DELAWARE: MURPH, NO SABE NADA SCORE

Murph
Murph won the Small Wonder at Delaware Park. Photo Mike Valiante.

Murph left the maiden ranks, and No Sabe Nada avenged his lone defeat in a pair of stakes for juveniles at Delaware Park Saturday.

Cash Is King and LC Racing’s Murph notched her first career victory in the Delaware bred or certified $100,000 Small Wonder Stakes at Delaware Park today.

With Jevian Toledo astride, the 2-year-old daughter of Malibu Moon returned $8.20 as the second-choice in the field of seven.  The Maryland-bred trained by Brittany Russell won by 4 1/2-lengths and covered the five and half furlongs in 1:03.72 over fast main track. 

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Whiteknuckleflyer, with Jorge Ruiz, finished second.  It was four lengths farther back to Mama G’s Wish, with Xavier Perez, in third.  The 2-to-1 favorite, Cashing Big Checks, with Jaime Rodriguez, finished fourth.

“It worked out beautiful today,” said winning trainer Brittany Russell.  “Breaking from the rail, had me a little concerned because in her last race breaking from the rail did not really work out.  She was a maiden so she had to answer some questions today.  She had a really good work wearing blinkers.  We decided to try blinkers after her second at Pimlico.  She just responded today.  Jevian (Toledo) gave her a beautiful ride and she got the job done.  She is Maryland-bred, so we have some nice options down the road down there.  But we will get her home, regroup and go from there.”

Murph raised her career record to a win from three starts with earnings of $81,160.

Two races later, R Racing Stable’s No Sabe Nada notched his first career stake victory in the Delaware bred or certified $100,000 First State Dash.

With Roberto Alvarao Jr astride, the 2-year-old son of Jersey Town returned $6.00 as the second choice in the field of ten.  The Kentucky-bred trained by D. Scott Peck won by a half-length and covered the five and half furlongs in 1:03.69 over fast main track.  The 3-to-2 favorite Rebel Empire, with Aubrie Green, finished second.  It was 1 ¾-lengths farther back to Amazing Alex, with Victor Rosales, in third.

“It is nice to get a stakes win on Owners Day,” said winning trainer D. Scott Peck.  “We are happy he got the win and we are looking forward to stretching him out.  We are going to point for the stake going long here in a few weeks. ($50,000 Rocky Run Stakes at one mile on October 16).”

No Sabe Nada raised his career record to two wins from three starts with earnings of $98,500.

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