08/18/2010 2:20PM

Fourth Agassiz is Brinello's for the taking


Brinello, now 8, will be seeking a fourth consecutive victory in the $50,000 Agassiz at Assiniboia Downs this Friday evening.

Owned and bred by Dr. Ross McKague, Brinello is coming into the one-mile Agassiz for Manitoba-bred 3-year-olds and upward off a comfortable score in the 7 1/2-furlong allowance prep on July 30.

Brinello finished second in his first crack at the Agassiz, back in 2006, but has taken the last three runnings by an aggregate total of 23  1/4 lengths.

After finishing up the track in his first two outings in open allowance company this year, Brinello was ready to roll in the restricted prep and scored by 2 1/2 lengths under rider Larren Delorme.

Trained by Carl Anderson, Brinello sports a lifetime record line of 10-5-7 from 47 starts and his earnings of $233,716 rank him head and shoulders above his six rivals in the Agassiz.

Spying Eyes, beaten six lengths as the runner-up to Brinello in last year’s Agassiz, has been on the fringes in his five starts this year but is a wake-up prospect on Friday.

Claimed for $8,000 by Ardell Sayler two starts back, Spying Eyes finished an even fourth in the allowance prep and again will have Rohan Singh in the irons.

Percolating, third in the prep, should be battling it out for the runner-up spot if Brinello fires anything close to his best shot.

Trained by Chad Torevell, Percolating will have his regular rider Mark Anderson in the irons.

Rounding out the field for the Agassiz will be Enzec and Airen, both of whom will be stepping up from the $5,000 conditioned claiming ranks, and the 3-year-olds Justlikeacowboy and Battle Design.

Justlikeacowboy finished third last time out in the restricted Gold Strike at one mile while Battle Design will be looking for his maiden victory in his ninth career start.

The Agassiz will go as the seventh of nine races on a card which attracted a total of 80 horses as field size continues to be strong at the meeting.