Motion has another favorite in Preakness day race

Sagamore Farm's Shared Account is 4-5 choice in Grade III race

May 19, 2011|By Baltimore Sun staff

Trainer Graham Motion not only has the favorite in the Preakness on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course, he has Shared Account, the odds-on favorite in the Grade III, $100,000 Gallorette Handicap for fillies and mares on the turf.

Shared Account is owned by Sagamore Farm and had a stunning (46-1 odds) victory in the in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf last Novemeber.

Motion is concerned that Shared Account, the 4-5 morning line favorite, has been assigned to carry 125 pounds, a minimum of 10 pounds more than her seven rivals.

 "It's not the weight (Shared Account carried 124 in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf), but I'm surprised at the spread of the weight," Motion said. "Giving 10 or more pounds to everybody is quite a bit."

Shared Account is the only graded winner in the field, but Motion said "there are some up and coming fillies in there and although she (Shared Account) is doing great, it could be a problem."

In that group of potential contenders is Irish-bred No Explaining (4-1), Desert Sage (5-1) and Dyna Waltz (5-1).
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