Oceanport, N.J. – Burning Sands Stable LLC’s San Pablo
powered past Small Town Talk and Toby’s Corner in mid-stretch before drawing
off to a 3 ½ length victory in the Grade 3 $150,000 Philip H. Iselin Stakes at
Monmouth Park on Saturday before a crowd of 11,958.
Todd Pletcher, San Pablo sat off the pace early before coming under a ride
around the far turn and reeling in his foes near the 1/8th
pole. San Pablo covered the mile and an eighth over
a fast main track in 1:49.59 and paid $3.80, $2.40 and $2.10 as the favorite in
the field of six colts and geldings.
Toby’s Corner completed the $8.60 exacta and paid $2.80 and $2.40. It was another head back to pacesetter Small
Town Talk, who returned $3.60 to show.
was to just get him comfortable early and into a nice rhythm,” said winning
jockey Chris DeCarlo. “I just sat and
waited with him until it was time to go.
He’s not a quick punch type of horse so I started riding him a little
early so as to not give him too much to do.
Once we straightened up in the lane he was rolling.”
victory, the first graded win for San
Pablo, was the seventh in 12 career starts for the 4-year-old
colt by Jump Start from the Silver Ghost mare Hunt’s Corner. He has now earned $382,800 for his
continues at Monmouth
Park on Sunday, Aug. 19 –
gates open 11:30 a.m., first post 12:45 p.m.
In addition to live action, Sunday marks day two of the Shore Chef Crab
Cake Cook-Off at the track, which runs from noon to 5 p.m.