Maryland Jockey Club
The promising Undulated
takes another step in his development in Saturday’s $100,000 James W. Murphy Stakes, presented by Beyond the Wire at historic Pimlico Race Course on the undercard of the 142nd Preakness Stakes (G1).
The eighth running of the Murphy, which drew a near-capacity field of 13 3-year-old males racing a mile on grass, goes off as the eighth race (post time 2:47 p.m.) on a 14-race card.
Undulated, stabled at Pimlico’s sister track Laurel Park, lost last September’s Laurel Futurity by a nose after winning his debut. He shipped to Toronto for Woodbine’s Swynford, winning that $125,000 stakes, then was a well-beaten third in Laurel’s Marylander to multiple graded-stakes winner Irish War Cry.
Off four months, the son of 2007 Preakness winner Curlin was third in a Belmont Park allowance race in his only start so far at 3. The one-mile Murphy will be his first start farther than seven-eighths of a mile.
"We gave him a little break after he ran here on the dirt and decided to freshen him up for the turf season,” trainer Cal Lynch said. “He ran against what I consider a pretty salty bunch last time. It was a local allowance race at Belmont, and they went in 1:08 and change. It was more like a stakes. There were a couple of stakes winners in there including himself.
“He came out of that race really good. He got beat three or four lengths, and we were very pleased with how he ran and how he came out if it,” he added. “It sets him up good to go two turns. He’s a Curlin, so the distance shouldn’t be a problem. Fingers crossed he’s sitting on a good race.”
Cool Arrow, a three-time stakes-winner including Charles Town’s Robert Hilton Memorial in his last start, was supplemented into the Murphy for $1,000. He’s from the same connections as Louisiana Derby winner Girvin, owned by Brad Grady and trained by Joe Sharp. It is the son of Into Mischief’s turf debut.
An interesting horse is the Japanese-bred Yoshida, who in his second start won a 1 1/8-mile Keeneland maiden race on grass by four lengths. Also in the Murphy are Sagamore Farm filly and Keeneland allowance winner Chubby Star; Bird’s Eye View, third in last year’s With Anticipation (G2) and Bourbon (G3); Laurel Futurity winner Caribou Club; Keeneland allowance winner Adonis Creed; Mo Maverick, Total Tap, Dover Cliffs, Berks County, Conquest Bandit and Cheyenne’s Colonel.
Pretty Perfection Looks to Get Back on Track in $100,000 The Very One
Stoneway Farm’s 5-year-old mare Pretty Perfection, whose 3-for-3 streak at Gulfstream Park this winter included two stakes, is the 122-pound highweight in the $100,000 The Very One for fillies and mares at five-eighths of a mile on turf. The Very One goes off as the fifth race (12:51 p.m.).
The daughter of Majesticperfection saw her streak end when eighth to the Royal Ascot-bound Lady Aurelia while coming 10 wide in the 11-horse Giants Causeway at Keeneland.
Pretty Perfection faces a field of 11 that includes the ultra-consistent Everything Lovely, in the top three in 15 of 19 starts.
The well-traveled Most Beautiful attempts to win her first stakes in the The Very One. The British-bred 4-year-old daughter of Canford Cliffs started her career in Ireland, coming to America last summer. She has two thirds in four starts for trainer Tom Proctor, finishing third in the Kenny Maddy (G3) at Santa Anita and in an April 21 allowance race at Keeneland in her last start.
Eila, a $25,000 claim 13 months ago, makes her debut in open stakes company in the The Very One. The Ralph Nicks-trained daughter of Benny the Bull comes in off a Gulfstream Park allowance victory. The 4-year-old Eila is 5-2-0 in nine starts.
Source: Maryland Jockey Club