08/26/2012 5:56PM

Del Mar: Capital Account beats favored stablemate Coil in Pat O'Brien


DEL MAR, Calif. - A slow early pace gave Capital Account an advantage when he reached the stretch in Sunday’s $250,000 Pat O’Brien Stakes at Del Mar.

Trailing by two lengths after a half-mile of the seven-furlong race, Capital Account was close enough to pounce on the front-runners. When the race became a sprint to the finish, Capital Account became a stakes winner for the first time.

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Ridden by David Flores, Capital Account ($7.60) closed from fifth on the turn to win by a half-length over stablemate Coil, the 3-2 favorite. Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert finished one-two in the field of five.

“He’s a racehorse and he always runs big,” Baffert said of Capital Account. “David saw what was developing.”

Capital Account ran seven furlongs in 1:21.56. Flores said he was in “a comfortable spot” while stalking the early pace set by Don Tito and Coil through modest fractions of 23.78 and 46.81 seconds.

In early stretch, Coil took the lead, but was only a head in front of Camp Victory. Capital Account moved into contention three wide, and trailed by a little more than a length with a furlong remaining. He reached the front in the final sixteenth.

  “The race turned into a sprint,” Baffert said. “That’s an advantage for Capital Account.”

Camp Victory, the 8-5 second choice, finished third, 1 1/2 lengths behind Capital Account. Trainer Mike Mitchell rued the early slow pace of 23.78 and 46.81 seconds.

“There was no pace to run at and it didn’t set up for him,” Mitchell said. “I thought the horse to beat was one of Bob’s horses, but I needed more speed in front.”

Capital Account, a 5-year-old horse by Closing Argument, races for Thoroughbred Legends Racing Stables. Bought for $330,000 as a yearling at the 2008 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, Capital Account has won5 of 9 starts and $347,080.

Earlier at this meeting, he was third in the Grade 1 Bing Crosby Stakes behind Amazombie in his stakes debut.