By Karen M. Johnson
Trainer Graham Motion said Oct. 18 he was surprised graded races won in Canada do not earn a horse points under the Breeders’ Cup criteria for selecting fields. As a result, Motion’s Canadian graded stakes winner, Globetrotter, is on the alternate list for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.
Globetrotter is undefeated in two starts, including the Grey Breeders’ Cup (gr.III) over Woodbine’s synthetic surface. He was ranked third of 11 alternates by the Breeders’ Cup Selection Committee. The field size is limited to 12 for the inaugural running of the Oct. 26 Juvenile Turf.
“This is a new race, so I don’t like to be critical,” Motion said. “I will say I was surprised because I didn’t realize points don’t count for races in Canada. That is one of the reasons we ran (in the Grey), so we could get in over some other horses.”
Three colts – Preachin Man, Old Man Buck, and Texas Fever – made the field based on points earned through top three finishes in graded races in the United States. The other nine in the field, plus the 11 alternates, were selected by the committee.
Globetrotter’s $182,775 in earnings is fourth-highest among the 23 pre-entrants.
Motion was hopeful defections would permit him to run Globetrotter, a son of Street Cryout of the Seattle Slew mare, Cool Slew.