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DEFENDING CHAMPION LONE ROCK TOPS TUESDAY’S $160,000 ISAAC MURPHY MARATHON STAKES

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, April 28, 2022) – Flying P Stable and R. A. Hill Stable’s Lone Rock, who emerged as the top older dirt marathon runner in North America last year, headlines a field of five entered Thursday for Tuesday’s fourth running of the $160,000 Isaac Murphy Marathon Overnight Stakes at Churchill Downs.

The Isaac Murphy, run at 1 ½ miles, will highlight a nine-race program that begins at 12:45 p.m. (all times Eastern) for Champions Day presented by TwinSpires. The Isaac Murphy will be the afternoon’s second race with a 1:15 post time.

Trained by Robertino Diodoro, Lone Rock compiled a 9-7-2-0 record in 2021 that included a 3 ¾-length romp in this race last spring and culminated with a victory in the 1 5/8-mile Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (GII) on the Breeders’ Cup undercard at Del Mar in November.

Ramon Vazquez has the mount Tuesday and will break from the rail.

The field for the Isaac Murphy, with riders from the rail out: Lone Rock (Vazquez); Current (Chris Emigh); Celerity (Vincent Cheminaud); Tenfold (Joel Rosario); and Hozier (Flavien Prat).

ABOUT CHURCHILL DOWNS RACETRACK:
Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”), the world’s most legendary racetrack, has been the home of The Kentucky Derby, the longest continually held annual sporting event in the United States, since 1875. Located in Louisville, CDRT features a series of themed race days during Derby Week, including the Kentucky Oaks, and conducts Thoroughbred horse racing during three race meets in the Spring, September, and the Fall. CDRT is located on 175 acres and has a one-mile dirt track, a 7/8-mile turf track, a stabling area, and provides seating for approximately 60,000 guests. The saddling paddock and the stable area has barns sufficient to accommodate 1,400 horses and a 114-room dormitory for backstretch personnel. CDRT also has a year-round simulcast wagering facility.
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