08/24/2013 6:14PM

Saratoga: Capo Bastone connects at 28-1 in King's Bishop

Barbara D. Livingston
Irad Ortiz Jr. guides Capo Bastone from far back to upset the King's Bishop for 3-year-old sprinters.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -   Capo Bastone earned himself a spot in the $500,000 King’s Bishop field after holding his own in a workout last weekend with Verrazano. Six days later, Capo Bastone found 13 other 3-year-olds a lot easier to handle than his star-studded stablemate, rallying from far back under a masterful ride by Irad Ortiz Jr. to register a startling two-length victory over Mentor Cane in Saturday’s Grade 1 King’s Bishop at Saratoga.

Despite having finished second, beaten a neck by King’s Bishop favorite Forty Tales in the Grade 3 Derby Trial earlier in the year and coming from the barn of the meet’s leading trainer, Todd Pletcher, Capo Bastone went off at odds of 28-1 and paid $58.50. His victory gave Pletcher his 13th stakes win of the meet and his fourth in a Grade 1 event.

As expected, Capo Bastone dropped well off the early pace of Let Em Shine, who set a lively pace while stalked from the outset by Mentor Cane. Mentor Cane shook clear leaving the turn and appeared to have an insurmountable lead at mid-stretch. But Ortiz found ample room to split horses with Capo Bastone entering the stretch and once settling for the drive, the son of Street Boss finished full of run to easily catch and pull away from the tiring leader.

Central Banker rallied belatedly to finish third with Forty Tales finding his best stride too late, checking in fourth after being forced to check and alter course at the top of the stretch.

Capo Bastone covered seven furlongs over a fast and what had been a speed-favoring track in 1:22.22.

“The horse was doing really well and we loved the way he trained with Verrazano on Sunday,” said Pletcher. “He showed in the past, the way he ran second in the Derby Trial and third last year in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, that he was the kind of horse who was capable of a big performance on the right day. We decided it was time to take a shot, the pace was ideal, and everything worked out right.”

Pletcher said jockey Julien Leparoux, who replaced the injured Joel Rosario aboard Forty Tales, told him it just took his horse a little too long to get untracked. Forty Tales had only one horse beat after the opening half-mile of the King’s Bishop.

“Julien said it just took a little while to get his legs underneath him, that he was just a little bit flat,” said Pletcher.  “That once he found a seam, he finally got untracked in the last eighth of a mile.”


Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mentor Cane ran everyone into the ground. Let Em Shine was this super speedball, but had no answer for the high cruising colt by Mizzen mast. Capo Batone had to have a freak day to beat anyone and he did. Such is horse racing. All I am saying is when the BC sprint at 6f comes around. My Money is on Mentor Cane. I think he can mature more and run the BC sprint field off their feet. By 6 panels in the KB he was 4 lengths clear in 1:09 with no urging.
Matthew Ellis More than 1 year ago
Mentor Cane looked like a monster he just opened up to early and fast. kind of was in no-mans land at the 1/8 pole against a tough field. WOW his future looks bright and with the right trainer to get him straight
Matthew Ellis More than 1 year ago
He won easily if you think this was a fluke it wasn't. He was the chosen one who worked with Verazzano a good sprinter/miler and was the Price longshot horse sent out to do just this.The uncoupled entry game was in full affect and paid more than anticipated for such a powerful stable/barn just shows the deception/propaganda played out perfect. Look Out its used a lot and you must respect these unpromoted horses
Steven Daggett More than 1 year ago
I would really like to know what happened to Let Em Shine. He stopped like he got shot. Did he break down or just not like the going???
Matthew Ellis More than 1 year ago
Was a terrible effort didn't run a 1/2 mile maybe the travel !!!
Infinity More than 1 year ago
Should not have been 28:1....big field boosted hisodds...derby trial was agood race.....Mentor Cane looks a little freaky--big sprinter.....Sreet Boss was quick..
Matthew Ellis More than 1 year ago
Fixed was wrong word for earlier entry. Intention was the uncoupled entry game that certain trainers/barns/stables play. What is your explanation for CAPO BASTONE (30-1) TAP the 35% winning-leading trainer. Where most thought his other horses had best chance of winning. I already know that some of you who win every race had it EASILY. The point was all the attention toward others. Dreaming of Julia, Forty Tlales,,, VERAZZANO who looked an awful lot like BIG Brown to me. I KNOW the pros already knew he couldn't get 1 1/4 Yesterday he couldn't get 1 1/16
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Matthew Ellis More than 1 year ago
Matthew Ellis More than 1 year ago
Capo didn't have any trouble getting his legs under him or going against the track bias. Looked pretty convincing to me winning. The uncoupled entry is the name of this game just as Kentucky Oaks and numerous others over the years. Horse was doing great as was Princess before Oaks but all you hear or read is Dreaming of Julia, Forty Tales, and OHH VERAZZANO
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this one hurt bad when i had my tri blown up by a horrible trip for 40 Tales. Capo and Mentor had the front of my tri easily,but all 40 had to do was finish 3rd. woke up this morning and im still sick! ouch
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