“The Pressbox’s” Breeding Analyst Rob Murphy Purchases Saffron Spirit At F-T Sale

(Saffron Spirit)

How does the old saying go?

“Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is?”

Is it an idiom or a phrase?

That part, truly, doesn’t matter.

Simply put?

It is logic. It is our logic.

And, that does matter.

If you believe in something and say it is true, then back up your words. Put action into movement. Do something, literally, other than just talk about it.

In other words, put your money up, or shut up.

Well, that’s what we like to do here at the ole’ “Pressbox,” and “The Louisville Thoroughbred Society.” We may talk the talk. But we can walk the walk, too.

That’s why were are building a “Thoroughbred Blog” that we hope you visit, enjoy, read and consider to be one of the best in the business and the land.

That’s why we are building a state-of-the-art, premium, private membership club in downtown Louisville to appeal to and provide first class accommodations to those interested in, invested in, fans of the horse industry and sport. A turf club without the turf. Opening soon.

And, that’s why our “experts” are building a racing and breeding stable that we hope and think can compete with some of the best operations in the game today.

None more so than our very own “Breeding Analyst,” Robert A. Murphy, Jr.

None better than one of the best people I have ever had the chance to meet and get to know, Rob Murphy.

None better than the closest thing I have ever had to a brother — Rob Murphy.

The former major league baseball pitcher had to put his fastball and split-finger off-speed pitch where his mouth was for over 10 years in the biggest league in the world. No talking your way around Barry Bonds.

The co-breeder of the classy filly Platinum Tiara, who ran second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies in 2000, had to put his breeding theories where his mouth was against the sport’s best runners. No talking your way around the likes of Cash Deal, Xtra Heat, Thunder Bertie, Raging Fever, Notable Career, and Caressing or the likes of trainers Dave Hofmann, Bob Baffert, Mark Hennig, Dallas Stewart, Nick Zito and D. Wayne Lukas.

And, the co-owner of Golden Spikes, who came within a whisker of running in the 2008 KY Derby after running second in the Illinois Derby, had to put his yearling purchase up against the best colts in the world. Money meet mouth.

On Monday, Rob Murphy put his money where his mouth is — yet again.

On Monday, Murphy — along with his lovely finance Michele — travelled from their home in South Florida to purchase the 4YO filly Saffron Spirit at the Fasig-Tipton Horse’s of Racing Age Sale for $40,000.

Saffron Spirit — who has 2 wins, 2 seconds and a third in her race career to date — is by the popular and outstanding young broodmare sire Ghostzapper. She is out of the Elusive Quality mare Amber Grace, who was a winner, too. And, she comes from the female family of Russian Rhythm — a European Champion and multiple Group 1 winner; from the female family of Park Appeal — a English Champion and Group 1 winner; from the female family of Shadayid, another Champion.

For those scoring at home, and we hope you are, that’s 3 Champions all in the first three dams of the female family. Not just Stakes winners, mind you. Champions.

Soon, my great friend will send his newest addition to a trainer, and continue her racing career until it is breeding season again.

Here’s wishing him and his team the best of luck.

Thank God there are people in this world that still love the sport of racing horses; and the business of breeding and raising them.

Thank God for the Rob Murphys of the world.

But knowing Rob Murphy like I do?

Very little is left to luck. Although we all can use a little of that from time to time.

Most of what Rob Murphy does in his life is left to research, analysis, investigation, and master minding.

And?

Putting his money right where his mouth is, of course.

The man has done that all his life.

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds
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