CAPITAL EXPENSE SPLASHES TO VICTORY IN FEATURE
AUBURN, Wash. (May 12, 2017) – Capital Expense raced to a big early lead and cruised to a four-length victory Friday in the featured Stella Artois Purse for 3-year-olds and up at Emerald Downs.
Ridden by Rocco Bowen, Capital Expense splashed six furlongs in 1:09.29 on a sloppy track and paid $7.80 as third choice in the wagering. Robbie Baze is the winning trainer for owner L D’ Rado Thoroughbreds of Vancouver, British Columbia.
Hustled to the lead in the opening strides, Capital Expense set fractions of :21.79, :44.14 and :56.19, opening a four-length lead into the stretch, and was not threatened in the final furlong.
A British Columbia-bred 4-year-old by Scots Pine, Capital Expense is 2-2-1 in 12 career starts with earnings of $25,158. The gray gelding’s previous victory was a 40-to-1 upset vs. maiden special weights two years ago at Hastings Racecourse.
Only the High Road, ridden by Leonel Camacho-Flores, raced nearest to the winner throughout and was easily second best, and Rally Cap Rudy overcame an awkward start to finish third. Parker’s Behr Cat and Party for One rounded out the order of finish.
NOTES: Bowen rode three winners on the seven-race card–already his fourth triple of the meet–and tops the standings with 21 wins. . .Bowen is 8-for-18 this season when riding for trainer Charles Essex, including a victory on Our Power Surge ($4.80) in the Friday nightcap. . .Trainer Blaine Wright improved to 11-for-22 at the meet as Heroes for Ghosts ($3.40) cruised to a five-length triumph in the Friday opener. . .Trainer Elodio Madrigal scored his first career victory as Osmosis ($11.40) raced to a gate-to-wire victory in Friday’s second race. . .Apprentice Kevin Orozco extended his winning streak to nine straight days with a late surge to victory aboard Jazz Queen ($23.20) in race six for trainer Roddina Barrett. A 5-year-old Majestic Perfection mare, Jazz Queen became the meet’s seventh two-time winner. . .8-year-old Hello Brown ended a 15-race losing streak with a narrow victory over Tres Twain in Friday’s fourth race. A California-bred gelding by Marino Marini, Hello Brown has 11 wins in 54 career starts. . .Washington Hall of Fame trainer Howard Belvoir celebrates his 73rd birthday Saturday. . .Live racing continues Saturday with an eight-race program at 2:15 p.m. and Sunday’s 10-race card features the $50,000 Auburn Stakes for 3-year-old colts and geldings. First post on Mother’s Day is 2 p.m.