Graham Motion

Belmont Stakes Not Completely Out Of The Picture For Irish War Cry

Wood Memorial winner Irish War Cry, who finished tenth in the G1 Kentucky Derby, may start in the G1 Belmont Stakes June 10 after all. Trainer Graham Motion told the Daily Racing Form on Wednesday that he hasn’t ruled out running the son of Curlin in the 1 1/2-mile classic. “After this weekend, I had to think […]

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No Mo Dough Kicks Clear In LARC Sir Barton Stakes

Alex G. Campbell’s No Mo Dough was the impressive 2 3/4-length winner of Saturday’s $100,000 LARC Sir Barton Stakes at Pimlico, kicking clear in a big way in the stretch under jockey Jose Ortiz. The sophomore son of Uncle Mo covered 1 1/16 miles over the “good” track in 1:44.13 for trainer Graham Motion in […]

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Happy Mesa Last-To-First In Near-Record Hilltop Performance

Great Point Stables, Highclere America, and Zoom and Fish Stable’s Happy Mesa was the last-to-first victress of Friday’s $100,000 Hilltop Stakes, giving jockey Javier Castellano a natural hat trick on the afternoon. The 3-year-old daughter of Sky Mesa covered a mile over Pimlico’s firm turf course in 1:33.61, just one-fifth of a second off the […]

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Main Sequence Joins Monmouth Park Hall Of Champions

Champion Main Sequence will join Monmouth Park’s Hall of Champions when the racetrack kicks off its 72nd season of racing this Saturday, May 13. A Flaxman Holdings, Ltd. homebred, Main Sequence began his career in Europe where he won his first four starts before finishing second in the 2012 Epsom Derby.  After a winless 2013, […]

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Derby Notes, May 4: Derby Hopefuls Dodge The Rain Thursday Morning

ALWAYS DREAMING/MASTER PLAN/PATCH/TAPWRIT ­– As he has for the previous three days, Florida Derby (GI) winner Always Dreaming led off the Todd Pletcher barn Derby efforts by going trackside at 5:50 a.m. with exercise rider Nick Bush attached and a special set of “draw reins” in place. And as he has for the past few […]

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For Maragh, Teaming With Motion To Win The Derby Would Make ‘Everything More Special’

Jockey Rajiv Maragh will try to cap off an amazing comeback from severe injuries with a victory aboard Irish War Cry in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. Maragh missed 16 months due to injuries sustained in a spill at Belmont Park in July 2015. The jockey fractured four vertebrae, broke two ribs and suffered a collapsed lung when he was […]

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Derby Notes, May 2: Thunder Snow, Irish War Cry And Gormley Make First Appearances

Godolphin Racing’s Thunder Snow (IRE) exited quarantine Tuesday morning and made his first visit to the main track at Churchill Downs. Going out during the special training period reserved for Kentucky Derby and Oaks horses at 8:30, Thunder Snow jogged a mile and cantered a mile. Also making their initial appearances on the track were […]

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Miss Temple City To Make 2017 Debut In Distaff Turf Mile

Multiple Grade 1 winner Miss Temple City will make her long-awaited 2017 debut in Saturday’s G2 Churchill Downs Distaff Turf Mile. Trainer Graham Motion told the Daily Racing Form Tuesday morning that the 5-year-old mare would run in the $300,000 stakes race, which is on the Kentucky Derby undercard. Miss Temple City lost some training time earlier […]

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Report: Irish War Cry To Stand At Hill ‘N’ Dale Upon Retirement

Wood Memorial winner and Kentucky Derby contender Irish War Cry will stand at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm upon retirement, it was announced Monday. The Thoroughbred Daily News reports that the colt’s breeding rights were purchased by a group that includes John Sikura of Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm, SF Bloodstock, Glen Hill Farm’s Craig Bernick, Bobby Flay, the […]

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Portmagee Leads Gate-To-Wire In License Fee Stakes

Waterville Lake Stables’ Portmagee stayed perfect in 2017, posting a gate-to-wire victory in the $150,000 License Fee for fillies and mares 4-year-olds and up on the inner turf on Sunday at Belmont Park. The 4-year-old daughter of Hard Spun departed from the outside post and set early fractions of 22.62 seconds for a quarter-mile with […]

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