The buzz had been out all week on this impressive 2-year-old colt by Into Mischief after he worked impressively during July at Saratoga. He did not disappoint on Saturday.
"He had probably two of the fastest gate works we've ever had here at Saratoga," Pletcher told the Fox broadcast from the winner's circle.
High praise from a trainer who has saddled some of the quickest 2-year-olds around over the years at Saratoga.
Saez guided the Shadwell Stable runner to the wire with minimal urging, winning by almost five lengths in a time of 1:03.55 for five and a half furlongs. He paid $3.70 to win.
"His first step wasn't great," Pletcher said. "So I was really happy when he drew the seven post because it takes him a couple of strides to get going, but he's a very talented horse and I'm proud of what he did here today."
Wesley Ward's Guana Cay finished second with Rudy Rodriguez' Raise the Rent checking in third.
Pletcher is confident that Mutasaabeq will handle added distance, noting the Sept. 5 Hopeful Stakes (G1) could be next for the for his talented colt.
"He certainly trained that way and I think he finished with something left today, so I thought it was a perfect debut. Off a race like that, if things go well, maybe we'll point toward the Hopeful."