Main Sequence Doing 'Super' After Mac Diarmida

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February 22, 2015 08:06am
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Following his triumphant seasonal debut in the Mac Diarmida (G2) Saturday at Gulfstream Park, Main Sequence was reported to be doing “super” by trainer Graham Motion.

The chestnut son of Aldebaran could be found contentedly munching hay in his stall at Palm Meadows, eyes bright as he curiously watched what was going on around him, the morning after his big win. The next target for the two-time Eclipse Award winner and reigning Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) Champion is the $6 million Dubai Sheema Classic (Group 1) March 28 at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai.

“He came out of [the race] good. He seems fine,” Motion said. “As long as he does well in the next three weeks, that’s the plan, but he looks super this morning.”

With his Mac Diarmida victory, Main Sequence remained undefeated in North America and is a perfect five-for-five stateside, all in graded stakes. In 2014, he captured the United Nations (G1), Sword Dancer (G1), and Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (G1), each at a different racetrack, en route to his Breeders’ Cup triumph. The campaign earned him separate Eclipse Award honors as the nation’s top older male and top turf horse.

But despite his consistent and reliable displays of excellence, Main Sequence still does things that surprise and impress Motion, such as when the 6-year-old produced a furious burst of speed when angled to the outside in the stretch of the Mac Diarmida to catch the race’s defending champion Twilight Eclipse.

“I think what makes him so special is that you can just do anything with him,” Motion said. “He’s just a horse that doesn’t get too strong or too keen. He’s so push-button. I had a moment’s concern at the top of the stretch yesterday, because I thought Twilight Eclipse was getting away from him a little bit, but then as soon as Rajiv [Maragh] asked him to pick it up, he came on. I think he’s a horse that just has a tremendous turn of foot and you can just do whatever you want with him, really. It makes it such a luxury to be able to do that. It’s so unusual, I think. I’ve never had a horse that can adapt to anything like that.”

Trainer Tom Albertrani reported that Mac Diarmida runner-up Twilight Eclipse also exited the race in good order.

“He looked like he came out of the race fine,” he said. “He walked around this morning and looked bright. I would say he came out of the race good. We’ll give him a couple of days and get him back to the track and regroup.”

Twilight Eclipse, a son of Purim, had to settle for yet another minor award behind Main Sequence in the Mac Diarmida after facing the Champion in all four of his starts in 2014. The 6-year-old ran second to Main Sequence in the United Nations and Joe Hirsch and was third in the Sword Dancer and Breeders’ Cup.

“I thought he ran well,” Albertrani said. “It was a great effort on his part. The winner, you know, is a tough horse and a very good horse. At least we kind of kept our form with him. We weren’t beaten very far as in the past, so that was one good sign. The winner is just a really nice horse. We’ve finished behind him now five races in a row, either second or third.”

Twilight Eclipse likely won’t have to face Main Sequence in his next start, however. While the Motion trainee is probably headed overseas, Twilight Eclipse is expected to target another graded event at Gulfstream.

“I’d imagine it’s going to be the Pan American (G3, $150,000, March 28),” Albertrani said. “That’s kind of what we’re thinking.”

Source: Gulfstream Park Press Release

 

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