Skipping earned $46,485 for the victory, the sixth for trainer Bobby Frankel in the race named in honor of the late Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist of the Los Angeles Times.
"I thought it was fitting the way the race unfolded because it was named after Jim Murray," Desormeaux said. "I remember reading an article by Jim about how he was infatuated by Bill Shoemaker because Shoe was so silky smooth. This horse, he couldn't have given me a smoother run. It was nice and poetic like the way that Jim wrote. I didn't need to do much, just aim this guy in the right direction and stretch his legs. I knew I could take Startac any time I wanted. This is a very nice horse."
Startac returned $4.80 and $3.80 and completed the $1 exacta worth $9.80. Our Main Man paid $3.60 to show. Sharbayan, Straight Flush, Poker Brad, and Lasting Tribute completed the order of finish. (Chart, Equibase)