10/05/2001 11:00PM

Flows Like Wine helps Lundy bid adieu


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - Flows Like Wine can give trainer Dick Lundy something like a going away present Monday at Arlington. A 3-year-old filly, she faces eight rivals in the Columbus Day feature, the $50,000-added Silver Maiden Stakes, as Lundy's days as an Arlington-based trainer drift to an end.

Lundy officially has taken a job as owner Ernie Paragallo's private trainer, and will split his time starting this fall between Fair Grounds in New Orleans and the New York tracks, effectively ending his summers at Arlington, where he has done very well the last two years. This meet, Lundy has won 11 races with only 38 starters.

The lightly raced and exceptionally talented Flows Like Wine accounts for two of those wins, and Lundy likes her so much that she will be one of the few horses he will continue to train as he begins his job with Paragallo. Lundy spoke highly of Flows Like Wine even before the meet started, and after three starts, anyone can see why.

A high-end purchase by owner Jerre Paxton at the 1999 Keeneland July select yearling sale, Flows Like Wine has done little wrong, winning two dirt sprints starts that bookend a second-place finish in a turf route race.

She won her debut here July 22 in a visually impressive performance that ranks as one of the best maiden wins at this meet. And after the turf experiment, she came back to win a preliminary allowance by more than three lengths, under little pressure from her regular rider, Frank Lovato.

Flows Like Wine takes a big step up in class Monday in the seven-furlong Silver Maiden, facing such accomplished sprinters as Spanish Glitter.

Spanish Glitter, who trains in Kentucky with Bernie Flint, has had a busy and highly successful season, with 11 starts, five wins, five seconds ,and a third.

She has won two stakes races, both overnight sprints at Arlington, and is strictly the horse to beat in the Silver Maiden under leading rider Rene Douglas.

Spanish Glitter does not need the early lead, but she is a pace horse who has drawn a tricky post position inside Emily Ring, who is certain to be a pace factor.

Emily Ring has been sharp in two Arlington allowance wins this summer, and is about as quick as they come in the first quarter-mile of a race.

Good Humor, who turns back from a mile, also is a hot horse, having won two of her last three starts by a combined 15 lengths. She will be running late and might pick up the pieces after a pace duel.