Graham Motion

Wide Open Field Of Nine Sophomore Fillies In American Oaks

In what appears to be a totally wide open affair, trainer Michael McCarthy’s Paved, Jeff Mullins’ Amandine, Neil Drysdale’s Californiagoldrush, H. Graham Motion’s Colonia and Kenny McPeek’s Princess Warrior all loom prominent among a field of nine sophomore fillies in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 American Oaks, to be contested at a mile and one quarter […]

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Kentucky Court Of Appeals: Absolute Insurer Rule Is Constitutional; Kitten’s Point Medication DQ Upheld

The Kentucky Court of Appeals on Friday reversed a lower court decision that had overturned a positive drug test and rendered horse racing’s absolute insurer rule unconstitutional in Kentucky. Court of Appeal Judges Gene Smallwood, Debra Lambert and Sara Combs sided with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission in a case centered around Kitten’s Point, first-place […]

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Del Mar Cards Jimmy Durante, Seabiscuit Handicap On Saturday

A field of 13 was set for the $100,000 Grade III Jimmy Durante Stakes and 12 for the Grade II $200,000 Seabiscuit Handicap as entries closed and post positions drawn Wednesday for Saturday’s nine-race card at Del Mar, which includes the stakes double-header. The Jimmy Durante, which goes as the fifth race, is a mile […]

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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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