H. Graham Motion
Trainer Bios

H. Graham Motion

Born: May 22, 1964 in Cambridge, England

Record at Keeneland

Total Wins: 140

Stakes Wins: 33

Career Firsts

First Grade 1 Win: 2003 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland with Film Maker

First Stakes Win: 1993 Chase Me at Laurel with Gala Spinaway

First Graded Stakes Win: 1993 Polynesian (G3) at Laurel with Gala Spinaway

First Career Win: Feb. 19, 1993, at Laurel with Bounding Daisy

Starters in the Toyota Blue Grass





Howe Great



Crimson China


At Keeneland

Is fourth among the track's all-time leading trainer by stakes wins (33) behind only Todd Pletcher (53), D. Wayne Lukas (51) and Bill Mott (41).

Won the 2018 Pin Oak Valley View (G3) with Colonia (FR) during the Fall Meet.

Won four stakes during the 2016 Fall Meet: Darley Alcibiades (G1) with Dancing Rags, Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) with Miss Temple City (the first filly to win the race), Buffalo Trace Franklin County (G3) with Miss Ella and Pin Oak Valley View (G3) with Quidura (GB).

Miss Temple City also defeated males when she won the 2016 Maker's Mark Mile (G1) during the Spring Meet.

Won three graded stakes races during the 2015 Fall Meet: Sycamore (G3) with Holiday Star; Rood & Riddle Dowager (G3) with Kitten’s Point and Pin Oak Valley View (G3) with Tiger Ride.

Won two stakes during the 2015 Spring Meet: Adena Springs Beaumont (G3) with Miss Ella and Bewitch (G3) with Kitten's Point.

Co-leading trainer (with Todd Pletcher) during the 2014 Fall Meet.

Won the 2014 Appalachian (G3) Presented by Japan Racing Association with Daring Dancer and Bewitch (G3) with Inimitable Romanee during the Spring Meet. Sent out Holiday Star to win the Sycamore (G3) during the Fall Meet.

Won Grade 1 races with Film Maker, winner of the 2003 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup, and Aruna, winner of the 2011 Juddmonte Spinster.

Trained Animal Kingdom at Keeneland in April 2011 before the colt won the Kentucky Derby (G1).

First Keeneland win came during the 1997 Fall Meet.

First Keeneland stakes win was the 1999 Bewitch (G3) with Bursting Forth.


Triple Crown win: 2011 Kentucky Derby (G1) with Animal Kingdom.

Breeders’ Cup wins (3): 2004 Turf (G1) with Better Talk Now, 2010 Filly and Mare Turf (G1) with 46-1 longshot Shared Account and 2014 Turf (G1) with Main Sequence.  

North American career earnings exceed $121 million with 2,348 wins through Dec. 2, 2018.

2017 earnings were $7,964,658 with 96 wins, including the Woodford Reserve Manhattan (G1) with Ascend, Lambholm South Holy Bull (G2) and Wood Memorial presented by NYRA Bets (G2) with Irish War Cry, and Canadian (G2) with Quidura (GB).

2016 earnings were $7,452,069 with 103 wins, including the Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) with Miss Temple City and Darley Alcibiades (G1) with Dancing Rags at Keeneland, Bernard Baruch (G2) with Ring Weekend and Modesty (G3) with Faufiler (IRE).

2015 earnings were $7,751,107 with 99 wins, including the Adena Springs Beaumont (G2) with Miss Ella, Pin Oak Valley View (G3) with Tiger Ride and Bewitch (G3) with Kitten’s Point -- all at Keeneland -- and  Rodeo Drive (G1) with Photo Call (IRE).

2014 earnings were $10,532,927 with 145 wins, including the Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) with Main Sequence, Tampa Bay Derby (G2) with Ring Weekend and Delaware Oaks (G2) with Fortune Pearl.

2013 earnings were $5,835,048 with 127 wins, including the Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1) with Animal Kingdom, Long Island (G3) with Inimitable Romanee and Bewitch (G3) at Keeneland with Strathnaver (GB).




Raised in the village of Herringswell, Newmarket, Graham is the son of Michael Motion, an internationally recognized representative for Tattersalls and bloodstock agent. His mother, Jo, was an amateur jockey in England and worked as an assistant trainer in England and the U.S. Graham worked for Racing Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard from 1985 to 1990 while Sheppard raced three-time Eclipse Award-winning steeplechaser Flatterer and Grade 1 winner Storm Cat. He worked for trainer Jonathan Pease in France for a brief period and met his future wife, Anita, who was working for trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre.

Graham returned to the U.S. in 1990 and began working for trainer Bernie Bond. He took over his stable when Bond retired and died in 1993. Graham is based at the Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland.