Murphy’s Gift (KY)

As One acquired its youngest member of the stable in April 2023 when it bought Hip No. 130 at the OBS April Two Year in Training Sale, a then two-year-old bay filly by the stallion (father) Street Sense out of the broodmare (mother) Cali Thirty Seven. The father was the 2007 Kentucky Derby winner and the mother is a stakes winner herself with a promising future as a broodmare, including two other offspring currently racing. Our new filly comes from the same family as McKinzie, winner of multiple Grade I stakes races and second in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at 4.

As a young horse still growing and developing into her body, trainer Brendan Walsh and the As One team were patient with her as a two-year-old to let Murphy develop as part of her long term plan. She began her racing career in September 2023 with a solid first effort at Churchill Downs and followed up with another race in November where she continued to show improvement. After those two races, Murphy’s Gift was given some time off to rest and continue to grow. She is now back in training and ready to begin her 2024 campaign.

The filly’s name, chosen by the As One partners, is a nod to Isaac Murphy, a black jockey from the late 1800s who once dominated the sport. Enshrined in the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame, Murphy was a three time Kentucky Derby winner and believed by many to be one of the greatest jockeys to ever ride. As One hopes that Murphy’s Gift can bring more attention to Isaac Murphy and make sure the history of African American jockeys continues to be told more and more.

Last Race

Following up on her September 30 debut at Churchill Downs, Murphy’s Gift made her second start in a 1 1/16 mile race on the dirt against a field of strong two-year-olds on November 11, 2023.

Murphy’s Gift showed progress in her second race under the ride of leading jockey Tyler Gaffalione. Quick out of the gate, Murphy’s Gift stalked the leader down the backstretch and settled in nicely. Coming around the turn into the stretch, she pulled alongside the leader and was neck and neck at the top of the stretch. She battled on as others came from the back of the pack and tired just a bit at the end to finish sixth. Murphy gave the As One partners a thrill as she vied for the lead at the top of the stretch. As noted in the official chart, she “pressed two wide, bid in the three path entering the lane, and dueled through the upper stretch.”
 
 

 

Next Race

Following her initial campaign as a two-year-old in 2023, Murphy was given a little time off to rest and recover, as well as to continue to grow stronger. After training this spring under the watchful eye of trainer Brendan Walsh, she is now ready to start her 2024 campaign.

Our three-year-old filly is entered in a 1 1/16 mile maiden special weight race on the dirt at Churchill Downs on Saturday, June 22. She will break from the number eight post position with jockey Christian Torres at the reins as she looks to kick off her year with a strong showing.

 

 

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