Returning to his home track of the lakes and flowers off a third-place effort in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (Grade I) at Churchill Downs a month ago, Tres Borrachos is the 5-to-2 morning line favorite and 119-lb. high weight against six other older males in today’s $100,000 Native Diver Handicap (Grade III) going a mile and an eighth on Hollywood Park’s main track.
The son of Ecton Park qualified for the Breeders’ Cup by breaking a long losing streak while winning the San Diego Handicap (Grade II) this summer at Del Mar and the result in Kentucky was a culmination of the six-year-old gelding’s form reversal in 2011 since moving to the barn of Marty Jones. Of his four career wins, three have come in Inglewood, including the Swaps Stakes (Grade II) as a three-year-old in 2008.
The biggest threat could come from 4-to-1 third choice Rescue Squad, who made his last two starts in Kentucky and is a perfect 2-for-2 on a synthetic surface and at today’s distance. The five-year-old son of Dynaformer ventured west two years ago for the Hollywood Derby (Grade I) on turf, but was beaten four lengths in fifth.