07/08/2009 11:00PM

Shorter price on A Reel Buster


A Reel Buster was nearly 20-1 when he upset last year's Punch Line and 13-1 when he returned to Colonial Downs to win his first start in nearly six months in June. The 6-year-old A Reel Buster figures to be a much shorter price when he defends his title in the $50,000 Punch Line against 10 other Virginia-bred and Virginia-sired turf sprinters going five furlongs.

In four starts at Colonial, A Reel Buster has three wins and a second, including a 3 1/4-length score in the 2008 Punch Line while paying $41.20 and a wire-to-wire score against high-priced optional claiming company on June 16.

His chief rival is Hugo, who won a similar restricted turf sprint stakes over yielding ground a month ago and was fourth, beaten 4o1/4 lengths by A Reel Buster, in last year's Punch Line.

Trainer Mike Pino has an uncoupled entry that merits respect at good odds.

Native Playboy, listed at 8-1, has showed consistent high speed at Charles Town and makes his turf debut for a high-percentage barn.

Jake Rattle N Roll (5-1) was claimed out of a good effort last month and gets a rider switch to Horacio Karamanos, who has won with 5 of his first 21 mounts at Colonial since returning from South America.