11/15/2002 12:00AM

Not much to go on in Wineberg


PORTLAND, Ore. - Eight Oregon-bred 2-year-olds with a combined total of seven starts will contest Sunday's $12,920 Bill Wineberg Stakes at Portland Meadows. The inexperience of those in the field makes the six-furlong stakes a perilous but potentially rewarding betting proposition.

Stately Jack Flash figures to be a short price on the basis of his lone outing, a half-length win in maiden special weight company on opening day, Oct. 19. Stately Jack Flash, a homebred son of Stately Wager who races for trainer Cookie Root, prevailed despite racing greenly through the stretch, and the presumption is that he can improve a great deal with a more focused effort. But there are no guarantees that the colt has matured significantly over the past month and he could be meeting some sleepers in Sunday's field.

The two other winners in the Bill Wineberg are Glad to Be Here and Flying Cisco. Glad to Be Here is the most experienced member of the field with two starts, but he was beaten 19 lengths by Stately Jack Flash in the first of those races. Glad to Be Here came back to flatter Stately Jack Flash on Nov. 3, when he posted a 1 1/4-length win in maiden special weight company, running five furlongs in 1:01.82.

Flying Cisco, a half-brother to local stakes winner Flying Kajo by Cisco Road, won his lone outing in May at Boise, defeating maiden special weight company by a neck at 4 1/2 furlongs.

Centsible Slew, Little Jackie, and Game Planner have all started at this meeting.