08/30/2001 12:00AM

Stall returns west with Bright Valour


DEL MAR, Calif. - With runners in stakes at Del Mar, Louisiana Downs, and Saratoga over the holiday weekend, trainer Al Stall knows exactly which successful trainer he hopes to emulate.

"We've got a Bobby Frankel weekend coming up - with a few zeroes missing," he said.

While Frankel enjoyed a banner August, with major stakes wins at Saratoga and Del Mar on consecutive weekends, Stall would be content with a win at any of the three venues this weekend.

On Sunday, Stall, who trains primarily in the Midwest, will have his first starter in California with Bright Valour in the $250,000 Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap. He starts Bonapaw in Saturday's Forego Handicap at Saratoga and Discreet Hero in Monday's Prelude Stakes at Louisiana Downs.

Both the 5-year-old Bright Valour and Stall have California connections. Stall, 39, worked as an assistant trainer for Frank Brothers in California in 1986. Bright Valour began his career with trainer Richard Mandella where he won two of three starts before being sidelined. When Bright Valour returned, he resumed his career with Stall.

Owned by Lazy Lane Farms, Bright Valour has won two of four starts this year, including the Grade 3 Hanshin Handicap in the mud at Arlington Park on July 7. Stall said Bright Valour has been in better form after being given time to recover from a quarter crack. He said the one-mile distance of Sunday's race is ideal.

"He's a perfect Grade 3 kind of horse," Stall said. "We wanted to find a race that was somewhat fancy and that he would be competitive in. He'll lay closer going two turns, but I don't foresee him fighting for the early lead. I've been wanting to try him middle distance around two turns."

In Sunday's race, Bright Valour is overshadowed by El Corredor, who figures to be a strong favorite. The 4-year-old El Corredor won the Grade 2 Pat O'Brien Handicap over seven furlongs in his 2001 debut on Aug. 12. Trainer Bob Baffert considered the Vosburgh Stakes at Belmont Park on Sept. 22 for El Corredor, but opted to stay home, much to Stall's disappointment.

"I was kind of gambling that he would go to the Vosburgh," Stall said. "Maybe he might not run his race off such a huge effort. I kind of feel like we're running for second."

From near and far

Bright Valour is one of three invaders attempting to plunder Del Mar stakes this weekend.

On Saturday, Histoire Sainte, trained by Steve Asmussen, will be a longshot in the $150,000 Palomar Handicap for fillies and mares on turf. A stakes winner at Fair Grounds and in France, she was fifth in the Grade 2 Santa Barbara Handicap at Santa Anita in 2000, her only other California appearance.

In Monday's $300,000 Del Mar Derby, Indygo Shiner is among the leading contenders. Trained by Elliott Walden, Indygo Shiner ran well in two turf stakes - winning the Jefferson Cup at Churchill Downs and finishing second in the Arlington Classic - before finishing fifth in the Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga on dirt on Aug. 4.

Indygo Shiner is the only shipper in a Del Mar Derby field that changed considerably on Thursday with the defections of Bayou the Moon and Sir Alfred. Bayou the Moon is out until next year with an undisclosed injury, according to trainer Richard Mandella, while Sir Alfred will not start, according to Del Mar racing officials.

The probable field, which will be limited to 10, includes Blue Steller, Dr. Park, Euribor, Marine, Mister Approval, Romanceishope, Royal Ambition, Sigfreto, and Sligo Bay.

Blue Steller and Marine are trained by Frankel, who swept the three turf races at Del Mar on Wednesday with Decarchy ($6.40), J. Harmon ($20.40), and Surya ($4.20).

Surya, a European import, won a maiden race over 1 1/16 miles on turf by 12 lengths in 1:41.07.

Slow work for Tiznow

Tiznow, the 2000 Horse of the Year, worked seven furlongs in 1:25.80 under jockey Chris McCarron on Thursday, his final work before leaving on Tuesday for the Woodward Stakes at Belmont Park on Sept. 8. Coming a week after he worked a mile in 1:35.80, the slow time of Thursday's workout surprised trainer Jay Robbins.

"I thought he'd go in 24 and change," Robbins said. "Chris didn't time him because he said, 'I couldn't move my hands or he would have taken off.'"

McCarron often uses a wristwatch to time horses he is working.

The Woodward will be Tiznow's first start since he won the Santa Anita Handicap last March, a layoff caused by a back problem.

Sise completes sweep

Whitewinesipper's victory in Wednesday's $100,000 Generous Portion Stakes gave trainer Clifford Sise a sweep of the two 2-year-old stakes for California-bred fillies at the Del Mar meeting.

On July 20, the Sise-trained Asian Adventure won the $125,000 California Thoroughbred Association Stakes.

Whitewinesipper ($3.80) remained unbeaten in two starts after her Generous Portion win.

"We thought if we played our cards right, we could win the first one and the second - and it worked," Sise said.

Ridden by Alex Solis, Whitewinesipper stalked pacesetter Britetonzmyday through fractions of 22.03 and 45.20 seconds. Racing wide, Whitewinesipper quickly took over turning for home and won by three lengths over 15-1 Lady George, finishing six furlongs in 1:10.80.

"Where she wins her races is the second quarter, not the first quarter," Sise said.

Britetonzmyday was third in the field of six, followed by Believe in Slew, Frankie Eyelashes, and Nordic Weather. The last two were bothered at the start when Briteonzmyday broke to the outside, but the stewards took no action.

Sise said that Whitewinesipper will be pointed to the $100,000 California Sires Stakes at Oak Tree on Sept. 27. The California Cup Juvenile Fillies on Nov. 3 is a long-term goal for Whitewinesipper.