Capac Returns a Winner in Laurel Allowance
Updated: Thursday, February 5, 2004 10:28 AM
Posted: Wednesday, February 4, 2004 4:53 PM
Photo: Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club
Capac, won an allowance race at Laurel Park in convincing fashion.
The much talked about Capac made a triumphant 3-year-old debut Wednesday, charging to the lead at the head of the stretch in a seven-furlong allowance race at Laurel, then drawing off to a convincing 3 3/4-length score.
The Mike Bell-trained colt, owned in partnership by majority owner John Fike and Richard Santulli, was sent off as the 2-5 favorite in the field of seven and dominated his opponents with a sweeping four-wide move to burst clear in the upper stretch.
Under Jeremy Rose, the son of Deputy Minister
was content to lay back in sixth, about seven lengths off the pace through fractions of :22 3/5 and :45 4/5. Capac charged by the entire field and drew off, while drifting out in the final furlong. The final time for the seven furlongs was a sharp 1:23 flat. Musical Vision was second, 4 3/4 lengths ahead of Lion Lad.
"We got just what we wanted out of this," said Bell. "When you've been away from the races you always wonder where you are. If everything is right we'll try to season him up, but the next step is up to him."
"The trainer told me he didn't break real well so we just broke out of the chute and sat back there," added Rose. "I gave him a tap at the three and a half pole and that horse was running. He is a nice horse, we are going to see a lot from him."
Capac, who has been in training in Camden, S.C., broke his maiden at Churchill Downs last fall, eearning a big 97 Beyer Speed Figure. Several big offers came in following the race, including one from Bob Baffert. But Fike turned them down before selling one-quarter interest to Santulli in early January.
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