01/25/2006 12:00AM

Greelys become majority owners of Borrego

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Borrego is expected to make his 2006 debut in the Santa Anita Handicap on March 4.

ARCADIA, Calif. - A majority interest in Borrego, the winner of two Grade 1 races in 2005, has been acquired by trainer Beau Greely and his brother, John Greely IV, Beau Greely said Wednesday.

The Greelys, previously minority shareholders, acquired a 55-percent ownership in the horse previously held by Jon and Sarah Kelly, Beau Greely said. Brad Scott, Dennis Foster, and Raleigh Ralls will continue to hold minority shares, Greely said.

Borrego will race through 2006 before going to stud at the Wintergreen Stallion Station near Midway, Ky., which is operated by the Greelys.

Borrego is in training with Beau Greely at Hollywood Park and is being pointed for the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap over 1 1/4 miles on March 4. Greely had considered the $250,000 San Antonio Handicap over 1 1/8 miles on Feb. 5 for Borrego's 2006 debut, but said he would prefer to wait a month.

Borrego finished third in the 2005 Santa Anita Handicap.

"I'm trying to plan five or six races this year and make all the big ones," Greely said. "Racing in February might be a bit quick. We'll work up to the Breeders' Cup."

Borrego, 5, has won 5 of 20 starts and $2,052,090. He was at his best last summer and fall, finishing second in the Hollywood Gold Cup in July and winning two major stakes - the Pacific Classic at Del Mar in August and the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park in October.

In the Breeders' Cup Classic at Belmont Park in October, Borrego was sent off at 5-2 but never reached contention, finishing 10th, 10 1/4 lengths behind 2005 Horse of the Year Saint Liam.

Borrego last worked on Jan. 5. Greely said that because of the recently concluded sale, Borrego has not been in extensive training. He said Borrego will resuming working this weekend.

"We've got a big goal this year," Greely said. "We want to make him the Horse of the Year."

Texcess runs for new connections

Texcess will make his first start for Carl Van Burger and Andy and Scott Anastasi when he runs in Saturday's $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic for California-breds and Florida-breds at Santa Anita.

Monday, Texcess was bought for $300,000 by the new owners at the Barretts January mixed sale in Pomona. Texcess was the most expensive horse purchased at the two-day sale.

Previously owned by Omar Aldabbagh and trainer Paul Aguirre, Texcess has won 3 of 12 starts and $805,365. The winner of the $1 million Delta Jackpot Stakes in 2004, Texcess finished fourth in the On Trust Handicap for California-breds at Hollywood Park on Dec. 4.

New trainer Mike Mitchell said the purchase occurred after Van Burger and the Anastasi agreed to form a partnership to offset the cost. Mitchell said the final cost was higher than what Van Burger had expected. "I was blown away when he bought him for $300,000," Mitchell said.

Mitchell said the owners "will meet each other on Saturday."

The champion California-bred 2-year-old male of 2004, Texcess will be trying to end an eight-race losing streak dating back to the Delta Jackpot.

"I know Paul was training him for this race, and he's a good trainer," Mitchell said. "I think he'll be competitive."

Plotting The Tin Man's next race

The Tin Man, who won the $150,000 San Marcos Stakes at Santa Anita on Sunday, may return in the $150,000 San Luis Obispo Handicap on Feb. 26 or be held out in favor of a race in March, trainer Richard Mandella said Wednesday.

The San Marcos was The Tin Man's second win of the month-old meeting. An 8-year-old, he missed 15 months preceding his comeback because of an ankle injury.

The Tin Man won the 2003 San Luis Obispo. If he skips that race, The Tin Man could be sent to Dubai for one of the turf stakes on March 25 or start in the San Luis Rey Stakes at Santa Anita the same day.

The success of The Tin Man has been a bright spot this winter for Mandella, whose barn has struggled with only three wins from 32 starters through Sunday.

"We all call him Mr. Santa Anita, because without him we wouldn't be having one," Mandella said.

Really Indian upsets heavy favorite

Really Indian ($20) pulled an upset in the first race Wednesday, after Point of Impact, part of a 1-5 entry, drifted out badly on the first turn and finished fourth.

The race was run over a mile for 3-year-old maidens.

There was a massive show bet on Point of Impact and entrymate Overland Trail, who attracted $167,773 of the $177,590 wagered to show. Overland Trail finished third. There was a minus show pool of $32,715.