In his first start in the United States, Main Sequence won the $500,000 United Nations (G1) at Monmouth Park
with a dramatic closing move to catch two of the pace setters. It took a
masterful training job by Graham Motion to get this European runner to the winner’s circle.
Main Sequence shipped to America during this past harsh
winter and while in quarantine he got extremely sick. The horse came down with
pneumonia and had a high fever. At that point Motion was more concerned about
Main Sequence surviving the illness.
At Motion’s barn at the Fair Hills training center, Main
Sequence did get better and once that happened he began to train
impressively. Motion was able to get 10 workouts into him over a period of two
months and at that point Motion began to think about races. Plan A was to go to
Chicago next weekend, but he decided that he didn’t want to ship him that far.
Plan B was the United Nations.
The race unfolded with Twilight Eclipse and European Side Glance running up front most of the mile and three-eighths race. They set a rather
slow pace and as the horses turned for home Main Sequence and jockey Rajiv Maragh made their move down the
middle of the track.
Motion talked about the race, “I told Rajiv that he wouldn’t
break well and don’t worry about it, let’s not compromise him. He’s a step slow
from the gate. European horses tend to be slow the first time over here. Rajiv
did a great job. He just rode a very patient race.”
Maragh gave his perspective, “When I called on him he showed a tremendous turn of foot
and kept running hard all the way to the wire. We just wanted to get him
in a good rhythm and not worry about the pace or anything else, just keep him
happy. We came around the outside into the stretch and when I called on
him he just accelerated. When you’re going long, to have a horse with
that kind of turn of foot and to accelerate in the final 3/8ths is real
Along with the purse money Main Sequence secured a spot in
the gate for the Breeders’ Cup Turf through the “Win and You’re In” program. Interestingly
Motion was not even aware that the United Nations was a Breeders’ Cup qualifier
until he got to Monmouth Park.
“The Arlington Million or Saratoga are possibilities for
him, said Motion. He’s a horse that gets a little bit would up, so I’m not
going to be in a hurry to run him back.”