Weekend racing wrap: Dr. Feelgood, Skeptic, and more
A kiss for DelCap winner Elate from jockey Jose Ortiz. Photo by Allison Janezic.
Photos by Dottie Miller
That’s a wrap on the weekend’s racing, plus, above, a photo gallery of Maryland Pride Day at Laurel Park by Dottie Miller.
WEEKEND RACING ROUNDUP
- SKEPTIC WINS G3 MONMOUTH OAKS
- Skeptic, the 4-1 third choice, took over the lead midway on the final turn and then held off the late run of Sassy Sienna to win the Grade 3 Monmouth Oaks on Saturday. With Brian Hernandez, Jr. in the irons, it was the biggest win in the young career of the Rusty Arnold trainee. “She’s going to get better as she goes on,” Arnold said. “I think she has a chance to be a good one.”
- DR. FEELGOOD REMAINS UNDEFEATED WITH LEAVITT WIN
- Make that four win in four starts for Dr. Feelgood — and one stakes win in his career for jockey Darius Thorpe. Dr. Feelgood, the Crystal Pickett-trained Fiber Sonde gelding, posted a front-running, 1 1/4-length score in a rugged renewal of the $50,000 Robert G. Leavitt Memorial Stakes Saturday at Charles Town for state-bred three-year-olds. Opera Nite was second, just ahead of the 3-5 favorite, William and Mary. Dr. Feelgood is four-for-four in his career with earnings of $73,200. The win was Thorpe’s first added-money win as a jockey in a career which began in 2014.
- TOLEDO, GONZALEZ EARN LAUREL MEET TITLES
- Jockey Jevian Toledo and trainer Claudio Gonzalez won their respective titles during the Laurel Park summer stand, which concluded Sunday. Toledo won 31 races, six more than runners-up Weston Hamilton and Feargal Lynch, to log the fifth meet title of his career. Gonzalez, who saddled 23 winners during the meet, was eight wins clear of Hamilton Smith in second. Gonzalez has won five of the last seven Maryland Jockey Club meet titles.