06/28/2001 11:00PM

David Vance the new trainer of Unbridled Elaine


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - David Vance, already training last year's 2-year-old filly champion Caressing, now has another talented 3-year-old filly. On Thursday he became the new trainer of Unbridled Elaine, the fourth-place finisher in the Grade 1 Acorn Stakes, after owner Roger Devenport transferred his horses from trainer Dallas Stewart.

Unbridled Elaine, winner of the Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill Downs last fall, is nominated to the July 5 Iowa Oaks at Prairie Meadows and could run in that 1 1/16-mile race if she works well in the interim, Vance said.

"I'm going to take a few days to get a feel for her," Vance said. "I might work her Sunday, and learn more about her then."

Stewart declined comment on Devenport's decision to switch trainers, saying only that he wished Devenport and Vance good luck.

The 81-year-old Devenport has a history of changing trainers. Elaines Reason, another horse Stewart trained for Devenport, has had six different trainers since she began racing in late 1998.

I know her from somewhere . . .

If trainer Kim Boniface seems familiar when she saddles Corporate Storm in Sunday's ninth race, she should be. She has been profiled on national television.

The entire Boniface family is the star of the cable television series "Thoroughbred," which showcases life on the family's Maryland farm. An episode from a few weeks ago focused on Boniface, who chose to leave the security of the family's farm to make it on her own as a trainer.

The show profiled her training of Field Cat, a front-running turf horse. Corporate Storm also is a speedy grass horse, although he's not as accomplished as Field Cat. Greta Kuntzweiler has the mount in the $52,000 allowance race.

Guided Tour works - slowly

Millionaire Guided Tour worked for the first time Friday since winning the Stephen Foster Handicap on June 16, breezing a half-mile in 52.60 seconds - the second slowest of 30 works at the distance.

Guided Tour was up to his usual loafing antics. Breezing without a workmate, he coasted through the stretch, even when jockey Larry Melancon slapped him repeatedly on the shoulder.

Trainer Niall O'Callaghan has two races under consideration for Guided Tour's next race: the $400,000 Washington Park Handicap at Arlington on July 21 or the $250,000 Whitney Handicap at Saratoga on July 28.

Kentucky Downs may alter dates

Kentucky Downs has submitted a request to the Kentucky Racing Commission to change the date of the Kentucky Cup turf races, general manager Ryan Driscoll said Friday.

The southern Kentucky track, which cards races exclusively on grass, would like to move the Kentucky Cup Turf Festival from Saturday, Sept. 15 to Sunday, Sept. 23, to put the races in closer proximity to the Kentucky Cup dirt races, which will be held at Turfway on Saturday, Sept. 22.

If allowed to run Sept. 23 - which currently is scheduled as a dark day - the track would cancel racing on Tuesday, Sept. 25.

The racing commission will discuss these requests at a meeting in Lexington on Tuesday.

Leelanau out of Bashford Manor

Leelanau, winner of the Grade 3 Kentucky Breeders' Cup, has suffered a setback in training and will miss next week's Grade 2 Bashford Manor, trainer Steve Morguelan said.