Graham Motion

‘A Real New York Guy’: Motion Seeks Win In Inaugural Rick Violette Stakes

Flaxman Holdings’ turf maiden winner Torres Del Paine, trained by Graham Motion, will shift to the main track for Wednesday’s inaugural $100,000 Rick Violette, a six-furlong sprint for New York-bred juveniles at Saratoga Race Course. Previously known as the Rockville Centre, the race was renamed in honor of the late Richard A. Violette, Jr., the […]

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Scheinman: An Everlasting Bond That Ties Horses And Humans Together

When I worked at the long-gone Montgomery Journal newspaper in Rockville, Md., having switched over to the copy desk from sports, an old horse trainer named Bernie Bond died in 1993. I had the picture cut out of his obituary in the Daily Racing Form taped to a drawer underneath my desk, and there it […]

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‘The Horse That Got Me Going’: Graham Motion Posts Emotional Tribute To Gala Spinaway

Trainer Graham Motion announced via social media that his first graded stakes winner, Gala Spinaway, had to be put to sleep on Saturday. The 31-year-old son of Star Choice gave Motion that hallmark victory in 1993, and lived out his days under Motion’s watchful eye at the Fair Hill Training Center. “He was the horse […]

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Secret Message Flies Late In Nassau

Secret Message came flying late to reel in runaway leader Starship Jubilee down the stretch in Sunday’s one-mile Grade 2 Nassau Stakes, the first turf stakes of the 2019 Woodbine meet. Fresh off a late-closing victory in the Dahlia Stakes over one-mile of turf at Laurel Park last month, Woodbine newcomer Secret Message defeated Canada’s […]

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English Bee Runs Down Real News In James W. Murphy

Calumet Farm homebred English Bee earned his first stakes win on Saturday, out-kicking 2-1 favorite Real News to win by a half-length under jockey Jose Ortiz. The 3-year-old son of English Channel, conditioned by Graham Motion, was sent to post at odds of 9-2 after a disappointing fifth in his first start in stakes company. […]

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Motion Seeks Third Straight Gallorette With Thewayiam

The timing seems right for Thewayiam to show how much an eight-month layoff can pay off in Saturday’s $150,000 Stella Artois Gallorette Stakes (G3), one of eight stakes races, four graded, that support the $1.65 million Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course. A field of nine was entered for the 68th running of the Gallorette […]

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Pimlico Special: Longshot Flying The Flag ‘Getting Better’ For Defending Trainer Motion

A year after winning the historic $300,000 Pimlico Special (G3) for the first time with multiple graded-stakes winning millionaire Irish War Cry, trainer Graham Motion plans to defend his title with a lightly raced horse making his stakes debut. West Point Thoroughbreds and Chester Thoroughbreds’ Flying the Flag will represent Motion in the Pimlico Special, […]

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Thoroughbred Week Platform Features Video, Stories About Racing Stakeholders

Thoroughbred Week, a new digital content platform at www.ThoroughbredWeek.com for industry participants to tell their stories, launched today. The website features original content, with an emphasis on video, and first-person articles provided by industry stakeholders from all segments of the business. With early support from the likes of Graham and Anita Motion, Jill Baffert, Hall […]

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MATCH Series Kicks Off Successfully With Large Fields, Superb Weather

The 2019 MATCH Series got off to an excellent start at Laurel Park April 20 with a mix of old and new in four divisional stakes won by horses based in the Mid-Atlantic region. And compared to last year’s launch, the weather was superb. The connections of the winners expressed appreciation for the series, which […]

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Retired Racehorse Project Elects New Chair, Vice Chair And Board Members

The Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) announced this week that Dr. Carolyn Karlson, Ph. D. has been elected as chair of the Retired Racehorse Project’s board of directors and Sue Smith has been elected vice chair. Also elected to the board were Graham and Anita Motion. A resident of Saratoga, New York, Karlson is a longtime […]

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