06/26/2012 4:35PM

Hollywood Park: Tres Borrachos making rare home-track start

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Tres Borrachos, with Rafael Bejarano aboard, wins the 2011 San Diego Handicap.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Tres Borrachos is based at Betfair Hollywood Park, but Saturday’s $250,000 Triple Bend Handicap will be only his second start on that track in the last year.

The winner of the Grade 2 Swaps Stakes here, way back in 2008, the 7-year-old Tres Borrachos makes his first start in the Grade 1 Triple Bend since a seventh-place finish in the Charles Town Classic in West Virginia in April.

“I think he wants to run fresh,” trainer Marty Jones said. “It’s going to set him up for the San Diego.”

The $200,000 San Diego Handicap is run over 1 1/16 miles at Del Mar on July 28. Tres Borrachos, owned by George Hicker and Button Stables, won the 2011 San Diego in an 8-1 upset. He was later third in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Churchill Downs and second in the Grade 3 Native Diver Handicap here.

Earlier this year, Tres Borrachos finished second in the Grade 2 San Pasqual Handicap at Santa Anita before finishing fourth in the Mineshaft Handicap at Fair Grounds and racing at Charles Town.

Jones said he preferred to ship Tres Borrachos because the Santa Anita track was not conducive to a closer.

“The way the track was playing at Santa Anita, you couldn’t make up any ground,” he said. “It was a waste of time. You have a better chance to make up ground on this track.”

The seven-furlong Triple Bend will be the first start in a one-turn stakes for Tres Borrachos, who has won 4 of 38 starts and $929,257. He has started in 28 stakes.

“He’s run good around one turn,” Jones said. “It’s something we’ve wanted to do with the horse.”

The Triple Bend is expected to have a tough field. The favorite will be The Factor, who will be challenged by the stakes winners Camp Victory, Comma to the Top, Mobilized, and Smiling Tiger.