Sunday, May 22, 2011

Chinglish Takes James W. Murphy Stakes

BALTIMORE –05-21-11—Jerry & Ronald Frankel’s Chinglish ran down the pacesetters through the stretch to win the $100,000 James W. Murphy Stakes Saturday afternoon at Pimlico Race Course.

Covering the mile distance across the turf in 1:40.05 under John Velazquez, Chinglish beat Humble and Hungry by 2 ¾ lengths. Master Dunker rallied from far back to take third. Early pacesetter Joes Blazing Aaron, the 7-5 favorite ridden by Julien Leparoux, faded to fourth.

Chinglish, who is trained by Mark Hennig, paid $19.60. The Murphy Stakes was the first added-money stakes appearance for the son of War Front.

James W. Murphy Stakes

Mark Hennig (winning trainer, Chinglish) – “I was concerned about how he’d handle the turf because we ran one yesterday, and it’s one of those courses where some horses are going to like it and come aren’t. He seemed to get over it well. I was pretty confident when I saw him going around the first turn, because he was a lot closer than he’s been in some races. He’d been a bit of a clown in his early races, but the blinkers helped with that.”

John Velazquez (winning, jockey, Chinglish) – “He broke good and got good position. He handled it pretty well. When I asked him to go, he responded. It was perfect. I got him in the clear and he clicked in pretty good.”

Ignacio Correas (trainer, Humble and Hungry, 2nd) – “He almost got there. This was a very nice effort today. Our Keeneland race set him up perfect for today’s race. It would have been very nice for us to win here for the Sagamore team, but next time, I guess.”

Garrett Gomez (jockey, Humble and Hungry, 2nd) – “He left there in really good shape. He just never really helped me much and was off the bridle a long way. It’s just the type of thing that these young horses do. He’ll continue to get better as time goes on. He’ll learn from this experience and move on from here.”

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