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Oaklawn: San Pablo Arrives for Essex Handicap

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(KATV, Source: Oaklawn) Hot Springs: Dan Bearden's San Pablo arrived in Hot Springs Tuesday for his engagement in Saturday's $100,000 Essex Handicap after flying in from trainer Todd Pletcher's Palm Meadows base in South Florida. He was assigned top weight of 120 lbs. for the 1 1/16-mile race.

The 5-year-old Jump Start horse enters the Essex having won four of his last five starts, including his last two – the $75,000 Queens County at Aqueduct Dec. 8 and $100,000 Swatara Stakes at Penn National Nov. 21.

His only poor performance came three races ago in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) at Belmont Sept. 29. Prior to the Jockey Club, he had earned his first graded stakes victory in the Iselin Handicap (G3) at Monmouth Park and won the Birdstone Stakes at Saratoga.

San Pablo's best races have come when he has been on or near the lead, but Pletcher is not worried about how Saturday's race might shape up.

"He is the kind that can adapt to any pace scenario," said Pletcher via email. "We are hoping for a good performance that could bring us back for the Oaklawn Handicap." 

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