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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Call Paul and Please Flatter Me win major Pa-bred stakes

Call Paul, bred by Beatrice Patterson and Vicky Showe, won the $100,000 Pennsylvania Nursery Stakes at Parx on Dec. 1, making his claim to be the Pa-bred champion 2-year-old colt of the year.

Call PaulCall PaulJust a  little over a week earlier, Mark Reid saddled Please Flatter Me to win the $100,000 Blue Mountain Juvenile Filly Stakes to make it two wins from two starts and her claim to be the Pa-bred 2-year-old filly of the year.

Call Paul, by Friesan Fire out of Avani Force, by Forestry, is owned by Michael Dubb, David Simon, Bethlehem Stables LLC and Bruce Irom, trained by Jason Servis and was ridden by Trevor McCarthy.

He has now won three races from five starts, including the G2 Saratoga Special Stakes at Saratoga, and he inished third in the G1 Champagne Stakes at Belmont and third in the G2 Nashua Stakes at Aqueduct, running his winnings to $279,500.


CALL PAUL won the Nursery Stakes by 5 lengths over Jump for Alex with Splicethemainbrace a neck further back in third.

"He won that pretty easily," said Paterson, who was sorry to have had to miss being at Parx for the win.

"We had just landed in Tucson, so we watched the replay," said Patterson, whose husband Duncan is one of the longest-serving horse racing commissioners in the country, having served as the chair of the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission, which regulates and oversees the sport, for the last 10 years. "Duncan is here for a racing commission meeting."

"Duncan spoke to Trevor (Call Paul's jockey), and he said that Trevor was pretty impressed." said Patterson.

While Call Paul is a Pa-bred, he has run most of his races in New York, and Patterson said she thought the owners were going to keep him in New York.

But Patterson and Showe have picked up at least two breeders' awards, one for his maiden win at Delaware Park (the Pattersons kept him on their farm in Delaware for a number of months, qualifying him as a Del-bred) and now a good sized Breeders' Award check from his win at Parx.

"Now we're waiting to see what his half-sister does next year "when she'll be a 2-year-old)," said Patterson, "She's bring trained by Randy Allen, so she'll stay in Pennsylvania. It's taken 73 years, but we've finally made it."

Please Flatter MePlease Flatter MePlease Flatter Me, by Munnings out of She's Flattering, by Flatter, was bred by Mary Katherine Haire, is owned by Smart Angle LLC, trained by Mark Reid and was ridden by Alex Cintron to win the Fillies Stakes at Penn National on Nov. 21.

She won by 4 lengths over Ujjayi with Tara's Talent another neck back in third.

Please Flatter Me is now two for two, having won a Maiden Special Weight race at Penn National on Oct. 12.

She now has $89,268 in earnings.



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