SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – Trainer Jason Servis hit the exacta on Wednesday after World of Trouble outran stablemate Fig Jelly and 10 other 3-year-old males to win his turf debut in the $100,000 Quick Call Stakes at Saratoga.
Breaking from the rail as the 8/5 favorite under Irad Ortiz, Jr., World of Trouble quickly secured command and set the pace through opening splits of :22.68 and :46.03. Still relatively unpressured as he made the turn for home, World of Trouble was able to kick away in the stretch and secure victory by 1 3/4 lengths in a final time of 1:04.11 for the 5 1/2-furlong sprint over the yielding outer turf course. The race was his first since having to scratch out of last month’s Grade 3 Amsterdam Stakes due to a fever.
“When he came up with a temp for the Amsterdam, we were really upset,” Servis said. “The horse had us really feeling good about the Amsterdam, but he came up with a temp the day of the race, like 102 and change, and we had to scratch. We really weren’t sure where to go.”
Fig Jelly was able to get up late from his stalking position over Dirty by a neck, while Totally Boss nosed out fourth past Stolen Pistol. The Korean-bred New Legend finished sixth ahead of Coltandmississippi, while Like What I See, Majestic Dunhill, Shangroyal, A Different Style, and Clouded Judgement completed the order of finish. Soutache was the race’s lone scratch due to being a Main Track Only entry.
World of Trouble’s win was his first since romping in the $125,000 Pasco Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs in January and improved his overall record to 6-3-1-1 with a lifetime bankroll of $278,400 for owners Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables, and Bethlehem Stables. The 3-year-old son of Kantharos had his only off-the-board performance last out in the Grade 2 Woody Stephens Stakes when he finished fourth, missing third by a neck.
“Mike (Dubb) suggested the turf and I said, ‘Man, that’s a great idea,'” Servis said. “We had to see how he bounced back out of the temp and we got it done. It shows you the highs and the lows in this game. In the Amsterdam, we were all down in the dumps, and now, everybody’s happy.”
World of Trouble returned $5.40 to win, $4 to place, and $3.10 to show. Fig Jelly brought back $6.90 to place and $5.10 to show, the Servis exacta paid $18.40 for $1, and Dirty paid $3.60 to show.