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Graham Motion Sends Out Two to Capture The Miss Liberty Stakes

Posted Sunday, May 24, 2015

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Trainer Graham Motion looks to have continued stakes success over the Monmouth Park turf as he sends out Pink Poppy and Joy in the $75,000 Miss Liberty Stakes going a mile and 1/16 on the grass Monday afternoon.

            Pink Poppy found her latest success three starts back in the $100,000 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf at Gulfstream Park, setting the pace and holding on to win by one and a half lengths.

             The four-year-old, from Tiznow out of Boa, is making her first start under Graham Motion.

            “I haven’t had Pink Poppy that long, but I imagine she’ll be sitting mid-pack,” said Motion.

            Pink Poppy last worked on May 17 going five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 over a fast all-weather track.

            Joy is making her second start off a nearly six month layoff. Her last outing was in the $100,000 Dahlia Stakes at Pimlico on April 18 where she had to go five wide on the turn and closed late to finish fifth by only two and a quarter lengths.

            The 5-year-old mare from Pure Prize out of Safe Journey, worked on May 17 and went five furlongs, just like her stable mate, in 1:02 over the fast track.

            “I will be sending both up there,” said Motion. “The two of them are very straight forward horses. It looks like a very competitive group that they’ll have to go against.”

            Pink Poppy will break from post four with Angel Serpa aboard and Joy will go from post 10 with Alex Cintron in the reins.

            The Miss Liberty Stakes will be race 10 in the 11-race Memorial Day card. Scheduled post time is 5:12p.m.


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