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Wallyanna Captures James W. Murphy Stakes
BALTIMORE – 5-17-14 –Tim E. O’Donohue Racing’s Wallyanna stalked the pace before wresting command in mid-stretch and galloping away to victory the $100,000 James W. Murphy Stakes for 3-year olds Saturday at Pimlico Race Course.
The son of Langfuhr ran a mile over the ‘good’ turf in 1:39.09 under jockey Javier Castellano. The Michael Pinto-trained Wallyanna finished 4 ¾ lengths ahead of front runner Open the Bank, with Thunder Strike taking third.
Pino claimed Wallyanna for $35,000 out of his maiden win at Gulfstream Park in March. He is two for two for his new connections, after winning a starter allowance at Keeneland prior to annexing the Murphy Stakes.
Wallyanna paid $7.80.
JAMES W. MURPHY STAKES QUOTES
Winning Trainer Michael Pino (Wallyanna): “He didn’t break great but it was probably perfect for him. He was super sharp and the break kept him off the lead. I claimed him and when we first got him he had a presence and acted like a good horse. I couldn’t have asked for this race to go better. He’s a young horse and is still learning.”
Winning Jockey Javier Castellano (Wallyanna): “Our goal today was to take him back a little bit, then kick it to the finish. I was able to take him back and rate behind the leaders. He sat beautiful on the backside. Turning for home, the frontrunner drifted a little bit and I had to check. We steadied and then he showed good acceleration when I asked him for run. It was very impressive the way he did it today.”
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