10/15/2006 11:00PM

Winning Tactics should get nice setup


Winning Tactics was having a solid summer campaign until Sept. 4, when he unseated jockey Alex Solis at the start of an allowance race at Del Mar. The incident left Solis with a minor injury and cost Winning Tactics an opportunity to win the third race of his career.

Solis resumed riding at the start of the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting in late September. In Wednesday's seventh race, Solis will be aboard for Winning Tactics's first start since Sept. 4.

The race is one that Winning Tactics can win.

Trained by Marty Jones for Harris Farms, Winning Tactics is one of six entrants in a $42,000 allowance race at six furlongs. The complexion of the race could favor Winning Tactics. A closer, Winning Tactics could get an ideal trip behind quick front-runners Jack's Kid and I'll Prey for You.

Jones said a rapid pace is necessary for Winning Tactics to have any chance.

"He's a nice horse, but he does need pace," he said. "He doesn't have any speed. As long as no one gets an easy lead and they keep it honest, he's a hard-trying horse. Things have to go right."

Winning Tactics has won 2 of 15 starts and $126,320. He won an allowance race for statebreds at six furlongs at Hollywood Park in July and was a game second to Midnight Lute in an allowance race at seven furlongs at Del Mar on Aug. 20. Midnight Lute returned to win the Perryville Stakes at Keeneland last week.

On Sept. 4, Winning Tactics was 7-2 to win an allowance race at 6 1/2 furlongs.

"When he broke, he went straight to his head," Jones said. "He just grabbed a quarter a little bit when he stumbled coming out of the gate."

Since that mishap, Winning Tactics has had four workouts at Hollywood Park. Jones said he is hopeful that Winning Tactics could develop into a stakes horse this winter.

"He's trained really good for the race," he said. "He went to the gate [Sunday] and he was great. He's a really classy horse. Hopefully, he'll have a little luck."

Winning Tactics will have to catch Jack's Kid and I'll Prey for You.

Jack's Kid has not started since finishing eighth in an allowance race at 5 1/2 furlongs on turf at Hollywood Park last May. He has worked quickly for his return.

I'll Prey For You was second in an allowance race at Fairplex Park last month. He has one win in 13 starts.