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Great story on Graham Motion and his retirees

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  • Great story on Graham Motion and his retirees

    Too bad the photo of Better Talk Now and Gala Spinaway isnt on their website.


  • #2
    What a lovely story, about a lovely man. Nice to hear about the GOOD guys!
    When someone shows you who they are, BELIEVE them- Maya Angelou


    • #3
      Graham can compete in the big leagues without all of the illegals or barely legals- that should be a lesson to everyone in the game, for the sake of our horses.........
      Be a part of the solution~ Adopt a thoroughbred!


      • #4
        Bravo to him...hope lots more will try to do things his way as far as drugs are concerned.


        • #5
          And you can't mention Motion's retirees (especially Better Talk Now) without thinking of good old Shake The Bank.

          As of 2 years ago he was retraining for his new job as a hunter.



          • #6
            And he has my Derby pick
            "Everyone will start to cheer, when you put on your sailin shoes"-Lowell George


            • #7
              I had the pleasure of regular meetings with Graham when I worked for an owner of some great horses years ago. He was without fail polite, charming, and affable. I am not surprised in the least that he puts the well-being of horses out front, and commend him for his well-deserved fine reputation.


              • #8
                He's got my Derby pick, too--and I have one of his former racehorses!


                • #9
                  Originally posted by BeverlyAStrauss View Post
                  Graham can compete in the big leagues without all of the illegals
                  Actually, he has plenty of illegals working for him at Fair Hill. Other than that, he is an ethical horseman.


                  • #10
                    One of my first jobs in racing was working in his barn. I was too young at the time to realize not all barns were like that. Boy, did I ever get a culture shock shortly after...
                    Don't fall for a girl who fell for a horse just to be number two in her world... ~EFO


                    • #11
                      My grnd babies

                      Nice to See the article; he has some of my "babies" from Lazy lane
                      breeder of Mercury!

                      remember to enjoy the moment, and take a moment to enjoy and give God the glory for these wonderful horses in our lives.BECAUSE: LIFE is What Happens While Making Other Plans


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Mara View Post
                        And you can't mention Motion's retirees (especially Better Talk Now) without thinking of good old Shake The Bank.

                        As of 2 years ago he was retraining for his new job as a hunter.
                        His (new) owner posted here before if you do a search you'll find her. Indeed 'Shake' and Better Talk Now were a pair that I enjoyed a lot and I'm glad each are enjoying post-racing lives.


                        • #13

                          I recall well, the day I drove up the lane at Lazy Lane and looked over to see a tall grey "two Punch colt who, had had a couple of wins in Maryland; turned out in a field with a sales yearling with whom, he was happily" face fighting" Before I called the asst. farm manager; Grahams' brother , Andrew; I soon learned that this was SOP for Graham and for Lazy Lane
                          breeder of Mercury!

                          remember to enjoy the moment, and take a moment to enjoy and give God the glory for these wonderful horses in our lives.BECAUSE: LIFE is What Happens While Making Other Plans


                          • #14
                            I have been the recipient of a number of Graham Motion horses. From ages 2-6 one a $600K stakes horse w/ 63 starts.
                            Every single one of them are in new Eventing homes, all passed a full PPE and were beyond wonderful.

                            I have 1 right now getting his 90 days out in a field.

                            I can't say" Thank You" enough to Graham and his staff especially Sue and Fenella for sending these wonderful horses my way. To the owners for having the grace to allow these wonderful horses a new Sports Horse career...BRAVO

                            They keep up on the where abouts of the retirees and love photo's and show highlights.....


                            • #15
                              I've known Graham since he first started training, I can honestly say he's the same nice guy now as he was then!


                              • #16
                                Congrats to 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom and trainer Graham Motion.


                                • #17
                                  What a breath of fresh air! Kudos to him for "doing it right"!


                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by tucktaway View Post
                                    What a breath of fresh air! Kudos to him for "doing it right"!
                                    It's a real boost for the no-drug movement.


                                    • #19
                                      Congratulations to Derby winner Animal Kingdom, Team Valor, and Graham Motion!


                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by laserRob View Post
                                        It's a real boost for the no-drug movement.
                                        Except he does use legal medication