A little birdie named Equibase Virtual Stable told me this Saturday night…
Mrs. Murphy is entered to run on June 9, 2009 at PINNACLE RACE COURSE.
Race: 2 Distance: Five Furlongs Surface: Dirt Age: 3 – Filly
Race Type: Maiden Claiming Purse: $ 6,600
Jockey: Angel Ortega Stanley
Trainer: Randall R. Russell
Race conditions: FOR MAIDENS, FILLIES AND MARES THREE YEARS OLD AND UPWARD. Three Year Olds, 116 lbs.; Older, 123 lbs. Claiming Price $12,500.
Last Raced: 04/24/2009 at HAWTHORNE in Race 6
Finish Position: 6th
Last Reported Workouts:
05/30/2009-PINNACLE RACE COURSE-Five Furlongs-Dirt Fast-1.06:00 Breezing
05/19/2009-PINNACLE RACE COURSE-Four Furlongs-Dirt Fast-56:80 Breezing
04/09/2009-HAWTHORNE-Four Furlongs-Dirt Fast-49:20 Breezing
She is in as part of an entry, so I called her trainer Sunday afternoon to make sure she wasn’t going to get scratched. He said he’s going to run her. I’m so there.
Mrs. Murphy’s morning line is 12-1, which is understandable considering her third-to-last debut in Hawthorne. Until I get a hold of a program, I can not comment too awful much on what she is up against. I have only seen one of the other horses in the field in action and she left the track on a van (curiously, that horse is still going off at lower odds than Mrs. Murphy). One would figure a maiden claimer in Detroit would be less threatening than one in Chicago, but once the gates open, nothing’s guaranteed. Not that the competition is going to affect my pick, anyway.
Expect the most exhaustive coverage of a $12,500 maiden claiming event the internet has ever seen.