Call Paul Phones In A Saratoga Special Triumph

Michael Dubb, David Bruce, Bethlehem Stable and Bruce Irom’s Call Paul was a determined winner of Sunday’s Grade 2 Saratoga Special, turning back a bid from the 3-2 favorite Tight Ten to win by about a length. A juvenile son of Friesan Fire bred in Pennsylvania, the colt covered 6 1/2 furlongs over Saratoga’s fast main track in 1:16.55. Irad Ortiz, Jr. piloted the 4-5 second choice for trainer Jason Servis.

“He’s a nice colt,” Servis said. “I’ve been breezing him behind horses and covering him up and we were thinking if he got stuck down inside and we were laying second or third, not bad. He’s got a great mind.”

The four-horse juvenile field was sent off with a picture-perfect beginning, each in line with the others as they sped through the first sixteenth of a mile. From there, the first to take back was Meade, leaving three across, until Call Paul took a half-length advantage to mark the first quarter in :22.48.

Tight Ten was stalking from second, followed by Meade and Spinoff. Rounding the far turn, Tight Ten tried to draw even with Call Paul, but was hard-ridden to do so through the head of the lane.

Call Paul still had a slight advantage at the top of the stretch, and Tight Ten was struggling to run in a straight line, getting in badly and bumping Call Paul. Despite that interference, Call Paul put away his rival in deep stretch to win by a length going away. Tight Ten finished second, while Spinoff caught third.

 “He responded very well when I asked him,” relayed Ortiz. “When the 6 horse [Stage Left] scratched, we had to change our plans a little and be closer then we envisioned. Initially, we wanted to sit just off the speed, but with the scratch but when we broke we got out there and got the lead. There wasn’t too much bumping in the late stretch. I don’t think it affected him. When I asked him, he took off.”

Bred in Pennsylvania by Beatrice Patterson and Vicky Schowe, Call Paul was a $210,000 juvenile purchase at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale. He broke his maiden at Delaware Park by 2 1/4 lengths in early July, and the Saratoga Special win keeps his record perfect with earnings of over $140,000.

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