Updated on 09/16/2011 8:28AM

Hollywood: Better suited to sprints


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - A new career path put Captain Squire in the winner's circle of the $150,000 at Hollywood Park.

After running a mile or farther for most of his career, Captain Squire reverted to sprinting and pulled an upset at 14-1.

Ridden by Chance Rollins, Captain Squire ($30.60) fought for the lead throughout seven furlongs to prevail by a neck in 1:21.95. The victory in the Grade 2 Barrera was the richest in the career of trainer Jeff Mullins and owners Bob Bone and Jeff Deiner.

"We had been pointing for this," Mullins said. "We had been fighting him so much in the first turn that I think it was detrimental."

The Barrera changed considerably at the start when Royal Moro, who was expected to be part of the pace, stumbled badly.

The incident left Captain Squire and Kamsack alone to set an opening quarter-mile of 21.92 seconds. The front-runners were joined on the turn by even-money favorite Raven Power and Fonz's after a half-mile in 44.22 seconds.

Raven Power was out of contention in early stretch, but Captain Squire was all out to hold off Fonz's.

"He had been routing a long time and I knew he'd be fit," Mullins said. "We didn't think he'd be on the lead. I think the key is to not take a hold of him, but let him run."

Kamsack, making his first stat since finishing seventh in the Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland last fall, finished third, followed by Royal Moro and Kamsack.