Motion Looks for Happy Ending to Glens Falls

(from Saratoga report)
Film Maker, a narrow loser in last year's Glens Falls Handicap (gr. IIIT) for fillies and mares at 1 3/8 miles on the grass, returns for a second try in the $100,000-added event Monday as Saratoga closes its 135th meet.

Trainer Graham Motion would like to see Film Maker atone for her third-place finish when she lost by a half-length to Arvada for owner Donald Adam. Film Maker heads a field of seven entered for the closing day feature.

Film Maker was only beaten a length by Riskaverse in the Flower Bowl (gr. IT) at Belmont Park and finished second to Ouija Board in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) at Lone Star Park, where she lost by 1 1/2 lengths. Both races were run on yielding courses.

This year has been both successful and frustrating for Motion and the mare. He brought Film Maker back in May off a near seven-month rest, and she came back a winner in the Gallorette Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Pimlico. It was her first victory since the All Along Breeders' Cup (gr. IIIT) in July 2004.

"We decided we didn't want to run her too early in the year," Motion said. "I don't think you can run all spring and run your best in the Breeders' Cup. Physically, she's fine. I really want to have her ready for the Breeders' Cup."

The Breeders' Cup World Throughbred Championships on Oct. 29 are part of Belmont Park's Fall Championship Meet that will begin on Friday.

Since the Gallorette, Film Maker was a close third to Wend and Wonder Again in the New York Handicap (gr. IIT) and finished fourth to Sand Springs in the Diana (gr. IT) earlier this meet.

"I was thrilled with the way she ran at Pimlico," Motion said. "But I'm just as frustrated with her races at Belmont. She got into some trouble and lost some action. Her race here at Saratoga was also frustrating because the turf course favored speed, and it was difficult to make up ground."

Film Maker gets another rider switch – the sixth in eight races. Motion has given the assignment to Canadian rider Todd Kabel.

"It's unfortunate that we haven't had someone riding on her continuously," Motion said. "She's not a difficult filly to ride. We're going to put Todd on her with the idea that he's going to ride her for the rest of the year."

Film Maker carries high weight of 122 pounds, two more than her chief rival Honey Ryder.

Trainer Todd Pletcher looks to close upon his fourth consecutive Saratoga title with Glencrest Farm's Honey Ryder, who is a winner of three of five starts this year. Honey Ryder won the Orchid Handicap (gr. IIT), the Very One Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park, and the Robert G. Dick Memorial Breeders' Cup Handicap at Delaware Park.

"We were hoping that, as she got older, she would fill out and get stronger," Pletcher said. "Fortunately, that has been true. She has proven to run well at the longer distances."

John Velazquez, who has been chasing Edgar Prado in the Saratoga jockey race, will ride Honey Ryder.

$100,000-added Glens Falls Handicap (gr. IIIT), fillies & mares 3 & up, 1 3/8 miles (turf)
1. Broad Hopes, Jonathan Sheppard, Jose Santos, 113
2. Banyu Dewi, Michael Matz, Ramon Dominguez, 113
3. Love Match, John Kimmel, Javier Castellano, 116
4. Honey Ryder, Todd Pletcher, John Velazquez, 120
5. A Lulu Ofa Menifee, Barclay Tagg, Richard Migliore, 114
6. Theater R.N., William Mott, Cornelio Velasquez, 116
7. Film Maker, H. Graham Motion, Todd Kabel, 122