James W. Murphy Stakes

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James W. Murphy Stakes
Ungraded Stakes race
Location Pimlico Race Course, Maryland
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Inaugurated 1966
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.pimlico.com
Race information
Distance 1 mile (8 furlongs)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Three-year-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 was originally named in honor of the Woodlawn Vase. Due to heavy rains, the 2008 edition had to be switched from the turf to ​1 116 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 18 miles. Horses from the Woodlawn will typically be candidates for the Breeders' Cup Mile later in the year, while Dixie Stakes horses will typically 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.

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.

Records[edit]

2011 winner Chinglish (third from left) and third-place finisher Master Dunker (foreground).

Speed record:

  • 1 mile - 1:34.32 - Woodwin W (2015)
  • 1 116 miles - 1:43 2/5 - Pulverizing (1989)

Most wins by a jockey:

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[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Distance
Time
Purse
Gr.
2018 Tap Daddy 3 Ricardo Santana Jr. Steve Asmussen Winchell Thoroughbreds 1 1/16 mile (on dirt) 1:43.67 $100,000
2017 Yoshida 3 Joel Rosario William Mott WinStar Farm 1 mile 1:36.83 $100,000
2016 Marengo Road 3 Julian Pimentel Michael Trombetta Harry & Tom Meyerhoff 1 mile 1:39.04 $100,000
2015 Woodwin W 3 Jevian Toledo Jamie Ness Woody Weeks 1 mile 1:34.32 $100,000
2014 Wallyanna 3 Javier Castellano Michael Pino Tim O'Donahue Racing 1 mile 1:39.09 $100,000
2013 Redwood Kitten 3 Joel Rosario Wesley Ward Kenneth Ramsey 1 mile 1:35.17 $100,000
2012 Skyring 3 Joel Rosario D. Wayne Lukas Bluegrass Hall 1 mile 1:35.64 $100,000
2011 Chinglish 3 John Velazquez Mark Hennig Jerry & Ron Frankel 1 mile 1:40.05 $100,000
2010 Beau Choix 3 Javier Castellano Barclay Tagg Belle Meadows Farm 1 mile 1:34.93 $70,000
2009 Affirmatif 3 John Velazquez Todd Pletcher Wertheimer et Frère 1 mile 1:35.70 $50,000
2008 Termsofengagement 3 Rosie Napravnik Nancy Alberts Chance Romance Rac. 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 Dickinson Flatbird Stable 1-1/16 1:44.06 $100,000
2005 English Channel 3 John Velazquez Todd Pletcher James Scatuorchio 1-1/16 1:45.55 $100,000
2004 Artie Schiller 3 Richard Migliore James A. Jerkens Timber Bay Farm 1-1/16 1:41.86 $100,000
2003 Christmas Away 3 Ramon Dominguez Robbie Bailes Elmon Gray 1-1/16 1:45.73 $100,000
2002 Mr. O'Brien 3 Pat Day Michael Dickinson Skeedattle Associates 1-1/16 1:40.33 $75,000
2001 Unaccountedlea 3 Mario Pino Anthony Dutrow Skeedattle Associates 1-1/16 1:45.73 $75,000
2000 Blaze and Blues 3 Rick Wilson H. Graham Motion Lazy Lane Farms 1-1/16 1:41.20 $75,000
1999 Holditholditholdit 3 Steve Hamilton Jeffrey Carle Rocky Richter 1-1/16 1:42.60 $75,000
1998 Poolman 3 Joseph Rocco, Jr. Steve Klesaris Victoria Racing Stables 1-1/16 1:44.20 $75,000
1997 Two Smart 3 Edgar Prado H. Graham Motion Herringswell Stables 1-1/16 1:43.40 $75,000
1996 Allied Forces 3 Edgar Prado Kiaran McLaughlin Stavloi Anavisou 1-1/16 1:42.60 $75,000
1995 Ops Smile 3 Alberto Delgado J. William Boniface Karp Warfield 1-1/16 1:43.20 $75,000
1994 Honorable Flight 3 Larry C. Reynolds Dale Capuano Costas Triantafilos 1-1/16 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 Rac. 1-1/16 1:48.80 $75,000
1991 Link 3 Jacinto Vasquez Howard M. Tesher Stewart Madison 1-1/16 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 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 Dutrow 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 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 W. Burling Cocks Joy Valentine 1 mile 1:36.80 $50,000 III
1973 # Roman Numerals 3 Vincent Bracciale 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 Grace 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[edit]

References[edit]

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