Graham Motion

Maragh’s Wood Memorial Comeback Earns Jockey Of The Week Title

Wood Memorial winner Rajiv Maragh won his best race since returning to ride last winter and was named Jockey of the Week for April 3-9, 2017. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North […]

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Irish War Cry ‘A Little Tired’ After Wood, Likely To Remain At Fair Hill Before Derby

Isabelle de Tomaso’s Irish War Cry has settled back into his Fair Hill base in good condition following his victory in Saturday’s Grade 2, $750,000 Wood Memorial, according to trainer Graham Motion. “He seems good this morning,” he said by phone on Sunday. “He’s obviously a little tired. It was a long day, shipping back […]

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Irish War Cry Back On Top In Wood Memorial Under New Jockey Rajiv Maragh

Mrs. Isabelle de Tomaso’s Irish War Cry made up for his poor Fountain of Youth performance in this Saturday’s G2 Wood Memorial, rallying from just off the pace to run past Battalion Runner in the lane and draw away for about a three-length victory. Ridden by comeback jockey Rajiv Maragh for the first time, the […]

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Miss Temple City To Miss Keeneland Spring Meet, Targeting Churchill Downs For 2017 Debut

Multiple Grade 1 winner Miss Temple City will be forced to miss Keeneland’s upcoming spring meet – and a planned start in either the G1 Jenny Wiley or G1 Maker’s 46 Mile – as the result of missing some training time last month in Florida. This is Horse Racing reports that the Graham Motion trainee missed two […]

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Irish War Cry: Motion Taking Advantage Of ‘Extra Week’ Before Wood Memorial

Isabelle de Tomaso’s homebred Grade 2 winner Irish War Cry, back on familiar ground at the Fair Hill Training Center in Fair Hill, Md., continued preparations for his next start with a six-furlong breeze over its main track. Recently named the New Jersey-bred champion 2-year-old of 2016, Irish War Cry was timed in 1:13.40, the […]

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Musical Jockeys: New Pilots Planned For Several Top Derby Prospects

Several of the top prospects for the 2017 Kentucky Derby will make their next starts under new jockeys, according to drf.com. Jose Ortiz, aboard the Todd Pletcher-trained Tapwrit for both the Sam F. Davis and his Tampa Bay Derby win, has elected to stick with the son of Tapit when the colt makes his next […]

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Motion ‘Leaning Towards’ Wood Memorial With Irish War Cry

Isabelle de Tomaso’s homebred Irish War Cry could appear next in Aqueduct’s G2 Wood Memorial on April 8, according to bloodhorse.com. The sophomore son of Curlin recorded a breeze at Palm Meadows in Florida on Saturday, covering five furlongs in 1:01.10 the day before he and the rest of the Graham Motion stable are scheduled […]

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Kitten’s Cat The Likely Favorite In Full Field Expected For Spiral Stakes

Turfway Park expects a full and competitive field for the JACK Cincinnati Casino Spiral Stakes (G3) at Turfway Park Saturday, March 25, according to Stakes Coordinator Randy Wehrman. The 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds over Turfway’s Polytrack is a designated points race for the Kentucky Derby, with 50 points to the winner and 20, 10 […]

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Irish War Cry ‘A Real Head-Scratcher’ In Fountain Of Youth Disappointment

Previously undefeated Irish War Cry, who won the Holy Bull in impressive fashion, appeared well Sunday morning following his disappointing seventh-place finish as the even-money favorite in the Fountain of Youth, trainer Graham Motion said. “Really, he seems fine. I have no issues with him,” he said. “He seemed to cool out fine and he […]

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Suffused Last-To-First In The Very One

Juddmonte homebred Suffused was the easiest of winners in Saturday’s G3 The Very One Stakes, rocketing from last to first in the far turn and sprinting away from her rivals to cross the wire five lengths in front. The 5-year-old daughter of Champs Elysees, ridden to the third win of the afternoon for jockey Jose […]

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