Graham Motion

Lady Eli breezes at Palm Meadows on Feb. 18
Lady Eli, Miss Temple City Grace Palm Meadows Turf In First Works Of 2017

Both Eclipse Award finalists and multiple Grade 1 winners, female turf stars Miss Temple City and Lady Eli had their first workouts of 2017 on Saturday. According to, the two mares both worked over three furlongs on the Palm Meadows training center turf course. Lady Eli, most recently a heart-wrenching second in the Breeders’ […]

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Irish War Cry scores an impressive victory in the Holy Bull
Irish War Cry Targets Future Gulfstream Preps; Classic Empire Will Look Elsewhere

Trainer Graham Motion reported Sunday morning that the undefeated Irish War Cry, who posted a mild upset as the 3 3/4-length winner of Saturday’s $350,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull (G2), will remain in Florida at the Palm Meadows Training Center and target Gulfstream Park’s signature Triple Crown preps. Whether Isabelle de Tomaso’s homebred Irish War […]

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Irish War Cry beat both Classic Empire and Gunnevera in the Holy Bull
Irish War Cry Leads All The Way In Emphatic Holy Bull Victory

Isabelle de Tomaso’s homebred Irish War Cry entered the G2 Holy Bull with just two starts, though he’d won both of them. He shot to the lead from the starting gate and refused to give way, crossing the wire nearly four lengths in front of the late-running Gunnevera and the Eclipse Award-winning Classic Empire. A […]

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Battalion Runner broke his maiden impressively on Dec. 31 at Gulfstream
Impressive Maiden Winner Battalion Runner Tries Two Turns In Gulfstream Allowance

A solid group of eight 3-year-olds will line up in Friday’s eighth race at Gulfstream Park, an allowance/optional claiming race over 1 1/16 miles on the main track. The most promising horse in the field is a lightly-raced colt trained by Todd Pletcher named Battalion Runner. A son of Unbridled’s Song out of a Tapit […]

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Paige wins the Via Borghese over Desiree Clary and Flipcup
Familiar Turf Foes Head ‘Competitive’ Field In La Prevoyante

Four weeks after hitting the wire less than a length apart in the Via Borghese, the top trio of Paige, Desiree Clary and Flipcup will meet up again in Saturday’s $200,000 La Prevoyante Handicap (G3) on the Gulfstream Park turf. The 48th running of the 1 ½-mile La Prevoyante and $100,000 Hurricane Bertie (G3) at […]

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Irish War Cry (inside) breaks his maiden at Laurel Park
Motion ‘Excited’ About Pair Of Sophomore Maiden Winners

Irish War Cry and Painter’s Rags, a pair of promising undefeated colts trained by Graham Motion, began preparations for their 3-year-old debuts by breezing a half-mile Sunday morning. Working together, Irish War Cry and Painter’s Rags breezed four furlongs in 48.95 seconds at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream Park’s satellite training facility in Palm Beach. The time […]

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Over $40,000 Committed To Aftercare During The New Vocations Breeders’ Cup Pledge

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program has announced that over $40,000 was pledged by Thoroughbred owners and trainers during their annual Breeders’ Cup Pledge fundraiser. Leading the extensive list of supporters were Tourist’s connections of WinStar Farm, Gary Baber and Adam Wachtel as well as John C. Oxley’s Classic Empire and trainer Bob Baffert’s Drefong and […]

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Edgar Prado beams after Miss Temple City's winning performance in the G1 Matriarch
Miss Temple City Gives Sire G1 Double With Matriarch Victory

A big weekend for Spendthrift stallion Temple City began Saturday when sophomore Annals of Time won the G1 Hollywood Derby; on Sunday, 4-year-old daughter Miss Temple City, owned by The Club Racing, Needle in a Haystack and Sagamore Farm, proved very game in the G1 Matriarch, also at Del Mar, hanging on by a nose […]

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Miss Temple City works at Del Mar
Miss Temple City Leads Full Field In Sunday’s Matriarch Stakes

Del Mar’s third fall Bing Crosby Thoroughbred racing season concludes Sunday, featuring a star-studded field of older fillies and mares in the Grade I $300,000 Matriarch Stakes at one mile over the infield Jimmy Durante grass course. Post-time for the first of nine races will be 12:30 p.m. A dozen distaff runners entered the Matriarch, […]

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Ring Weekend and jockey Drayden Van Dyke (outside) win the Grade II $200,000 Seabiscuit Handicap Saturday, November 26, 2016 16 Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar, CA. ©Benoit Photo©Benoit Photo
Ring Weekend Gives Motion Sweep Of Del Mar Stakes Saturday

Eastern-based trainer H. Graham Motion and jockey Drayden Van Dyke collaborated to sweep Del Mar’s stakes doubleheader on a rainy afternoon Saturday, winning the Grade III $100,000 Jimmy Durante Stakes with Journey Home and the Grade II $200,000 Seabiscuit Handicap with hard-hitting Ring Weekend. “This race set up on paper that I thought would be […]

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