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

He didn’t break real good but finished off real well. We saved all the ground, but he’s still kind of figuring it out.”

James Graham, Jockey of Roiland, third

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