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James W. Murphy Stakes

Ungraded Stakes race
James W. Murphy Stakes
Location Pimlico Race Course,
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Inaugurated 1966
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.pimlico.com
Race information
Distance 1 mile (8 furlongs)
Track Grass, left-handed
Qualification Three-years-olds
Weight Assigned
Purse $100,000

The James W. Murphy Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. Open to three-year-old horses, it is contested over a distance of one mile on turf.[1]

Beginning with the 2010 race, the Woodlawn Stakes was renamed the James W. Murphy Stakes in honor of the late trainer, James W. Murphy, a stalwart on the Maryland racing circuit. [2] The race is run on the third Saturday of May on the Preakness Stakes undercard. The race is named in honor of the "Most Valuable Trophy in Sports," the Woodlawn Vase. Due to heavy rains, the 2008 edition had to be switched from the turf to 1 1/16 miles on the muddy main track.

The race attracts a different type of horse than the older Dixie Stakes, also run on the turf at Pimlico on that same day. First and most importantly the Woodlawn is run at one mile which is considered a sprint on the turf while the Dixie is run at 1-1/8 miles. Horses from the Wodolawn will typically be candidates for the Breeders' Cup Mile later in the year while Dixie Stakes horse will typicall target the Breeders' Cup Turf. The Woodlawn is also restricted to only horses that are three years old while the Dixie is for any horse three years-old and up.

Artie Schiller in 2004 and English Channel in 2005 are the only Woodlawn Stakes winners to go on and win a Breeders' Cup race later that year.

The Woodlawn Stakes was run as a Handicap race in 1966. The race was taken off the turf and run on the main track in 1967, 1975–1978, 1980, 1981, 1988–1990, 1997, 1998 and 2003. The Woodlawn Stakes was an American Grade III stakes race between 1973 through 1989.

The race was run in two divisions in 1986, 1985, 1981, 1975, 1974, 1973, 1971, 1969 and 1968.

Contents

Records

Speed record:

  • 1 mile - 1:35 4/5 - Tropical Whip (1986)
  • 1-1/16 miles - 1:43 2/5 - Pulverizing (1989)

Most wins by a jockey:

  • 3 - Vincent Bracciale, Jr. (1973, 1980, 1985)

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

  • 2 - Skeedattle Associates (2001 & 2002)
  • 2 - Frank E. Power (1969 & 1971)

Winners of the James W. Murphy Stakes since 1966

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Distance

Time

Purse

Grade

2010

Beau Choix

3

Javier Castellano Barclay Tagg Belle Meadows Farm

1 mile

1:34.93

$70,000

2009

Affirmatif

3

John Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher Wertheimer Farm LLC & Frere

1 mile

1:35.70

$50,000

2008

Termsofengagement

3

Rosie Napravnik Nancy Alberts Chance Romance Racing

1-1/16

1:45.64

$75,000

2007

Rebel Yeller

3

Erick Rodriguez Rodney Jenkins Centennial Farms

1 mile

1:37.56

$75,000

2006

Rock Lobster

3

Joseph Rocco, Jr. Michael W. Dickinson Flatbird Stable

1 mile

1:44.06

$100,000

2005

English Channel

3

John Velazquez Todd Pletcher James T. Scatuorchio

1 mile

1:45.55

$100,000

2004

Artie Schiller

3

Richard Migliore James A. Jerkens Timber Bay Farm

1 mile

1:41.86

$100,000

2003

Christmas Away

3

Ramon Dominguez Robbie Bailes Elmon Gray

1 mile

1:45.73

$100,000

2002

Mr. O'Brien

3

Pat Day Michael W. Dickinson Skeedattle Associates

1 mile

1:40.33

$75,000

2001

Unaccountedlea

3

Mario Pino Anthony Dutrow Skeedattle Associates

1 mile

1:45.73

$75,000

2000

Blaze and Blues

3

Rick Wilson H. Graham Motion Lazy Lane Farms

1 mile

1:41.20

$75,000

1999

Holditholditholdit

3

Steve Hamilton Jeffrey Carle Rocky Richter

1 mile

1:42.60

$75,000

1998

Poolman

3

Joseph Rocco, Jr. Steve Klesaris Victoria Racing Stables

1 mile

1:44.20

$75,000

1997

Two Smart

3

Edgar Prado H. Graham Motion Herringswell Stables

1 mile

1:43.40

$75,000

1996

Allied Forces

3

Edgar Prado Kiaran P. McLaughlin Stavloi Anavisou

1 mile

1:42.60

$75,000

1995

Ops Smile

3

Alberto Delgado J. William Boniface Karp Warfield

1 mile

1:43.20

$75,000

1994

Honorable Flight

3

Larry C. Reynolds Dale Capuano Costas Triantafilos

1 mile

1:44.20

$75,000

1993

P. J. Higgins

3

Edgar Prado Mary E. Eppler Mary E. Eppler

1-1/16

1:43.80

$75,000

1992

Binary Light

3

Herb McCauley Patrick J. Kelly Live Oak Plantation Racing

1 mile

1:48.80

$75,000

1991

Link

3

Jacinto Vasquez Howard M. Tesher Stewart Madison

1 mile

1:42.20

$75,000

1990

Baron de Vaux

3

Joe Rocco Charles Peoples Dormello Stud

1-1/16

1:45.40

$75,000

1989

Pulverizing

3

Allen Stacy Jerry Robb Herbert Allen

1-1/16

1:43.40

$100,000

III

1988

Freezees

3

Donnie Miller, Jr. James W. Murphy Jane du Pont Lunger

1-1/16

1:45.20

$66,500

III

1987

Phantom Jet

3

Keith Allen Philip A. Gleaves Mill Creek Farm

1 mile

1:36.00

$66,500

III

1986

Tropical Whip

3

Mike Hunter Marvin Moncrief Stanley S. Bender et al.

