Up With the Birds is making his first start under Graham Motion's care

Up With the Birds is making his first start under Graham Motion's care

Michael Burns

Motion Looks Strong in Sycamore, Valley View

Trainer has pair of entries each for Keeneland stakes.

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).

Entries: Sycamore S. (G3T)

Keeneland, Thursday, October 20, 2016, Race 8

  • Grade IIIT
  • 1 1/2m
  • Turf
  • $100,000
  • 3 yo's & up
  • 4:57 PM (local)
PPHorseJockeyWgtTrainerM/L
11Bigger Picture (KY)Jose L. Ortiz121Michael J. Maker9/2
22Postulation (KY)Trevor McCarthy121Edward L. Graham30/1
33Greengrassofyoming (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateFlorent Geroux123Michael J. Maker7/2
44Renown (GB)Angel Cruz121Elizabeth Voss8/1
55Up With the Birds (ON)Robby Albarado121H. Graham Motion4/1
66Nessy (KY)Jack Gilligan118Jimmy Corrigan50/1
77Fixador (BRZ)James Graham121Eduardo Caramori30/1
88Bullards Alley (KY)Marcelino Pedroza123Tim Glyshaw6/1
99One Go All Go (VA)Keeneland Sales GraduateDeclan Cannon121Pavel Matejka30/1
1010Generous Kitten (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJulien R. Leparoux121Michael J. Maker12/1
1111Wild About You (FL)Fernando De La Cruz121Scott D. Mullins50/1
1212Behesht (FR)Joe Bravo121George R. Arnold, II15/1
1313Street Fashion (PA)Edgar S. Prado121H. Graham Motion6/1
1414Camp Creek (ON)Rafael Manuel Hernandez118Rachel Halden15/1
1515Cartoon (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateAlexander Reznikov121Pavel Vashchenko50/1

Entries: Pin Oak Valley View S. (G3T)

Keeneland, Friday, October 21, 2016, Race 9

  • Grade IIIT
  • 1 1/16m
  • Turf
  • $150,000
  • 3 yo Fillies
  • 5:30 PM (local)
PPHorseJockeyWgtTrainerM/L
11Leafy Shade (IRE)James Graham118Edward L. Graham30/1
22Nobody's Fault (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateMitchell Murrill118Chris M. Block30/1
33Sweet Tapper (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateCorey J. Lanerie118Ian R. Wilkes20/1
44Tin Type Gal (KY)Trevor McCarthy120H. Graham Motion9/2
55Cheekaboo (CA)Kent J. Desormeaux120Peter Eurton12/1
66Crooked Stick (KY)Sophie Doyle118Alex Clarkson30/1
77Outsider Art (KY)Robby Albarado118Jonathan E. Sheppard15/1
88Triple Chelsea (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateFrancisco C. Torres118Anthony J. Granitz20/1
99Quidura (GB)Junior Alvarado118H. Graham Motion4/1
1010My Impression (KY)Jose L. Ortiz120Claude R. McGaughey III4/1
1111Azaelia (FR)Florent Geroux118SIMONE BROGI3/1
1212Nawlins Kitty (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateShaun Bridgmohan118William B. Bradley20/1
1313Sky My Sky (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJulien R. Leparoux118Mark E. Casse15/1
1414Linda (KY)Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.120Ian R. Wilkes15/1
1515Sassy Little Lila (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateFlorent Geroux118Brad H. Cox15/1