02/11/2013 3:49PM

Gulfstream Park: Animal Kingdom still on target for Dubai World Cup

Barbara D. Livingston
Trainer Graham Motion said he is hoping to work Animal Kingdom three times in Florida before sending him to Dubai for the World Cup.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Animal Kingdom, runner-up to Point of Entry in the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap, remains on target for the $10 million Dubai World Cup. Animal Kingdom made a quick and surprising rush to the lead under jockey Joel Rosario midway down the backstretch in the Gulfstream Park Turf before ultimately yielding to the winner through the final furlong in his first start since finishing second in the Breeders’ Cup Mile.

“Nothing’s changed as far as Dubai goes,” trainer Graham Motion said from the Fair Hill training center in Maryland on Monday. “I was very pleased with the way he came out of the race.”

Motion said he believes Animal Kingdom’s early move likely cost him the race.

“I think very clearly that Joel got pressured into making a premature move,” Motion said. “I was a little anxious going into the race having a rider who didn’t know the horse at all.”

Motion credited jockey John Velazquez with “a very smart race on Point of Entry, and the fact he knows my horse so well probably helped the situation.”

Velazquez guided Animal Kingdom to victory in the 2011 Kentucky Derby.

“It was asking an awful lot of my horse to run from the five-eighths pole out,” Motion said. “Saying that, he got beat by a really good horse and it was not a disgrace by any means. What’s so phenomenal to me about Animal Kingdom is that he has such an extraordinary kick, he showed that in the Breeders’ Cup as well.”

Motion said he is hoping to work Animal Kingdom three times at Palm Meadows before sending him to Dubai for the World Cup.

“I really want to get most of my work done with him over here,” Motion said. “I don’t think I want to work him in Dubai.”

robert More than 1 year ago
Went The Day Well, ran fourth in the 2012 kentucky derby and has about 8 consecutive workouts preparing to return off a holiday--worth a look
Nick Kenyon More than 1 year ago
graham i think one work over the track could be to his favor instead of dropping on a new surface for the first time in the race just food for thought.
Nick Kenyon More than 1 year ago
what do u guys think of bafferts horse super ninty nine i dumped a bit of cash on him in the futures wager and now i see hes 50-1 is this the same horse im thinking of.
Nick Kenyon More than 1 year ago
tom how do figure 12-1 who are u talking about
tom More than 1 year ago
Instead of 5-1 in dubai, now i will get 12-1. How can I complain? I'm still gonna lambaste him.
Tom More than 1 year ago
He moved too soon, that's all there is to it. AK has a heck of a kick, he took him out of his game. I don't get the love affair & defense of Rosario, you people act as though Motion committed a sin by hinting at the truth. Ramon was suppose ride this horse, he would have ridden the horse the right way win or loose.
Robert Walton More than 1 year ago
Yes, Rosario moved too soon, but a 50 4F pace will force you to do something other than what you would prefer Also, Point of Entry is one of the top 3 turf horses in the country. The Dubai race is going to be interesting.
Lawrence Vaccarelli More than 1 year ago
but a 50 4F pace ....see robert, that was just it ....a slow half ...you rush up ...the others have not even put in there run yet , thats why we had 3 across the track on the turn battling prolonged.....AK is going to run 1-2 in Dubai
Sam Shelby More than 1 year ago
Jockeys dance the stupid dance all the time. Even the top ones. One factor that makes winning tough.If I were a jockey I would never vary from a horses strength. But I admit, I`d be far too chicken to ever ride in a horse race. There are safer occupations.
Dean More than 1 year ago
The race was over after first 2 furlongs.. unless Joel acted fast and made that move he loses by more. No way AK would of made up 4 lengths on POE in last 1/4 mile with that pace!! As soon as the gates opened and POE had 4 lengths on AK it was over. Joel put AK in spot to win turning for home and just did not have the horse underneath him to beat a Multiple grade one 12 Furlong horse who was ready to go. Joel is one of best at judging pace and studying race flow. to blame him is SO PETTY!!!
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
WELL SAID PERIOD...............
Bruce Baudoux More than 1 year ago
I agree whole heartedly Sir. The general public is moved by their wallets and not their knowledge of the sport. It is far too easy to blame the jockey than admit they were incorrect in their assumptions of the outcome of the race. Until the latch is sprung and the gate is empty, nobody knows exactly what's going to happen for sure, races are won and lost out of the gate ten times a day. The reason Joel Rosario is currently one of the very best riders in North America is due to his ability to anticipate and adjust to all race conditions and judging his results he looks pretty darned good. Leave the poor kid alone, he does his very best day in and day out.
Tiny Montgomery More than 1 year ago
My sentiments exactly
Andy More than 1 year ago
Nothing else Rosario could've done once the first 4F went in over 50 sec. but make the move he did and make it into like a match race. Doubt the horse could've finished the last 3F much faster than the 33.86 w/the last furlong in 11.39 for a horse that's run his 3rd race since Feb '12.
john p More than 1 year ago
He got a bad ride for sure,but it just shows how good shug mcgaughey is as a trainer!!!! Getting his horse that sharp!!!!