10/18/2009 11:00PM

Winey Taylor can handle turf or dirt


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Winey Taylor, a recent private purchase, makes her debut for Red Oak Stable on Monday afternoon in a $41,000 first-level allowance for 2-year-old fillies going five furlongs on the turf at the Meadowlands.

A proven record of success at Calder makes Winey Taylor a top contender in the field of 10. Joe Bravo will be aboard.

Winey Taylor is 3 for 4, with her lone loss a runner-up finish in the $100,000 Catcharisingstar Stakes, her only appearance on grass. She rebounded back on dirt, cruising to a five-length win in a starter allowance on Sept. 18. Shortly after that race, the deal was concluded and Winey Taylor was heading north to Greg Sacco's barn at Monmouth Park.

Rick Sacco, Greg's brother, had watched Winey Taylor progress and concluded the sale on behalf of John Brunetti.

"Rick thought she was developing into a nice sprinter," Sacco said. "She was versatile, having run a great race in the stakes on the turf with a high turn of foot."

Winey Taylor breezed twice at Monmouth in preparation for this spot.

"She's a pleasure to be around," Sacco said. "She's real smart. We expect her to continue to move forward. Those 2-year-old races at Calder are very competitive, as you can see with horses like D' Funnybone and Homeboykris. She's done everything right for us and we hope to continue her winning ways."

The fact that Winey Taylor is unbeaten in the three dirt races could be a big advantage in this spot, following a very wet weekend in the New York area. If the race comes off the turf, Winey Taylor will still play.

Gitchee Goomie shortens up for trainer Linda Rice, a master with grass sprinters. Most recently, Gitchee Goomie ran sixth in the Grade 3 Natalma Stakes going one mile on the turf at Woodbine.

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin sent out Etched to win the Meadowlands Cup on Friday night. He will try to keep his Meadowlands roll going with the appropriately named That's How I Roll, making his grass debut.

Girl Bar is another filly with stakes experience on the grass in Florida, getting second in the $100,000 Fasig Tipton Dash after an awkward start. Trainer Wesley Ward will take the blinkers off for this race.

Completing the field are Mad Dasher, Big Bad Buddha, Afillyation, Write When Ready, Marquet Madness, and Dattt Echo. Kelly's Pic was entered for the main track only.