10/17/2003 12:00AM

Vino Tinto finds herself in new barn


Vino Tinto was in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies before she was even in trainer Nicholas Hines's barn.

Vino Tinto arrived in Hines's Hollywood Park barn from Louisiana Thursday night - two days after she was pre-entered in the $1 million , and three days after the Triple B Farms of H. Paul Boghossian and his sons, Paul Jr. and Chris, finalized a purchase of the 2-year-old filly from owner Mark Barnett.

Vino Tinto, a daughter of Boundary and the first foal out of the unraced mare Leisurely, is 2 for 2, with both wins coming at six furlongs. Her second start was a 6 1/2-length victory in the Delta Miss Stakes on Sept. 28 at Louisiana Downs, where she ran six furlongs in a moderate 1:12.10. The Boghossians were actually interested in purchasing Wacky Patty, who finished fourth as the favorite in the Delta Miss, but she had been sold earlier in the year.

"Once you miss the bus, you just wait for the next one," Hines said. "The way this filly ran . . . numbers-wise, it was a very good race. I know time-wise it wasn't very impressive, but you're running down there in the sand dunes."

Hines added, "I don't have a lot of time to get her ready - my intention is to keep her fresh, keep her as happy as possible."

Hines knows it's a tall order to win the Juvenile Fillies off two six-furlong races, but he doesn't think there's a downside to giving it a try. Hines doesn't see much depth to the field past Halfbridled, Class Above, and Society Selection.

"I think all in all it's a win-win situation," Hines said. "Barring any complications, i.e., physical problems, if she gets a piece of the pie you've got a filly that could be marketed for twice what we paid for her. We're going in with the intention of trying to win the race.

"We're not expecting a miracle, but anything can happen."

While Vino Tinto's previous trainer, Larry Robideaux, had no plans on running her in the Breeders' Cup, he was upset at losing the filly because he thought she had a bright future.

"To have her sold out from underneath me, I'm not real happy with it, although I know the owners need to make money," Robideaux said. "I hated to lose her. Each race she surprised me. I've been doing this for 43 years, and I love those kind of surprises."

Hines said he had not finalized a rider for Vino Tinto, though he mentioned Ryan Fogelsonger and Frankie Dettori as possibilities.

In other Juvenile Fillies developments:

* At Belmont Park, Frizette winner Society Selection worked seven furlongs in a slow 1:33.48 over the training track. Ray Ganpath, the regular rider of Society Selection, was aboard for the move.

"She's been the distance," said Jerkens. "She did quite a bit of training before the [Frizette] because we were trying to do something you don't normally do."

In the Frizette, Society Selection was stretched out to 1 1/16 miles off a five-furlong maiden win. Jerkens said Society Selection would work again on Tuesday before shipping on Wednesday.

* Dixie High, winner of the Barretts Debutante, drilled five furlongs in 58.40 seconds Friday morning at Santa Anita. Victor Espinoza, who will ride her in the race, was aboard for the move, the fastest of 45 at the distance. She was timed galloping out six furlongs in 1:11.40 and seven-eighths in 1:24.80.

"I liked how she worked; I loved how she galloped out," said trainer Adam Kitchingman.