07/25/2013 4:49PM

Saratoga: Central Banker returns running in Quick Call

Barbara D. Livingston
Central Banker, making his first start since last November, draws clear under Joel Rosario in the Quick Call Stakes for 3-year-old turf sprinters.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Central Banker shrugged off a bit of rust early and took advantage of a contested pace to rally for a 3 3/4-length victory in Thursday’s $100,000 Quick Call Stakes for 3-year-olds at Saratoga.

 No Distinction, making his turf debut after three straight wins on dirt, held second by three-quarters of a length after being part of a four-ply early speed battle. The Brothers War rallied to be third.

 The win was the third from six starts for Central Banker, who was making his first start since running fifth in the Grade 3 Delta Jackpot on dirt last November. Two of Central Banker’s three career victories have come going 5 1/2 furlongs on turf at Saratoga.

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 Trainer Al Stall said he chose to bring Central Banker back in this spot because he felt it was the easiest race restricted to 3-year-olds he could find at this time of year.

 Under Joel Rosario, Central Banker broke a step slow, but quickly recovered and moved into fifth position while Stage Street, No Distinction, Weekend Hideaway, and Strike the Note lined up four across the track after a quarter in 21.73 seconds.

 Turning for home, Rosario tipped Central Banker four wide and though he bumped with I’m Wide Awake, he assumed the lead inside the eighth pole and won going away.

 “They were going pretty quick. I kept him really busy because he kind of waits a little bit, and he won easy today,” Rosario said.

 Central Banker, a son of Speightstown owned by Seth Klarman and Bill Lawrence, covered the 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:02.56 over firm turf and returned $10.40 as the third choice.

 “He doesn’t break that great anyway but maybe that was his lack of recency, but he sure got on his feet pretty quickly after that,” Stall said. “We wanted to let that speed run away from us and follow them. It’s one of those rare occasions where everything worked out just perfectly.”