07/24/2001 12:00AM

Bonapaw to Stall - and to Saratoga


CHICAGO - Trainer Al Stall, who has had an excellent Arlington meet, a week ago took over training of the crack sprinter Bonapaw, who has been flown to Saratoga to join Stall's string there. Bonapaw is scheduled to make his next start in the A.G. Vanderbilt Handicap on Aug. 5.

Bonapaw rose to prominence this winter at Fair Grounds, and won the Grade 3 Count Fleet Stakes this spring at Oaklawn. He finished second May 5 in the Churchill Downs Handicap and easily won the Prairie Meadows Sprint in his last start.

The barn change is because Bonapaw's former trainer, Tucker Alonzo, trains a small stable based this summer at the Folsom Training Center in Folsom, La. Alonzo isn't accustomed to shipping his stock around the country, though he has done so successfully with Bonapaw this year. Stall said the transfer was worked out amiably between himself, Alonzo, and owners Dennis and Jim Richards, who are in business in New Orleans and know Stall.

"He's doing great," Stall said fo Bonapaw. "He's adjusted very well to the program."

A preview, of sorts

Saturday has been dubbed Million Preview Day at Arlington. It features three stakes designed to lead up to Arlington Million Day, with its trio of Grade 1 races, the Million, the Beverly D. for fillies and mares, and the Secretariat for 3-year-olds.

Million Preview Day was born of Arlington's merger last year with Churchill Downs Inc., which encouraged Arlington to cluster three of its summer stakes on one program. They could then be heavily marketed on the Churchill Downs Simulcasting Network.

On the card Saturday are the Arlington Handicap, the Modesty Handicap, and the Round Table Stakes - but how much bearing those races will have on Million Day is debatable.

The $150,000 Round Table, which supposedly is a prep for the Secretariat, is a 1 1/8-mile dirt race that attracts lesser lights in the 3-year-old division. It would be a stretch to imagine any of the potential Round Table starters so much as running back in the Secretariat, contested at 1 1/4 miles on turf. Last year, Ciro, a European shipper, won the Secretariat.

Neither is the Arlington Handicap likely to offer a preview of the Million. The most viable Million contenders will come out of Grade 1 races on both coasts and from Europe, not a Grade 3 race at Arlington.

The same is true of the Beverly D. and Saturday's Modesty, though perhaps this race has at least a chance of producing a true contender for its Grade 1 counterpart.

The Modesty is shaping up with the deepest and strongest field, with a full field possible. Megans Bluff, who won the Grade 3 Arlington Matron on dirt here last season, is likely to be the starting highweight. Also likely to start are Solvig, Ioya Two, Badouizm, Great Fever, Polaire, Doc's Destiny, Lady Angharad, and Lady Tamworth.

Only four were confirmed for the Arlington Handicap, with Dallas Turf Cup winner El Gran Papa the likely favorite. Also set to start are Takarian, winner of the American Handicap July 4 at Hollywood Park, Make No Mistake, and the Illinois-bred Smilin' Slew. Overnight stakes winner Discreet Hero, San Pedro, X Country, and Afternoon Pleasure are probable for the Round Table, with Horrible Evening a possible starter.

Lundy at full throttle now

That trainer Dick Lundy pointed all winter and spring to the Arlington meet is not hard to see. Through Sunday, Lundy had won six races from 13 starters here, and he will saddle Badouizm Saturday as one of the favorites in the Modesty Handicap, as well as the developing Lady Angharad.

On Sunday, Lundy sent out perhaps the most impressive maiden winner of the meet, Flows Like Wine, a Mt. Livermore filly owned by Jerre Paxton. Earlier in the meet Lundy saddled another Paxton-owned maiden winner, Northwest Colors, who like Flows Like Wine was purchased as a yearling at the Keeneland July sale.

While Northwest Colors has been slower to develop, Lundy was high from the start on Flows Like Wine, who came down with a minor illness opening week and had to be scratched from a race.

"In her last work, a horse broke off in front of her, and she ran right around it," Lundy said. "I was pretty confident she was dialed in."

In her six-furlong race Sunday, Flows Like Wine rated professionally under Frank Lovato, Lundy's go-to rider here, moving up steadily along the inside before swinging out in the stretch to run down Untouchable Gold, who had made an impressive debut at Churchill Downs. "That's as good a maiden race as I've seen run here," Lundy said.

"Her second dam was a grass mare, and I think she'll stretch out," he said. "We've got a lot of options right now."

Lundy's forte has been turf fillies, and Badouizm may be the best of those in his barn right now. She comes off a good second-place finish in the Dance Smartly Handicap at Woodbine in only her third start of the year.