11/09/2001 12:00AM

Bay Dragon has track, distance, rider going for her


JAMAICA, N.Y. - A return to Aqueduct, a turn back to a flat mile, and a reunion with Shaun Bridgmohan could make Bay Dragon a value play in Sunday's $100,000 Perfect Arc Division of the New York Stallion Stakes for fillies and mares.

The Perfect Arc is one of four stakes scheduled Sunday at Aqueduct restricted to progeny of New York stallions.

Bay Dragon last won on July 13 when she rallied from last in an 11-horse field to take a second-level allowance race at a mile at Belmont Park. Since then, she has lost three straight races with each performance being progressively worse.

In her last outing, Bay Dragon finished ninth in the Ticonderoga Stakes, where she lugged in during the stretch run.

"I think the turf got a little hard for her at Belmont," trainer Phil Johnson said. "She's a funny filly to ride. You got to grab her a little bit and come late. She either loses ground or comes late. She's doing well. I think she's a contender in there."

Shaun Bridgmohan, who has been aboard for Bay Dragon's last two wins, is back aboard Bay Dragon on Sunday.

"I think Bridgmohan is used to her more," Johnson said.

The horse to beat could be Impeachable, a horse Johnson used to train before she was claimed for $50,000 by Scott Lake in July. After running her twice during the summer, Lake gave Impeachable a brief freshening. It seemed to pay off as Impeachable shows a win and a second in two allowance races since her return.

"She was a little funny behind, she doesn't carry a whole lot of weight so I tried to get some weight on her," Lake said. "She's the type of horse that seems to like three of four weeks between races anyway."

Although Impeachable is 0 for 6 at a mile, Lake doesn't see the distance as a problem.

"She's a dream to have in the barn," Lake said. "She can do kind of anything you want her to do."

Impeachable should work out a ground-saving trip from the rail under Richard Migliore.

James Bond sends out the uncoupled entry of Wake Up Kiss and Solar Blues in the Perfect Arc. Wake Up Kiss is 2 for 2 since going on the turf while Solar Blues comes off a maiden turf victory in her last start.

Lovely Amanda, who finished second in this race last year when it was rained off to the main track, could be the main speed under John Velazquez from post 5.

That Belongs to Me, Longingtobeme, Ally Ball, and Bid's Femme complete the field.

Fifth Avenue: Multiple Wins has shot

Coming off her 3 3/4-length victory in the Maid of the Mist Stakes, Princess Dixie figures to go off the favorite in the $100,000 Fifth Avenue for juvenile fillies. But she is no cinch.

There are a handful of lightly raced fillies that, with expected improvement, could pull the upset.

Multiple Wins, trained by Linda Rice, was good enough to win at first asking when she dueled with longshot Ring Girl, then came back on Polish Silk, who headed her in the stretch to prevail by a neck. Rice expects an even better effort in her second start.

"I think she's going to move forward off that race," Rice said. "She's always shown quite a lot of promise. I've always been high on that filly."

Polish Silk, who was sitting a perfect stalking trip in that race, is back in here. She is trained by Carlos Martin, who also sends out Sunday Driver. After winning her maiden first time out, Sunday Driver came back on six days rest to finish second behind Princess Dixie in the Maid of the Mist. She shows two solid workouts for this and gets the services of leading rider John Velazquez.

Sunday Driver will be coupled in the wagering with Seeyouinmydreams as both are owned by Flying Zee Stables. Trained by Phil Serpe, Seeyouinmydreams romped to a 4 1/2-length win at first asking but in a slow time.

Liveitupnow, Live Band, Dancing Blues and Smart Jet complete the field.

Great White Way: White Ibis rules

It's multiple-stakes winner White Ibis versus seven maidens in the $100,000 Great White Way for juvenile colts and geldings.

White Ibis cuts back to six furlongs after winning the seven-furlong Bertram F. Bongard and the Sleepy Hollow at a mile. Trainer Richard DeStasio doesn't see the cutback as a problem.

"He's got natural speed, which is always a plus in races like these," DeStasio said. "He gets himself into good position," said the trainer, and rider Robbie Davis "should have him in the right spot turning for home."

Artistic Awareness showed marked improvement in his second start finishing a clear second behind Finger Lakes shipper Blue Burn. He will break from post 7 under John Velazquez.

Marine Salute and Showtime look like the other contenders in the field that also includes Lost in the Woods, Vitamin C, Stage Music, and Nothing Wasted.