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2010 Preakness Undercard Results

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Beau Choix wins the James W. Murphy Stakes
Beau Choix winning the 2010 James W. Murphy Stakes at Pimlico

Beau Choix winning the 2010 James W. Murphy Stakes at Pimlico

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A field of 8 three-year-olds went 1 mile on the turf in the $70,000 James W. Murphy Stakes. Kera's Kitten battled for the lead with Ponzi Scheme through fractions of 23.46, 46.98, and 1:11.29 before the hot pace tired both. 2-1 favorite Beau Choix, 4th early, came out wide for the drive, taking over inside the 1/8 pole and holding off the late-running Manhattan Fox by 1 3/4 lengths for the win in 1:34.93 over the firm course. It was another 1 1/4 lengths back to Cat Park third.

Winning jockey Javier Castellano said, "That's where I wanted to be, in that spot, off the speed. There was plenty of speed in the race and my horse was a stalker. I just wanted to swing around turning for home, and he finished very strong. I dropped my rein on the left side and tried to grab it. And at the same time I grabbed it, I lost the other one. It was a mess."

Trainer Barclay Tagg added, "It was exactly the way I wanted it to go. He broke good; he stayed where I wanted him to stay; and he was in a nice stalking position. It was a bit of a jump for him, because most of these horses have won their allowance conditions and he hadn't yet. But he's been training very well. I just had a good feeling about him."
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