08/02/2012 3:47PM

Saratoga: San Pablo by three lengths in Birdstone

Barbara D. Livingston
San Pablo wins the $100,000 Birdstone at Saratoga under jockey John Velazquez.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Rebounding from a fourth-place finish as the favorite in the Grade 2 Monmouth Cup, San Pablo stalked second choice Isn't He Perfect from the outset, wrested the lead turning for home, and drew away to win Thursday's $100,000 Birdstone Stakes by three lengths for trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey John Velazquez.

Isn't He Perfect, coming off a runner-up finish behind Toby's Corner's track record in last Saturday's Mountainview Handicap, set fractions of 23.89 seconds, 47.39, and 1:11.21 while under constant pressure from the winner, and saved the place by a half-length over Alma d'Oro.

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Alma d'Oro, also trained by Pletcher, was third by a nose over Hello Lover. It was more than 30 lengths back to Pleasant Prince, as the field of five crossed the wire in pari-mutuel order.

San Pablo paid $4.70 to win as the favorite, and improved to 6-3-1 from 11 starts. This was the fourth time he has beaten Isn't He Perfect, along with three decisions on Aqueduct's inner track this past winter.