L. & Sarah Ramsey’s Redwood Kitten glided to the front from his
outside post and never looked back on his way to victory in the $100,000
James W. Murphy Stakes for 3-year-olds at Pimlico Race Course.
Photo: Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club
Rosario handled the Ramsey home-bred for trainer Wesley Ward. At the
finish, Redwood Kitten finished a length ahead of Shining Copper, who
outfinished 2-1 post time favorite Notacatbutallama for second. Redwood
Kitten, who completed the one mile distance over the firm turf in
1:35.17, paid $6.80 to win.
Murphy marked the first stakes victory for Redwood Kitten, who had
posted third-place finishes in both the Kitten’s Joy at Gulfstream and
the Transylvania Stakes (G3) at Keeneland.
JAMES W. MURPHY STAKES
Wesley Ward (trainer, Redwood Kitten, winner)
– “I liked how the race unfolded. He got away with an easy first
quarter and then it was just a sprint home. This horse is a lot better
with a little bit more spacing between his races. That’s why we didn’t
run two weeks ago at Churchill in the American Turf. He has really
blossomed in the last couple weeks. I’ll talk it over with the owners
about his next race. I know they’re big on running at Churchill Downs so
maybe there’ll be something Stephen Foster weekend.
Joel Rosario (jockey, Redwood Kitten, winner)
– “I thought I would be laying second, but he broke sharp, so I let him
go. I wanted to save something for the finish. Every time the other
horse came to me, he went on and was all there to the end.”
Javier Castellano (jockey, Shining Copper, 2nd)
– “I had a perfect trip. In the first turn, I covered up and he handled
it so well. Turning for home, I split horses and I went after the
winner. Unfortunately, we were second-best. I'm very satisfied the way
he did it. The trainer did a great job with the horse. He told me what
to do, and it was exactly what I did.”
John Velazquez (jockey, Notacatbutallama, 3rd) --
"I was comfortable where I was. I think it was a little too much to
make up and, you know, he probably needed the race, too. He hadn't run
in a couple months. He ran really well."