Velasquez will also ride Trust N Luck in the In Reality.

Trust N Luck defeated Lawbook, the winner of the first two legs of the Florida Stallion Stakes, by a length in his career debut on June 22. Following an easy three-length win over first-level allowance company, Trust N Luck was defeated for the first time when outfinished by Lawbook after disputing a torrid pace in the Dr. Fager Stakes. He wheeled and lost his rider at the start of the Affirmed Stakes, then finished a tiring second as the 2-5 favorite while making his two-turn debut in the Foolish Pleasure Stakes on Sept. 21.

"He came up a little short in the Foolish Pleasure," said Ziadie. "He really hadn't run a race since the six-furlong [Dr. Fager] six weeks earlier. And after what happened the next time, I was concentrating on getting him out of the gate more than anything else training up to his last start."

Bailey riding wrong horse, Ziadie says

Ziadie is also counting on Sir Bear to bounce back in a big way in the Spend a Buck after finishing a well-beaten fourth three weeks ago in the My Mac Handicap.

"I think [Jerry] Bailey is making a mistake riding the other horse," Ziadie said. Bailey will be aboard 121-pound highweight and likely favorite Best of the Rest in the Spend a Buck. "The old man [Sir Bear] really needed his last start. They're finally taking a little weight off of him, and I think he'll be real tough on Saturday."

Bailey's Festival dance card fills up

Bailey is one of several New York-based riders coming down for Saturday's Festival of the Sun program. Along with Best of the Rest, the Hall of Famer is also scheduled to ride likely favorites Coolforthepool for trainer Marty Wolfson in the $100,000 Shocker T. Handicap and Texas Glitter for trainer Todd Pletcher in the $100,000 Calder Turf Sprint. Bailey is penciled in aboard The Name's Bond for the In Reality and Scapade in the $400,000 My Dear Girl Stakes.

The Name's Bond, a wide running fourth in the Foolish Pleasure, tuned up for the In Reality working five furlongs in 1:00.80 on Monday. The work was the best of 17 at the distance on the morning's tab.

Roger Velez seeks Stallion Stakes sweep

Jockey Roger Velez, who will attempt to give Lawbook a sweep of the open division of the Stallion Stakes series with a victory in the In Reality, celebrates his 46th birthday on Saturday.

Velez, whose career was resurrected when he rode Hal's Hope to victory in the 2000 Florida Derby, guided Carey's Gold to victories in the first two legs of the 2001 Stallion Stakes. He was denied a chance for a sweep, however, when he was replaced by Jorge Chavez aboard Carey's Gold in the In Reality. Carey's Gold finished third in that race, behind Booklet.

- Because agent Jorge Velasquez is leaving for New York with apprentice Luis Chavez for the Aqueduct fall-winter meet next week, veteran rider Gary Boulanger will turn his book over to Corey Moran, who handled Boulanger when he had the bug. Moran is also currently working for Jeremy Beasley.