Sunday’s $38,000 allowance/optional
claiming feature has drawn a very competitive group of seven colts and
geldings, among them trainer Pat McBurney’s Cheap Red Wine, who returns to six
furlongs after trying two turns for the first time last out.
“He didn’t like that at all,”
McBurney said. “It’s back to sprinting
for him. The race has come up tough, but
he’s training good and feeling good, so hopefully he’ll show that on Sunday.” A 3-year-old colt by
Spellbinder from the Belong to Me mare Our Sophia, Cheap Red Wine debuted on
July 7 of this year and trounced his foes, winning by 10 lengths. He was then third at the same level he’ll
face Sunday, when he closed well to be third.
That was before his two-turn try, which the trainer is drawing a line
“He should fit fine with these,
especially going back to six furlongs,” McBurney said. “He has natural speed, so we’ll see what he
does with it.”
Cheap Red Wine will have a new
jockey in Gabriel Saez as that pair breaks from post four. Their main competition will likely come from
Thunder Hole, who’s been named the 5-2 favorite from the far outside post and
Evolution Rocks, a gate to wire winner of his last.
Sunday’s feature is set as race
nine, with an estimate post of 4:58 p.m.