Graham Motion

Ultra Brat Finds Soft Turf To Her Liking In Easy Gallorette Score

Alex G. Campbell homebred Ultra Brat wasn’t deterred by the seven inches of rain that have fallen on Pimlico’s historic turf course over the past week, kicking clear down the lane for a 10 1/4-length score in the G3 Gallorette on Saturday. The 5-year-old daughter of Uncle Mo laid just off the pace and took […]

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Cool, Rainy Weather Propels Frontrunning Irish War Cry To Pimlico Special Victory

Isabelle de Tomaso’s homebred Irish War Cry has often been a perplexing case for trainer Graham Motion, with difficult-to-explain poor performances surrounded by glimpses of serious talent. The colt was finally able to be diagnosed with the thumps, an electrolyte imbalance than can cause hiccup-like muscle spasms, especially in particularly warm or humid conditions. Armed […]

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Preakness Undercard: Champion World Approval Bids For Title Defense In Dixie

Reigning male turf champion World Approval looks to return to his winning ways when he makes a title defense in Saturday’s $250,000 Maker’s Mark Dixie (G2), one of seven stakes worth $2.55 million in purses on the 14-race Preakness Stakes (G1) undercard at legendary Pimlico Race Course. A winner of four of five graded stakes […]

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‘Immensely Talented’ Irish War Cry Takes On Nine In Pimlico Special

One of the leading sophomores in the country last year over the winter and into late spring, Isabelle de Tomaso’s homebred Irish War Cry gets another chance to regain that winning form as an older horse in Friday’s historic $300,000 Pimlico Special at legendary Pimlico Race Course. The 48th running of the 1 3/16-mile Pimlico Special for 3-year-olds […]

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Untamed Domain Tops Overflow Field In American Turf

West Point Thoroughbreds’ Untamed Domain, runner-up in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (GI) to Mendelssohn, tops a field of 14 and two also-eligibles for the Grade 2 American Turf at Churchill Downs on Saturday’s Kentucky Derby card. The American Turf will go as the day’s ninth race with a 3:37 p.m. post time. Trained […]

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Lady Alexandra An Easy Winner In License Fee

Making her first start of the year, Heider Family Stables’ Lady Alexandra made her 2018 debut in impressive fashion, besting a field of seven to win the $100,000 License Fee for fillies and mares 4-years-old and up on Sunday at Belmont Park. Breaking alertly from post 7 at odds of 8-1 with Jose Ortiz in […]

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Motion ‘Leaning Toward’ Pimlico Special With Irish War Cry

Isabelle de Tomaso’s multiple graded-stakes winner Irish War Cry breezed five furlongs Saturday morning in anticipation of his next expected start in the $300,000 Pimlico Special (G3) Friday, May 18 at legendary Pimlico Race Course. Working on his own, Irish War Cry was timed in 1:02.48 over the main track at the Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Md., […]

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Kentucky Rules Committee Approves Changes To Absolute Insurer Requirement

At a meeting on Monday, the rules committee of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission voted to move forward on revised language to the absolute insurer requirement for trainers on drug positives. The meeting was well-attended by horsemen, owners, and jockeys and prompted considerable but civil discussion on the difficulties of properly assigning blame for drug […]

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‘When Was Common Sense Abandoned?’: Dr. Gary Lavin Joins WHOA

Dr. A. Gary Lavin, a legend in equine veterinary medicine and a respected leader in the horse industry, has joined the Water Hay Oats Alliance.  Lavin, the son of well-known racing secretary Allan Lavin, grew up in the sport. He worked for many years on the racetrack as an esteemed equine practitioner and surgeon. As […]

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Assistant Trainers: The ‘Eyes And Ears’ Of The Racing Stable

Their phone rings after midnight, a barn watchman alerting them to an emergency situation with a sick horse. Or they have to explain to their boss how a horse got loose from a hotwalker, possibly impacting its chances in its next race. On the track, they exercise a horse too fast during a workout, upsetting the […]

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