two-thirds of the meet remaining, Graham Motion already has more wins
at Saratoga Race Course than he did in the previous two summers
50-year-old trainer looks to keep things rolling when he sends out
Sagamore Farm's Give No Quarter in Friday's Grade 2, $200,000 National
Museum of Racing Hall of Fame for 3-year-olds going 1 1/16 miles on the
inner turf course.
native of Cambridge, England who worked for five years under Hall of
Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard before going out on his own in 1990,
Motion had won seven races and $536,793 in purses through 15 days of
Saratoga's 40-day meet, highlighted by Daring Dancer in the Grade 2 Lake
George, Stars Above Me in the Coronation Cup, and impressive juveniles
Strong Coffee and Pride of Stride.
an 8-for-33 meet in 2011 where he won four stakes including the Grade 2
Ballston Spa and Grade 2 With Anticipation, Motion went 2-for-40 in
2012 and 3-for-34 last summer, banking a total of $662,538.
come up here and be competitive in allowance races is great," said the
Maryland-based Motion, "but when you can come up and be competitive in
stakes, it's tremendous. This is what we all sort of point for, and I
feel very lucky to have the stock I do to be able to compete the way we
definitely felt that we are much more live than we were before. I
probably have the best group of 2-year-olds I've ever had. I certainly
felt good coming up here, but even when you feel good about it, it
doesn't always mean things pan out. You've got to get in the races and
things have to go well. It's very competitive racing."
sophomore son of Tiz Wonderful, Give No Quarter made a successful debut
on turf in his first start of the year, a 1 1/16-mile entry-level
allowance at Belmont Park on July 9. After saving ground early, he took
the lead at the top of the stretch and drew off to win by 3 ½ lengths at
11-1 in the field of 12.
was really impressive. I mean, he did it really the right way," said
Motion. "The only thing that worries me is coming back quite quickly.
It's a month off a really big effort off of the layoff, but he ran a big
race that day. I was very impressed with him."
unveiled Give No Quarter with a pair of starts over the all-weather
surface at Presque Isle Downs last summer, including a one-mile maiden
victory in September. Eased after six furlongs in the Grade 3 Grey
Stakes at Woodbine, he was third on the dirt in November at Laurel Park
before getting a break.
this day, I don't know what happened at Woodbine. It was just a total
mystery to me," said Motion. "We ended up giving him the winter off, and
he came back working really impressively. I was excited to run him, and
it was a great spot at Belmont. He got to run against 3-year-olds on
the grass and I couldn't have anticipated him winning the way he did.
You certainly hope they are fit enough when you run them for he first
time [off a layoff], but I felt like he was fit. I couldn't have
expected him to win as comfortably as he did."
returning to graded stakes competition is So Lonesome for trainer Tom
Bush. The 3-year-old Awesome Again gelding beat elders in a New
York-bred optional claimer at the Hall of Fame distance on May 31, then
ran third by two lengths in the open Manila Stakes.
done well since his last race. I'm glad he's getting a little bit more
time between races for this one," said Bush. "He's kind of a
light-framed horse and puts a lot into his training. He's a very
aggressive horse and a really good work horse, so it's kind of hard to
keep the weight on him. He's eating really well up here and really
acting well. He's coming into the race good. I'm sure the race is going
to be difficult, but I'm really hopeful that he belongs."
by Patricia Schuler, So Lonesome broke his maiden at Saratoga last
summer going 6 ½ furlongs on dirt. He raced at the front in his past two
starts, but Bush isn't convinced the horse is limited to that style of
two turns, I like that for him," said Bush. "He's really good on turns,
and this is a true two-turn race unlike Belmont, so I'm hoping that's
going to help us a little bit, too. I don't know that he has to be on
the lead, but he's been a little headstrong his last couple starts.
Hopefully we can talk him out of it and he can go a little easier if he
is up there."
Lonesome was ninth in the Grade 3 Palm Beach on turf at Gulfstream Park
in his March 1 debut and seventh in the Grade 1 Blue Grass at Keeneland
in April in his other graded stakes tries.
always have thought a lot of this horse," said Bush. "I probably
haven't managed him particularly well, and I'm not proud of that. I
still do believe in the horse and I hope that I can prove that."
likely favorite in the Hall of Fame is Bashart, who broke his maiden
and captured the Grade 2 With Anticipation in a span of 11 days last
summer at Saratoga. Second in the Grade 3 Bourbon and sixth in the Grade
1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf to end his 2-year-old campaign, the War
Front colt was fifth in the Manila in his lone start this year.
entered are Grade 3 Pilgrim winner Bobby's Kitten making his third
start of 2014 for trainer Chad Brown; Manila runner-up Long On Value;
and Wallyanna, winner of the James Murphy Stakes at Pimlico in May.
Matterhorn, most recently eighth in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes, is
entered for the main track only.