Tres Borrachos

The millionaire Tres Borrachos nears retirement

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The millionaire Tres Borrachos nears retirement

Emerald Downs: Herbie D wins Mt. Rainier Handicap

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Herbie D won Sunday's Mt. Rainier Handicap by 2 3/4 lengths in a stakes-record 1:40.52.

AUBURN, Wash. – The fastest horse in British Columbia spread a wider web Sunday, as Herbie D dominated the $50,000 Mt. Rainier Handicap at Emerald Downs.

Emerald Downs: Stryker Phd could outrun his odds again in Mt. Rainier Handicap

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Jebrica (No. 4) and Stryker Phd (left) finished first and second in the Budweiser Handicap on June 16 and get a rematch in Sunday's Mt. Rainier Handicap.

AUBURN, Wash. – Stryker Phd, a fast-closing second at long odds in each of his past two starts, will take another run at trying to notch his first career stakes victory when he starts Sunday in the $50,000 Mt. Rainier Handicap at Emerald Downs.

The final local stakes for older horses before the Grade 3 Longacres Mile on Aug. 18, the 1 1/16-mile Mt. Rainier attracted six entrants and will be run as the ninth race on a 10-race program that begins at 2 p.m. Pacific.

Golden Gate Fields: Summer Hit uncatchable in All American

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Summer Hit takes the Grade 2 All American under jockey Russell Baze on Monday.

The improving Summer Hit ($4.60) rated nicely on an uncontested lead and scored his first graded stakes victory Monday at Golden Gate Fields with an impressive score in the $100,000, Grade 2 All American Stakes.

The Bertrando gelding, who began his career by winning a $12,500 maiden claimer, had run second in the Grade 3 San Francisco Mile on the turf in his last start. He won the Silky Sullivan Stakes on the turf here last year.

Santa Anita: Guilt Trip should like Big Cap distance

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Guilt Trip wins the 1 1/8-mile Strub under jockey Joe Talamo.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Guilt Trip left jockey Joe Talamo eager to see more after the colt’s win in the Grade 2 Strub Stakes at Santa Anita on Feb. 2.

The opportunity will come in a race at the highest level – Saturday’s $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap. The Big Cap will be Guilt Trip’s first start over 1 1/4 miles and first stakes against older horses this year.

The distance is not a concern for Talamo.

“I think the more, the merrier,” Talamo said. “The way he ran the other day, he impressed me.”

Santa Anita: Tres Borrachos, near $1M mark, dropping for a win

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If Tres Borrachos runs first or second in Friday’s second race at Santa Anita, he will surpass $1 million in career earnings.

ARCADIA, Calif. – After starting in stakes in 13 of his last 14 starts, an allowance race at Santa Anita on Friday may be what the veteran gelding Tres Borrachos needs to end a lengthy losing streak and reach a career milestone.

Tres Borrachos has not won in 13 starts, since the Grade 2 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar in July 2011. If he runs first or second in Friday’s second race at Santa Anita, he will surpass $1 million in career earnings.

“He deserves it,” trainer Marty Jones said.

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.”

Fair Grounds: Thiskyhasnolimit could stalk pace in Mineshaft Handicap

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Thiskyhasnolimit wons the Louisiana Handicap at Fair Grounds in his last start.

So far, the most noteworthy race in the career of Thiskyhasnolimit was one he lost, a second-place finish to Lookin At Lucky in the 2010 Indiana Derby. But from the appearance he made winning the Louisiana Handicap on Jan. 21, his first start since July, Thiskyhasnolimit might not yet have hit his ability’s limit.

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