Larry Pratt and Dave Alden's Doctor Mounty, a multiple Grade 3 winner who has earned four of his seven career victories at Laurel Park, will take a step back from graded company for the first time since last fall in Sunday's $100,000 Prince George's County Stakes.
The 1 1/16-mile Prince George's County for 3-year-olds and up over Laurel's world-class turf course is the third of four $100,000 stakes on a special Father's Day program of nine races, starting with a 1:10 p.m. first post. The day also features Cars, Cigars & Barbecue, one of the most unique Father's Day celebrations in the Mid-Atlantic, from noon to 7 p.m. Admission and parking are free.
Doctor Mounty, a 6-year-old son of 2006 champion juvenile and 2007 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Street Sense, earned his first career graded-stakes triumph last fall at Laurel in the Baltimore-Washington International Turf Cup (G3).
Since running third by two lengths in the Richard W. Small Stakes over Laurel's main track Nov. 10, Doctor Mounty has contested five straight graded-stakes on the grass, most recently finishing sixth over a soft Belmont Park course in the Fort Marcy (G3) May 4.
Overall, Doctor Mounty is four-for-seven at Laurel with one second and one third. In addition to the BWI Turf Cup, he won optional claiming allowances in July of 2016 at 1 1/16 miles on dirt and July and October of 2017. The former race came at 1 1/8 miles on dirt while the latter was rained off the grass to a mile on the main track.
“I don't' think it matters. He's won at Laurel when it was really soft, but personally I think he'd rather have it firm,” Robbie Medina, assistant to Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey, said Friday.
“He's doing well and he's run very well over that track,” he added. “Not that it's an easy spot, but he's been running against some pretty salty horses.”
This year, Doctor Mounty won the Tropical Turf (G3) at Gulfstream Park to open his season and was third in the Appleton (G3) and fifth in the Maker's 46 Mile (G1), by 2 ½ and two lengths, respectively. Listed at 8-1 on the morning line, he will break from Post 8 in a field of nine under Forest Boyce.
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