Motion looking to get Sharing to Royal Ascot

Motion looking to get Sharing to Royal Ascot

Marty McGee Feb 28, 2020

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Sharing, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf last fall, could make her 3-year-old debut in May while prepping for a possible start at Royal Ascot, trainer Graham Motion said this week.

Motion said Sharing could return to action either in the Edgewood on the May 1 Kentucky Oaks undercard at Churchill Downs or the Hilltop Stakes on May 15 during Preakness week at Pimlico.

“I might be able to bring her back at Keeneland, but more likely one of those later races,” he said.

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Motion originally had intended to run Sharing in the Florida Oaks next Saturday on the Tampa Bay Downs turf course while keeping open the possibility of pointing her to the Kentucky Oaks, but those plans were scuttled after the filly emerged from a Feb. 3 workout at the Palm Meadows training center with a bruised heel.

“I sent her back from Florida to Fair Hill after that, and she’s done very well here,” Motion said this week from Fair Hill in northern Maryland. “She should be back working very soon.”

Motion said a return start could serve as a springboard to the Group 1 Coronation Stakes, a one-mile race at Royal Ascot on June 19 in England.

“I’d like to take her to Ascot,” he said. “We’re working backward from that.”

Bred in Maryland by Sagamore Farm, Sharing is owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Antony Beck. A winner in 3 of 4 starts, the chestnut filly is the only Breeders’ Cup winner ever sired by a Breeders’ Cup winner (Speightstown, 2004 Sprint) and produced by a Breeders’ Cup winner (Shared Account, 2010 Filly and Mare Turf). Only three other BC-winning dams have produced a BC winner.

Meanwhile, Motion said he is considering two starts at the Keeneland spring meet for Mean Mary, who won the Grade 3 La Prevoyante on the Jan. 25 Pegasus undercard at Gulfstream Park. Mean Mary, a 4-year-old daughter of the late Scat Daddy, was bred by her owner, Alex Campbell Jr., a 91-year-old Lexington, Ky., native with a rich legacy in breeding and racing.

Motion said he will nominate Mean Mary to the April 11 Jenny Wiley and the April 24 Bewitch.

“I might even do something crazy and run her in both, knowing how much Mr. Campbell enjoys seeing his horses run at Keeneland,” he said.

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