Call Paul Gives Irad Ortiz Graded Stakes Double In Swale

by | 02.02.2019 | 5:04pm
Call Paul and Irad Ortiz wins the Swale in February of 2019

Jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. swept the first two graded stakes on Gulfstream's Saturday card, taking the G3 Forward Gal with 1-2 favorite Feedback and coming right back to win the G3 Swale Stakes with 3-2 top choice Call Paul. Owned by Michael Dubb, David Simon, Bethlehem Stables and Bruce Irum, the 3-year-old son of Friesan Fire covered seven furlongs over the fast main track in 1:23.43. Call Paul's victory was his fourth lifetime win in six starts for trainer Jason Servis.

Country Singer sprinted to the lead from outward Post 11 and was in front through a brisk quarter-mile in 21.76 seconds and a half in 44.27 pressed to his outside by High Crime, both horses making their stakes debut. Zenden, unbeaten in his two career starts including a victory in the Buffalo Man Stakes Dec. 8, tracked along in third.

Despite breaking a step slow from Post 5 as the 3-2 favorite, Jason Servis-trained Call Paul ($5) was able to settle in mid-pack under Ortiz, sweep to the lead on the far outside around the turn and power past Zenden through the stretch to win in 1:23.43 over a fast main track.

“I didn't panic when he broke a step slow. I have a lot of confidence riding [trainer Jason Servis'] horses,” Ortiz said. “I just helped him a little bit to get position. From there I just waited for the moment to go, and when I asked him, he responded really well.”

Zenden was a clear second, two lengths ahead of Topper T. It was another neck back to High Crime in fourth.

Call Paul opened his career last summer with back-to-back wins including the Sanford (G2) at Saratoga. From there, he ran third in the Champagne (G1) and Nashua (G3), both at a mile, before capping his juvenile campaign with a five-length romp in the seven-furlong Pennsylvania Nursery for state-breds.

“He's done really good up to a mile. I don't know what the owner and trainer want to do, but he's nice horse at seven-eighths, a flat mile,” he added. “Whatever they want to do, I'm going to be happy.”

Bred in Pennsylvania by Beatrice Patterson and Vicky Schowe, Call Paul was a $20,000 yearling at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall sale. He returned to the sales ring as a 2-year-old to command $210,000, and his four-for-six record has the colt's current earnings at over $360,000.

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