Graham Motion

Animal Kingdom scores in Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes

Animal Kingdom came from last in a field of 11 to win the Grade 3, $500,000 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes for three-year-olds at Turfway Park Saturday. With Alan Garcia riding, Animal Kingdom made a strong move rounding the far turn, angled outside and finished off a game Decisive Moment to win the 1 1/8-mile race […]

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La Luna De Miel captures Orchid Stakes

With a late surge, La Luna De Miel got up to win the Grade 3, $150,000 Orchid Stakes on the Gulfstream Park turf Sunday. At the top of the lane, it looked like one of Christophe Clement’s three entries, Giant’s Play, might give the trainer his seventh Orchid victory, but La Luna De Miel, under […]

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Dynamic Holiday surges clear in Herecomesthebride

Dynamic Holiday scored her fourth straight victory Sunday, winning the Grade 3, $150,000 Herecomesthebride Stakes for three-year-old fillies on the Gulfstream Park turf. With Ramon Dominguez riding, Dynamic Holiday showed a swift turn of foot to take the lead and draw clear for a two and a half length victory in the 1 1/8 mile […]

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Pluck still on course for Europe despite loss

Trainer Graham Motion said he’s still planning to send Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner Pluck to the French Guineas, despite a disappointing fourth in a one-mile allowance race at Tampa Bay Downs Saturday. “The pace wasn’t ideal, but it was good to see him fly home,” Motion said. “With the short stretch, I figured there […]

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Pluck may be pointed to Poulains at Longchamp

Having been removed from Todd Pletchers care in favor of Team Valor’s Graham Motion, it looks like the connections for Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner Pluck will be orchestrating an overseas campaign for the three-year-old. They are also considering the Abu Dhabi Irish 2,000 Guineas.

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Pluck targeting Irish 2000 Guineas

Last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner, Pluck, has no designs on the Kentucky Derby.  Instead, it appears the three-year-old is headed for the prestigious Irish 2000 Guineas in May. Trainer Graham Motion said he’d like to give Pluck a tune-up race first, most likely the Transylvania at Keeneland in April.

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Racing ethics in Motion

The Daily Racing Form’s Ryan Goldberg’s excellent piece on Graham Motion is a must read for anyone in the industry, especially those who care most about ethics in training. Among the highlights: On never being cited for a medication violation: “Obviously, it’s a list I was happy to be on the bottom of,” said Motion. […]

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Breeders’ Cup Notes: Filly & Mare Turf

PRESS RELEASE An update on the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf, to be run Friday, November 5th at 6:50 PM ET: Eclair de Lune The German-bred filly Eclair de Lune, winner of Arlington Park’s Beverly D. in her last start, went for a 1m jog Monday morning at Churchill Downs .   With exercise […]

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