08/11/2009 11:00PM

Late run does trick for Uncle T Seven in Calloway


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Trainer John Morrison has known for a year the manner in which his horse Uncle T Seven needs to be ridden. Getting riders to execute the wait-as-long-as-you-can method has been a challenge.

Morrison obviously got his point across to Julien Leparoux, who rallied Uncle T Seven from last to win Wednesday's $150,000 Cab Calloway Division of the New York Stallion Stakes by 2 3/4 lengths at Saratoga. Livin Large finished second, 1 1/2 lengths ahead of 2-1 favorite Scientist, who got third by a head over Storm Hope. The Cab Calloway is restricted to progeny of New York-based stallions.

The victory was the first for Uncle T Seven, a son of Freud, since he won the Times Square Division of the Stallion Stakes going six furlongs in the slop on Aqueduct's inner dirt on March 29. Friday's race was 1 1/16 miles on the outer turf course.

"Distance isn't an issue," Morrison said.

But riding style is.

Morrison said he realized in last year's With Anticipation Stakes here, in which Uncle T Seven finished fourth, that Uncle T Seven needs to be taken back and allowed to make one run.

"To get a jock to understand that sometimes it's a little difficult," Morrison said.

Leparoux had Uncle T Seven last of eight while Puregoodmiss set the pace, pressed by The Plot Thickens, with Scientist seemingly getting a dream trip, covered up and in third. Leparoux had Uncle T Seven creep into contention around the turn, and had to wait for room to open up. It did in midstretch when Scientist struck the front but was drifting, and Leparoux shot Uncle T Seven inside of him and outside of The Plot Thickens. Uncle T Seven easily outkicked Livin Large through the last sixteenth.

Uncle T Seven, owned by Thomas Mina, Dennis Brida, Suzanne Bobley, and MFRG Racing Stable, covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.51 and returned $6.80 as the second choice.

"That was the plan to save ground on the rail," Leparoux said. "I had to wait for the room, but I didn't want to ask him too early anyway. After that, when we found room, he really kicked very nice for me."

Morrison said he would consider running Uncle T Seven back in the $150,000 Albany Handicap, a 1 1/8-mile dirt race, here on Aug. 26.