Graham Motion

English Bee’s Virginia Derby Triumph Erases Sting Of Previous Losses For Motion

English Bee, who races in the colors of Calumet Farm, stalked a pedestrian pace before overtaking front-running Credit Swap in mid-stretch, and held off a late rally from Jais’s Solitude to win the Grade 3, $250,000 New Kent Virginia Derby by a head at Colonial Downs in Virginia. Jorge Vargas, Jr. was aboard the Graham Motion-trained […]

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Mrs. Sippy Splits Rivals, Wins U.S. Debut In Glens Falls

Andrew Stone’s homebred filly Mrs. Sippy made her North American debut a winning one on Saturday, splitting rivals in the stretch and powering to a 3/4-length win in the Grade 2 Glens Falls Stakes at Saratoga. The 4-year-old daughter of Blame and jockey Joel Rosario, sent off at odds of 6-1, completed 1 3/8 miles […]

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Calumet Holds Strong Hand In Virginia Derby At Colonial Downs

Calumet Farm’s English Channel colt English Bee and its Street Sense colt Tracksmith lead a field of nine 3-year-olds that will compete over 1 1/8 miles Saturday in the 17th running of the $250,000 New Kent County Virginia Derby (Gr. 3) at Colonial Downs. The Virginia Derby along with the $150,000 Fasig-Tipton Virginia Oaks headline […]

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Motion Duo Headed For Saturday’s New Kent County Virginia Derby

The 17th running of the $250,000 New Kent County Virginia Derby (Gr. 3) on the Secretariat Turf Course at Colonial Downs, scheduled for this Saturday August 31, could feature a pair of Graham Motion trained three-year-olds in the field and another pair in under card stakes. “I’m inclined to enter both English Bee and Shootin […]

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Varenka, Wildlife Hoping To Make The Grade In Lake Placid Stakes

Augustin Stable’s homebred Varenka headlines a talented field of eight sophomore fillies in Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Lake Placid Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile inner turf test at Saratoga Race Course. Trained by Graham Motion, the Ghostzapper bay is out of stakes winner Dynamic Cat, who has produced four stakes winners, including Grade 3-winner Dynamic Holiday. […]

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Laurel Park: American Pharoah Filly, Half To Social Inclusion To Debut On Turf; Just Howard Bounces Back

Alex G. Campbell’s Bernadette the Jet, a chestnut daughter of 2015 Triple Crown champion American Pharoah, is set to make her career debut in Friday’s eighth race at Laurel Park, a $40,000 maiden special weight for 2-year-old fillies going 5 ½ furlongs on the Kelso turf course. Out of the Saint Ballado mare Saint Bernadette, […]

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Commentary: Anabolic Steroids And Lasix – More Similarities Than You May Think

I believe that for many horsemen, administering performance-enhancing drugs to our horses — if they can get away with it — is based on the sad fact of trying to stay competitive at all cost. For those of you who have already begun to do a slow burn just reading this — stay with me. […]

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Full Brother To World Of Trouble Debuts Wednesday At Saratoga

Trainer Wesley Ward will saddle a full-brother to multiple Grade 1-winner World of Trouble in Alfie Solomons, who makes his career debut over the Mellon turf course in Wednesday afternoon’s sixth race at Saratoga. The Florida-bred chestnut is by Kantharos out of the Valid Expectations broodmare Meets Expectations and was purchased for $285,000 from last […]

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Just Howard Fends Off Divisidero In Oceanport

Skeedattle Stable’s Just Howard made a determined bid to keep his head in front at the wire in Saturday’s Grade 3 Oceanport Stakes, delayed to a 6:00 p.m. post time by Monmouth Park management due to heat advisories in the area. The 5-year-old son of English Channel and jockey Trevor McCarthy fended off the late […]

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