James & Dennis Richard's Bonapaw, winner of last Saturday's Vosburgh Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park, returned to the more familiar environs at Arlington Park Thursday to prepare for the NAPA Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) to be held at Arlington Oct. 26.
Although based in New Orleans, Bonapaw resided at Arlington all summer to prepare for his winning efforts in the Hanshin Cup (gr. III) July 20 and the $100,000 Arlington Sprint Handicap August 24.
Guests at Arlington and members of the Midwestern media adopted Bonapaw as the "local" horse during the summer, as evidenced by his rooting sections near simulcast televisions tuned to Belmont during the Vosburgh.
Bonapaw's trainer, Norman Miller III, has readily accepted Bonapaw's role as the local horse because his grandfather and father were both horsemen on the Illinois circuit.