11/02/2001 1:00AM

Two farms poles apart in scale


Harry and Louise Bono's Turning Point Farm is all of 10 acres. Art Appleton's Bridlewood Farm is is just under 1,000 acres. The broodmare population of Turning Point Farm is three. The broodmare count at Bridlewood Farm is in the hundreds.

In last week's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championship races, the Bridlewood Farm team was high on the chances of homebred Forbidden Apple in the Mile. He finished second. A half-hour later it was Team Turning Point Farm's time to root for its homebred Delaware Township in the Sprint. He ran sixth.

The Bridlewood Farm broodmare band reads in part like a who's who in Thoroughbred breeding. Among its broodmares is the 18-year-old mare Paradise Lost, by Northfields. Not only is she the dam of the newly minted millionaire Forbidden Apple, she is also the dam of the former turf champion Paradise Creek, the multiple graded stakes winner Wild Event, and the graded stakes-placed I'm Very Irish.

"She has been a remarkable broodmare," George Isaacs, general manager of Bridlewood. "She went to Fusaichi Pegasus this year, but it was late in the season, and she had had 12 straight foals. Nature decided to give her a rest. We have two colts on the ground by the late Unbridled, one a weanling and the other a yearling. Next year she'll go to either Storm Cat or Giant's Causeway."

"Of course, we were disappointed," said Louise Bono. "Delaware loves Belmont, and he had been training so well. But, how exciting it was to have a horse you bred in a Breeders' Cup race!"

Harry Bono, a retired golf pro, was a widower when he met Louise Rector, herself a recent widow. The two met socially in 1993 and married in 1994.

"I did not know the front end of the horse from the back end," said Harry. "Louise and her late husband were in the horse business. She wanted to continue in it. So, now I help feed the horses, help foal the mares, do the odd jobs."

"It's a business of ups and downs," said Louise. When her husband, Pete, died, Louise dispersed the farm's horses. Then, "when Harry and I decided to continue Turning Point Farm, I was able to repurchase, privately, Sunny Mimosa, and we bred her to Notebook."

Delaware Township is the result. He was sold as a weanling in 1996 for $8,000, as a yearling for $24,000, and pinhooked again as a 2 year-old in training for $110,000 to his current owner Ebby Novak (New Farm).

The Bonos did much better in the market with Sunny Mimosa's subsequent foals. A colt by Unreal Zeal realized $43,000 as a weanling, a Tactical Advantage weanling brought another $43,000, and last year a full brother to Delaware Township brought $115,000 as a yearling.

"Sunny Mimosa will be a big investment for us," said Louise. "She is in foal to Cat Thief, and we have a contract for her to Point Given.

"No, at this time I have not made a decision as to what I will do if and when she gets in foal. Do you sell her as a broodmare in foal to Point Given, or do you take the risk and try to sell the foal as a foal or a yearling? It'll be a big decision for us when the time comes."