Trainer Graham Motion is starting to get a little greedy.
Off the 12 graded stakes that have been contested during the Keeneland fall meet, three winners have been saddled by the man who operates Herringswell Stables. In the interest of keeping that momentum traveling at full speed, Motion is bringing a pair of entries apiece to the Oct. 20 $100,000 Sycamore Stakes (gr. IIIT) and Oct. 21 $150,000 Pin Oak Valley View Stakes (gr. IIIT).
The tone for the Motion barn was set opening day when Dancing Rags captured the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 7. Victories by stablemates Miss Temple City in the Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT) and Miss Ella in the Buffalo Trace Franklin County Stakes (gr. IIIT) followed, and Motion brings another solid hand heading into a pair of stakes he already has some great history in.
Motion has won the last two editions of the 1 1/2-miles Sycamore Stakes with Holiday Star and has Sam-Son Farm's Canadian champion, Up With the Birds, among his two entrants this year. Previously trained by Malcolm Pierce, Up With the Birds is making his first start under Motion's care and heads into the Sycamore off a third-place finish in the $150,000 Durham Cup Stakes (Can-III) at Woodbine Sept. 24.
The 6-year-old son of Stormy Atlantic has won one of six starts this season with his lone victory coming when he captured the $200,000 Nijinsky Stakes (Can-IIT) at Woodbine July 24. Up With the Birds will break from post No. 5 in the 14-horse field and will be joined in the gate by stablemate Street Fashion.
Count the 1 1/16-miles Valley View as another spot Motion has recent mastery over, having won the race last October with Dixiana Farms' Tiger Ride.
He brings My Meadowview Farm's Tin Type Gal into the latest edition of the test off a third-place run in the Sands Point Stakes (gr. IIT) Sept. 17 in what was the seventh career start for the 3-year-old daughter of Tapit . Tin Type Gal won the Boiling Springs Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Monmouth Park July 24 and was fifth in the Del Mar Oaks Presented by The Jockey Club (gr. IT) Aug. 20.
While Tin Type Gal has been relatively lightly raced, she is the veteran member of the Motion entry in comparision to stablemate Quidura(GB). The Gestut Faerhof homebred is set to make her second North American start and fourth career outing, having won an allowance race going one mile on the turf at Belmont Park Sept. 18.
Among those aiming to disrupt the recent streak of success for the Motion barn is Shug McGaughey trained My Impression. Stuart S. Janney III's homebred daughter of Sky Mesa has won three of five starts this year with her two defeats coming when she finished behind Time and Motion, winner of Saturday's Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane's End (gr. IT).
Keeneland, Thursday, October 20, 2016, Race 8
- 1 1/2m
- 3 yo's & up
- 4:57 PM (local)
|1||1Bigger Picture (KY)||Jose L. Ortiz||121||Michael J. Maker||9/2|
|2||2Postulation (KY)||Trevor McCarthy||121||Edward L. Graham||30/1|
|3||3Greengrassofyoming (KY)||Florent Geroux||123||Michael J. Maker||7/2|
|4||4Renown (GB)||Angel Cruz||121||Elizabeth Voss||8/1|
|5||5Up With the Birds (ON)||Robby Albarado||121||H. Graham Motion||4/1|
|6||6Nessy (KY)||Jack Gilligan||118||Jimmy Corrigan||50/1|
|7||7Fixador (BRZ)||James Graham||121||Eduardo Caramori||30/1|
|8||8Bullards Alley (KY)||Marcelino Pedroza||123||Tim Glyshaw||6/1|
|9||9One Go All Go (VA)||Declan Cannon||121||Pavel Matejka||30/1|
|10||10Generous Kitten (KY)||Julien R. Leparoux||121||Michael J. Maker||12/1|
|11||11Wild About You (FL)||Fernando De La Cruz||121||Scott D. Mullins||50/1|
|12||12Behesht (FR)||Joe Bravo||121||George R. Arnold, II||15/1|
|13||13Street Fashion (PA)||Edgar S. Prado||121||H. Graham Motion||6/1|
|14||14Camp Creek (ON)||Rafael Manuel Hernandez||118||Rachel Halden||15/1|
|15||15Cartoon (KY)||Alexander Reznikov||121||Pavel Vashchenko||50/1|
Keeneland, Friday, October 21, 2016, Race 9
- 1 1/16m
- 3 yo Fillies
- 5:30 PM (local)
|1||1Leafy Shade (IRE)||James Graham||118||Edward L. Graham||30/1|
|2||2Nobody's Fault (KY)||Mitchell Murrill||118||Chris M. Block||30/1|
|3||3Sweet Tapper (KY)||Corey J. Lanerie||118||Ian R. Wilkes||20/1|
|4||4Tin Type Gal (KY)||Trevor McCarthy||120||H. Graham Motion||9/2|
|5||5Cheekaboo (CA)||Kent J. Desormeaux||120||Peter Eurton||12/1|
|6||6Crooked Stick (KY)||Sophie Doyle||118||Alex Clarkson||30/1|
|7||7Outsider Art (KY)||Robby Albarado||118||Jonathan E. Sheppard||15/1|
|8||8Triple Chelsea (KY)||Francisco C. Torres||118||Anthony J. Granitz||20/1|
|9||9Quidura (GB)||Junior Alvarado||118||H. Graham Motion||4/1|
|10||10My Impression (KY)||Jose L. Ortiz||120||Claude R. McGaughey III||4/1|
|11||11Azaelia (FR)||Florent Geroux||118||SIMONE BROGI||3/1|
|12||12Nawlins Kitty (KY)||Shaun Bridgmohan||118||William B. Bradley||20/1|
|13||13Sky My Sky (KY)||Julien R. Leparoux||118||Mark E. Casse||15/1|
|14||14Linda (KY)||Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.||120||Ian R. Wilkes||15/1|
|15||15Sassy Little Lila (KY)||Florent Geroux||118||Brad H. Cox||15/1|