07/08/2008 11:00PM

Not Bourbon on edge for Prince of Wales


FORT ERIE, Ontario - Not Bourbon breezed four furlongs in 47.20 seconds on the main track at Woodbine on Wednesday morning and then drew post 7 here in the late-afternoon draw for Sunday's $500,000 Prince of Wales.

A field of eight was announced for the 1 3/16-mile Prince of Wales, which follows the Queen's Plate as the second leg of the triple crown for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds.

Not Bourbon, winner of the 1 1/4-mile Queen's Plate at Woodbine on June 22, was made the 7-5 morning-line favorite in the Prince of Wales and will be looking for his fourth consecutive score.

With regular rider Jono Jones in the irons Wednesday, Not Bourbon recorded the fastest of 37 works at the distance. He galloped out five furlongs in 1:00.80.

Harlem Rocker, who is based at Belmont with trainer Todd Pletcher, is the 2-1 second choice in the morning line set by Fort Erie oddsmaker Jerry Davis and will break from posto4.

After suffering his first career defeat when a disappointing fourth in Woodbine's 1 1/8-mile Plate Trial on Polytrack on June 1, Harlem Rocker passed on the Queen's Plate and will be returning to dirt at Fort Erie for the Prince of Wales.

Jockey Eibar Coa rode Harlem Rocker to victory in his first three starts on dirt surfaces, including the Grade 3 Withers over one mile at Aqueduct.

Deputiformer, fourth in the Queen's Plate, is next in the morning line at 4-1 and will begin from post 1.

Jerry Baird retains the mount on Deputiformer, one of two Prince of Wales entrants trained by Mike DePaulo. The 20-1 outsider Pronger is the other.

Took the Time, at 8-1, is the only other horse at single digits in the Prince of Wales morning line.

Eighth in the Queen's Plate for trainer Mark Casse, Took the Time will race with blinkers for the first time on Sunday. Patrick Husbands regains the mount.

Trainer James Bond, who had been on the fence all week, entered Pewter in the Prince of Wales, but will be looking elsewhere with Solitaire, who finished third in the Queen's Plate.

Pewter was a badly beaten last of seven in the Plate Trial, an effort which Bond believes is a throwout.

"He's not a Polytrack horse; he's a dirt horse," said Bond, who has enlisted Richard Dos Ramos for the mount.