LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 23) If trainer Graham Motion wins today’s Rood & Riddle Dowager (G3) with Bill Crager’s Rachel Wall, he will earn his fifth stakes victory of Keeneland’s Fall Meet and set a record for the most stakes wins by a trainer during any racing season at the track. His four stakes victories tie him with Racing Hall of Famers Ben Jones and D. Wayne Lukas and multiple Eclipse Award winner Todd Pletcher.
Motion’s stakes wins this season are the Oct. 7 Darley Alcibiades (G1) with Dancing Rags, Oct. 8 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) with Miss Temple City, Oct. 14 Buffalo Trace Franklin County (G3) with Miss Ella and Friday’s Pin Oak Valley View (G3) with Quidura (GB). He has won 31 stakes here.
The other trainers with four wins during a Keeneland meet have won some of the track’s most prestigious races:
Jones – 1948 Spring Meet: Ashland (Bewitch), Ben Ali (Fervent), Blue Grass (Coaltown), Phoenix (Coaltown);
Lukas – 1994 Fall Meet: Dowager (Market Booster), Fort Springs (Lord Carson), Indian Summer (Lilly Capote), Phoenix (Lost Pan);
Lukas – 1995 Fall Meet: Alcibiades (Cara Rafaela), Breeders’ Futurity (G2) (Honour and Glory), Thoroughbred Club of America (G3) (Cat Appeal), Valley View Breeders’ Cup (Country Cat);
Pletcher – 2011 Spring Meet: Ben Ali (G3) (Exhi), Commonwealth (G2) (Aikenite), Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare (G3) (Embur’s Song), Shakertown (G3) (Stratford Hill).