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San Pablo Looks To Defend Title In Sunday's Iselin

Posted Saturday, Aug 17, 2013

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            Trainer Todd Pletcher will send San Pablo into Sunday’s $150,000 Phillip H. Iselin Stakes, last year’s winner of the Grade 3 event. San Pablo will travel a mile and an eighth along the main track as he tries to be the first horse since West Coast Scout in 1972 and 1973 to win back-to-back runnings of the Iselin.

            “He’s coming into the race in good form,” Pletcher said. “Hopefully he will run as well as last year.”

            A 5-year-old son of Jump Start out of Hunt’s Corner, San Pablo is coming off of a victory in his last outing: a stakes event at Belmont (June 14) where he bested the field by an impressive 3 ½ lengths, and stepping the mile and a sixteenth in 1:41 flat.

San Pablo has worked five times since his last race, breezing four furlongs in :47 4/5 in his most recent session at Saratoga on Aug. 12. The Burning Sands Stables color-bearer will race at Monmouth for the fourth time in the Iselin, where he is currently two-for-three.

Chris DeCarlo, winning jockey in last year’s Iselin, will ride San Pablo again Sunday as he tries for his third win in this race. The duo went the mile and an eighth in 1:49 3/5 in last year’s event, winning by 3 ½ lengths. San Pablo is 7-2 on the morning line for this year’s Iselin, second choice to Chad Brown’s Last Gunfighter at 2-1. The 78th renewal of the Phillip H. Iselin Stakes will go as race 10 on Sunday’s 12-race card.   


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