On paper, the horse with the most accomplished record, the one that earns consistently fast figures on anyone’s scale is Call Paul (5-2).
Call Paul never has run on turf but has an enviable sprint record and his Jason Servis is a profitable 30% with grass debut types. Everyone wants to win in Saratoga and NYRA Board member Michael Dubb is no exception.
Besides, if he doesn’t win, there’s no real down side; he’s already a multiple graded winner, including the G2 Saratoga Special last summer at 2. Not interesting to us.
The favorite in this open race should be, in our opinion, Listing (4-1). He too is a multiple stakes winner but not at the same level, The Cal-bred won a state-bred stakes down the hill at Santa Anita and an overnight turf sprint.
So he has turf-sprint stamina to win at 6-1/2 furlongs and enough gas to lead throughout going 5 furlongs. Performance figures are competitive, forward, and has good spacing. Joel Rosario renews his relationship with Ben Cecil, whose barn has been live.
Others also interest, Abyssinian (7-2) never has taken a backward step, has the pole with Johnny for Wesley Ward and as a filly gets eight pounds from our choice.
Gladiator King (8-1) is fast, and is 2-for-3 at the trip. Low profile connects should ensure more than fair odds and we think ( 20-1) on Neverland Rock for the Asmussen-Santana team is out of line.
But Listing looks like the right fit; 5-2 would be fair enough. THe price horses above could make for some exotic fun.