San Pablo will try to
become a first-time graded stakes winner in Saturday’s Grade 3 $150,000 Philip
Iselin Stakes and if the professional handicappers are right, trainer Todd
Pletcher soon will have one more of them in the barn.
multiple stakes-winning San Pablo, a 4-year-old
colt by Jump Start out of the Silver Ghost mare Hunt’s Corner, was made the 2-1
favorite in the field of seven by Monmouth
Park track handicapper
Brad Thomas. Not only did San Pablo win the Birdstone Stakes at Saratoga by
three lengths last time out, but he earned a 102 Beyer Speed Figure in the
back, as the even-money favorite, he finished fourth behind stable mate Rule in
the Grade 2 Monmouth Cup at one mile, but the trip was far from ideal. He was
bumped at the start and then was forced to race wide the rest of the way.
distance of 1 1/8 miles in the Birdstone was ideal for him, so having to travel
the same in the Iselin will suit him.
Moreover, he likes to set the early fractions and it appears that the others
will have to chase him.
Dinner, Eldaafer, Self Control, Ponzi Scheme, Small Town Talk, and Toby’s
Corner will also contest the Iselin.