03/23/2007 11:00PM

McFadden cast evenly matched


PORTLAND, Ore. - Red E to Go and He'sabigtalker, who finished just a neck apart in a one mile invitational handicap on March 5, will be rematched at Portland Meadows in Monday's $11,000 McFadden Memorial, a 1 1/16-mile handicap for 3-year-old Oregon-breds that has drawn a field of six.

Red E to Go, a son of Abstract who races for trainer Carol Duby, hooked up with He'sabigtalker before going a half-mile in 47.60 seconds in the invitational handicap and dueled with that rival to the wire, prevailing in 1:41 for the mile. It was the second win from 10 starts for Red E to Go, and it was his first attempt around two turns. He will again be ridden by Marijo Terleski.

He'sabigtalker, a son of He's Tops from the barn of trainer Ben Root, has won 2 of 7 starts at the meeting and has not finished worse than fourth. Though denied in the invitational handicap, which was his second route attempt, he gave a valiant effort and will not need much improvement to turn the tables. Leading rider Joe Crispin again has the mount.

The top two could receive a stern challenge from Spooky Free, who comes off a sharp sprint score over $8,000 claimers on Feb. 19. Spooky Free, who is trained by Jonathan Nance, nosed He'sabigtalker in that win. He will be making his first start around two turns on Monday, but he has finished strongly while winning three of six sprint tries. Clark Jones will ride.

Also on tap for Monday is the $8,000 Portland Meadows Quarter Horse Derby, which has drawn a field of 10 3-year-olds who will vie at 400 yards.