Dr Post widens to win late Monmouth Cup E! News UK
Dr Post wins the Monmouth Grade 3 Cup at Monmouth Park.
The Haskell Stakes Grade 1 undercard featured another 1 1/8 mile stakes race, the Monmouth Grade 3 Cup for children ages 3 and up. Dr Post, who finished fifth in the final Grade 1 Met Mile, passed the last corner and rallied into the stretch to win the G3 stakes at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, NJ
Bal Harbor was the fastest at the start, taking the lead over Justinthenickoftime and Ny Traffic, with Bankit in fourth. Joel Rosario and Dr Post remained in fifth place as Bal Harbor posted the first quarter in: 23.11 and the half mile in: 46.97, with Justinthenickoftime and Ny Traffic in second and third place. As the peloton of six made their way to the final corner, Ny Traffic bid for the lead, with Bankit with him. Rosario kept Dr Post in fifth position until they entered the stretch, when he sent the Quality road foal outside for a leading race.
In the Monmouth straight, Bankit had a head start with Dr Post taking second in the middle of the track. Dr Post passed Bankit in the Round of 16, hitting the 1 1/4 length wire ahead of Night Ops and Bankit. Ny Traffic, Bal Harbor and Justinthenickoftime completed the order of arrival. The final 1-1 / 8 mile time was 1: 47.53.
Dr. Post paid $ 7.20, $ 4.20 and $ 2.80. Nighttime operations paid $ 4.40 and $ 3.00. Bankit paid $ 3.00 to show.
Trainer Todd Pletcher was thrilled with Dr Post’s victory. “He had a pretty tricky race in the Haskell last year (finishing third) but we felt like we knew him well enough to show he would handle the track. We had been considering putting blinders on him for a while. He ran so well in the Westchester (Grade 3 at Belmont on his first start in 2021) after the layoff, and then he didn’t (in the last Grade 1 Met Mile at Belmont). But then we put it in (blinders) and thought it made a difference. I thought it made the difference today. He’s also had a rough trip to the Met, which has been a never-ending race. I think he enjoyed the thousand and eighth today. We got a good honest pace and that helped him today. He got into a good, comfortable pace and then had a good sustained run.
Joel Rosario scored a graduated victory in his first round over the winner. “I’ve never ridden this horse before, but (trainer) Todd (Pletcher) said he was a bit more focused with the blinders (for the first time). I think it was the case in the race. He was more focused, more forward even in the back, and it seemed like he was going pretty easily. He took his time on the turn a bit but when he started to stretch his legs he had a good race, especially in the round of 16. I was happy with the first fractions and how fast they were going. I tried to get him to participate a little more because he was going so easily and I wanted to have him a little more in the race at that point. The last stage, he really entered his stride. It was a very good performance. “
Bred in Kentucky by Cloyce C. Clark, Dr Post is a 4 year old colt by Quality Road and Mary Delaney, by Hennessy. It is owned by St. Elias Stable. Dr Post was shipped by Hunter Valley Farm and sold for $ 400,000 to Crupi’s New Castle during the September 2018 Keeneland Yearling Sale. His Monmouth Cup win is his second win in three starts in 2021, setting a lifetime record of four wins in nine starts and $ 700,635 in career earnings.
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