Murph on the move

And now for something completely different…

Mrs. Murphy is entered to run on September 3, 2009 at PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS.

Race: 4  Distance: Four And One Half Furlongs  Surface: All Weather Track  Age: 3  –  Filly
Race Type: Maiden Claiming Purse: $ 13,000
Jockey: Erick D. Rodriguez
Trainer: Randall R. Russell
Race conditions: (PLUS UP TO 30% PABF) FOR MAIDENS, FILLIES AND MARES THREE YEARS OLD AND UPWARD. Three Year Olds, 119 lbs.; Older, 121 lbs. Claiming Price $7,500.
Last Raced: 07/03/2009 at PINNACLE RACE COURSE in Race 1
Finish Position: 4th
Last Reported Workouts:
08/25/2009-PINNACLE RACE COURSE-Four Furlongs-Dirt Fast-54:00 Breezing
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

– Equibase.com

The Good News:
– This looks like a pretty good spot for Murph. Her mother, Janies Enjoyment, excelled at four furlongs, and 4 1/2 panels is about as close as most tracks get to offering half-mile contests these days. Pinnacle offers the occasional 4 1/2 furlong race, but to my knowledge, those are largely reserved for two-year-olds.
– The morning line has her picked second, and being as though the other half of her entry has yet to start, one would conclude it must be based on Murph’s merits. The field does not look terribly threatening and it appears she has a fairly high-percentage jockey on her back. Hitting the board is definitely a realistic possibility.

The Bad News:
– Running in Pennsylvania means no breeder’s awards for yours truly if she gets the duke. As someone who enjoys money, this is a real downer.
– I have class on Thursday, so my long-overdue road trip to Erie, Pennsylvania’s racino will have to wait for another time. This whole “college” thing is really cramping my style. Instead, a trip to Mount Pleasant Meadows’ simulcast room is in order.

Intangibles:
– This will be Mrs. Murphy’s first start on an artificial surface. Though I have heard little else but praise about Presque Isle’s Tapeta Footings surface, it remains to be seen how Murph will handle it.
– Mrs. Murphy is in as part of an entry with the same rider on both horses. There is the possibility she could be scratched.

It goes without saying there will be a write-up of how things went down sometime after the race. Let’s do this.

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