Despite a bit of a bumpy start and some more bumps along the way, Michael Dubb, Simon David, Bethlehem Stables, and Bruce Irom’s Call Paul still prevailed Aug. 12 in the $200,000 Saratoga Special Stakes Presented by Miller Lite (G2) at Saratoga Race Course for his second consecutive win.
With only four horses entered in the 6 1/2-furlong sprint for 2-year-olds—Stage Left and Sir Truebadour scratched—the break was fraught with contact. Todd Pletcher trainee Meade bumped Call Paul twice out of the gate before being corrected. Then, in the turn, Call Paul brushed briefly with Spinoff, who backed away and shifted to last place.
“He responded very well when I asked him,” Ortiz said.