INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 27, 2010)-Claimed for $40,000 out of a maiden victory on March 13, Working Capital won for the first time for his new stable, taking a $52,320 optional claimer on Thursday at Hollywood Park.
A 3-year-old California bred son of Bertrando out of the Memo mare Demo Memo, Working Capital quickly established the lead, relaxed well for jockey Joel Rosario, then repelled a stretch long challenge from 17-10 favorite Lions Story to win by a nose.
The victory was the second in eight lifetime starts for Working Capital. Owned by Westside Rentals.com, Gary Margolis and Russ Sarno and trained by Doug O’Neill, Working Capital has earned almost double his purchase price in three races for his current connections.
Bred by Double J H Stable, Inc., Working Capital increased his lifetime earnings to $92,040 with the Thursday win. Of that amount, $75,780 has come since the claim.
Fifth in his debut for O’Neill on April 1 at Santa Anita, Working Capital finished second behind heavily favored winner Alphie’s Bet in the $200,000 Snow Chief on April 24 in his return to Hollywood Park.
Cutting back a bit in distance Thursday after tackling 1 1/8 miles in the Snow Chief, Working Capital, the 3-1 third choice, ran the 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.20.
In his first race beyond 6 ½ furlongs, Lions Story lost for the third time in a row as the favorite. Deputy Max, the 3-1 second choice, was 1 ½ lengths behind Lions Story in third.
Came Aboard, Tiz A Knight and Luv Dragon completed the order of finish. Ranger Heartley was scratched.
Working Capital paid $8.40, $3.80 and $2.80. Lions Story, who was ridden by Rafael Bejarano, returned $3.20 and $2.40. The show price on Deputy Max, with Victor Espinoza aboard, was $2.60.
Rosario also won the fifth with Cayambe. Bejarano also had a pair of winners, taking the third with Scottish Diamond and the sixth atop Scratchtothemoon. Bejarano continues to lead the jockey standings. He has 35 victories, three more than Tyler Baze. Rosario is third with 27.
Racing continues Friday. Post time is 7:05 p.m.
After the eighth and final race – approximately 10:30 p.m. – there will be a concert at the North Park Lawn featuring The English Beat.
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