Horses race for just a few years, but can live to 30 years old. Graham and Anita Motion are working hard to make sure that their ex-racehorses find good homes after their racing careers, and they're doing it in an equine discipline–eventing–in which they excel, with the help of two-time Olympic Gold medalist Phillip Dutton.
Posted by Thoroughbred Daily News on Sunday, September 29, 2019
For top race trainers Graham and Anita Motion of Herringswell Stables, their business is all about the horses and that’s why they’re dedicated to finding the best situations possible for their charges once their race career is over.
With the competition at the 2019 Retried Racehorse Project (RRP) Thoroughbred Makeover officially beginning today, it seems fitting to share this video of the Motion’s philosophy on Thoroughbred aftercare. Graham and Anita have been strong industry proponents of aftercare, themselves sending horses to Phillip Dutton for retraining. Perhaps their most storied off-track Thoroughbred to this point has been Icabad Crane (Jump Start – Adorahy, by Rahy), who went on to win the title of America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred in 2014. The competition was held at Pimlico racecourse that year. Prior to then, the last time the gelding had been to Pimlico was for his third-place finish in the Grade I Preakness Stakes, the second jewel of the Triple Crown.
Since Icabad Crane, Graham and Anita have sent several other OTTBs to Phillip, including the now CCI4*-S level Sea of Clouds (Malibu Moon – Winner’s Ticket, by Jolie’s Halo) and, more recently, the Grade I winner Ring Weekend (Tapit – Free The Weekend, by Cryptoclearance), to begin the next chapter of their lives. Get to know Graham, Anita and Ring Weekend in this video from the Thoroughbred Daily News!
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