Trainers Panel Featuring:
H. Graham Motion and Charles Lopresti
With Moderator Mike Penna
April 10th at the Red Mile Club House
Graham Motion was born in Cambridge, England in May 1964 and was raised at Newmarket’s Herringswell Manor Stud operated by his parents Michael and Jo.
Michael was an international bloodstock agent and North American representative for Tattersalls, the British bloodstock sales company. Jo rode as an amateur in England and took care of the 1951 (Aintree) Grand National winner Nickel Coin before becoming an assistant trainer in the U.S. Jo now owns a successful tack shop in Middleburg VA.
The family moved to the U.S. in 1980 and Graham completed high school and graduated from Kent in Connecticut.
Graham’s career began with six years working with hall of fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard at which time he travelled extensively with three time eclipse award winning steeplechaser Flatterer. This was followed by time with trainer Jonathan Pease in Chantilly, France.
While in Chantilly Graham met his future wife, Anita who was working at the time for Alain De’Royer Dupre.
Returning to the U.S. in 1990 Graham went to work as assistant to Bernard (Bernie) P. Bond. On Bernie’s death in 1993 two owners left their horses with Graham who took out his license at that time; The stable won 21 races, three of them stakes, in that first year.
Motion operates a public stable based primarily at Fair Hill, where he owns his own barn, and at Delaware Park, Keeneland and Saratoga .
Graham has had a very successful career is coming off a very exciting weekend with Kentucky Derby winning Champion Animal Kingdom winning the Dubai World Cup
Charles Lopresti grew up in Smithtown, NY, on the northeastern side of Long Island, his earliest association with horses came with pleasure horses owned by an uncle. He then worked at a hunter/jumper show barn on eastern Long Island after graduating from high school.
Lopresti answered an advertisement in a trade publication for a job with a Thoroughbred farm in Virginia. But the prospective employer instead recommended him for a position with trainer Joe Cantey at Belmont Park, who is best known as the conditioner of 1980 Belmont (G1) winner Temperence Hill. He worked with Cantey for about two years before taking a job at Domino Stud in Kentucky in 1978, where he met his wife-to-be, Amy Featherston. Domino at that time was managed by Ted Carr, whom he then joined at Allen Paulsen’s Brookside Farm for about six years as assistant manager.
Lopresti left Brookside to develop 200-acred Forest Lane Farm, located in eastern Fayette County with his wife Amy. She handles the breaking and training of 25-30 yearlings each year as well as lay-ups at the farm, and he handles the racing string at Keeneland where he’s based year-round.
After leaving Brookside, Lopresti also trained for Calumet Farm, getting horses ready for trainers such as Bill Mott and Frankie Brothers.
In 2011, Lopresti won the $1-million race with Turallure, who subsequently was nosed out to finish second in that year’s TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile at Churchill Downs.
Lopresti became the first trainer to win back-to-back editions of the Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-G1) when Wise Dan cruised to victory on Sept. 16, 2012 soon following with a win in the Breeders’ Cup Mile. Wise Dan also became horse of the year in 2012.
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