About H. Graham Motion
Trainer H. Graham Motion hit the 1000 career win mark on November 16, 2006, at Laurel Park in Maryland with Lucky Bachelor in the eighth race. This is the same track where he saddled his first winner back in 1993 with Bounding Daisy. Motion said, “It was nice to have it happen here. It is pretty nostalgic because this is where I started. I was actually driving around the backside earlier on and went by my old barn.
It was nice to do it here with Adrian who has been with me since the start. It is not something you aim for but it is neat to do it.”
Born in the Racing Business:
Born on May 22, 1964, in Cambridge, England, Motion is the son of a bloodstock agent and and amateur jockey. His father Michael was a representative for Tattersalls, the British sales company and is now a semi-retired bloodstock agent. His mother Jo was an amateur jockey in England and an assistant trainer in England and the US. She also took care of the 1951 Grand National winner Nickel Coin and now owns a tack shop in Virginia.
Motion worked for trainer Jonathan Sheppard from 1985-90 and particularly with three-time Eclipse Award-winning jumper Flatterer. He also worked briefly for Jonathan Pease in France and Bernie Bond after his return to the United States in 1991. He took over Bond’s stable when he retired and names Sheppard and Bond the two biggest influences on his career. Motion said, “With Bernie, I took over his horses.
Without him I wouldn’t have anything. With Jonathan, I worked for him during the formative years.”
Motion saddled his first winner, Bounding Daisy, at Laurel Park in 1993 and had his first stakes winner on July 18, 1993, when Gala Spinaway won the Chase Me Stakes at Laurel. Gala Spinaway also gave him his first graded stakes win that same year in the Polynesian Handicap. His first grade 1 victory came when Film Maker won the 2003 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland. He had his first, and so far only, Breeders’ Cup winner when Better Talk Now won the 2004 Turf. Those two horses are still going strong today and were both second in their 2006 Breeders’ Cup races.
Motion operates a public stable based at Fair Hill, Maryland, where he owns his own barn. He currently has about 70 horses in training and runs at several different tracks such as Belmont, Saratoga, and Keeneland as well as the Mid-Atlantic tracks. Other stakes winners Motion has trained include Funfair, Broken Vow, Humaita, Confessional, Chillito, Power Play, Two Smart, Bursting Forth, Equality and Trajectory.
Motion met his wife Anita while working for trainer Jonathan Pease and she was working for Alain de Royer-Dupre. They have a daughter Jane and son Marcus.
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