Graham Motion

French Import Monette Will Try To Go One Better In Stewart Manor

Madaket Stables’ Monette will look to go one better when she makes her second North American start in Sunday’s $100,000 Stewart Manor, a six-furlong turf sprint for juvenile fillies, at Aqueduct Racetrack. The dark bay daughter of Cockney Rebel launched her career in France, making six starts for trainer Bruno de Montzey, winning twice and […]

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Several European Breeders’ Cup Contenders To Stay In U.S. With New Trainers

Four of the record 50 European contenders in this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships will not be making return flights, and instead will look toward U.S.-based campaigns with new trainers. Fourth-place finisher in the Juvenile Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs on Friday, Queen of Bermuda (Exceed and Excel) will be transferred to the barn of […]

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Support For Equine Aftercare: 47 Breeders’ Cup Contenders Pledge Their Support To New Vocations

A growing list of prominent owners and trainers are stepping up to support racehorse aftercare by participating in the New Vocations Breeders’ Cup Pledge. Now in its ninth year, the Pledge has raised over $480,000, with 100 percent of funds raised supporting the program’s rehabilitation, retraining and rehoming efforts. “New Vocations is a program the […]

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Colonia Gets First Graded Win In Wild Running Of Pin Oak Valley View

Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables, Maurice Lagasse, Haras d’Etreham and Bethlehem Stables’ Colonia earned her first graded stakes victory on Friday at Keeneland, weaving through traffic from the rear of the field to win the G3 Pin Oak Valley View Stakes by a half-length on the wire. The 3-year-old daughter of Champs Elysees, ridden by Joe […]

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Strike Me Down Gives Sam-Son Big Chance For Fourth Ontario Derby Win

Strike Me Down, an Ontario-bred son of Tapit, will chase his first added-money score in Saturday’s Grade 3, $125,000 Ontario Derby for 3-year-olds, part of Woodbine’s stakes-stacked card that’s headlined by the Grade 1 Pattison Canadian International. A Sam-Son farm homebred, Strike Me Down returns to the Toronto oval after two straight starts at Saratoga, […]

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‘Bogged Down’ In Joe Hirsch, Spring Quality Hopes For Firm Ground In Canadian International

Spring Quality comes into the Grade 1 Pattison Canadian International off his lowest finish to date. But trainer Graham Motion, who also sends out Mekhtaal in the 1 ½-mile fall classic, has faith his Grade 1 champ will be back at the top of his game on Saturday at Woodbine. A son of Quality Road, […]

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Chilean-Bred Robert Bruce, Spring Quality Among 8 In Joe Hirsch Turf Classic

Convento Viejo’s Robert Bruce will look to record his second consecutive Grade 1 win in heading an accomplished eight-horse field in the $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic as part of September Super Saturday at Belmont Park. One of four graded stakes on the day, the 42nd running of the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic is also […]

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Kentucky Approves Changes Allowing Trainers To Push Back On Absolute Insurer Rule

Kentucky may soon alter its language surrounding the absolute insurer rule for trainers accused of rule violations, per a series of rule changes approved in a special meeting of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Tuesday. Commissioners approved an edit to virtually all the state’s horse racing regulations as part of Gov. Matt Bevin’s Red Tape […]

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Irish War Cry Retired To Northview Stallion Station In Maryland

Classic-placed Irish War Cry, one of the most dynamic runners of his generation, has been retired and will enter stud at Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City, Md., for the 2019 season. “Irish War Cry is by leading sire Curlin, won the Holy Bull, Wood Memorial and Pimlico Special and was second in the Belmont, […]

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Irish War Cry To Make Turf Debut In Ricoh Woodbine Mile

Trainer Graham Motion, perhaps best known for saddling Animal Kingdom to a famous score in the 2011 edition of the Kentucky Derby, has really made a name for himself in Canada where he has 15 stakes wins to his credit at Woodbine. Motion already has two graded stakes wins this year at Woodbine including the […]

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