Camp Victory #4

By Vance Hanson –

Amazombie bulled his way between rivals in the stretch and drew off to cross the wire first by a half-length in Monday’s Grade 3, $100,000 Los Angeles Handicap at Hollywood Park. However, he left too much residual damage in his wake in the opinion of the stewards, who disqualified the 2-1 second choice and placed him third. In the right place at the right time was Featherston, Jacobsen and Miller’s Camp Victory, an 8-1 chance who rallied outside to be a clear second and was elevated to the winner’s circle at the conclusion of the six-furlong Cushion Track dash accomplished in 1:08 4/5.

Cost of Freedom, the 8-5 favorite, and Indian Firewater knocked each other out after dueling through splits of :22 1/5 and :44 2/5. Chasing the top pair in third was M One Rifle, with Camp Victory and Amazombie racing in tandem a little further back. While Camp Victory would take the overland route around M One Rifle in the stretch, Mike Smith aboard Amazombie waited for a seam to open up between rivals inside the final furlong. When the opening occurred Amazombie powered his way through, but in doing so bumped into M One Rifle, who in turn bumped slightly with Camp Victory. M One Rifle lost any momentum he might have had in the final yards, and despite looking much the best, Amazombie’s number was taken down after stewards initiated an inquiry.

Camp Victory, under Joe Talamo, returned $18.40, $7.40 and $3.80. M One Rifle was elevated to second with Amazombie officially placed third. Indian Firewater retreated to fourth and was followed by Cost of Freedom and Gato Go Win, who trailed throughout. Supreme Summit was scratched.

No stranger to the claiming ranks, Camp Victory was haltered for $40,000 by current trainer Mike Mitchell from a one-mile grass test the four-year-old gelding won at Santa Anita on February 13.

Following an off-the-turf optional claiming score at the same track, Camp Victory just missed catching Regally Ready by a nose in the grassy San Simeon Handicap down Santa Anita’s hillside course last time. The form has held up as Regally Ready went on to comfortably win the Twin Spires Turf Sprint (Grade 3) at Churchill Downs on May 7. Camp Victory now boasts a line of 16-7-1-0, $235,986.

Bred in Virginia by Atkins Homes Inc., Camp Victory was produced by the winning Victory Trick, a half-sister to Canadian Grade 2 winner Last Answer and a full sister to multiple stakes winner Victorious Trick. All were produced by the stakes-winning Victorious Answer, who is also the ancestress of Grade 2 winner Clever Response.