Graham Motion

Motion, Franco Sweep Laurel’s Juvenile Turf Stakes With Irish Mias, Sharing

Isabelle Haskell de Tomaso’s homebred Irish Mias earned his first career win in style, scooting through an opening along the rail in mid-stretch and edging stablemate Torres Del Paine by a nose in Saturday’s $200,000 Fasig-Tipton Laurel Futurity at Laurel Park. The 93rd running of the Futurity for 2-year-olds, and the 90th renewal of the […]

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English Bee’s Virginia Derby Triumph Erases Sting Of Previous Losses For Motion

English Bee, who races in the colors of Calumet Farm, stalked a pedestrian pace before overtaking front-running Credit Swap in mid-stretch, and held off a late rally from Jais’s Solitude to win the Grade 3, $250,000 New Kent Virginia Derby by a head at Colonial Downs in Virginia. Jorge Vargas, Jr. was aboard the Graham Motion-trained […]

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Mrs. Sippy Splits Rivals, Wins U.S. Debut In Glens Falls

Andrew Stone’s homebred filly Mrs. Sippy made her North American debut a winning one on Saturday, splitting rivals in the stretch and powering to a 3/4-length win in the Grade 2 Glens Falls Stakes at Saratoga. The 4-year-old daughter of Blame and jockey Joel Rosario, sent off at odds of 6-1, completed 1 3/8 miles […]

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Calumet Holds Strong Hand In Virginia Derby At Colonial Downs

Calumet Farm’s English Channel colt English Bee and its Street Sense colt Tracksmith lead a field of nine 3-year-olds that will compete over 1 1/8 miles Saturday in the 17th running of the $250,000 New Kent County Virginia Derby (Gr. 3) at Colonial Downs. The Virginia Derby along with the $150,000 Fasig-Tipton Virginia Oaks headline […]

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Motion Duo Headed For Saturday’s New Kent County Virginia Derby

The 17th running of the $250,000 New Kent County Virginia Derby (Gr. 3) on the Secretariat Turf Course at Colonial Downs, scheduled for this Saturday August 31, could feature a pair of Graham Motion trained three-year-olds in the field and another pair in under card stakes. “I’m inclined to enter both English Bee and Shootin […]

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Varenka, Regal Glory Dead Heat In Lake Placid As Rain Falls At Saratoga

The top two choices on the tote board could not be separated at the wire in Saturday’s Grade 2 Lake Placid Stakes, with 8-5 Varenka and 2-1 Regal Glory officially declared to have dead-heated for the victory. The two sophomore fillies stopped the clock in 1:43.68 for 1 1/16 miles over Saratoga’s turf course, rated […]

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Varenka, Wildlife Hoping To Make The Grade In Lake Placid Stakes

Augustin Stable’s homebred Varenka headlines a talented field of eight sophomore fillies in Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Lake Placid Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile inner turf test at Saratoga Race Course. Trained by Graham Motion, the Ghostzapper bay is out of stakes winner Dynamic Cat, who has produced four stakes winners, including Grade 3-winner Dynamic Holiday. […]

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Laurel Park: American Pharoah Filly, Half To Social Inclusion To Debut On Turf; Just Howard Bounces Back

Alex G. Campbell’s Bernadette the Jet, a chestnut daughter of 2015 Triple Crown champion American Pharoah, is set to make her career debut in Friday’s eighth race at Laurel Park, a $40,000 maiden special weight for 2-year-old fillies going 5 ½ furlongs on the Kelso turf course. Out of the Saint Ballado mare Saint Bernadette, […]

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Commentary: Anabolic Steroids And Lasix – More Similarities Than You May Think

I believe that for many horsemen, administering performance-enhancing drugs to our horses — if they can get away with it — is based on the sad fact of trying to stay competitive at all cost. For those of you who have already begun to do a slow burn just reading this — stay with me. […]

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Full Brother To World Of Trouble Debuts Wednesday At Saratoga

Trainer Wesley Ward will saddle a full-brother to multiple Grade 1-winner World of Trouble in Alfie Solomons, who makes his career debut over the Mellon turf course in Wednesday afternoon’s sixth race at Saratoga. The Florida-bred chestnut is by Kantharos out of the Valid Expectations broodmare Meets Expectations and was purchased for $285,000 from last […]

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