11/19/2010 6:55PM

Hollywood: Claiming an old friend


When Double JH Stable and trainer Gary Mandella claimed Working Capital for $12,500 at Hollywood Park on Oct. 31, they not only got a bargain, but claimed a colt who began his career with them as owner-breeders and trainer.

Working Capital, who starts in an optional claimer over 1 1-16 miles in Friday evening's third race, and is eligible to be claimed for $40,000, made his first five starts for Mandella, finally winning a $40,000 claimer for maidens on March 13 at Santa Anita, the day he was taken by trainer Doug O'Neill.

It was a successful claim for O'Neill, on behalf of a partnership. Working Capital was second in the $200,000 Snow Chief Stakes in April and won an optional claimer against open company on May 27. But after a seventh inn the Red Legend Stakes at Charles Town in June, Working Capital reappeared in a $12,500 claimer on Oct. 31 and was taken by Mandella for Double JH Stable.

Friday, Working Capital is part of a five-horse field, and is the only runner entered for a price.

"We're going to hope we can continue on with some of the progress he made over the summer," Mandella said.

Mandella said that he and Double JH Stable noticed that Working Capital had resumed working in late summer and early fall, and began discussing a claim.

"I knew that race at Charles Town was pretty poor," Mandella said. "He seemed to come out of the race when we claimed him in pretty good order."

Mandella is guarded about Working Capital's chances on Friday. The races features Fog Alert, fourth in the Sunland Park Derby in March; the Braziian import Pode Ir, who has not started since December; Tweebster, who beat maidens in his eighth start on Oct. 31; and Oilisblackgold, unraced since winning a maiden race at Fairplex Park in September.

"It's not an easy race, per se," Mandella said. "The interesting horse is (Pode Ir) because we don't have a real good idea of how he's doing since he's breezing at Fairplex Park."

Working Capital should be near the front and could be challenged by Tweebster.

"I'm hoping if we can get in a duel and that becomes a fight, I hope my horse is game," Mandella said. "I don't have expectations that are through the roof."