Notes & Quotes from the G3 Tropical Turf Handicap: Doctor Mounty

Gulfstream Park

From the Gulfstream Park Media Team:

Shug McGaughey, (winning trainer, Doctor Mounty): “His last race [eighth in Grade 2 Fort Lauderdale], he didn’t run that bad. It was just too tough. He was 70-1. Today, he’s 5-1. He only got beat eight lengths and there were five Grade 1 winners in the race.

“I’ve been a little bit puzzled about how far he wants to run. Today, the big thing was to get him relaxed. Javier (Castellano) got him to relax and when he get that, he finishes up like he did today.”

Javier Castellano (winning jockey, Doctor Mounty): “I had a great, great trip. That’s what I was looking for today. He broke well out of the gate, but he’s a come-from-behind horse. I said, ‘Let’s take advantage of all the speed in the race.’ The way the race unfolded worked out great for my horse. I sat behind horses and made one run.”

Jockey Julien Leparoux (Heart to Heart): “When he broke he threw his head up and hit me in the face. After that he relaxed good for me and ran a nice race. We were too wide [around the first turn].”

Winning time: 1:34.62
Owners: Larry Pratt and Dave Alden
Winning margin: One length

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds

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