Updated on 09/17/2011 10:48AM

Captain Squire's win reason to party


ARCADIA, Calif. - Things were a little slow to start at the Jeff Mullins stable on Sunday morning, a day after Captain Squire won the $250,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint at Santa Anita.

Of course, the training schedule was met, even with the track closing at 8:30 a.m. to accommodate the day's early first post, but several of the people involved with Captain Squire's win were not moving too quickly after a celebratory night on the town on Saturday.

"The horse feels better than we do," said Amy Mullins, Jeff's wife, exercise rider, and assistant trainer.

The 4-year-old Captain Squire ran the race of his life in the Sprint, giving everyone connected with him a reason for a party. Making his first start since August, Captain Squire had a perfect trip under Alex Solis, attending the pace on the backstretch before pulling away to a 5 1/2-length victory. The six-furlong final time was 1:08.15

The victory was the most lucrative yet for Jeff Mullins and owners Bob Bone and Jeff Diener. Last year, they achieved a similar milestone when Captain Squire won the $150,000 Laz Barrera Stakes at Hollywood Park.

On Sunday, Jeff Mullins was thinking of the $2 million Golden Shaheen over six furlongs in Dubai March 29 for Captain Squire's next start. The race is run over a straightaway six furlongs, which Mullins says should fit Captain Squire.

It is two-turn races that he would prefer to avoid.

"With his speed, it's hard for him to negotiate that first turn and still have something left," Jeff Mullins said. "I think one turn is the key to the horse."

With that, Mullins turned his attention back to the barn, which was quickly winding down for the morning. Outside his office, a wayward goat was up on his hind legs, prancing around and begging for red licorice from an exercise rider.

"I've got to watch that goat," Mullins said. "Last week, he was up on my desk eating pages out of my condition book."

Adminniestrator sole Cal-bred victor

Around the corner, trainer Paddy Gallagher was basking in the glow of his biggest win, Adminniestrator's upset in the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Turf.

Adminniestrator, a 9-1 chance, turned out to be the lone California-bred winner in the eight Sunshine Millions races. While four California-based horses won races, three of them were bred in Florida.

"I thought there were a couple of other Cal-breds that looked like they would win," Gallagher said. "It was a nice race to pick up."

The 6-year-old Adminniestrator won the Quicken Tree Stakes last April, but then lost six consecutive races before winning an optional claimer at Hollywood Park last month.

Gallagher said the $250,000 San Luis Rey Stakes over 1 1/2 miles on turf on March 15 is a possibility for Adminniestrator's next start.

Mayakovksy, who finished 11th in the Turf, emerged from the race with severe cuts on his right hind leg and will be out of training until mid-February, trainer Patrick Biancone said.

Biancone said if the cut had occurred "another half an inch left or right, it would have cut his tendon. He's lucky to be alive."

Kafwain gets in San Vicente workout

Kafwain, runner-up in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile last October, worked five furlongs in 58.80 seconds Monday, his final major exercise before Saturday's $150,000 San Vicente Stakes.

Run over seven furlongs, the San Vicente Stakes is an important prep for the $200,000 San Rafael Stakes over a mile on March 1 and the $250,000 San Felipe Stakes over 1 1/16 miles on March 16.

Kafwain finished second in the Hollywood Futurity on Dec. 21, but was demoted to fourth for causing interference in the stretch.

Last year, he won the Best Pal Stakes at Del Mar and the Norfolk Stakes at Santa Anita.

Kafwain will be part of a small field, including Runnin' on Nitro, Southern Image and Sum Trick. On Monday, Runnin' on Nitro zipped a half-mile in 45.60 seconds, the fastest of 47 recorded workouts.

Focus on 3-year-olds

Kafwain is trained by Bob Baffert, who watched two of his other top 3-year-olds perform last week.

On Friday, he watched Apalachian Thunder lead throughout in a one-mile allowance race, a victory that should lead to a stakes start.

On Saturday, Vindication, the champion 2-year-old male of 2002, worked five furlongs in 58.40 seconds, the first time that jockey Jerry Bailey had been aboard the unbeaten colt.

Vindication's time was the fastest of 57 recorded works at the distance.

On Friday, Baffert said that Bailey would replace Mike Smith aboard Vindication in upcoming races. Baffert has yet to say where Vindication will make his 3-year-old debut.

Apalachian Thunder is not considered in the same class as Vindication. He has yet to win a stakes, but could appear in the San Rafael Stakes. Baffert said the more important test will come in April, when the Apalachian Thunder tries 1 1/8 miles.

Medaglia d'Oro to meet Pass Rush

The San Vicente Stakes is on the undercard of the $400,000 Strub Stakes for 4-year-olds. Run over 1 1/8 miles, the Strub is a major prep for the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 1.

The Strub will be the first meeting between Medaglia d'Oro, the runner-up in the Breeders' Cup Classic, and Pass Rush, a flashy winner of the San Fernando Breeders' Cup Stakes on Jan. 11. They will face Easy Grades, Olmodavor, Rushin' to Altar, and Tracemark.

Sunday Break, last of 11 in the Malibu Stakes on Dec. 26, will not start, trainer Neil Drysdale said.

Milwaukee Brew in 2003 debut

Milwaukee Brew, the surprise winner of the 2002 Santa Anita Handicap, makes his first start of the year in the $250,000 San Antonio Handicap on Sunday. Trained by Bobby Frankel, Milwaukee Brew was third in the Breeders' Cup Classic last October. Edgar Prado rode Milwaukee Brew in that race and has the mount in the San Antonio.

Congaree, the winner of the Cigar Mile and San Pasqual handicaps in his last two starts, will go favored against Piensa Sonando, Pleasantly Perfect, and Sligo Bay.

On Monday, Congaree worked six furlongs in 1:10.80, leaving Baffert thrilled: "He looked fantastic," Baffert said.

Kudos, who finished second in the San Pasqual Handicap, will be trained up to the Santa Anita Handicap, trainer Richard Mandella said.