Off at 2-5, San Pablo pressed Gallant Fields in second, racing a half-length behind the leader as the pacesetter traveled the opening half-mile in 48.99 seconds. San Pablo wrested a narrow lead from Gallant Fields through three quarters in 1:13.83 as Isn’t He Perfect ranged up three wide in third, forged a clear advantage past the furlong marker, and dug in after Gallant Fields angled outside to offer a late challenge.
The Queens County marked the sixth stakes victory and third at Aqueduct for San Pablo, who last winter won the Big A’s Flying Chevron and As Indicated overnight stakes. He entered the Queens County off a 4 ½-length score in the Swatara on November 21 at Penn National. The 4-year-old also has wins in Saratoga Race Course’s Birdstone and Monmouth Park’s Grade 3 Philip H. Iselin to his credit.
San Pablo is 9-3-1 in 15 starts. The $45,000 winner’s share of the Queen’s County purse lifted his earnings $490,400. He is one of a dozen stakes winners in 2012 for JUMP START, the leading stakes sire in the Northeast.