08/23/2001 11:00PM

Stallion Series win within Flint's sights


MIAMI, Fla. - Bernie Flint has made a pretty good living on his Calder shippers alone over the past several seasons although the Kentucky-based trainer is still looking for his first victory in the Florida Stallion Series. It's a situation he hopes to rectify a week from Saturday when he ships Typhoon Bertie down from Kentucky for the $125,000 Susan's Girl Stakes.

Typhoon Bertie will be just the second horse Flint has ever started in the Stallion Series. Last year he sent Outofthebox to town for the $400,000 In Reality Stakes, but had to settle for second money after his colt lost a stretch-long duel with local hero Express Tour, who completed a sweep of the open division with his game win in the finale.

Typhoon Bertie has started just three times, winning her maiden impressively at Churchill Downs in her second start before finishing second to the undefeated Honest Deceiver in Arlington Park's Eliza Stakes earlier this month.

"The horse that beat us in Chicago is a really nice filly," said Steve Flint, Bernie Flint's son and assistant. "She's a full sister to Yes It's True. Actually I think my filly will get better the longer she goes, so I'm hoping the seven furlongs of the Susan's Girl helps her out. I probably should just wait and run her in the last one [1 1/16-mile My Dear Girl on Oct. 13], but the experience should do her good. That's where we might have messed up with Outofthebox last year - not bringing him down for the middle one."

Flint said he has nothing ready in the barn to run in the $125,000 Dr. Fager Stakes for colts and geldings next weekend, nor does he think he'll have anybody for the In Reality.

"This year we're pretty late getting the boys ready to run," said the younger Flint. "One reason being the money is so good at Keeneland during the fall it's hard to justify breaking a young horse's maiden at Ellis, especially a Florida-bred."

While Flint said Typhoon Bertie will likely fly in on Wednesday, one Stallion Series shipper already on the grounds is the California-based A Major Pleasure, who is trained by Angelo Marquez for owners Ron and Susie Anson.

A Major Pleasure began his career at Calder, winning his maiden under a $50,000 price tag on June 11. The son of Major Moran was sold privately to the Anson's following that victory and promptly shipped to the West Coast, where he finished a well-beaten third five weeks later in the Grade 3 Hollywood Juvenile Championship. He has been training at Del Mar in preparation for the return trip to south Florida.

Cybil going to the Chapel

Cybil will head a field of six fillies and mares in Sunday's $35,000-added Chapel of Dreams Stakes, an overnight handicap for fillies and mares to be decided at nine furlongs on the turf. The race is a virtual rematch of the third race on Aug. 13, a one-mile turf race under allowance conditions won by Cybil from off a rapid pace. Four of the five other members from the Chapel of Dreams lineup chased Cybil home on that occasion with the only new face the red-hot Diana My Love, who comes in sporting a modest two-race win streak.