NJ-bred Regally Irish takes Bridgetown, eyes Jimmy Murphy as possible next start
Regally Irish won the Bridgetown Stakes at Aqueduct. Photo by NYRA.
Trainer Graham Motion was pleased with the stakes-winning effort from Regally Irish, who took Saturday afternoon’s $100,000 Bridgetown.
Motion cited the $100,000 Paradise Creek on May 25 at Belmont Park and the $100,000 James Murphy on May 18 on Pimlico’s Preakness undercard as possible next spots.
Regally Irish arrived at Motion’s base at Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland on Sunday morning.
“He looked good this morning,” Motion said. “There aren’t too many six-furlong races on turf for straight three-year-olds and I definitely think that he can handle stretching out.”
Motion stated that the $100,000 Irish War Cry on July 5 at Monmouth Park could also be a goal. The one-mile turf event, restricted to New Jersey-breds, is named in honor of the two-time Grade 2-winning millionaire who is from the same family as Regally Irish. Regally Irish’s dam, Irish Score, is a half-sister to Irish War Cry; both are out of the Polish Numbers mare Irish Sovereign.
“They are very comparable,” Motion said of Regally Irish and Irish War Cry. “That family has been a good one, the mare has produced a lot of winners. Both horses are similar in looks and have a very similar way of going.”
An Isabelle de Tomaso homebred, Regally Irish is by Regal Ransom.