Graham Motion

Birth Date:
Birth Place: Cambridge, England

2017 609 96 96 90 $7,964,658
CAREER 12,321 2,267 1,889 1,728 $114,889,459

2017 SEASON: finished with 36 wins in Maryland, ranking sixth overall … shared the Preakness Meet at Pimlico title with six wins from 16 starters … won the Hilltop with Happy Mesa and Sir Barton with No Mo Dough … was seventh in purse earnings ($405,260) and ninth in wins (13) during Laurel’s winter-spring stand … also had 13 wins at Laurel’s fall meet and ranked fourth in purses won ($645,423) … won the Henry S. Clark with Ascend and Dahlia with Danilovna; Ascend would go on to take the Manhattan (G1) at Belmont Park … sent Just Howard out to wins in the Commonwealth Derby (G3), Caveat and Find … captured the Maryland Million Nursery with first-time starter Clever Mind and the Safely Kept with Berned … 2016 Marylander winner Irish War Cry won the Holy Bull (G2) and Wood Memorial (G2) and was second in the Belmont Stakes (G1).

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: won 25 races in the local standings in 2016…tied for ninth with 13 wins and was fifth with $454,216 in purses at Laurel’s fall meet...three of his 14 graded stakes came with Miss Temple City in the Maker’s 46 Mile, Matriarch and Shadwell Turf Mile, all Grade 1 races…also won the Alcibiades (G1) with Dancing Rags…won the Marylander Stakes with impressive juvenile Irish War Cry…finished 2015 with 24 victories on the Maryland circuit…won 14 graded stakes at seven different tracks from coast to coast including Grade 1 triumphs in the Frank Kilroe Mile with Ring Weekend and Rodeo Drive Stakes with Photo Call…saddled multiple Eclipse Award champion Main Sequence to a win in the Mac Diarmida (G2) in his seasonal debut at Gulfstream Park…earned his 2,000th career victory on June 9 with Rachel Wall at Delaware Park…Main Sequence was voted champion grass horse and champion older horse following a perfect 2014 campaign that saw him win four G1 races capped by the Breeders’ Cup Turf…finished in the top 10 among Maryland conditioners seven straight years from 1995-2001…Animal Kingdom won the 2011 Kentucky Derby (G1), finished second in the Preakness Stakes (G1) and earned Eclipse Award honors for top 3-year-old male…Went The Day Well finished fourth in the 2012 Kentucky Derby (G1) and competed in the Preakness Stakes (G1)…Bay Eagle ran eighth in the 2001 Preakness, while Equality competed in the 2002 running of the middle jewel…won 2008 Tesio Stakes with Icabad Crane, who finished third in the Preakness three weeks later…Adriano finished 19th in the 2008 Kentucky Derby…saddled Chilito to off the board finishes in both the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes in 1998… Better Talk Now won a pair of Grade 1 races in 2004 (Sword Dancer and Breeders’ Cup Turf) and 2005 (United Nations and Man O’ War) and won the 2006 Dixie Handicap (G2) on the Preakness undercard…captured the Dixie (G2) with Dr. Brendler in 2003…earned his first Grade 1 victory when Film Maker won the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Keeneland in 2003…Film Maker captured the Gallorette Handicap (G3) on the Preakness undercard two years later…scored his first graded-stakes win at Pimlico with Gala Spinaway in the 1993 Polynesian (G3)…Bullsbay won the 2009 Harrison Johnson Stakes at Laurel and went on to win the Whitney Handicap (G1) later in the year…won the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Turf (G1) with Shared Account…first victory was with Bounding Daisy in 1993 at Laurel Park…trained Your Out to the 2000 Maryland two-year old filly of the year honors…the horse won three stakes races including the Maryland Million Lassie…won a pair of races on Maryland Million Day in 1998…captured his seventh Maryland Million victory when Miss Lombardi won the 2008 Ladies…saddled his 1,000th winner at Laurel Park with Lucky Bachelor on November 162006.

PERSONAL: worked for Jonathan Sheppard from 1985-90 and Bernie Bond in 1991, then assumed Bond’s stable when that trainer retired.