06/22/2012 1:23PM

Hollywood Park: Capital Plan could carry Rosario to winner's circle one last time in Beverly Hills

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Before boarding a plane to begin riding next week in New York, jockey Joel Rosario will get on a filly bound for the winner’s circle on Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park.

Capital Plan is the 7-5 morning-line favorite in the Grade 3 Beverly Hills Handicap, a turf race for fillies and mares that would be an appropriate Rosario farewell. Her trainer is Jerry Hollendorfer, who gave Rosario his first win in a graded turf stakes four years ago at Hollywood Park – Misty Ocean in the Grade 2 Honeymoon Handicap on June 7, 2008.

Rosario replaces Brice Blanc on Capital Plan. No apology required.

“Joel has been one of our main riders, and one of the top riders in the country,” Hollendorfer said. “That’s why we gave him the mount.”

Blanc rode Capital Plan her last two starts – a win in the Grade 2 Santa Barbara Handicap at 1 1/4 miles, followed by a third-place finish in the Grade 1 Gamely at 1 1/8 miles.

Hollendorfer said he believes the extra distance Sunday favors Capital Plan.

“I wasn’t unhappy with her last race, but I think she’s better at the longer distance of a mile and a quarter,” Hollendorfer said. “She’s run a mile and a quarter two times, and won both races.”

Rosario has ridden her twice, a win and a second in allowance races.

Capital Plan meets five rivals in the $100,000 Beverly Hills. They include Cambina, seeking her first win since a dead-heat victory last summer in the Grade 1 American Oaks, Quaintly, runner-up vs. males last out in a $77,000 turf stakes, and Imperialistic Diva, a second-level allowance winner. Camille C and Slane Castle are the outsiders.

Hollendorfer and Mark DeDomineco own 4-for-11 Capital Plan, who is 3 for 8 since joining the Hollendorfer stable last summer. A 4-year-old daughter of Rock Hard Ten, her first win for Hollendorfer was a 1 1/4-mile turf allowance in fall at Santa Anita. Her first graded stakes win was the Santa Barbara, also at Santa Anita.

Beyond distance preference, Capital Plan also benefits Sunday by a major drop in class. She missed by only a length last month in the Gamely; the one-two finishers from that race did not return in the Beverly Hills. It’s an easy spot.

“I’m not going to predict she will win,” Hollendorfer said. “I am sure she likes the distance.”

The pace of the Beverly Hills should be slow, which is another factor that benefits Capital Plan. She can be positioned close to the lead, and will get first jump over 2-1 second choice Cambina.

A deep closer, Cambina finished second behind Capital Plan two starts back in Santa Barbara, and enters the Beverly Hills with a 6-for-19 record.

Garrett Gomez rides for trainer Jeff Bonde.

Quaintly has two runner-up finishes in the U.S. for trainer Patrick Biancone. She has won 2 of 13, and shortens from 1 1/2 miles.