12/01/2005 12:00AM

Captain Squire zeroes in on fifth stakes win


INGLEWOOD, Calif. When major stakes winner Captain Squire went out of training with a knee injury in 2004, trainer Jeff Mullins thought he had seen the last of him.

I didnt think hed be back in my barn, Mullins said.

But much to Mullinss delight, Captain Squire returned this summer and is having one of the best stretches of his five-year career.

Saturday, Captain Squire will attempt to win his fifth stakes in the $100,000 over six furlongs at Hollywood Park.

The race drew only five entrants; Captain Squire will be a standout. He is the only Grade 1 winner in the field, having accomplished that milestone in the Ancient Title Breeders Cup Handicap at Santa Anita on Oct.8. Owned by Bob Bone and Jeff Deiner, Captain Squire followed that performance with a game second to Gotaghostofachance in the Grade 3 Sport Page Handicap at Belmont Park on Oct. 29.

In the Underwood, Captain Squire drew post 3 and is surrounded by two starters expected to play a role in the pace Bordonaro and Lifestyle.

Captain Squire led throughout in the Ancient Title and in his comeback race in August, an optional claimer over 5 1/2 furlongs at Del Mar. But in the Sport Page, he trailed by as much as 3 1/2 lengths before making a sustained rally that fell short.

He sets his own pace, Mullins said. He knows how fast hes going and where he wants to be.

Mullins sees the Grade 3 Underwood as a prep to bigger things. He wants to run Captain Squire in the Sunshine Millions Sprint at Gulfstream Park on Jan.28.

Captain Squires four rivals are all seeking their first stakes win.

Bordonaro has won 5 of his last 6 starts. Trained by Bill Spawr, Bordonaro won the California Cup Starter Sprint Handicap on Nov. 6. His only loss during that span was a fourth in the restricted Pirates Bounty Handicap at Del Mar in September.

Lifestyle, winless in his last six starts, was sixth in the Breeders Cup Sprint in October. Trained by Wesley Ward, he had a tough start in that race but rallied from 10th to finish sixth, 5 1/2 lengths behind Silver Train.

Indian Country and Turnbolt are the other starters.

Indian Country, third in the Ancient Title, gave trainer Thomas Hunter his first stakes win in the Pirates Bounty Handicap.

Turnbolt is making his stakes debut and first start for trainer Richard Mandella, having previously been trained by Ron Ellis.