Ticker
  • Strike Charmer (27-1) runs by Lady Eli late in the Ballston Spa.Posted 7 hours ago
  • Masochistic (1-5) sprints to an easy victory in the Pat O'Brien at Del Mar.Posted 8 hours ago
  • Arrogate (11-1) wins the Travers for fun in stakes record time!Posted 8 hours ago
  • Flintshire (1-5) rolls up the rail to win the Grade 1 Sword Dancer.Posted 9 hours ago
  • A.P. Indian (1-1) easily wins the Grade 1 Forego in stakes record time of 1:20.99.Posted 9 hours ago
  • Drefong (3-1) dominates the Grade 1 King's Bishop every step of the way.Posted 10 hours ago
  • Haveyougoneaway (10-1) gets there with a strong late in the Grade 1 Ballerina.Posted 11 hours ago
  • Cavorting (2-1) rolls late to get up in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign.Posted 11 hours ago
  • Hit It Once More makes every pole a winning one in the Albany Stakes.Posted 1 day ago
  • Syndergaard makes short work of the Funny Cide to remain perfect in two starts.Posted 1 day ago

Tres Borrachos gears up for Native Diver

09 July 11: Tres Borrachos gets the early lead before Jose Valdivia Jr. rguides Rail Trip to victory in the 70th running of the grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup Handicap for three year olds and upward at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, California.

Tres Borrachos, a rejuvenated veteran with a history of past success at Hollywood Park, is expected to face two newcomers to the track in the $100,000 Native Diver Handicap, a Grade III test at 1 1/8 miles on Cushion Track Saturday.

 

“He worked great yesterday, and he’s run well on this track,” said trainer Marty Jones Sunday in reference to a five-furlong drill in 1:02.60 Saturday.

 

Tres Borrachos, a 6-year-old gelding, has won just four of 34 lifetime starts, but three of them have been on this surface, including a victory in the 2008 Swaps Stakes. He also finished second in the 2009 Hollywood Gold Cup.

 

Tres Borrachos awakened from a 13-race losing streak to win the San Diego Handicap at Del Mar in July and finish a closing third in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile in his last outing. Joel Rosario has the call back.

 

The two new faces in the Native Diver belong to the well-traveled Eldaafer and Rescue Squad, shipped here from New York by Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey.

 

“He’ll probably runs if it comes up light,” said trainer Brian Koriner, who has taken over the training of Eldaafer, shipped to Santa Anita after a sixth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Marathon.

 

Eldaafer, a 6-year-old gelding, won the Breeders’ Cup Marathon in 2010, a year after he captured the Brooklyn Handicap. Victorious in 11 of 32 starts, Eldaafer has raced at 13 different tracks.

 

Rescue Squad, a 5-year-old horse, has won only three of 16 starts but is two-for-two on synthetic surfaces, including an allowance victory at Keeneland at 1 1/8 miles in his last outing on October 21.

 

“I think he’s here because he’s done well on Polytrack before,” said Jennifer Patterson, assistant to McGaughey. “This was kind of the next step.

 

“He’s done great since he got here,” said Patterson of the horse, who was flown here Monday. “He seems to really like the track. He’s going to breeze tomorrow.” Hall of Famer Mike Smith will ride Rescue Squad for the first time.

 

Trainer John Sadler said he is considering both Gladding, winner of the San Antonio Stakes at Santa Anita, and Kettle Corn, a recent allowance winner, for the Native Diver.

 

Summer Movie, another Native Diver nominee, worked five furlongs in 1:00.20 Sunday.

 

 

comments powered by Disqus

Related Pages

Related Stories

Top Stories