1 mile

1:35.80

$66,500

III

1986

Fork Union Cadet

3

Allen Stacy Ferris Allen David Popofsky

1 mile

1:36.80

$66,500

III

1985 #

Tent Up

3

Vincent Bracciale, Jr. Howard M. Tesher Geoffrey A. Huguely

1 mile

1:40.00

$66,500

III

1985 #

Rappashod

3

Donnie Miller, Jr. Phil Gleaves Not Found

1 mile

1:39.20

$66,500

III

1984

Nagurski

3

Larry Saumell Michael J. Doyle Dogwood Stable

1 mile

1:44.60

$66,500

III

1983

Disarco's Rib

3

Julie Krone Richard E. Dutrow, Sr. Not Found

1 mile

1:39.00

$66,500

III

1982

Give Me Strength

3

Jean-Luc Samyn Luis Barrera Happy Valley Farm

1 mile

1:39.80

$66,500

III

1981 #

Thirty Eight Paces

3

William Passmore King T. Leatherbury Double Paces Stable

1-1/16

1:44.40

$66,500

III

1981 #

Timely Counsel

3

William Passmore Not Found Not Found

1-1/16

1:44.40

$66,500

III

1980

Blue Ensign

3

Vincent Bracciale, Jr. Del W. Carroll Locust Hill Farm

1-1/16

1:44.60

$66,500

III

1979

Smarten

3

Sam Maple Woody Stephens Ryehill Farm

1 mile

1:41.80

$66,500

III

1978

Iron Legend

3

Michael Sim Victor Coladonato Victor Coladonato

1-1/16

1:44.20

$38,800

III

1977

Important Reason

3

Tommy Lee Not Found Not Found

1 mile

1:42.00

$31,800

III

1976

Impeccable

3

Leroy Moyers Not Found Not Found

1-1/16

1:45.20

$31,800

III

1975 #

Dancing Champ

3

Chuck Baltazar Bud Delp Windfields Farm

1-1/16

1:45.20

$50,000

III

1975 #

Naturally Bold

3

Anthony Agnello Judith Zouck P. Tiano

1-1/16

1:45.20

$50,000

III

1974 #

Neapolitan Way

3

Herb Hinojosa Lawrence W. Jennings Elizabeth F. Thomas

1 mile

1:38.00

$50,000

III

1974 #

Conesaba

3

Buck Thornburg Woody Stephens Joy Valentine

1 mile

1:36.80

$50,000

III

1973 #

Roman Numerals

3

Vincent Bracciale, Jr. Not Found Not Found

1 mile

1:40.20

$50,000

III

1973 #

London Company

3

Eldon Nelson LeRoy Jolley Chance Hill Farm

1 mile

1:39.60

$50,000

III

1972

Dubassoff

3

Ron Turcotte Thomas J. Kelly John M. Schiff

1 mile

1:41.60

$35,500

1971 #

Lord Hussar

3

George Cusimano Edward J. Yowell Not Found

1 mile

1:37.20

$50,000

1971 #

Bold Statement

3

William Hartack Eddie Anspach Frank E. Power

1 mile

1:38.60

$50,000

1970

Needle's Noose

3

Eldon Nelson Del W. Carroll William S. Farish III

1 mile

1:40.60

$38,100

1969 #

Greengrass Greene

3

George Cusimano Del W. Carroll Michael G. Phipps

1 mile

1:37.40

$25,300

1969 #

Spring Morn

3

William Passmore Eddie Anspach Frank E. Power

1 mile

1:37.80

$25,300

1968 #

Mara Lark

3

Robert Wholey, Jr. Pancho Martin Sigmund Sommer

1 mile

1:37.00

$25,300

1968 #

Hand to Hand

3

Jorge Velásquez Not Found Not Found

1 mile

1:37.60

$25,300

1967

Top Bid

3

Eldon Nelson Edward A. Neloy Gladys Mills Phipps

1-1/16

1:44.00

$31,800

1966

Exhibitionist

3

Heliodoro Gustines Hirsch Jacobs Ethel D. Jacobs

1 mile

1:42.00

$31,800

A # signifies that the race was run in two divisions in 1985, 1981, 1975, 1974, 1973, 1971, 1969 and 1968.

See also

References

  1. 2007 Maryland Jockey Club Media Guide, page 63 on March 3, 2007.
  2. Preakness,com - Mar 16, 2010



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