Bonapaw Completes Sprint Preparations; Two Item Limit Works

From track reports
James & Dennis Richard's Bonapaw, winner of the grade I Vosburgh at last asking September 21 at Belmont Park, breezed five furlongs in a bullet move of :57 4/5 Monday at Arlington Park in preparation for the grade I NAPA Breeders' Cup Sprint to be contested at the local oval on October 26.

Bonapaw, who followed his regular schedule by breezing 12 days out from his next assignment when he went to the track Monday, was clocked in splits of :22 3/5, :33 4/5, and :45 3/5 on his way to his five-furlong time, which was accomplished under Arlington Park jockey Ray Sibille. The 6-year-old son of Sabona galloped out three-quarters of a mile in 1:11 2/5.

"I thought it was an excellent breeze," said trainer Norman Miller III shortly after the Monday move. "We just followed the same routine that we follow month after month. We don't get too excited about it, and Bonapaw doesn't get too excited about it, either. We'll just gallop him up to the race now, and hope we have enough gas in the tank to beat these other champions. He's at his highest level right now. He's just a good athlete. You don't have to drill them. They just know what they need to do. Ray said he did it effortlessly. He's like a Cadillac out there. He just goes along like he's doing a 'two-minute-lick', when in reality he's going in :57 and change."

Earlier in the summer at Arlington Park, Bonapaw won the grade III Hanshin Cup July 20 and returned to the local winner's circle following the $100,000 Arlington Sprint August 24.

Also working at Arlington Monday was Joseph Graffeo's Two Item Limit, who breezed six furlongs in 1:12 4/5 in preparation for a projected start in the grade I, $2-million Breeders' Cup Distaff. Two Item Limit was four-length winner of the $42,000 Unique Type Handicap at Arlington Park September 14.

Trainer Steve DiMauro flew into Chicago to supervise Two Item Limit's Monday move, and Arlington Park defending rider champion and current leading jockey Rene Douglas was aboard for the effort. Two Item Limit galloped out in 1:27 2/5 for the seven-eighths distance after registering her three-quarter mile time.

"It was very good," DiMauro said of Two Item Limit's bullet breeze, easily the best of three at that distance on Monday. "I talked to the clockers afterwards and they said it was a real good move. She did everything right. She'll go an easy half a week from today but I won't even come back here for that one. This was the major one we were looking for."

"Even Rene was happy," said DiMauro assistant Mike O'Niell, referring to the jockey aboard for the move, "and he's a hard man to please. She was full of herself today. Since she's been here she's getting to relax a lot better. When she was in New York, she never seemed to relax. Everything is falling into place."

The Unique Type, restricted to Illinois-breds, was designed to be a confidence builder for Two Item Limit, who had disappointed in the grade I Personal Ensign Handicap August 23 at Saratoga when a well-beaten fifth.