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Graham Motion brought a horse to Turfway Park nearly a year ago to see whether he fit in the Kentucky Derby scheme. The answers he got were affirmative, even in May, when Animal Kingdom used a victory in the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes as a springboard to become the latest Derby winner.


Motion seems to have lesser ambitions this March with a colt named State of Play, whose seventh-place finish in the Sam F. Davis Stakes four weeks ago would hardly recommend him as a Derby prospect.


"We're just trying to get back on track with him," conceded Motion, who this week sent State of Play with assistant Alice Clapham from Tampa to run Saturday in the $75,0000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes at Turfway in northern Kentucky.


State of Play, with leading jockey Victor Lebron to ride, likely will be favored to rebound in the Battaglia, a 1 1/16-mile Polytrack race that serves as the local prep for the March 24 Spiral. Just five other 3-year-olds will oppose him, with the top challengers being Ill Conceived, Mr. Prankster, and a maiden, Dynamical.

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After Sam Davis I said keep him on your radar. The Battaglia will let us know if he moves on to Turf only racing. He showed much at Saratoga on that surface.

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