Updated on 09/16/2011 9:38AM

Bonapaw back in the Big Apple


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Bonapaw, winner of the Grade 1 Vosburgh at Belmont Park, has returned to New York, where he will contest the Grade 1, $350,000 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct on Nov. 30.

Bonapaw, a gelding, is coming off a 10th-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Arlington Park. Trainer Norman Miller brought him to New York on Oct. 31, and he has been galloping over Belmont's main track for the last several days. Miller plans to send Bonapaw to Aqueduct on Nov. 16 and breeze him five furlongs on the 18th.

Bonapaw brought a three-race win streak into the Breeders' Cup, and was sent off as the 9-2 second choice. He was bumped at the start and pinched back and never really got involved in the race, finishing 10 lengths behind Orientate.

"Orientate hit Kona Gold, and Kona Gold bumped us leaving there, and it usually takes him three or four strides to get going out of the gate," Miller said. "We got beat. He came back good. It took a little more out of him than his previous races. That surface that day wasn't what we ran on all year. He was straining on it."

Before winning the Vosburgh, Bonapaw had won two stakes at Arlington, including one at a mile, which is why Miller is confident about trying the Cigar Mile.

Among the horses being pointed to the Cigar Mile are 2000 Preakness winner Red Bullet, Breeders' Cup Sprint third-place finisher Crafty C.T., Dwyer runner-up Nothing Flat, Stuyvesant runner-up Windsor Castle, and either Lord Ofthe Thunder or Griffinite.

Nominations close for the Cigar Mile next Saturday.

Miller received a lot of publicity leading up to the Sprint, in part because Bonapaw was the only horse Miller trained. Miller now has two horses, as he recently purchased Mcnellis from Billy Turner. Mcnellis, a 4-year-old gelded son of Pioneering, is 3 for 11 in his career.

Miller said he will have five horses by the time he gets back to Fair Grounds in early December.

Trial Prep to try turf

Trial Prep, a multiple stakes winner on dirt, will make his turf debut in the Cormorant Division of the New York Stallion Stakes. The Cormorant is one of four stallion stakes, each worth $100,000, to be offered on Sunday's nine-race card.

Trial Prep, a 3-year-old son of Ormsby, won a division of the New York Stallion Stakes for 3-year-olds going a mile on dirt in April and also won the New York Derby at Finger Lakes going 1 1/16 miles. Trial Prep has not run since finishing second to Private Emblem in the Albany Handicap at Saratoga on Aug. 21.

Trainer Richard Dutrow worked Trial Prep twice on the turf, including a five-furlong move in 1:01.40 around the dogs at Aqueduct on Sept. 26.

"I breezed him on the grass a few times, and it looked like he went for it real nice," Dutrow said. "I've been looking to run where he'd be the horse to beat. I haven't been able to find any three-other-thans."

Trial Prep will take on a field that figures to include Battier, Blazing Saddle, Chasin' Wimmin, Haggs Castle, Justoneofdaboyz, Le Bourget, No White Flags, Preferred Guest, and Quantum Merit.

Dat You Miz Blue heads a large field expected to run in the $100,000 Perfect Arc division. Dat You Miz Blue is coming off a five-length victory in the Iroquois Handicap on dirt at Belmont Park. She has run well on turf, however, winning a classified allowance race at Saratoga.

A big field is expected for the Perfect Arc, including Bay Dragon, Irish Glory, Lily A, Longingtobeme, Lovely Amanda, Ma Femme, Pretty Brassy, Queen's Triumph, She's Mine Forever, Shamrock Blues, and Wootie.

Beautiful America, winner of the Joseph A. Gimma and Maid of the Mist Stakes, figures to be a short-priced favorite in the Fifth Avenue for juvenile fillies at six furlongs. Polish Jewel and The Name Was Gone head the list of juvenile colts expected to contest the Great White Way for juvenile colts.

Jamaica Day festivities

Saturday is Jamaica Day at Aqueduct, and following the 10-race card will be the simulcast of the Red Stripe Superstakes from Caymanas Park in Jamaica. Menudo, winner of the last three runnings of the Red Stripe, heads a 12-horse field.

At Aqueduct, there will be reggae music and Caribbean cuisine offered, and Red Stripe beer will be sold at select concession stands. Among the festivities, which will take place on the second floor of the grandstand, are a swimwear fashion show, featuring Miss Tropical Paradise.

Additionally, fans can win several prizes including a trip for two to Jamaica, courtesy of Hedonism III and Air Jamaica.

Cordero dedication ceremony on Saturday

The Belmont Child Care Association on Saturday will hold the dedication ceremony of the Marjorie Clayton Cordero Garden at Anna House. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m.

Anyone who would like to attend will be welcome. Those planning to attend are asked to contact Donna Chenkin in the office of the Anna House or call 516 488-2103. There will also be opportunity for donations so that your name can be added to the plaque that will be permanently displayed in the garden.

Refreshments will be served immediately following the program.

- Aqueduct will be open Monday, Veterans Day. Entries for that card will be taken Saturday. Aqueduct will be dark Tuesday and Wednesday.