Updated on 09/17/2011 1:36PM

Film Maker prepped, ready for Gallorette


BALTIMORE - Graham Motion cut his teeth in American racing by working for Jonathan Sheppard and Bernie Bond, two icons in Maryland racing. In the early 1990's, Motion started his own public stable, and it has been onward and upward since then.

Motion, a 39-year-old Briton who came to the U.S. at 16, now has a three-pronged stable with bases at Fair Hill, Md., Delaware Park, and Monmouth Park that frequently factors into stakes up and down the Eastern seaboard. Saturday, when he returns to familiar ground at Pimlico, Motion stands a terrific chance to find the winner's circle with Film Maker, the 120-pound highweight and probable favorite in the $100,000 Gallorette Handicap.

won the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup last fall against 3-year-olds. After a five-month layoff, she returned to finish sixth in the Jenny Wiley last month at Keeneland.

"In hindsight, that was a very ambitious spot," said Motion. "It's a big step up, running against older horses for the first time. Maybe she just needed the race mentally."

Film Maker, a 4-year-old Dynaformer filly based at Fair Hill, "has trained very well since the Jenny Wiley," said Motion. "I don't see any reason for her not to run well. She's doing super."

Besides Film Maker, other major contenders in the Grade 3 Gallorette, a 1 1/16-mile turf race, include Ocean Drive, a multiple stakes winner for Todd Pletcher, and Lady Linda, a very consistent mare trained by Mary Eppler. Ten fillies and mares are entered.

As the fifth of 13 races, the Gallorette is the first of eight stakes here Saturday.