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Tres Borrachos Invades for Mineshaft

Tres Borrachos and Rafael Bejarano win the San Diego Handicap "Win and You're In Dirt Mile Division" at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, CA. July 24, 2011
Button Stable and George Hicker’s California invader Tres Borrachos, who was installed as the tepid 7-2 early choice in Saturday’s Grade III Mineshaft Handicap at Fair Grounds, is now likely to go the post at shorter odds following three late defections from the upcoming event for older horses at 1 1/16-miles that serves as Fair Grounds’ final prep for the Crescent City course’s Grade II New Orleans Handicap April 1.


Fair Grounds stakes coordinator Scott Jones advised on Tuesday morning that the connections of George and Lori Hall’s Pants On Fire as well as Jim Bakke and Gerry Isbister’s Cool Blue Red Hot informed the racing office that their charges would not be coming from South Florida for the Mineshaft, and in a related late Mineshaft development, C R K Stable’s West Coast invader Gladding was reportedly not on the equine charter flight from California that was to arrive in New Orleans Tuesday.


However, still on the flight from the West Coast was Tres Borrachos, which means “three drunks” in Spanish, and whose connections might well be celebrating the late Mineshaft declarations announced on Fat Tuesday.


Trained by Martin Jones and to be ridden by Edgar Prado, Tres Barrachos was clearly second best in his last start in Santa Anita’s Grade II San Pasqual Stakes Jan 7, and was also a clear runner-up in Hollywood Park’s Grade III Native Diver Handicap before that, but the 7-year-old Ecton Park gelding has not visited the winner’s circle since capturing Del Mar’s Grade II San Diego Handicap last July 30. He must shoulder the starting top impost of 121 pounds in the Mineshaft.


One prominent challenger remaining from the original Mineshaft ’Cap field now reduced by one third is Lothenbach Stables’ Mister Marti Gras, pegged as the 9-2 second choice in the Mineshaft morning line although cross-entered in Saturday’s Grade III Fair Grounds Handicap. Mister Marti Gras, fourth in Churchill’s Grade I Clark Handicap at last asking on Nov. 25, had captured the Grade III Ack Ack Handicap at the Twin Spires oval before that and also won Arlington Park’s Grade II Washington Park Handicap last Labor Day weekend. Shaun Bridgmohan will make up most of the 119 pounds assigned to the Neil Pessin trainee.


Not to be discounted in the $125,000 Mineshaft ‘Cap are the first three finishers in Fair Grounds’ $100,000 Louisiana Handicap Jan. 21. They are, in respective order, Cathy and Bob Zollars and Mark Wagner’s Thiskyhasnolimit, Shane Sellers up and 118 pounds assigned; Jim Tafel’s Fast Alex, Robby Albarado (119); and Bourque Goldstein Thoroughbreds’ Alma d’Oro, Javier Castellano (119); while completing the field is Windy Hill Farm’s Nates Mineshaft, Jesse Campbell (113).


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