06/22/2010 11:00PM

Tribalicious in stakes prep


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - For now, the high-priced claiming races are behind Tribalicious, the two-time winner who starts in Thursday's seventh race at Hollywood Park.

Her 28-1 upset in an optional claimer on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita in March, when available to be claimed for $80,000, proved to owner-breeder Barbara Shuler and trainer Anthony Saavedra that the filly likes the turf. This summer, they need her to be equally as effective on synthetic tracks at Hollywood Park and Del Mar.

Saavedra considers Thursday's race, an allowance race for statebred females over 5 1/2 furlongs on the Cushion Track, to be a prep for the $100,000 Fleet Treat Stakes for statebred 3-year-old fillies at Del Mar on July 31.

"She's kind of a new star in our barn," Saavedra said. "I put her in for $80,000. She was a big price that day. We took a shot that no one would take her. Normally, there aren't many people paying $80,000 for a Cal-bred."

Thursday's race will be Tribalicious's second start since her win in March. On May 30, she finished third in an allowance race for statebred females over six furlongs on turf under jockey Joe Talamo, who has the mount on Thursday.

"I was real happy with it," Saavedra said. "She's had a few abscesses we had to deal with and we've got her back."

In the May 30 race, Tribalicious raced from farther off the pace than she had before.

"We've been trying to get her to relax early in the race," Saavedra said. "She rated very well for Joe. She ended up being wide the whole way. We got beat by a couple of older mares."

Thursday, Tribalicious is part of a field of seven, and should have a pace to pursue. Tenacious Tina, unraced since December, drew the rail and has speed, as does Amina, who led throughout a $25,000 claimer for nonwinners of two races here on May 29.

Trained by Mike Mitchell, Amina was 4-5 in that race and will attract significant support on Thursday despite the class hike. Good Night Gyrene, who won a $25,000 claimer on June 4, seeks her third consecutive win, and first in an allowance race.

◗ In the second race, Lions Story, beaten a nose in an optional claimer on May 27, will be favored in an optional claimer for 3-year-olds over 1 1/16 miles on the main track.