There’s no shortage of good recent form in the G3 Quick Call Stakes, the feature at Saratoga on Sunday, with two sprinters on a class upgrade bidding for a five-timer after cleaning up at stakes level. Big Invasion and Nobals are the horses in question, with tough opposition coming from British import Asymmetric and potential pace factor One Timer.
Quick Call Stakes
Grade 3, $175,000, 5 1/2f turf, 3yo
Christophe Clement has made a good start to the Saratoga meet, winning the Forbidden Apple with City Man, and will be hoping to consolidate it in the Quick Call, the highlight of Sunday afternoon at the Spa.
He saddles the in-form Big Invasion , who is riding a four-race winning streak that includes three stakes victories, including last time out at Belmont Park over seven furlongs. He finished his race off very well at the Big Sandy, scooting clear to beat pace-setter Asymmetric by three and a quarter lengths, and has the speed for this cutback judged on his previous scores at Gulfstream Park over five and Churchill Downs over five and a half, when Run Curtis Run was two and a half lengths away in third.
There’s pace here for Big Invasion to run at and it’s almost certain he hasn’t reached his ceiling yet. That was the first run Stateside for the British import Asymmetric, G2 winner and G1-placed last year, who has never run over less than six furlongs and spots weight all round owing to that G2 score. His jockey habitually rides a waiting race, whatever the circumstances, so he is an unlikely pace angle this time.
Larry Rivelli takes two shots, with his main contender the equally in-form Nobals, who has also won his last four races, three stakes on synthetics at Turfway Park and Woodbine and latterly an allowance on turf over this distance at Churchill Downs. The ribaldly-named Nobals – he’s a gelding – went gate to wire under the twin spires, seeing off Run Curtis Run by a length and a half and putting seven lengths between himself and fourth-placed Sky And Sand, and figures to play catch-me-if-you-can again.
As may his barnmate One Timer, who suffered his only defeat when ninth in the G2 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint – Run Curtis Run last of 12 – and rebounded to winning ways in a six-furlong stakes on the synthetic at Presque Isle Downs, making all and clearing right away to win by six and a quarter lengths.
Surprise Boss broke his maiden over course and distance and will be suited by the cutback after running second-best in a seven-furlong stakes at Belmont Park. He and barnmate Dance Code, winner of a stakes at Parx last year but zero-for-three in 2022, are among the last runners for disgraced trainer Juan Vazquez, who on Monday begins a suspension that extends to January 2025.
Quick Call Stakes Betting Prediction
Two in-form sophomore sprinters lock horns and preference is for NOBALS, who will be difficult to reel in if able to get his own way on the lead again.
|HORSE RACING ODDS BY JAZZSPORTS
|Jamie P. Spencer
|Irad Ortiz, Jr.
|Run Curtis Run
|Ricardo Santana, Jr.
|Sky And Sand
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