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Sunday, May 16, 2021

Motion, Houghton and Sheppard have winners on the flat

LAUREL, Md.--Graham Motion saddled Magic Carpet Racing''s Jack Gave Back at Laurel Park on Nov. 19 to break his maiden in a $26,189, 1 mile Maiden Claiming race for 2 year olds.

Jack Gave BackJack Gave BackJack Gave Back finished third in his first start in a Maiden Special weight and then finished last in a Maiden Waiver Claiming race after being bumped at the start.

Held off the pace, Jack Gave Back began to move on the turn, worked his way between horses and went to the lead mid-stretch to kick clear and win by 1 1/4 lengths.

Motion had a winner at Woodbine in Canada on Nov. 14, when R. Larry Johnson's Top Valour won a $108,700. 6 1/2 furlong Allowance Optional Claiming race by 1/2 length.

Top Valour had been running in stakes throughout the year and dropped to allowance company for the win.

Motion had also won an Allowance race at Woodbine on Nov. 8 with Little Red Feather Racing and Madaket Stables LLC's Succeedandsurpass, who scored by 1 length in a $101,200, 1 11/16 mile.


BERNIE HOUGHTON has had five winners in the past month, beginning with a pair of winners at Penn National on Oct. 23.

The first win that evening came in a $15,400 Claiming race for fillies and mares 3 and up when Morgans Melody, bred by his mother Betsy and owned by her Sylmar Farm, scored an easy victory, opening a clear lead soon after the break and widening it to win by 6 3/4 lengths.

Then James Eshelman's Brave Deacon won a $19,100, 6 furlong Claiming race by 2 1/2 lengths.

On Nov. 4, it was HnRNothhaft Horse Racing LLC's homebred Lady Lynne who won a $18,100 Maiden Claiming race for 2-year-old fillies.

Lady Lynne ducked out sharply leaving the gate, raced four wide around the turn and moved up in the stretch to win by a head.

Both of Houghton's next two winners were bred by his mother Betsy, but the first was owned by Hillman Racing LLC.

My Lily Pad won a 19,000, 6 furlong Claiming race on Nov. 6 at Penn National by 1 1//4 lengths.

Then on Nov. 18, Sylmar Farm's Cabbage Patch won a $$10,800, 5 furlong Claiming race for fillies and mare 3 and up.

JONATHAN SHEPPARD, fresh off winning four steeplechase races at Charleston on Nov, 15, won an $18,000, 6 furlong Claiming race for fillies and mares 3 and up with Buttonwood Farm's homebred Lady Munnings.

Lady Munnings raced four wide on the turn, took the lead in the stretch and drew off to win by 4 3/4 lengths.

Lady Munnings was claimed by trainer Blaine Servis for Salvador Junior Ruiz-Castillo.


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