Mike Penna and the team at Horse Racing Radio caught up with trainer Graham Motion last weekend before Main Sequence opened defense of his champion turf male crown with a victory in the Grade 2 Mac Diarmida Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
Motion talked about the 6-year-old son of Aldeberan’s up and down career as a classic-placed sophomore racing in Europe, to a horse who lost 10 consecutive races and ultimately to a four-time Grade 1 winner in the U.S. last year.
“He was second in the English Derby to Camelot and that takes a pretty serious horse to do that,” Motion said. “For whatever reason he lost his way a little bit as a 4-year-old.”
Other topics discussed during the interview were Motion’s use of social networking to promote racing and provide information to fans.
“We have twitter as a tool to do things like that in horse racing. It works very well. I put it out there because I think people enjoy it. It’s not for self promotion or anything like that, it’s for people to see how the horse is and how he’s doing, so people can be part of it.”
Motion also talked about Rajiv Maragh getting back aboard Main Sequence after John Velazquez rode him to victory in the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita Park. Maragh lost a chance at the Breeders’ Cup when he was injured in a spill in last year’s Jockey Club Gold Cup, about a half hour after riding Main Sequence to victory in the Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic.
“It was very much like Wise Dan with Jose Lezcano,” Motion said. “Lezcano stepped in a couple times for Johnny in a similar way that Johnny did for Rajiv. That’s how it works in our game and I always felt like this was Rajiv’s mount.”