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TRES BORRACHOS LOOKS FOR A DOUBLE IN SUNDAY’S $70,000 SANTANA MILE, FIELD OF FIVE OLDER HORSES SET TO GO
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 28, 2013)—Tres Borrachos, which translates to Three Drunks, is looking for a double in Sunday’s $70,000 Santana Mile for older horses, as he tries to follow up on an impressive classified allowance win at Santa Anita on Feb. 22.
An 8-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Ecton Park, Tres Borrachos will be making his 46th career start in the Santana Mile as he faces four rivals.
A winner of the Grade II San Diego Handicap in 2011, the Marty Jones trainee looked plenty spry in his most recent start, as he pressed the early pace going a mile and finished up in 1:35.40 and earned an outstanding Beyer Speed figure of 100.
Owned by George Hicker or Button Stable, Tres Borrachos went over the $1 million mark in earnings on Feb. 22 and improved his record to $1,021,143. He has a win, a second and two third-place finishes from five starts at one mile. He’ll be ridden for the fifth consecutive time by Garrett Gomez on Sunday.
Midnight Transfer, sixth, beaten only 3 ¼ lengths in the Grade II, seven furlong San Carlos Stakes Feb. 23, retains the services of leading rider Rafael Bejarano and could be dangerous in his third start off an eight month layoff.
A top Derby candidate a year ago, he was third in the Grade II San Felipe Stakes going 1 1/16 miles and was subsequently seventh behind eventual Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner I’ll Have Another in the Grade I Santa Anita Derby.
Owned by Warren B. Williamson, Midnight Transfer is trained by Carla Gaines. A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Hard Spun, he has earnings of $168,300 from a 9-3-1-1 career mark.
Bob Baffert will saddle two horses in the Santana Mile, Hoorayforhollywood and Liason.
Hoorayforhollywood, who bobbled at the break and finished second, beaten a head by Tres Barrachos on Feb. 22, earned a 100 Beyer for his efforts, as did the winner. Owned by his breeder, George Krikorian, the 5-year-old by Storm Cat has a win, four seconds and one third from six tries at one mile.
With Bejarano apparently opting to ride Midnight Transfer, Hoorayforhollywood will be ridden for the first time by Aaron Gryder and is expected to be close early. He has earnings of $205,484 from an overall mark of 13-3-5-2.
Liaison, a winner of the Grade I CashCall Futurity in 2011, has been idle since running ninth in the Grade I Travers on Aug. 25. Although he’s been based with Baffert’s Betfair Hollywood Park division, the 4-year-old colt by Indian Charlie was vanned to Santa Anita for his most recent drill, a 1:12.20 move from the gate on March 25.
Owned by Arnold Zetcher, Liaison has run well long both stalking and coming from well off the pace. He has earnings of $588,894 from an overall mark of 12-3-1-3.
Gladding, a winner of the Grade II San Antonio Stakes in 2011, who was second in last year’s Santana Mile, was claimed off of a sub-par effort as the favorite on Jan. 24 for $62,500 and will go first time for trainer Vann Belvoir on Sunday.
After bobbling at the break, the speedy 6-year-old Florida-bred gelding led for the first three quarters of a mile on a wet fast surface before tiring badly in the one mile affair. Owned by Gary Owens, the new connections are hoping for a clean break and a return to form in the Santana Mile. Gladding has $266,410 in earnings from an overall mark of 20-4-5-1. He is 6-2-2-1 at one mile on dirt.
The Santana Mile, to be run as the fifth race on a nine-race program Sunday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Gladding, Victor Espinoza, 117; Midnight Transfer, Rafael Bejarano, 117; Liaison, Martin Garcia, 117; Hoorayforhollywood, Aaron Gryder, 117, and Tres Borrachos, Garrett Gomez, 120.
First post time on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. For more racing information, visit www.santaanita.com.