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Crypto Mo won the 2023 Iowa Oaks (G3) at Prairie Meadows, giving trainer Cindy Murphy her milestone 2,000th career victory. Tell us YOUR thoughts in the Comments section!
Crypto Mo led throughout and cruised to a two-length triumph in the $225,000 Iowa Oaks (G3) on Saturday at Prairie Meadows, providing jockey Cindy Murphy her 2,000th career victory.
Favorite Imonra finished second, three lengths to the good of third-place finisher Stellar Lady.
Trained by Murphy’s husband, Travis, who co-owns Crypto Mo with Matt Trent and Triple V Racing LLC, the Mohaymen filly took charge soon after the start and posted fractions of :24.37 for the quarter mile, :48.55 for a half mile and 1:13.05 for six furlongs. Leading by two lengths in early stretch, she maintained her advantage to the finish, easily besting favorite Imonra.
Crypto Mo returned $9.60 for the win after covering 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.16 on a fast track.
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The Iowa Oaks is the first graded victory for Murphy, whose first career win came Dec. 8, 1987 aboard Ocala Spender at Tampa Bay Downs, according to Equibase statistics. Since then she has banked purse earnings of more than $22.4 million from 18,131 mounts.
Murphy won the first race ever held at Prairie Meadows on March 1, 1989 aboard Holmish in a race for $2,300 claimers. At the time, she rode as Cindy Springman and later she rode as Cindy Noll.
Crypto Mo posted her second consecutive stakes win, entering off a triumph in the Panthers Stakes June 10 at Altoona, Iowa track, and third straight overall following an allowance win May 28 at Prairie Meadows. Her career line stands at 4-0-1 from eight starts. The $134,700 winner’s share of the Iowa Oaks purse lifted her lifetime purse earnings to $210,870.
Travis Murphy bought her for $20,000 at the 2021 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, where she was consigned by her breeder, Buck Pond Farm. The filly’s dam is the Forty Tales mare Fortywinds.
Crypto Mo has been supplemented to Monday’s Fasig-Tipton July Selected Horses of Racing Age Sale. She is catalogued as hip 645 with Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
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