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Motion featured speaker at SCTOBA Banquet

Posted: January 2, 2017 4:19 p.m.
Updated: January 3, 2017 1:00 a.m.
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GRAHAM MOTION WILL RETURN to Camden to be the featured speaker at the SCTOBA Banquet at the National Steeplechase Museum on Saturday, Jan. 14. In 2011, Motion saddled Animal Kingdom for its win in that year’s Kentucky Derby.

Graham Motion, who trained 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom, will be the guest speaker for the South Carolina Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders’ Association (SCTOBA) banquet in Camden on Saturday, Jan. 14.

The annual event will be held inside the National Steeplechase Museum, located on Knights Hill Rd., beginning with a social hour at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $75 per person which includes the meal provided by Aberdeen Catery of Camden.

This will be a return trip to Camden for the 52-year-old Motion whose career began with six years working with Hall of Fame trainer and part-time Camden resident Jonathan Sheppard. During that time, Motion traveled extensively with four-time Colonial Cup and Eclipse Award-winning steeplechaser Flatterer, which is now enshrined in the National Racing Hall of Fame. 

Following his tenure working under Sheppard, Motion would work with trainer Jonathan Pease in Chantilly, France.

Last winter, Motion moved his Herringswell Stable outfit to the grounds of the Camden Training Center for the winter. Included in the string of horses which he brought to town was 4-year-old Miss Temple City which, last April, became the first filly to win the Maker’s 46 Mile (Gr. 1) at Keeneland. She then traveled to the prestigious Royal Ascot meet in England and came home fourth in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes. 

A turf specialist, Miss Temple City finished her 2016 campaign with three wins from seven starts and earned $1,070,239.

In 2016, Motion saddled 596 runners which posted 103 victories with 95 second- and 86 third-place finishers. His $7,452,366 in earnings ranked him 12th among all North American trainers in money-earned for the past year.

Not surprisingly, 2011 was Motion’s best year as he finished fifth among all trainers with his runners having earned $8,818,283 with 116 wins from 535 starts. 

For his career, through Jan. 1, 2017, Motion’s horses made 11,712 total starts while having won 2,171 times with 1,794 seconds and 1,638 third-place finishes. To this point, his runners earned $106,927,253 with Animal Kingdom being his top earner in having brought in $8,387,500 from 12 lifetime starts, an average of nearly $700,000 each time he broke from the gate. 

In addition to Animal Kingdom, Motion saddled Icabad Crane for a third-place finish in the 2008 Preakness Stakes.

Motion has sent out three Breeders’ Cup winners, the most recent being Main Sequence in the 2014 Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf. In 2010, Shared Account won the Emirate Airlines Filly and Mare Turf, with Better Talk Now winning the John Deere Breeders’ Cup Turf in 2004. 

Motion’s first graded stakes winner after having earned his trainer’s license in 1993 was Gala Spinaway, who took the $100,000 Polynesian Stakes at Pimlico that year.

Motion was born in Cambridge, England in May 1964 and was raised at Newmarket’s Herringswell Manor Stud operated by his parents Michael and Jo. The family moved to the U.S. in 1980 where Graham attended and graduated from Kent in Connecticut.

For SCTOBA Awards Banquet reservations, contact Jack Sadler at (803) 920-9005 or via email at


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