Trainer Todd Fincher said by phone from his Ruidoso, NM, headquarters that Joe Peacock homebred Sheriff Brown should be counted ‘in’ for the TVG Pacific Classic.
“He came out of his work well and it looks like it’s a go,” Fincher said.
Sheriff Brown, a gelded 5-year-old son of Curlin, shipped in from Texas for the TVG Pacific Classic prep San Diego Handicap on July 17 and finished seventh of eight, beaten 8 ¾ lengths by Express Train.
“That was pretty much a throw-out,” Fincher said of the San Diego. “He had just shipped in and wasn’t comfortable in his surroundings. And he’s a horse that needs to be comfortable with his surroundings. We expect a lot better effort this time.”
Sheriff Brown has six wins from 21 lifetime starts and has been second or third on eight other occasions to accumulate earnings of $232,811. Fourteen of those races were at a mile or less.
“I’ve always wanted to try him at a longer distance, like a mile and a quarter,” Fencher said. “There are a lot of unknowns, but we’re going to try it.”
Edwin Maldonado, aboard for the San Diego, has the call in the Classic.
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