06/14/2013 3:56PM

Calder: U Can Do It winner Capitalism at Risk proving blue-chip claim

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Capitalism at Risk, who last summer lost for a $6,250 tag, wins the U Can Do It last Saturday and will probably run next in the Grade 1 Princess Rooney.

MIAMI – Capitalism at Risk has been claimed five times and passed through nine different trainers’ hands since beginning her racing career four years ago. She also finished off the board in a $6,250 conditioned claiming race here last summer.

One week ago, the same Capitalism at Risk led from start to finish under jockey Orlando Bocachica to win the $75,000 U Can Do It Handicap, the key local prep for Calder’s only Grade 1 race, the Princess Rooney Handicap.

Herman Wilensky currently trains the red-hot Capitalism at Risk, who has now won her last five starts in a streak that dates back to March 2 at Gulfstream Park when she was claimed for $15,000 by owner Dennis Amaty. She won three starter allowance races for her new connections before making the big jump into stakes company to upset the U Can Do It.

“I really wasn’t surprised she won the stakes,” said Wilensky, who briefly retired from training before opting to return this spring – just in time to take over Capitalism at Risk and the rest of Amaty’s stable.

“She’s obviously been running unbelievable and she’d been training unbelievable coming into the stakes so I was pretty confident she could beat that field on Saturday, especially if she was able to make the lead. I don’t think she has to be in front to win, but I think she’s probably a better horse when she does. And our hand was kind of forced anyway in this race after drawing the rail.”

The aptly named Capitalism at Risk is a 6-year-old daughter of Bull Market out of the Relaunch mare Stock Price. The U Can Do It was her 17th win in 44 career starts and improved her bankroll to more than $280,000, more than $100,000 of which she’s earned during the first half of the 2013 season. She also is a good example of why Wilensky decided to train horses again earlier this spring.

“I stopped training for a while not because I wanted to but because I wasn’t happy with the state of the business around this area,” Wilensky said. “I love the game and what I do, but it had gotten to the point where it didn’t seem to make sense putting in the time anymore with the way the purses were heading down here. But with Gulfstream Park deciding to get into the picture on what may be a year-round basis, I figured things were going to get better and I’d try it one more time.”

Wilensky has 10 horses in his barn, all for Amaty.

“I have trained for Dennis in the past, and although I wasn’t training for him when he decided he wanted to claim this horse, he asked my advice before dropping the slip and fortunately things have really worked out well,” Wilensky said.

Although Capitalism at Risk will likely make her next start in the Princess Rooney, Wilensky said no firm decision has been made.

“She does have starter allowance conditions, and we have a lot of options and can certainly pick our spots with her right now,” Wilensky said. “We’ll see who decides to ship in for the race and how tough it looks and then decide from there. I’ve won Grade 3 races and placed in a Grade 2, but I’ve never won or placed in a Grade 1, so the prospect of trying her in the Princess Rooney is pretty exciting for all of us.”

◗ Apprentice Hugh Sanchez, who was aboard Capitalism at Risk for her two victories prior to the U Can Do It, posted a hat trick Thursday to take sole possession of second place in the jockey standings, eight wins behind leader Edgard Zayas. Manny Cruz and Juan Leyva also had a pair of winners Thursday.