03/26/2007 12:00AM

Part Timer wins for first time in U.S.


Part Timer ($7.60), invading from England by way of Southern California, captured Saturday's $45,000 Tempe Handicap for 3-year-olds at Turf Paradise.

Owned by Class Racing Stable and A&R Stables and trained by Jeff Metz, Part Timer sat well back early in the about one mile turf event, steadily advanced, surged between horses in midstretch and kept on smartly to win by a length under Chris Landeros. Organ Pipe stalked the pace, made the lead in midstretch but couldn't fend off the winner, still finishing secong 7 1/2 lengths clear of the third horse, favored Capt. Joe Blow, who was making his first start in a route and first on the turf. Capt. Joe Blow opened up an eight-length lead going down the backside but faltered in the lane in the field of eight.

Part Timer, an Irish-bred son of Mujadil, had made only one previous start in the U.S., that an eighth-place finish in the Eddie Logan at Santa Anita on Dec. 30. He covered the distance in 1:36.20 . The winner's share of $27,000 pushes his career earnings to $44,771 from 2 wins in 11 starts.