Infinite Wisdom wires field for first stakes win in John’s Call

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Amerman Racing’s Infinite Wisdom set an easy pace and surged in the stretch, going gate-to-wire to win his first stakes in the 14th running of the $100,000 John’s Call for 3-year-olds and up on the Mellon turf Wednesday at Saratoga Race Course.

Infinite Wisdom handled the career-long 1 5/8-mile distance well, with jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. sending him to the front, logging a quarter-mile in 25.79 seconds and the half in 51.68.

The 6-year-old, who was making his second career stakes start and first since a sixth-place effort in last year’s Grade 3 Oceanport, saw St. Louie recover from a bobble at the break to challenge him near the far turn.

But Ortiz steadied Infinite Wisdom entering the stretch and the Smart Strike gelding outkicked Nessy for the one-length win, completing the course in 2:40.52.

Infinite Wisdom won for the first time in seven starts for trainer Brian Lynch, finally breaking through after back-to-back runner-up efforts against allowance company.

The victory was also Lynch’s first of the meet in 20 starts.

Off as the 2-1 favorite, Infinite Wisdom paid $6.60 on a $2 win bet. He improved his career earnings to $277,077.

Nessy, trained by Ian Wilkes, finished in the money for the seventh time in his last nine starts.

St. Louie, making his first stakes start since the 2015 Paradise Creek, was third, 1 ¼-lengths behind Nessy for trainer Mike Maker.

Red Rifle, Renown and Montclair completed the order of finish. Mr Singh was scratched.

Renown is trained by Elizabeth Voss, the daughter of Thomas Voss, the former trainer of Grade 1 Sword Dancer-winner John’s Call, who was posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame earlier this month. 

By Paul Wager

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