06/26/2012 3:35PM

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.

Jerome Moynihan More than 1 year ago
competition keen and deep in his heat I think it's one to watch. And learn from.
LEONARD MARTINEZ More than 1 year ago
Smiling Tiger jusc loves HP and is making his 3rd start off the layoff and expect a very big effort come Sat.ee
RunningDog More than 1 year ago
How many trainers have come out and said the same thing over and over. Santa Anita was too hard, too fast, too biased. Yet for two years in a row they let it play that way. The surface at SA has been a farce.
Todd Elliot More than 1 year ago
HARDLY A FARCE,,the track played fair and a speed horse should beat a plodder everytime and did at santa anita,,much better than playing belmont for that track changed by the minute due to the weather,,hardly rains at santa anita so therefore,,it played fair day in and day out
Todd Elliot More than 1 year ago
THE FACTOR is a complete standout....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
even if he is he will be the favorite so I have to try to beat him.
Todd Elliot More than 1 year ago
might as well throw your money away then..which you will
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Ya gotta love these old hard knockers! Take care of him Trainer Jones.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"He was later third in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Churchill Downs..." "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."