07/11/2008 11:00PM

Tres Borrachos upsests Swaps


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - The respect issue has been solved for Tres Borrachos.

After going off at long odds in two important stakes in the spring, Tres Borrachos pulled an upset in Saturday's $355,495 Swaps Stakes at Hollywood Park, rallying on the rail in the final furlong to beat three rivals. Two Step Salsa, the winner of two Grade 3 stakes earlier at this meeting, finished second, a head in front of Colonel John, the 4-5 favorite who was making his first start since finishing sixth in the Kentucky Derby on May 3.

Madeo finished fourth in a field that lost Nownownow and Trevor's Clever to scratches earlier in the day.

Trainer Eoin Harty said that Colonel John tired in the final furlong.

Tres Borrachos ($24) was the longest shot in the field. Ridden by Tyler Baze, Tres Borrachos raced on the rail throughout, and won by 1 1/4 lengths, finishing 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.29.

Owned by a partnership and trained by Beau Greely, Tres Borrachos won his first stakes in the Grade 2 Swaps. Earlier this year, he was third in the Arkansas Derby at 37-1 and ninth in the Preakness Stakes at 43-1 after a bad start. In his most recent start prior to the Swaps, Tres Borrachos was second to Two Step Salsa in the Grade 3 Affirmed Handicap in June.

"He never gets any respect," Greely said. "He a horse that clearly has more heart than anything."

By Ecton Park, Tres Borrachos has won 2 of 10 starts and $398,270.