06/18/2001 11:00PM

Fillies on the turf? Lundy's the man


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - Trainer Dick Lundy, who had kept a low profile for several years, returned to a major circuit last summer and had a productive meet at Arlington. Lundy, who will carry 20 horses at this year's meet, is now poised for an even stronger run.

"I have some pretty nice horses here," Lundy said last week. "We should have a nice summer."

On Thursday, Lundy will send out his second starter of the meet, Flinch, in the sixth race, a turf allowance for fillies and mares.

Flinch typifies the kind of horse Lundy trains now. His operation specializes in fillies - there are only a couple of colts in the barn - most of whom are well bred and bound for an eventual broodmare career, and many of whom prefer turf to dirt. Lundy and some of his owners have overseas connections, and Flinch is one of several horses that was purchased privately in Europe.

Lundy also has a pair of well-bred 3-year-old fillies for owner Jerry Paxton who may race well on dirt: Northwest Colors, a once-raced daughter of champion Winning Colors, and Flows Like Wine, an unraced Mt. Livermore filly.

On Sunday, Lundy worked the 5-year-old mare Badouizm, an impressive turf allowance winner at the Hawthorne meet who in 1999 won the Grade 2 Lake Placid at Saratoga, a solid half-mile in 48 seconds. Lundy hopes Badouizm can start in the Grade 3 Modesty here July 28. "I'll wait another week or so before I decide where she'll run," he said. "Whatever the best way is to get her to the Modesty."

The 4-year-old colt Hymn, who finished second in the Grade 2 American Derby here last summer and won the Grade 3 Hawthorne Derby last fall, also is in steady training here and should run soon.

"This should be a tougher meet than last year, but that's good for me," Lundy said. "I don't have claiming horses, and the tougher the meet the more likely it is that allowance races will go. So I can train horses for races in the [condition] book and probably get to run."

Where's Taylor to Firecracker

Where's Taylor, perhaps the best turf horse stabled at Arlington, went through a fast half-mile work Sunday preparing for his next start, which will not come here, but in the Firecracker Breeders' Cup Handicap on July 4 at Churchill Downs.

With assistant trainer Hilary Pridham up, Where's Taylor worked four furlongs in 46.40 seconds, the fastest half-mile work of the morning.

"He worked like he always works when he feels good - fast," Pridham said. "That's just him. He did it all by himself."

Trainer Mike Stidham has pointed Where's Taylor to the Grade 2 Firecracker rather than a stakes at Arlington because of distance. Where's Taylor is a natural miler and the Firecracker is the best suitable one-mile race for him.

Where's Taylor, owned by Golden Racing Racing Stable, won the

Grade 3 Carey Memorial last fall at Hawthorne and suffered tough losses in two other graded stakes last year, the Explosive Bid and the New Hampshire Sweepstakes. His form declined over the winter, but after getting a vacation, Where's Taylor came back to win the June 2 Sun Beau at Hawthorne, despite a light training regimen.

"He's the man again now," Pridham said. "I think we're over the hump with him."

Track slows down

Arlington's main track played exceedingly fast and was biased towards speed during the first four days of racing last week, but both trends diminished Sunday. Horses ran slower and speed horses no longer dominated races.

Frank Gabriel, Arlington's vice president for racing and operations, said Sunday's slowdown resulted from a weeklong effort. "Everyone was saying it was a little bit fast," Gabriel said. "[Track superintendent] Javier [Barajas] took a slow approach all week. He spaced out the [track harrows] a quarter inch, which cut the track a little bit more. He seemed to hit it right on target."

Walden stable arriving

Trainer Elliott Walden, who has 40 stalls at Arlington, said much of his stock was due to arrive here from Churchill on Monday. Walden will split his large stable three ways this summer, between Arlington, Churchill, and Saratoga.

Walden said that Indygo Shiner, the 3-year-old colt who won the Jefferson Cup at Churchill, could show up in Arlington's series of 3-year-old grass races this summer, but that "we're not going to run in the first" 3-year-old turf stakes, the June 30 Arlington Classic. Walden said Indygo Shiner was under consideration for the July 22 Kent Breeders' Cup at Delaware Park.