Graham Motion

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: McCarthy Follows Shared Family Dreams

Jockey Trevor McCarthy’s willingness to leave Maryland success for an uncertain New York venture stems from his desire to attain heights his father only dreamt of. Michael said he was “scratching for every mount” during a riding career that stretched from 1982-2002. He spent 10 years at Finger Lakes, the rest at tracks scattered throughout […]

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Just Howard Named Maryland-Bred Horse Of The Year, Champion 3-Year-Old, Turf Horse

Skeedattle Associates’ Just Howard, winner of the Grade 3 Commonwealth Derby at Laurel Park as part of a four-race win streak over the summer of 2017, took home top honors as Maryland-bred Horse of the Year, champion 3-year-old male and champion turf horse. The announcements were made at the inaugural Renaissance Awards, a cooperative effort […]

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Ring Weekend Kicks Off 2018 In Style With Gulfstream Win

Multiple graded-stakes winner Ring Weekend sparkled in his 2018 debut Sunday at Gulfstream Park, rolling through the stretch to score impressively in the featured 11th race, a mile optional claiming allowance on turf. Owned by West Point Thoroughbreds, the 7-year-old gelding saved ground along the backstretch under Jose Ortiz as Hockey School cut out solid fractions of  24.21 […]

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Thewayiam Finishes Strong For Sweetest Chant Victory

Great Point Stables, Michael Dubb, The Elkstone Group, and Bethlehem Stables’ Thewayiam was determined late in Saturday’s G3 Sweetest Chant, charging down the center of the turf course at Gulfstream Park to score by three-quarters of a length. The sophomore daughter of Thewayyouare was near the rear of the field early, and had to fight […]

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‘It’s Quite Gratifying’: Untamed Domain A Source Of Pride For Trainer Graham Motion

Trainer Graham Motion readily admits that he will derive special pride from saddling West Point Thoroughbreds’ Untamed Domain for his 2018 debut in Saturday’s $100,000 Dania Beach (G3) at Gulfstream Park. Motion takes a lot of pride in saddling all of his horses, but Untamed Domain, being a son of Animal Kingdom, brings back some […]

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Ultra Brat Makes The Grade In Marshua’s River

Patience paid off for owner-breeder Alex G. Campbell Jr. Saturday at Gulfstream Park, when his 5-year-old homebred mare Ultra Brat scored the first graded triumph of her career in the $150,000 Marshua’s River (G3). The 16th running of the Marhsua’s River for fillies and mares 4 and up was one of two turf stakes on the 12-race program, […]

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Motion Joins WHOA, Calls For A ‘National Governing Body’

Leading North American trainer H. Graham Motion has joined the Water Hay Oats Alliance (WHOA) as the latest member in a growing list of trainers who support efforts for passage of The Horseracing Integrity Act.  To date, 65 trainers are represented on WHOA’s roster, including Hall of Famers Roger Attfield, Michael Dickinson, Neil Drysdale, and […]

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Prince Of Hempt Makes It Four In A Row In City Of Laurel

Thomas McClay’s Prince of Hempt, racing for the first time outside of his native Pennsylvania for his stakes debut, kept his perfect record intact by rallying along the inside in deep stretch to upset Saturday’s $100,000 City of Laurel on Ben’s Cat Day at Laurel Park. The seven-furlong City of Laurel for 3-year-olds was the […]

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Spring Quality Edges Call Provision In Red Smith

Augustin Stable’s Spring Quality thrived in the longest race of his career, edging Call Provision in deep stretch to win the Grade 3, $200,000 Red Smith for 3-year-olds and up Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack. Under Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado, Spring Quality stayed just off 49-1 shot Memories of Peter’s early speed, going a […]

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Arles Proves Deserving Favorite In Long Island Handicap

Team Valor International and Green Lantern Stable’s Arles delivered as the even-money favorite in the Grade 3, $200,000 Long Island Handicap on Saturday, leading every step of the way en route to her first North American victory in the turf marathon for fillies and mares at Aqueduct Racetrack. The 5-year-old French-bred mare by Monsun took an […]

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