10/06/2001 12:00AM

Bell's pair head no-standout Grey


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Macho Uno prepped for his triumph in the 2000 Breeders' Cup Juvenile with an easy win over just three other 2-year-olds in the Grade 1 Grey BC Stakes at Woodbine.

With no high-profile shippers like Macho Uno entered in Monday's renewal of the 1 1/16-mile Grey, a full field of 14 was drawn for the race, which carries a record purse of $291,000.

Trainer David Bell, who is looking at the Grey as little more than a nonwinners-of-two allowance, is sending out the uncoupled duo of Changeintheweather and Adjalah.

Changeintheweather, a well-bred son of Gone West, comes in off a 10-length victory in a 1 1/16-mile maiden special Sept. 9. He was fractious in the gate before finishing well back in his only other outing, a six-furlong maiden dash in July.

"He reared up in the gate in his first start and slammed his foot on the top of the gate," Bell recalled. "His pastern blew up, and his action was terrible. He didn't look like the same horse I'd watched work. We gave him some time to get over that."

Bell was impressed with Changeintheweather's maiden win.

"He did it playing around," Bell said. "It's not like he ran hard. He's not a big, strong colt," the trainer added. "He's a leggy type, and I think he's going to be a nice 3-year-old. We might run him just once more this year and then put him away."

Adjalah won his first time out despite running very greenly, and then overcame a slow start to end up third behind unbeaten Rare Friends in the six-furlong Vandal Stakes. He finished up the course last time out in the Grade 2 Summer Stakes on the grass.

Bell said that jockey Richard Dos Ramos told him that Adjalah "didn't try on the turf at all." But Bell said the colt has "come back to work very well. Changeintheweather and him have been working together."

Bell said he would have preferred running Adjalah in a two-turn allowance instead of the Grey, but couldn't because there isn't such a race available.

"We're hoping to go on to the Coronation Futurity with him," Bell revealed. "He might benefit from a race around two turns."

Mickey Walls will ride Changeintheweather, while Dos Ramos retains the mount on Adjalah. Both will start on Lasix.

Rounding out the Grey lineup will be Tails of the Crypt, Embattle, Rundle, Excellabet, Eye for an Eye, Streakin Rob, Nowyouseeit, Union Place, Eclipsio, and the Mark Casse-trained entry of Open Concert, Pat's Expectation, and David's Expectation.