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Making the rounds
Well-traveled Wheres the Beef finds his way back to Brian Murphy's barn
BRIAN MURPHY TACKS UP one of the horses in his barn located on the grounds of the Springdale Race Course. The Irishman will saddle Wheres the Beef in Saturdays $75,000 Carolina Cup. - photo by C-I photo by Tom Didato
A few hundred yards away, trucks carrying workers zig-zagged their way in and around the Springdale Race Course in final preparation for Saturday’s 83rd running of the Carolina Cup. Tucked away in a barn located behind the National Steeplechase Museum, Brian Murphy stands atop the straw in a stall as he brushes down one of his horses with the only sound here being that of a few chirping birds on a relaxed Monday morning. For the retired jumper rider-turned trainer, the hustle and bustle associated with putting on a race to be attended by some 40,000 or so race patrons at his doorstep may as well be a world away -- somewhere like his native Ireland -- as he quietly goes about his daily routine.