Trainer Graham Motion. Ryan Thompson Photo.

Motion Hopes History Repeats Itself in Red Carpet Handicap

Edited Press Release

Maryland-based trainer H. Graham Motion won the 2015 running of the Red Carpet Handicap (G3) with Rusty Slipper. Motion’s assistant Alice Clapham, who has travelled with his horses to Del Mar since 2009 as part of worldwide assignments, was here to do the preparation work and saddling.

That combination, both natives of England, will be seeking a second score in the $100,000, 1 3/8th mile race for older fillies and mares on Thanksgiving Day on Nov. 25. It’s the first of seven graded stakes which make up the four-day Turf Festival to end the Bing Crosby Season.

Single Soul (GB), a 3-year-old daughter of Dubawi (IRE), notched her second win in six career starts in a Belmont Park allowance race on Oct. 22 and has been training since at Motion’s facility in Fair Hill, Maryland. The most recent work was Saturday, five furlongs in 1:03 breezing.

Single Soul is scheduled to journey here on Tuesday. Clapham has been at Del Mar since before the Breeders’ Cup earlier this month.

“I haven’t heard anything about the work, but (Motion) must have been happy with it or he wouldn’t have entered her,” Clapham said this morning. “I’ve been around her before and she’s a really sweet filly. She hasn’t travelled before but she seems quite sensible, so you’d think she will be OK with it.”

Single Soul had a forgettable debut for trainer Chad Brown on a yielding surface at Belmont a year ago. In five starts for Motion she has never been off the board, notching a maiden win at Belmont Park in June and the 1 1/8-mile allowance there as an odds-on favorite in a field of six last month.

The Red Carpet will be her first race at the stakes level.

“We think she’ll like the longer distance and we know she likes firmer turf,” Clapham said. “You can’t really get that in New York right now, so this looks like a nice spot. Graham is sending out some for other races as well, so it kind of works out.”