06/01/2001 12:00AM

Suddenly, Parisella can't lose


ELMONT, N.Y. - His colleagues have begun calling him Phoenix. Because it appears that trainer John Parisella has risen from the ashes yet again.

Parisella, who was the leading percentage trainer in New York in 1985 and 1994, is on a roll this spring. Since April 20, he has won with eight of the nine horses he has saddled in New York and was beaten a neck in the one race he lost. He is 4 for 4 at Belmont Park through Friday's card.

"It's got to be divine intervention," Parisella said. "I don't have that kind of stock. I have eight running horses and four that aren't right."

Parisella, 56, trains exclusively for Saul and Max Kupferberg, who have been in the business about a dozen years and "never experienced winning," said Parisella. "I know it's early, but to be leading owner at Belmont, it's a great experience for those people."

Parisella has had many great and not-so-great experiences lately. Things were great for Parisella last April when he won two stakes in two weeks with Ruby Rubles for owner Rick Pitino. But shortly thereafter, Parisella had to give up training to fight a personal illness, which he politely declined to reveal.

With an assist from Pitino and the support of the Kupferbergs, Parisella got the necessary treatment and now appears healthy. Parisella said that his recent winning streak has prompted people to call him with offers of horses to train. For now, Parisella has opted to stick with the Kupferbergs.

"I don't want anybody else right now," Parisella said. "These people have been great. I want to enjoy the year with them."

One horse who could make 2001 very enjoyable for Parisella is Queen of Saratoga, who will be pointed to Thursday's $75,000 Fashion Stakes for 2-year-old fillies. Queen of Saratoga, a daughter of Signal Tap, won her maiden by two lengths at first asking on May 2 at Aqueduct. Friday, Queen of Saratoga worked five furlongs in 1:00.93 out of the gate over Belmont's training track.

"She's on ready," Parisella said.

Orseno's stars work on farm

Red Bullet, last year's Preakness winner, and Macho Uno, last year's 2-year-old champion, both put in half-mile workouts Wednesday at Adena Springs South in Ocala, Fla., and soon could be rejoining trainer Joe Orseno's Belmont Park barn.

Red Bullet, unraced since finishing third in the Dwyer Stakes last July 9, breezed a half-mile in 49.80 seconds. Macho Uno, unraced since winning last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile, covered the same distance in 50.40 seconds. Danny Vella, the farm manager, has overseen both colts' progress.

"``All the reports that I get are so positive,'' Orseno said. ``"Danny said Red Bullet right now is better now than he thought he was as a 3-year-old.''

Orseno said both horses could be shipped up from Florida this week. Orseno said he wanted to see both horses before mapping out a schedule but was hopeful he could run both at Saratoga in August.

Meanwhile, Orseno worked Milwaukee Brew five furlongs in 1:00.01 Friday over Belmont's main track. Orseno said Milwaukee Brew bled while finishing fourth in the Pimlico Special. Orseno said he is considering running Milwaukee Brew in next Sunday's Brooklyn Handicap, but is leaning more toward the $200,000 Baltimore Ravens Breeders' Cup Handicap at Pimlico on June 16.

Touch Tone drills toward Riva Ridge

Touch Tone, an impressive winner of both career starts, drilled a half-mile in 45.95 seconds over Belmont's main track Friday in preparation for next Saturday's $150,000 Riva Ridge Stakes. It was the second fastest of 65 moves at the distance.

Making the move even more impressive was the fact exercise rider Henry Uriegas kept him several paths off the rail.

"I kept him out there because it was pretty deep on the inside,'' Uriegas said. "``He took to the track real good.''

Dr. Kashnikow tops Sunday feature

Dr. Kashnikow goes for his fourth straight win Sunday in a third-level allowance race that serves as the afternoon feature. Dr. Kashnikow comes off a front-running 2 1/2-length victory in a second-level allowance at Aqueduct and is now 2 for 2 at nine furlongs. Richard Migliore rides from post 8.

The race also features the return of Slew Valley to the races. Slew Valley, trained by Michael Dickinson, hasn't run since finishing seventh in the Secretariat Stakes last Aug. 19. Prior to that, he won a second-level allowance race over this turf course, covering a mile in 1:33.20. Jorge Chavez rides Slew Valley from the hedge.

Other contenders include Binn Tin Tin, Hallucinogen, Count on Willem, and Jay's Crown.

* With Ability, listed as a potential starter for next Friday's Grade 1 Acorn Stakes, drilled five furlongs Friday morning in 58.88 seconds, the fastest of 29 moves at the distance. Latour and Real Cozzy, also pointing to the Acorn, worked five furlongs in 1:00.82 and 1:00.63, respectively.

* At Churchill Downs, Acorn contender Unbridled Elaine worked five furlongs in 1:01.40 over a sloppy track.