Gulfstream Park Press Release
Bellevais’ victory gave Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano – the Championship Meet’s leading rider from 2012-2016 – a sweep of the two stakes, having upset favored Heart to Heart in the Tropical Turf with Doctor Mounty. The winning time was 1:41.98 over a firm course.
“This is why you work hard, to have a day like this. Everything was good today,” Castellano said. “Before the race, I thought the horse might be better on the outside but the hole opened. Those kinds of things you just have to use your best judgement, and it worked out perfect.”
It was the third win in four years in the Marshua’s River for both Castellano and trainer Todd Pletcher, who swept back-to-back editions of the race in 2016 and 2017. Pletcher has won an unprecedented 15 consecutive Championship Meet training titles.