"He has trained so well in New Orleans," said Alonzo. "I knew the tough races he had been in there hadn't taken much out of him, but I was concerned if he would take to the track here, which obviously he did. He fractured a sesamoid as a young horse and was off 15 months, then came back real strong."
Bonapaw went to the lead and never looked back Thursday, capturing the grade III Count Fleet Sprint H. in convincing fashion by 4 3/4 lengths at Oaklawn. Under Gerard Melancon, Bonapaw's clock-stopping 1:08.18 for the six furlongs set a stakes record. The 5-year-old son of Sabona is owned by Jim and Dennis Richard, and was bred in Kentucky by Dr. William O. Reed.Trained by Howard Alonzo, Bonapaw returned $12 to his backers as the third-betting choice. Race favorite Bidis was well back in third, a neck behind runner-up Chindi.