07/30/2011 2:36PM

Saratoga: Convocation may try Woodward next

Tom Keyser
Convocation wins a third-level allowance at Saratoga Friday.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Trainer Jimmy Jerkens said it looks like the Grade  1 Woodward on Labor Day will be next for Convocation following his convincing 3 1/4-length victory over Ron the Greek in a mile and one-eighth allowance race here Friday.

The victory was the first this season for Convocation, a 5-year-old son of Pulpit, who was pressed on the lead from the outset by Ice Box before ultimately asserting his superiority and edging well clear through the stretch.

“There didn’t look like there was any speed in there,” said Jerkens when asked if he was surprised to see Convocation on the lead and pressed by Ice Box of all horses on Friday. “I thought he ran very well.”

Convocation, who has been graded stakes placed on several occasions, received a 97 Beyer Speed Figure for the victory. That matched the number he earned when finishing fourth four weeks earlier in the Grade 2 Suburban.

“I think the Woodward will be his next start,” said Jerkens. “He’s not eligible for anything else although a lot will depend on how the race shapes up. We just have to hope when he gets in against horses that are a little better than him, that they don’t have their best day because you know you’re pretty much going to get the same race out of him every time.”