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By Kevin Van Valkenburg | May 12, 2011
Trainer Graham Motion watched Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom jog a mile for the second straight day at the Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, and he said the horse appears to be settling into his new home quite nicely. The horse, who surprised practically everyone when he won the Derby as a 21-1 long shot, had previously trained primarily in Palm Meadows, Florida. "He's been great, but I think he'd be that way wherever he was," Motion said, talking to a small group of reporters next to the race track.
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By Baltimore Sun staff | May 11, 2011
After his 12-hour ride from Kentucky and night in his barn at the Fair Hill Training Center, Derby winner Animal Kingdom was walked once around the main track this morning and returned to his stall. Trainer Graham Motion said “it was pretty much by design to give him an easy day. " "He looks great. I can’t believe he just ran the biggest race of his life four days ago and shipped from Kentucky," Motion said this morning. It was the first time Animal Kingdon had been on a track since the Derby.
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By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2011
Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom stepped out of his van Tuesday after a 12-hour ride from Louisville, set foot in the state for the first time and snatched up a mouthful of Maryland grass. Then he ate some more. For five minutes, Animal Kingdom dined on a green buffet outside trainer Graham Motion's barn at the Fair Hill training center before being coaxed into his stall, where he ate again. "He eats everything," Motion said. "He ate dinner the night after winning the Derby, which is very unusual.
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By From Sun staff and news services | May 10, 2011
Animal Kingdom, winner of the Kentucky Derby, took an early-morning walk around Barn 22 at Churchill Downs on Monday as he prepared to spend his last day of the spring in Louisville. "We are going to leave early, sometime around 5:30 or 6," assistant trainer Dave Rock said of the journey to the Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland. "He is doing good and eating good, as always. " The van ride to Maryland was expected to take 11 to 12 hours. Animal Kingdom will prepare for the Preakness at Fair Hill and ship to Pimlico Race Course a day or two before the May21 race.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg, The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2011
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Minutes after 20-1 long shot Animal Kingdom stunned a record Churchill Downs crowd of 164,858 by winning the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby Saturday, a reporter asked Barry Irwin, one of the horse's owners, why he put Maryland trainer Graham Motion in charge of his large stable of thoroughbreds last year. "I just was tired of other trainers lying to me," Irwin said. "I wanted a guy who would tell me the truth. " Irwin certainly got that in Motion — who was born in Cambridge, England, but has trained horses in the state since the early 1990s — but he also got plenty more.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg, The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2011
A lot of horse trainers spend a lifetime dreaming about winning the Kentucky Derby. Graham Motion is not one of them. Some of that, Motion would attribute to the fact that he grew up in Cambridge, England. On the other side of the ocean, America's premier thoroughbred race is not exactly something an English boy, even one who loves horse racing, grows up pursuing. "I mean no disrespect, but it wasn't ingrained in me to win this race," Motion said. But some of it can also be attributed to Motion's considerable humility.
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By Ron Fritz, The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2011
Bill Boniface of Bonita Farms in Darlington won the 1983 Preakness with Deputed Testamony. He remembers the buzz his horse created during the week leading into the race and after the victory. He can't wait for the 2011 Preakness in two weeks now that trainer Graham Motion's Animal Kingdom, a horse based in Fair Hill, Md., won the Kentucky Derby Saturday. "I think it will be a plus for Maryland, and, as you well know, we need some good news," Boniface said Saturday. "It's going to add excitement for the local trainers.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Baltimore Sun reporter | May 7, 2011
In his first race on a dirt surface, Animal Kingdom roared from the pack to capture the 137th Kentucky Derby today at Churchill Downs. A 20-1 choice ridden by John Velazquez, who lost his ride on Uncle Mo Friday when the horse was scratched, Animal Kingdom chased down Shackleford, who led almost the entire race. Animal Kingdom is trained by Graham Motion, who is based in Fair Hill, Md. Nehro also made a run, but finished second. Mucho Macho Man was third. Shackleford faded to fourth.
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May 6, 2011
Uncle Mo came out on top of the computer rankings, but his late scratch Friday morning was the result of a lingering illness. With Uncle Mo out, Dialed In will be a slightly heavier favorite but still should stay above 3:1 by post time. Dialed In earned his spot near the top of the rankings based on his last-to-first win in the Florida Derby. In a year when it seemed that none of the serious contenders could hold form, two horses in the race won their final prep races as well bet second or third choices — Dialed In and Animal Kingdom.
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By Marie Gullard and Marie Gullard,Special to The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2009
Sue Hart's Towson neighborhood consists of quaint brick rowhouses circa 1947 that appear from the street more cottagelike than the usual two-story Colonial. Narrow in width, these homes are lined up side by side, many behind picket or chain-link fences. Front yards, almost as deep as the homes themselves, showcase manicured lawns or are blanketed in controllable ivy. Almost all of the yards are shaded with old trees that were planted as saplings when home construction was completed more than a half-century ago. The concrete walkway to Hart's home passes ivy and small bushes.
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