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H. Graham Motion

H. Graham Motion
Occupation Trainer
Birthplace Cambridge, England
Birth date May 22, 1964
Career wins n/a+ (ongoing)
Major racing wins, honours & awards
Major racing wins

Dixie Stakes (2003, 2006)
Manhattan Handicap (2007)
Sword Dancer Handicap (2004, 2005)
United Nations Handicap (2005)
Man o' War Stakes (2005)
Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (2003)
Gallorette Stakes (2005)
Federico Tesio Stakes (2008)
Private Terms Stakes (2001)
Knickerbocker Handicap (2003)
Barbaro Stakes (1995, 1997, 2000)
Hilltop Stakes (1996)
The Very One Stakes (2001)
William Donald Schaefer Handicap (1996)
Woodlawn Stakes (1997, 2000)
Maryland Million Ladies (1998, 2008)
Maryland Million Lassie (2000, 2001)
Maryland Million Nursery (1996, 2005)
Maryland Million Day (1998)
Sky Classic Stakes (2005)

Breeders' Cup wins:
Breeders' Cup Turf (2004)
Significant horses
Better Talk Now, Film Maker, Icabad Crane,
Adriano, Bay Eagle, Chilito, Equality,
Dr. Brendler, Your Out

H. Graham Motion (born May 22, 1964 in Cambridge, England) is an American horse trainer, most notable for his work with Better Talk Now. Motion started out training and winning with his own thoroughbred horses at age 29, his first win was with Bounding Daisy in March 1993 at Laurel Park Racecourse. Graham's father worked as a bloodstock agent. He worked for Johnathan Shepard as an Assistant Trainer from 1985 through 1990. He then worked as an Assistant under trainer Bernie Bond in 1991, then assumed Bond's stable when the trainer retired after 1992. Motion now lives in Fair Hill, Maryland.

Trainer standings

Motion finished in the top ten of all Maryland conditioners nine times including seven straight years from 1995 through 2001. Motion led all trainers with five stakes wins in the 2008 Pimlico spring meet. [1] Motion won his 1,000th race at Laurel Park Racecourse on November 6, 2006. In 1997 he finished with a career-best 150 races won. In 2008, Motion finished in the top twelve trainers in earnings nationally with over $6,900,000.


  1. Media Guide 2009, Maryland Jockey Club, February 2, 2008, page 45, trainer profiles.


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