Mid-Atlantic Pick 4 Returns $4,163 For .50 Cents
OCEANPORT, N.J. – Dr. Doyle returned immediate dividends for his new connections, brushing off a pesky half-mile-long challenge from Counterfeitcurency before drawing off to a three-length victory in Monday’s featured $78,125 allowance optional claimer at Monmouth Park.
Ridden by Jomar Torres, Dr. Doyle cruised the six furlongs in 1:09.57 for new trainer Claudio Gonzalez.
Dr. Doyle was claimed for $15,000 out of his last start eight days ago by Robert D. Bone.
Gonzalez, seeking his first Monmouth Park training title, sits atop the standings with 22 winners.
“I thought he made the lead really easily and he was relaxed even when that other horse (Counterfeitcurency) was trying to put pressure on him,” said Torres.
A 5-year-old gelded son of Commissioner, Dr. Doyle paid $5.40 to win in the field of seven Jersey-breds. He ripped through an opening quarter in :22.27 and the half in :44.64 with Counterfeitcurency at his flanks.
Pianza, who got off to an awkward start, stormed from far back to get second, three-quarters of a length ahead of Countefeitcurency.
Dr. Doyle’s fifth career victory – all coming at Monmouth Park – was the third leg in the Monday Mid-Atlantic Pick 4, a .50-cent base wager with a 15 percent payout that features two races from Monmouth Park and two from Colonial Downs. The wager will continue for the next four Mondays through Sept. 5.
Monday’s Mid-Atlantic Pick 4, despite two favorites winning the Monmouth Park races, returned $4,163.55 for .50 cents thanks mostly to True Atka’s stunning upset at 57-1 in the seventh race at Colonial.
The Mid-Atlantic Pick 4 sequence started with Stanhope ($5.60) in Monmouth Park’s sixth race, and was followed by True Atka ($116.20) in Colonial’s seventh race, Dr. Doyle ($5.40) in Monmouth Park’s seventh race and King’s Legacy ($10.00) in Colonial Downs’ eighth race.
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Photo by Eric Kalet