Larry Prat and Dave Alden's Doctor Mounty provided a 25-1 upset in Saturday's Grade 3 Baltimore/Washington International Turf Cup, just getting his nose down in front of the late-surging 1-2 favorite Projected, winner of this race last year. Doctor Mounty was ridden by Forest Boyce for Shug McGaughey in his first graded stakes win; the 5-year-old son of Street Sense covered one mile on Laurel's yielding turf course in 1:41.78. Irish Strait finished third, and Dalarna was fourth.
After taking the lead from Dalarna at the top of the stretch, Doctor Mounty and Boyce had to hold off the driving Projected and jockey Joe Bravo, who were gaining with every stride inside the winner.
“I actually turned to Joe and asked him [if I won] and he said, 'You definitely won,'” Boyce said.
Doctor Mounty had previously won an allowance optional claimer on Laurel's turf course in 2016 and had finished second earlier this year on the course in the Henry Clark.
While Abiding Star set fractions of :24.38, :49.20 and 1:15.84 on the front, Boyce moved Doctor Mounty three-wide around the turn while Projected moved up along the inside.
“I kind of asked him a little earlier,” Boyce said. “There were a couple horses I was keeping my eye on. I wanted to make sure we got the jump on them.”
Bred in Kentucky by G. Watts Humphrey Jr., Susan Keller, Vicki Oliver and G. Watts Humphrey III, Doctor Mounty was a $150,000 yearling at the Keeneland September sale. He was picked up by his current connections for $170,000 as a 2-year-old at the OBS June sale. The Turf Cup is Doctor Mounty's first graded stakes win, improving his overall record to 6-5-2 from 22 starts and and earnings of over $340,000.
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