Captain Squire Choice in Small Underwood Field

Captain Squire, who won the Ancient Title (gr. I) two starts back, heads a small field entered for Saturday's Vernon O. Underwood Stakes (gr. III) at Hollywood Park.

The son of Flying Chevron should be the favorite in the six-furlong sprint race, which will be run as the third race on the card.

Owned by Bob Bone and Jeff Diener and trained by Jeff Mullins, Captain Squire won the Oct. 8 Ancient Title at Santa Anita as the 2-1 favorite. He then shipped east and on Breeders' Cup day, ran second in the Sport Page Handicap (gr. III), beaten less than a length by Gotaghostofachance.

With eight career wins and earnings of more than $1 million, Captain Squire, a 6-year-old gelding, is the 124-pound highweight in the field, giving four to eight pounds to his competitors. He will be ridden by Alex Solis.

The third-place finisher in the Ancient Title, Indian Counry, one of two by Indian Charlie in the field, could be the main competition. Claimed for $50,000 three starts back, he won the Pirates Bounty at Del Mar prior to the Ancient Title.

Indian Country is owned by Janice Moody and trained by Thomas Hunter. He will be ridden by Victor Espinoza.

The field, in post order, with weight and jockey assignment:

1 Indian Country, 118, Victor Espinoza
2 Lifestyle, 116, Garrett Gomez
3 Captain Squire, 124, Alex Solis
4 Bordonaro, 120, Pat Valenzuela
5 Turnbolt, 120 Corey Nakatani

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